APUAF Covid Info Sheet - October 15, 2020

The latest information regarding all aspects of study abroad in France as they relate to the COVID-19 crisis.

This document will continue to be revised on a regular basis.

APUAF Covid-19 Info Sheet - October 15, 2020

APUAF Covid Info Sheet - October 2, 2020 (2)

The latest information regarding all aspects of study abroad in France as they relate to the COVID-19 crisis.

This document will continue to be revised on a regular basis.

APUAF COVID-19 Info Sheet - October 2, 2020

APUAF Covid Info Sheet - October 2, 2020

The latest information regarding all aspects of study abroad in France as they relate to the COVID-19 crisis.

This document will continue to be revised on a regular basis.

APUAF COVID-19 Info Sheet - October 2, 2020

French University Update: October 5, 2020

As reported in our last update (September 1st), the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research had previously recommended in its recent official correspondance that institutions of higher education should reopen in September/October for in person instruction, whenever possible, all the while taking the necessary health precautions.

Consequently, our partner institutions adapted their teaching and learning environments in different ways. Some have been offering 100% face to face instruction, while others have put into place hybrid models, blending in person and remote instruction. Face masks are mandatory, social distancing and respecting good hygiene practices are recommended.

Following an upsurge in cases and clusters across the country since the start of the academic year, the government introduced a new color coded alert system to indicate the levels of infection throughout the 101 departments in France, including a « Critical Alert Zone (scarlet) » to which applies new measures and restrictions. As of October 4th any institution of higher education located within one of the « Critical Alert Zones » has to modify their use of all shared space.

By way of government circular yesterday (Oct 5th), Frédérique Vidal, French Minister of Higher Education and Research, instructed all heads of institutions in Critical Alert Zones (currently Paris and its immediate suburbs, Aix-Marseille & Guadeloupe) to immediately reduce by 50% the total occupancy of all shared space : classrooms, lecture halls, cafeterias, libraries, etc.

 

Comme indiqué dans notre précédente communication, les recommandations du Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche depuis la rentrée est de privilégier au maximum et « dans la mesure du possible », l’accueil en présentiel. En conséquence, les modalités d’accueil et d’enseignement ont été adaptées par nos différents établissements partenaires. Certains proposent du 100% présentiel, d’autres ont adopté un modèle hybride ou « bi-modalité » alternant enseignements en présentiel et enseignements en distanciel. Le port du masque est obligatoire et la distanciation physique et l’application des gestes barrières recommandées.

Suite à une recrudescence des cas et des clusters depuis la rentrée universitaire, un nouveau classement des zones de circulation du virus a été présenté, avec la création d’une zone « renforcée » et d’une zone « alerte maximale » auxquelles s’appliquent de nouvelles restrictions. Ainsi depuis le 4 octobre, les établissements d’enseignement supérieur se trouvant dans celles-ci doivent adapter l’accueil des publics.

Frédérique Vidal, Ministre de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche, dans un communiqué daté d’aujourd’hui (5 octobre) demande à tous les chefs d’établissement en zones renforcées et maximales (actuellement Paris et sa petite couronne, Aix-Marseille et la Guadeloupe) de réduire à 50% la capacité d’accueil des salles de cours, d’amphithéâtres, des salles de restauration et des bibliothèques, notamment, à partir du 6 octobre.

 

Sample COVID Protocols for Homestays

The COVID-19 world health crisis has significantly upset operations in the field of International Education. As we look forward, many universities and organizations are currently putting in place plans to re-open and find solutions to allow international student mobility.  One aspect of student mobility that is likely to require significant attention is housing, whether students are housed in homestays, student residences, or apartments.