Covid-19: Information

Covid-19: Information

[Updated March 23, 2021]

Since the beginning of the health crisis, the safety of the members of the ESSEC community has been our first priority. During this period, and despite the unprecedented nature of the situation, we have ensured the continuity of our activities and of online instruction. ESSEC continues to constantly adapt its response to the Covid-19 epidemic, in accordance with the recommendations of public authorities.  

As a reminder, wearing a mask and respecting social distancing and hygiene measures are mandatory on all of our campuses, whether they are open or closed for students and participants.

During his press conference on Thursday, March 18, Prime Minister of France Jean Castex announced the implementation of a new lockdown in 16 departments, including those of Ile-de-France for 4 weeks, as of  Saturday, March 20th at midnight.

  • On our campus in Cergy, France:

Higher education institutions - including ESSEC - will continue to operate according to the rhythm that we communicated last January 29th: 

As a result, the ESSEC Cergy campus will once again welcome students as of February 8th, following a very strict protocol :

  • Students are allowed back on campus only to follow in-class courses or pedagogical activities, or with a special authorization. Do not come to ESSEC for any other reasons.
  • The number of students authorized on campus daily is limited to 20 % of the total capacity of the campus.
  • Each classroom occupancy rate remains limited to 50 % of its total seating capacity.
  • We ask that during meals and breaks you eat alone. If you must eat with others for lack of space, please respect a distance of at least two meters with your peers, in groups of no more than four people.
  • Courses have resumed in dual teaching mode.

In addition, a permanent COVID-19 test center is open on the Cergy campus from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm for all members of the ESSEC community. The tests are free of charge, performed by a partner laboratory and the results will be transmitted confidentially within 24 hours.

Students attending in-class courses on campus can make an appointment for a test. They do not need to come to the campus just to get a test.

  • On our Executive Education campus in La Défense, France:

For all of our Executive education programs, remote teaching remains the norm.

However, access to the campus may only be permitted for courses with a strong experiential dimension in our Executive diplomas and customized programs. In these cases, dual teaching format is offered and return to face-to-face teaching can only be made up to a limit of 20% of the total program for each participant. Each classroom occupancy rate remains limited to 50 % of its total seating capacity.

However, access to the CNIT, where the campus in La Défense is located, has been limited, preventing us from hosting courses during the weekend. The CNIT will remain closed on weekends during the entire lockdown.

  • On our ESSEC Asia-Pacific campus in Singapore:

After having delivered courses online since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, ESSEC APAC has been welcoming students on campus since the end of August 2020. With the gradual easing of travel restrictions by the Singapore government, students have been able to get their visas and fly from their home countries to Singapore from September 2020 and early October 2020. By mid-November 2020, more than 75 % of our 435 students have joined their program at our Nepal Hill campus in Singapore. We continue to teach most of the classes from the campus and all classes with online participation are conducted with dual mode of teaching to allow both online and in class participants to not only follow classes but also actively participate in learning experience.

More information on the measures being taken on the ESSEC Asia-Pacific campus

  • On our ESSEC Africa campus in Morocco:

Since the beginning of the school year in September 2020, the courses are given face-to-face to our students. With the arrival of our students in international mobility in January 2021, our pandemic monitoring committee regularly issues reminders to sensitize students and staff on the respect of sanitary measures.

More information on the measures being taken on the ESSEC Africa Campus

  • General rules - Hygiene measures and sanitary protocol:
  • Temperature checks at the entrance of the campus
  • Surgical masks or UNS 1 / category 1 barrier masks must be worn by everyone in all areas of the campus (corridors, classrooms, cafeteria, etc.) 
  • Always maintain at least 1 meter distance between yourself and others
  • Use hydroalcoholic gel which is provided free of charge throughout the campus (especially before using the coffee machine, before and after opening a door, etc.)
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Do not kiss or shake hands
  • Cover your nose / mouth when sneezing
  • Open the windows of all classrooms and offices at least 10 minutes per hour
  • Limit contact with others
  • Avoid gathering in groups
  • Respect “one-way” flow protocols while maintaining a physical distance of at least 1 meter at all times


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