November 2020 Lock-down resources

As part of the new health measures put in place from November 2, 2020, this page lists the actions and resources put in place by the CMI Rennes, its member establishments, and its partners.


CMI's Online assistance
CMI's padlet: find some online activities
Tips and resources: food, health, mental health, financial aid...
Government and establishments Covid-19 FAQs

CMI's Online assistance

Following the announcements of the French Government, face-to-face appointments are canceled until further notice. 

Alternative solutions are offered to international students who had made an appointment.
First, virtual classes are set up. If you want to make an appointment, check this page.

The class stands on Via. You will receive an invitation link by mail. Remember to click on this link a few minutes before the session starts.
You can use your usual account if you are already registered on Via, or a guest account "Je suis invité":

We recommend that you download the Via software, either permanently or for a one-time use "Application à usage unique".

Click here for more information on the procedure for requesting renewal of a residence permit.

The CMI is working on implementing other solutions adapted to the context. Stay informed on our site and our networks.

CMI's Padlet:

Some resources to watch, read, discuss, learn french, make sport, have fun...

Fait avec Padlet
To see the padlet in full screen, click here.

Purple resources should be English users friendly.


Tips & resources:

Some tips:

- If your higher education institution has provided you with a student email address, remember to check it regularly.
- If you are not in Rennes yet, but you are planning to come to France soon, find out about your rights and obligations depending on your country of origin. Check Campus France website or the France government website.
- An exemption certificate (in English) can be found on the French government website: download the certificate
- The curfew is currently in effect from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. (01/20)

Health and mental health: 

- How and where to get screened for Covid-19 as a student? go to this news reporting on the testing centers set up since January 25, 2021- If you need psychological assistance, or just to talk to someone, the health services (BAPUSSU, CHGR) are mobilized and have a hotline for students from Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (in French, English and Spanish). You can also reach them on weekends from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at
A free phone number has been set up by the Ministry of Health. You can reach it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 0800 130 000 (mostly French speakers. Can't tell you if someone would be able to answer you in English at any time)
- The  website allows you to be put in touch with a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours, by chat, telephone or video, depending on what makes you comfortable.
Some tips from Santé Publique France (Public Health) to take care of your health during the lockdown: Organize your days (keep a rhythm), do not listen to the news all day, contact your loved ones if you can, help other people in difficulty can do you good too (eg here - Google translated web page), limit alcohol and tobacco consumption. 
- Now, you legally can have a walk of 3 hours a day: use it! Getting fresh air has many virtues, including on your sleep: don't forget your certificate.
- Your University SSE (Student Health Service) also can help you. Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm: Univ Rennes 1 - or /// Univ Rennes 2 - or
- More tips and resources on this website:

Financial, material, food aid: 

If you do not have a computer nor an internet connection to follow the distance learning courses, you can contact your school/university.
- All students can now buy two 1€ meals per day at CROUS restaurants.
- Students staying in a Crous Residence (Cités U) can receive free food packages (3-4 meals), twice a week. Contact your CROUS for more information.
- If you need answers to your questions about your university accommodation, if you need financial assistance or social support, visit the CROUS website (google translated).
- If you're in position of financial insecurity, you can request assistance from the FAHB to help you purchase food resources, equipment, or the payment of certain invoices:


- Covid FAQ from the Ministry of Higher Education (FR)
- Covid FAQ from Fench Government (EN)
- Covid FAQ of Rennes 1 University (EN)

- Covid FAQ of Rennes 2 University (FR)
- Covid FAQ of Rennes 2 University  (EN)
- Sciences Po Rennes Covid FAQ (FR)
- Covid FAQ Information for travelers (FR + EN)

Take care!