Covid 19 – Symptoms, contact and getting tested
The Université Grenoble Alpes is making every effort to ensure both the safety of all and optimal welcome, study and work conditions. You will find here information about what to do in case you have Covid-19 symptoms, or have been in contact with a confirmed Covid-19 person, and where to get tested.
Last updated: 26 February, 2021

If you have Covid-19 like symptoms* or have been in contact with someone with confirmed Covid-19

Respect the health precautions and sanitary measures (wearing a face mask, wash hands often, stay at least 2 meters away from others…).

Inform your institution:
  • ENSAG: your Admissions Office (“service de scolarité”)
  • Grenoble INP: the Admission Office (“service de scolarité”) of your school
  • Sciences Po. Grenoble:
  • Other departments (UGA): fill the form available on the student intranet (LEO), or the staff intranet, or send an email to if you do not have access to the intranet yet.
  • Your Human Resources Department if you are employed
Stay home for 7 days, after the first symptoms appeared or after your last contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
You will have to stay home for 10 days if you are tested positive.

Get tested for Covid-19 infection as soon as possible, or 7 days after your last contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 if you do not live under the same roof.
You do not need a prescription (more information below).
Once you get the results, follow the instructions given by the testing center, and inform your school / faculty / HR department of the results.

If you think your situation requires medical evaluation:
  • Call your referring doctor.
  • In Grenoble
    UGA students and doctoral students can call the university health center, dialing, Monday to Friday, 8am till 12pm (except Tuesdays, 10am till 12pm).
    You can also contact the ‘Pôle de Santé Interprofessionnel du Sud-Est Grenoblois’ dialing or by email
  • In Valence
    UGA students or PhD students can call the Centre Santé Jeunes, by dialing
If you have trouble breathing or feel out of breath, call the emergency service: dial 15 (114 for deaf and hard of hearing).

*Among the symptoms: fever, cough, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, headaches, sore throats, sometimes diarrhea...

Testing for Covid-19

Virological tests

In order to know whether you have the Covid-19, you must do a virological test ("RT-PCR").
Among the virological tests, the antigenic tests ( or "TROD", for "Test Rapide d'Orientation Diagnostique", rapid diagnostic orientation test) allow a quick result (within 30 minutes).

Virological tests are performed by nasopharyngeal sampling (nasal swab).
Salivary tests are performed in exceptional cases, or for large scale screening.

You do not need a medical prescription to perform a virological test ("RT-PCR").
Good to know
Serological tests, done through a blood test, detect the presence of antibodies to know if you have been in contact with the virus. These are carried out on medical prescription.

The different options and places for getting tested

You can get tested in a dedicated center, a laboratory, a pharmacy or by a health professional.

At a laboratory: before going there, contact the laboratory to check whether an appointment is necessary.
At a pharmacy: mainly for antigenic tests, which allow a quick result, within 15 to 30 minutes after.
By a health professional: doctors or nurses can carry out the tests, either in their office or at your home.
At the airport: check with the airport beforehand to find out about the testing procedures.
Good to know
The testing center on the St-Martin-d'Hères campus has stopped functioning since January 27, 2021. However, the partnership between CHUGA and UGA is maintained. A schedule is reserved for UGA students and staff to obtain an appointment to get tested.
> Find out more on the iCampus website
Published on  January 26, 2021
Updated on March 1, 2021