The situation and the policies outlined here are subject to change, so please return to this page for updates as we approach the start of the semester. Students will be given detailed information and instructions in their correspondence with Middlebury prior to departure and upon arrival in Italy.

The School in Italy is Running!

We are pleased to announce that we will run our program in Italy during the 2021-22 academic year. We can’t wait to welcome students abroad, and we’ll share more information with them as the program start date approaches.

Last Updated: May 17, 2022

Current Situation in Italy

  • CDC Level: 3
  • Department of State Advisory Level: 2
  • Entry Requirements:
    • All travelers must complete the digital locator form and have it ready either printed or on a mobile phone.
    • All travelers must present their CDC white card or other proof of full vaccination and booster with an EMA-approved Covid-19 vaccine (i.e., Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZenca, or Johnson & Johnson)
    • All travelers must be asymptomatic at the time of arrival
  • The Italian/EU “Green Pass” or the equivalent is required to access many public amenities, such as transportation and indoor dining.  The “Super Green Pass” or the equivalent is required for additional activities, services, and events in Italy, such as access to gyms, cinemas and theaters, etc.  The “Super Green Pass” is only issued to those who have been fully vaccinated and received a third (booster) shot, or who have been fully vaccinated and have recovered from Covid.
  • FFP2/KN95 masks are mandatory to participate in all indoor cultural and recreational events and on all public transportation until at least June 15, 2022.  Face masks are not required in outdoor spaces as long as it is possible to maintain appropriate physical distancing.
  • Police may charge fines for failure to comply with anti-Covid-19 measures.

For up-to-date information, please see the U.S. Embassy website and the Italian government’s travel website.  Travelers are strongly encouraged to check these sites, as well as their airline’s website, shortly before departure to verify travel and entry requirements.

Program Changes

  • Our program center in Florence will be reconfigured to comply with social distancing and other safety measures as outlined by the Italian government. 
  • The courses offered through Middlebury will be in-person, with a plan for converting the courses to remote instruction if necessary. The host universities have plans in place to comply with health and safety guidelines.
  • Depending on conditions, studio art schools, internships, and volunteer work may not be available options given that students would not be able to participate to the fullest extent and still remain compliant with health and safety protocols.
  • Excursions may not be possible due to local and inter-regional travel restrictions.

Program-Specific Protocols

Arrival

  • Students are advised to make arrangements to fly directly to Italy, as travelers with layovers in other countries will be subject to those countries’ specific entry requirements, which may result in complications or delays. 
  • The program will make arrangements for any required quarantine upon the students’ arrival and will provide support to students during that time.  All expenses related to the quarantine period will be the responsibility of the student.
  • Currently, travelers entering Italy from the U.S. must:
    • Present proof of full vaccination and booster (CDC “white card”) with a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency, or
    • Present a medical certificate showing proof of recovery from Covid-19 within the past 6 months (translated into Italian) or
    • Present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival or a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival.
    • Be asymptomatic
  • Prior to departure, all travelers must complete a digital locator form that will be submitted to the Ministry of Health.  Travelers unable to access the digital form may complete the form in paper format here.
  • Students should check with their airline for the most up-to-date travel information, as well as follow any of particular guidelines established by their airline.

Orientation

  • Orientation and the first week of classes will take place online should a quarantine requirement be in effect at the start of the semester.

Housing

  • Housing options in Florence have been modified to reflect Covid-19 regulations. 

Middlebury Center Space

  • Students will adhere to social distancing regulations and wear masks at all times while inside the Middlebury Sede.  Please note that students must use surgical, FFP2, or N95 masks; cloth masks are not permitted.  Students must use hand sanitizer upon arrival and clean their individual desks before exiting. Computer use will be limited to students’ personal computers. The library will be closed stacks and not accessible to students. Students must leave the building once classes have ended.

Travel

  • International travel is strongly discouraged and may be prohibited by the local government depending on the destination. There are requirements and restrictions regarding arrival in other EU countries as well as return to Italy. Students must inform program staff if they intend to travel overnight and students will be required to fill out a detailed questionnaire to register all travel.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Currently American programs have an agreement with local health officials that will allow students to access testing. The School in Italy staff will be able to help organize this. 

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Local Italian public health officials (ASL) are charged with carrying out contact tracing.           

 

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All university courses are offered remotely as well as in-person, so students can continue their coursework even if in-person instruction is no longer possible.

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€100-150: Disposable masks

€250: Hand sanitizer

€200: COVID-19 testing

 

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Students will likely be able to quarantine in their rooms. If they are not able to do so, they may be directed to a specified hotel or, if they are ill, to a hospital.

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Students will be directed by the program staff to the proper medical authorities who will be able to indicate the next steps with regard to receiving the proper medical assistance.  

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No. As is the case in the US, not all individuals are required to be vaccinated. The host country might not be as far along in the vaccination rollout process, so it is possible that host families, faculty, etc. will not yet have had access to a vaccine.