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 fall 2021 semester. We can’t wait to welcome students abroad, and we’ll share more information with them as the program start date approaches.
Current Situation in Italy
- CDC Level: 3
- Department of State Advisory Level: 3
- Entry Requirements:
- Travelers from the U.S., Canada, and Japan must present a negative antigen or PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival (i.e., within 48 hours of departure) to Italy, or quarantine for 5 days with a negative antigen or PCR test on the fifth day. Travelers from other countries may be required to quarantine, with a negative test at the end of the quarantine period, regardless of vaccination status or test results prior to departure.
- 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 with an EMA-approved Covid-19 vaccine (i.e., Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZenca, or Johnson & Johnson)
- The Italian/EU “Green Pass” or the equivalent is now required to access any university or university-affiliated classes, activities, events, or facilities. The “Green Pass” or the equivalent is now required for a number of activities, services, and events in Italy, such as indoor dining, inter-city and long-distance public transportation, gyms, cinemas and theaters, etc.
- 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.
- We are only offering the program in Florence this semester.
- 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 the program center will be in-person, with a plan for converting the courses to remote instruction if necessary. The University of Florence also has an extensive plan in place to comply with health and safety guidelines, and will be offering courses in a hybrid format with all final exams online.
- Depending on conditions this fall, 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.
- Students must 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.
- There is a strong possibility that students will be obligated to take a taxi from the airport to their accommodations.
- 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 one of the following: Proof of full vaccination (CDC “white card”) with a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency, medical certificate showing proof of recovery from Covid-19 within the past 6 months (translated into Italian), or a negative PCR or antigen test, taken within 48 hours of the traveler’s departure.
- Prior to departure, all travelers must complete a digital location 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 and the first week of classes will take place online should a quarantine requirement be in effect at the start of the fall semester.
- Housing options in Florence have been modified to reflect Covid-19 regulations. All undergraduates will be housed at the The Student Hotel, an independently run student residence hall approximately 15 minutes from the program center. Students will complete any initial quarantine period at the residence hall and should go directly there upon arrival in Florence.
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.
- 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
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.
Local Italian public health officials (ASL) are charged with carrying out contact tracing.
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.
€100-150: Disposable masks
€250: Hand sanitizer
€200: COVID-19 testing
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.
Q What will students do if they are experiencing symptoms or otherwise believe they may have contracted COVID-19?
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.
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.