International opportunities for students

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Information for International Students in Trento 

COVID-19 Emergency: Starting from 16 January 2021, the new Italian Prime Minister's Decree (DPCM) extends restrictions in order to help contain the recent surge in Coronavirus infections. The DPCM is in force throughout Italy and implements the following measures until 15 February 2021: 

  • With the exception of first year Bachelor's and Master's students, all university classes and exams will be held completely on-line 
  • All persons must have a mask with them at all times
  • Masks are to be worn in all indoor or closed spaces, other than private homes, and in all outdoor spaces
  • Social distancing practices are required with at least 1 meter between other people at all times
  • All group gatherings, dance events and parties are strictly forbidden
  • An obligatory national curfew is enforced between 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM with exceptions only for work or health-related reasons 
  • Use of public and private transportation outside of curfew hours is strongly discouraged except for work, study, health or urgent reasons
  • Food service establishments other than restaurants (bars, pubs, bakeries, etc.) may open only from 5:00 AM to 6:00 PM and serve food to be consumed at tables with a maximum of 4 people per table. After 6:00 PM food consumption is prohibited in all spaces and establishments open to the public. Delivery and take-away food service may be offered by restaurants only until 10:00 PM but food must not be eaten in or near the restaurant nor in any public areas.
  • Theaters, museums, cinemas and gyms are closed
  • Amateur team sports practices and competitions are prohibited
  • Ski areas are closed
  • Individual physical activity is allowed outdoors with the required distance of at least 1 meter between others while walking and at least 2 meters while jogging or cycling (everyone must still carry a mask with them at all times and put it on immediately when necessary)
  • Travel between regions and provinces is prohibited unless for proven work or health-related reasons.
  • The DPCM identifies different areas throughout Italy corresponding to four risk scenarios of escalating severity with differentiated containment measures: white areas are considered very low risk, yellow areas are low risk, orange areas moderate risk and red areas high risk. For details on specific measures see the relevant Italian Health Ministry's webpage and the Regional Color-Coded COVID-19 Restrictions in Italy document in the Download Box.
  • For more information on policies implemented by the Italian government at the national level please see the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs FAQ page. 

In general everyone is asked to stay at home and limit movement in public areas as much as possible in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Borders with many countries remain open, however currently international travel is strongly discouraged unless absolutely necessary. Certain restrictions may apply for those entering and leaving Italy depending on origin and destination, including a possible 14-day period of mandatory self-isolation. Due to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus throughout Europe and the world, new travel restrictions may suddenly be implemented without prior notice. For important details and updates on travel to and from Italy visit the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel website and the Italian Health Ministry's COVID-19 travel webpage.

An on-line travel information form has been created by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for people travelling to or from Italy based on current legislation. The form is intended ONLY as a general guide and it has no legal value, nor does it guarantee entry to Italy or other countries.

Travel Indications and Restrictions

Travel Notice - United Kingdom and Northern Ireland

Given the recent evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, travellers visiting or transiting through the UK in the 14-day period prior to their entry to Italy are allowed entry to Italy only if resident in the country since before 23 December 2020 or for essential reasons (in which case they must specify, in the self-declaration form, whether they are returning home or the essential reason for travelling). In these cases, travellers are allowed entry to Italy only if they:

  1. present to the carrier on boarding, and to any other control authority, a negative molecular or antigenic swab test result carried out no earlier than 72 hours before entering the country; 

  2. undertake to carry out a molecular or antigenic swab test on arrival at the airport, port or border crossing, where possible, or within 48 hours from entering the country at their local health authority. Travellers entering Italy with a flight from the UK must carry out a swab test on arrival at the airport;

  3. undertake, regardless  of the swab test result under point b) above, to quarantine under medical supervision for a period of fourteen days, at their home or other place of residence, subject to communication of their arrival to the Prevention Department of the competent local health authority. 

Transport and haulage personnel engaged in transporting passengers and freight shall not be required to quarantine in Italy (except if they have the symptoms of Covid-19), but shall nevertheless be required to take a molecular or antigenic swab test on arrival at the airport, port or border crossing, where possible, or within 48 hours from entering the country at their local health authority.
 

The Prime Minister's Decree (DPCM) from 3 December 2020 extends precautionary travel restrictions to counteract and contain the spread of COVID-19 through 15 January 2021. The new decree partly partly modifies previous travel rules to and from Italy and identifies the following groups of countries for which different limitations apply. Please open the links below and carefully read the corresponding restrictions:

  • List A - Vatican City and Republic of San Marino (only for the limited period from December 21 to January 6, 2021, travelling to and from the Republic of San Marino shall be subject to the regulations provided for the States and territories referred to in List C) 

  • List B - The States and territories with low epidemiological risk will be identified, among those in List C, by the Ordinance adopted pursuant to article 6, subparagraph 2 of the Prime Ministerial Decree of December 3, 2020.

  • List C - Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte and excluding other territories outside the European mainland), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (excluding territories outside the European mainland), Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, United Kingdom (including the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar and British bases on the island of Cyprus and excluding territories located outside the European mainland for which the Kingdom is responsible for international relations), Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including territories in the African continent), Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco, Republic of San Marino (only for the limited period from December 21 to January 6, 2021, travelling to and from the Republic of San Marino shall be subject to the regulations provided for the States and territories referred to in List C)

  • List D - Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand

  • List E - Rest of the world - (all States and Territories not specifically referred to in any other list)

Special exemptions to quarantine authorised by the Ministry of Health 
How to apply for authorisation from the Ministry of Health for exemption from quarantine on non-deferrable reasons.

When entry into Italy is NOT allowed
Positives cases, symptoms and close contacts

The main public health recommendations and prevention measures for those entering Italy
What to do if symptoms compatible with COVID-19 appear while you are in Italy and how to protect yourself and others

For more details and updates please see the Italian Health Ministry Travel webpage.

Entry in Italy is in any case allowed for EU/ITALIAN/Schengen citizens even though they have resided in the aforementioned third countries, with a possible quarantine obligation and without the obligation to provide any reasons;

All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide the carrier, or law enforcement officers if they are stopped for checks, with the self-declaration travel form which can be found in the Download Box.

Useful Phone Numbers for the Italian Ministry of Health

Arrival in Trento

Self-Isolation Indications from the Trentino Board of Health

Immediately upon arrival in Trento, those subject to self-isolation must notify the local Trentino Board of Health (APSS) Prevention Department of their entry into Italy and the starting date of their 14-day quarantine by sending an e-mail to segreteria.uoisp [at] apss.tn.it and attaching the completed APSS Self-Declaration Form (see the Download Box) and a copy of an identity document. A swab test may required by the local Health Board.

Important note: Self-isolation cannot be carried out in university student housing facilities.

If COVID-19 symptoms appear later this must be communicated immediately to the APSS Prevention Department.

After 14 days without symptoms the quarantine period is considered complete and no further communication with the APSS is required.

For more information please see the relevant APSS website (in Italian).

Throughout the Province of Trentino all of the aforementioned national COVID-19 containment measures are in place in order to comply with the current DPCM. Masks must always be worn in all indoor and outdoor spaces. Social distancing practices are still in place and masks are obligatory at all times while using all types of public transportation

For more updates about specific Coronavirus emergency measures in place at the local level, visit the English websites of the Province of Trentino and The University of Trento

If you are looking for live updates on the COVID-19 emergency during these days at home then tune in to Quarantine Radio! This English langauge radio program created especially for international students also offfers music, health tips, audio books, digital socializing and much more!

2020-2021 Academic Year at UniTrento

Academic Activities:

  • To comply with the aforementioned Decree, all University classes and exams are currently on-line during the Fall semester, except for first year Bachelor and Master courses which are in any case highly restricted.
  • All UniTrento classes are also available on-line and all students are welcome to participate remotely.

Services and facilities:

  • University offices are currently closed to the public. Staff is working partly at the office and partly from home and can be contacted by e-mail and phone.
  • At present most university libraries are open with restricted access, while other study areas are closed.
  • University restaurants and canteens are currently open with limited access.
  • University housing in Opera Universitaria dormitories is only open to certain mobility programs and these students have already been informed about application procedures.
  • If a quarantine period is required, it cannot be spent in university student housing facilities.

Inbound Exchange Mobility - Spring semester:

  • Given the rapid and uncertain evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the aforementioned measures taken at the national and international level, we strongly recommend that incoming international students participate in UniTrento academic activities remotely from their home country.
  • Should students decide to come to Trento anyway, they will be required to strictly comply with all national and international safety precautions. If a 14-day self-isolation period is required, students must arrange and pay for their own quarantine lodging outside of university student housing facilities.

UniTrento Virtual Mobility Website

  • A dedicated package of on-line services, information and socio-cultural activities is available for exchange students. In this way, they can make the most of their exchange experience and be fully “virtually” immersed in the UniTrento community.

UniTrento will continue to monitor the global and national COVID-19 emergency and may revise the aforementioned university policies as needed. Updates can be found on this webpage.

Furthermore, due to the rapid resurgence of COVID-19, new travel restrictions may suddenly be implemented without prior notice. For important details and updates on a national level please visit the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Health Ministry's webpages.

Counseling Service

For any student who would like to contact us during these difficult times, the Counseling Center is available by appointment via Skype or through other similar means of communication to give advice and support. Generally there are 1 or 2 appointments per student lasting about 20 minutes each. To make an appointment send an e-mail to: 
consulenzapiscologica.studenti [at] unitn.it
E-mails are read daily and you will be contacted to confirm your appointment. 
Students can also call 0461.808.116 Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 17:00
We hope this stressful situation passes and returns to normal as soon as possible. 

Call 1500 or 800.867.388 (toll free numbers) if you have a persistent cough and/or a constantly high temperature.