Friday, 27 November 2020

Guidelines for Outgoing International Student Mobility During the 2020/2021 Academic Year

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has recently issued travel advisories which strongly recommend against all international travel which is not absolutely necessary. Given the rapid resurgence of the pandemic, travel restrictions may be implemented at any time without prior warning and may affect trips to and from Italy. Therefore, UniTrento recommends that students selected for outgoing exchanges during the 2020-2021 academic year begin their mobility period on-line from Italy, or where ever they may reside, if compatible with the Host Institution’s course offerings and regulations.

In the case of virtual mobility, a scholarship will not be provided as this is intended to contribute to the costs of international travel and living expenses in the Host Country. Academic activities carried out during a period of virtual mobility will be recognized by UniTrento in each student’s official records and students may simultaneously attend courses offered by UniTrento. For internships to be conducted remotely via Smart Working each proposal must have prior authorization of the student’s academic tutor.

Should the COVID-19 situation improve and international travel resumes, and if the Host Institution confirms their ability to receive international students, the mobility period may be continued with physical presence in the Host Country. Attending courses and conducting planned activities on the Host University’s campus (either face-to-face or on-line) may be permitted according to COVID-19 management policies implemented at that time in the Host Country. Scholarships will be provided only for the duration of the mobility period physically spent abroad.

All students should be aware that mandatory quarantine and/or other containment measures may be required by the Host Country. Furthermore, transportation to and from Italy may be interrupted or cancelled at any moment. For these reasons, it is strongly recommended that all students acquire travel insurance which covers cancellations, as well as international medical insurance that includes hospitalization and treatment as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before travelling, it is strongly recommended that students verify if there are any restrictions imposed by the country where they intend to spend their period abroad. This country-specific information can be found on the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and on the websites of Italian Embassies and Consulates in the destination country. 

Furthermore, students are asked to pay particular attention to the policies adopted by host universities, as well as consult safe travel and behavior recommendations issued by the World Health Organization in relation to the COVID-19 emergency.  

These indications are valid for all international exchange programs currently active at UniTrento, including Bilateral Agreements, Double Degrees, Erasmus+ in Europe, Thesis Research, Doctoral Research and internships abroad.