COVID-19 (Coronavirus): important information

Please see this section for the most important information from the International Relations and Study Abroad Office regarding the current COVID-​19 situation. Please check back regularly for updates, the section will be expanded continuously.

 

USI students spending a semester abroad in the ST 2021

  • USI enjoys a privileged international standing and encourages its students to undertake mobility and acquire international experience, nevertheless, USI reserves the right to prevent students from making or continuing the exchange according to the country of destination and the respective health situation. In this regard, our main point of reference are the travel restrictions imposed by the Swiss Government. 
  • Any teaching method offered by the host university is accepted. Students must therefore refer to the conditions indicated by the host university. SEMP students: SEMP scholarship terms are communicated directly to the concerned students.
  • Students are asked to be as informed as possible about their host university and host country safety rules and measures.
  • Should the students wish to change their plans, they must inform as soon as possible the Relint Service.

 

 

Guest students coming to USI in the ST 2021

  • As of Monday, 31 May, a new and important phase of reopening is generally triggered. Though some provisions have been lifted by the Federal Council on 26 May, it does not substantially change the modalities already foreseen at USI
  • education: until the end of the semester, the modalities adopted from 26 April remain in force. The list of courses in presence therefore remains as already published (BACHELOR: https://www.desk.usi.ch/it/orario-dei-corsi-bachelor; MASTER: https://www.desk.usi.ch/it/orari-dei-corsi-master); events: for events in attendance, the number of spectators allowed increases from 50 to 100 people indoors and from 100 to 300 outdoors. The maximum capacity of venues is no longer limited to one third, as was previously the case, but to half. The obligation to allocate seats to individual participants is dropped, but the obligation to wear a mask and maintain the mandatory distance remains; more detailed information: COVID-19, campus protection provisions and the spring semester .
  • The Covid-19 protection provisions (issued by the Rectorate on 25.5.20) are the measures introduced by USI that comply with federal and cantonal regulations to combat and continue to contain the novel coronavirus. They are constantly updated and remain in force until otherwise announced: COVID-19 Protection provisions, section students. 
  • All USI staff and services are operational generally in remote mode. For further information, please refer to the news item "USI Staff. Open, in a different way”.
  • Measures and ordinances in Switzerland: There are various measures, rules and bans in place. They all have the same goal: to contain the coronavirus. The Federal Council will adapt the national rules if necessary. In some cantons stricter rules apply. Updates: New coronavirus: Measures and ordinances of the federal council and Cantonal measures (the website is available only in Italian, USI's International Office staff will provide relevant information to exchange students).
  • People arriving in Switzerland from certain countries and areas are required to go into quarantine, list of countries and areas (this list is regularly updated): New coronavirus: Mandatory quarantine for persons arriving in Switzerland. Exchange students from travelling to Switzerland from one of the countries in the list are invited to contact the Relint Service before their arrival to get support before and during the quarantine.
  • Should the student wish to change their plans, they must inform the USI's International Office staff as soon as possible.

 

Guest students coming to USI in the AT 2021

  • The situation is gradually returning to normal, as reflected in the significant loosening of restrictions by the Federal Council last week. As a result, USI has decided that the fall semester, beginning on 20 September 2021, will be carried out on the campuses as much as possible and with online sessions if needed.
  • The Federal Council lifted the 50-person restriction on classroom teaching. The prerequisite is a testing strategy. The requirement to wear a mask and to respect the mandatory distance remains in force, a factor that could still place some limits on a full return to in-person lectures. Should the space required for teaching exceed the space available due to social distancing, blended teaching, similar to that of the 2020-21 academic year, will be implemented for the courses with the highest number of participants, alternating between presence and distance learning. Faculties will define the specific modalities in agreement with the Pro-Rectorate for Education and Students' Experience.
  • All courses will continue to make extensive use of the iCorsi platform so that the syllabus and materials will be available to all. In addition, if significant limitations regarding travel and related quarantines are still in place, USI is committed to supporting those temporarily unable to reach the campuses by providing a recording of the lectures.
  • Also, in defining the arrangements for the first semester of the academic year 2021-22, USI has been inspired by the four principles that have guided the institution in the two academic years affected by the pandemic: to protect the safety of the academic community; to seek solutions to guarantee continuity, while contributing to the stability of the social fabric; to ensure the educational offer even in such a volatile and challenging context; to comply with the decisions of the competent public authorities. Throughout this period, USI has considered in-person learning and university life on campus to be very important. Still, at the same time, it has shown the ability to manage online training, taking advantage of the opportunities and ensuring a flexible and continuous learning experience.
  • More detailed information: COVID-19, campus protection provisions .
  • Measures and ordinances in Switzerland: There are various measures, rules and bans in place. They all have the same goal: to contain the coronavirus. The Federal Council will adapt the national rules if necessary. In some cantons stricter rules apply. Updates: New coronavirus: Measures and ordinances of the federal council and Cantonal measures (the website is available only in Italian, USI's International Office staff will provide relevant information to exchange students).
  • People arriving in Switzerland from certain countries and areas are required to go into quarantine, list of countries and areas (this list is regularly updated): New coronavirus: Mandatory quarantine for persons arriving in Switzerland. Exchange students from travelling to Switzerland from one of the countries in the list are invited to contact the Relint Service before their arrival to get support before and during the quarantine.
  • Should the student wish to change their plans, they must inform the USI's International Office staff as soon as possible.

 

Update: 07.06.2021

 

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