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 AT 2020

  • The current exams session will be held in the defined format. 
  • The study rooms provided on the campuses remain open for self-study, subject to these principles: wearing face masks even when seated; keeping the required safety distances; respecting the maximum number of people per room; workgroups with more than five people are prohibited.

    In the last few weeks in a number of cases the rules have not been respected. In the coming weeks University will be very strict with regards to the application of the rules, and if breaches to the rules should still be observed, the study rooms could be closed. This is a final call for individual responsibility of the student body.  COVID-19 Protection provisions, section students. 

  • All USI staff and services are and will remain operational, either partially or entirely in remote mode.  For further information, please refer to the news item "USI Staff. Open, in a different way”.
  • The reading rooms in the USI libraries, as well as the collections, shall remain closed, but book lending continues at the opening hours indicated on the relevant websites: University Library Lugano and Academy Library Mendrisio

  • 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 will provide relevant information to exchange students).

 

Guest students coming to USI in the ST 2021

  • Teaching activities will begin online: in fact, this arrangement for universities in Switzerland has been extended until at least the end of February 2021. Course schedules will be available soon, whereas for the rest we confirm what has already been communicated on December 7, 2020:  www.usi.ch/en/feeds/15035. Regular updates will follow and the Faculties will provide specific information following the publication of the course schedules.

  • The study rooms provided on the campuses remain open for self-study, subject to these principles: wearing face masks even when seated; keeping the required safety distances; respecting the maximum number of people per room; workgroups with more than five people are prohibited. In the last few weeks in a number of cases the rules have not been respected. In the coming weeks University will be very strict with regards to the application of the rules, and if breaches to the rules should still be observed, the study rooms could be closed.  COVID-19 Protection provisions, section students. 

  • The reading rooms in the USI libraries, as well as the collections, shall remain closed, but book lending continues at the opening hours indicated on the relevant websites: University Library Lugano and Academy Library Mendrisio

  • 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.

 

 

Update: 21.01.2021

 

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