FAQ – COVID-19 effects on international students (degree-seekers)

We appreciate that you may have lots of questions regarding your life as a student at the University of Padua. Some of the answers can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions hereunder. If you are unable to find the answer you are looking for, our team is ready to help: international.admission@unipd.it.

For more detailed information check the Protocols for the Control and Containment of Sars-Cov-2

General Information

  Is the University closed?

No, it is not, but until 3rd December 2020 all academic activities (classes, exams) will be held online only, except for classes of the first year of Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes, laboratory activities, field trips, practical traineeships, which can continue in-presence.

Access to libraries is limited and allowed only through online reservation using the Affluences App; for detailed information about the access modalities and the resources available online please check: http://bibliotecadigitale.cab.unipd.it/en/digitalsolidarity/logbook

Our offices are working mostly in smart mode and/or by appointment, always ready to provide you with the support you need.

  Has the 2020/2021 Academic calendar been modified?

No, the 2020/2021 Academic calendar has not been modified for the time being; nevertheless, if any change is applied, all students will be promptly informed.

You can find more information at the following link.

  Can I come to Italy and what should I do once I arrive?

As far as international travelling is concerned, at the moment there are some restrictions and rules to follow, which varies depending on your country of origin.

Travelling to Italy for study reasons is still allowed for many countries, provided the compliance with some safety measures upon your arrival, such as observing a fiduciary isolation and health surveillance and/or undergoing a molecular or antigenic test. Travelling to Italy is forbidden, even for study reasons, only for a few countries.

Please find here the travel regulations currently in place and be sure to regularly check all the relevant updated information

  I can’t find accommodation. What should I do?

Finding accommodation in these troubled times can be difficult, but we have implemented a dedicated housing service to  support international students. Should you have any problem finding temporary or long-term accommodation, please contact housing@unipd.it.

  I found accomodation, but I can’t come to Padua right now. What should I do?

If you are renting a room in a student dormitory, you should contact:

If you are renting a room in a shared apartment, you can contact the owner to find an agreement in accordance with the provisions outlined in the contract itself.

  Given the current Covid-19 situation, does the University of Padova offer any benefit to its students?

Yes, the University of Padua provides special benefits to its students:

  • a SIM card with 60GB data per month;

  • refunds for laptop purchases;

  • rent and public transport subsidies.

Please note that the call to apply for these benefits closes on November 30th; check the eligibility criteria and all the relevant information on the dedicated page.

  Can I have some sort of psychological support?

Yes, you can. If you would like to speak to somebody about how you are feeling, please contact the university Psychological Assistance Service by sending an email to psychological.assistance.scup@unipd.it

You can find more information at:


Academic guide

  How can I attend classes?

Teaching activities are delivered simultaneously both face-to-face and on-line, developing a blended teaching mode that can be accessed both in the university classrooms (in compliance with the established safety measures) and remotely at the same time.

All the lessons of the first semester of the a.y. 2020/2021 are offered also online and made available on our MOODLE platforms, which you can access through your Uniweb credentials.

If you have specific concerns about your study programme, contact your Department or School.

Instead, if you decide to attend classes in presence, you must download the official OrariUnipd app to record your class attendance and be always updated about the teaching modalities chosen by your professors.

In order to allow quick identification of contacts in the University classrooms, should any critical issue arise, the presence of students in the classroom will be tracked through the use of the OrariUnipd app, connected with Easy Badge software.

  Can I attend lessons from my home country?

Yes, your UNIPD account is active and you can access our e-learning platform MOODLE from wherever you are.

  How will time zone differences be handled in distance-learning classes?

If your time zone strongly affects your chances to attend classes, please contact the teaching staff as soon as possible. They will advise you of attendance expectations or alternative options. Nevertheless, most of the classes are recorded, then the attendance can be flexible and not necessarily tied to fix schedules.

  My study plan includes an internship. What shall I do?

The Career Service is available to support all students on a case-by-case basis. You can email the Career Service at stage@unipd.it

  Are field trips suspended?

Yes, field trips are suspended until further notice.

However, laboratory activities, exercises, and experiential activities will continue in person for all students to the extent that it is possible, provided the implementation of adequate guidelines related to logistics and rotation sessions to ensure compliance with the prescribed health and safety measures.

Please contact the teaching staff in charge of each activity to have more information.

  Can I interrupt my studies?

Yes, you can. All students can suspend their studies following the procedure.

Please note that this may affect your residence permit validity, so please contact SAOS for further information and support (SAOS@unipd.it).

In addition, please note that if you wish to resume your studies, you will have to pay a fee for each suspended academic year.

Please note that if you have been awarded a scholarship and wish to suspend your studies, you should also contact: