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.

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

On Campus

  What are the measures taken by the University of Padua to reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading among students, faculty and staff?

The University of Padua has been fully operational throughout the pandemic and newly implemented health & safety protocols have allowed us to protect the health of our students and staff.

In an effort to contain the spread of the virus, a testing programme based on Salivary SARS-CoV-2 antigen rapid detection has been made available to teaching and administrative staff since October 2020. Almost all University staff have been fully vaccinated by June 2021.

The focus on our students has become even more crucial. The challenges of the past year gave a boost to some special initiatives and stimulated massive investments on the newest infrastructure technologies. The fast implementation of either dual (simultaneously in the classroom and online) or blended (partly online and partly in classroom) learning has allowed all our students to attend classes, exams, and graduation, and keep feeling part of our great community, even when prevented from being physically with us. 

The active engagement and commitment of the University to provide an environment of scientific excellence to all its researchers has proved to be critical and resulted in the development of numerous research projects on the transmission of the underlying coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, along with papers about the pandemic, its impacts and possible treatments.
For more details, please visit: https://web.unipd.it/covid19/en/

  Do I have to wear a mask when coming on campus?

Yes, all students, faculty members, administrative staff, and visitors must wear a mask to ensure their nose and mouth are fully covered. Wearing a face covering is one of the most effective ways to prevent the transmission of the virus, and it is mandatory on a national level for all people above 6 years of age.

  Do I need to sanitise my hands when on campus?

Across the University, students, teaching and administrative staff are expected to maintain responsible personal hygiene. Hand sanitiser stations are readily available in areas with heavy traffic (e.g. lobby, lifts...).

  How is social distancing ensured on campus?

Social distancing is key in reducing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and everyone arriving or returning to campus must consistently follow social distancing practices. The University has established protocols to increase the physical distance between individuals: these include but are not limited to signage and/or physical barriers in all shared spaces (e.g. classrooms, libraries, canteens, lifts...) reminding to keep at least 1 metre of space between individuals, modified circulation patterns to enter and exit buildings, reduction of rooms’ capacity, and mandatory pre-scheduling of all in-person activities.

Prospective students

  Documents and entry requirements

My school/University is closed and I cannot get my official Transcript of Records. Can I still apply?

Yes, but you should at least provide evidence of your academic history through an unofficial Transcript of Records (student copy). If this is the case, please add a note to your online application. Kindly remember that all documents need to be submitted in English or Italian.


My school/University is closed and I will not be able to get my secondary school/Bachelor's degree certificate by 31st July 2021. What shall I do?

You should attach to your online application a provisional certificate issued by your School/University, stating that you have successfully completed your High School studies/Bachelor’s degree programme. If you are applying for limited access degree programmes, you need to complete your previous studies no later than 31st July 2021. If you are applying for unlimited access degree programmes, you need to complete your previous studies no later than 30th September 2021. The official certificate should then be legalised, officially translated into Italian or English, and provided upon enrolment and no later than 31st October 2021, along with other required documents.


The University Entrance Examination in my country has been postponed. What shall I do?

You should attach to your online application a certificate issued by your School, stating that the University Entrance Examination has been postponed until [please mention the new date] due to COVID-19. The results of the University Entrance Examination are compulsory for enrolment eligibility and should be provided no later than 31st July 2021 for limited access degree programmes and 30th September 2021 for unlimited access degree programmes.


I was supposed to take the English test, but the exam has been cancelled. What shall I do?

Evidence of language proficiency should be provided no later than 31st July 2021 for limited access degree programmes and 30th September 2021 for unlimited access degree programmes. Please add a note to your online application.

  Visa related issues - travel bans

How can I get the visa?

The first step to apply for a student visa is to follow the pre-enrolment procedures. Starting from the academic year 2020/21, the pre-enrolment is online only and should be completed on a dedicated website: www.universitaly.it. Through this platform, Italian Universities, international students, and Italian Embassies and Consulates share all relevant information. If you have been admitted to the University of Padua, you can start your pre-enrolment by registering to Universitaly.

Once your pre-enrolment has been validated, you must book an appointment at the relevant Italian Representatives (Italian Embassy or Consulate) to start your VISA application.

Each diplomatic authority may enforce specific requirements: kindly double check the detailed procedures and list of required documents.


Are international students allowed to travel to Italy?

Given the current global situation, the Italian Government has issued some restrictions and regulations for foreign travellers. Before you plan your trip to Padua and before departure, make sure to visit the following websites for up-to-date information on COVID-19 restrictions and regulations:

Please note that restrictions and regulations may be subject to changes by the Italian government according to new developments of the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you keep up to date by visiting the websites mentioned above.

  Vaccination

Are all kind of COVID-19 vaccines recognised in Italy?

No. The only vaccines recognised in Italy are those authorised by the EMA (European Medicine Agency).

EMA-authorised vaccines are:

Other vaccines are not currently authorised by the EMA.

For more information on authorised vaccines, please visit the official EMA website.


Can I get vaccinated in Italy?

Yes, you can get vaccinated for free in Italy. To receive a COVID-19 vaccine, you should send an email to the local health authority at: emergenzacovid19@aulss6.veneto.it.

The email to request a vaccine should state your:
Name, Surname, Date of Birth, Tax identification number (Codice fiscale), Place of Birth, Citizenship, Residence, Domicile, Email, Telephone Number.

If you miss any of the required information, please wait before sending an email to request a COVID-19 vaccine. Please note that incomplete requests will not be processed.


Can I get the second dose in Italy?

Yes, if you have already received the first dose of one of the EMA-authorised vaccines.

After your arrival in Italy and after having completed the isolation period (if required by regulations), you should send an email to the local health authority at: emergenzacovid19@aulss6.veneto.it.

The email to request the second dose of one of the EMA-authorised vaccines should state your:
Name, Surname, Date of Birth, Tax identification number (Codice fiscale), Place of Birth, Citizenship, Residence, Domicile, Email, Telephone Number.

You must also attach a copy of a valid vaccination certificate, indicating:
Name of the Vaccine, Batch, Expiry, Place of Performance.

The vaccination certificate is valid if issued in one of the following languages: Italian, English, French, and Spanish. The certificate should contain a stamp of the issuing body.

If you miss any of the required information, please wait before sending the request for a COVID-19 vaccine. Please note that incomplete requests will not be processed.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  "Green Pass" Covid Certificate

What is the “Green Pass”?

The “Green Pass” is a type of EU digital COVID certificate, which facilitates free and safe movement in the EU. It is digital and printable; it contains a two-dimensional barcode (QR Code) and a qualified electronic seal. In Italy, it is issued only through the national platform of the Ministry of Health and is free of charge.

The Certificate attests one of the following conditions:

  • vaccinated with an EMA-authorised COVID-19 vaccine (in Italy, it is issued after both the first and the second dose)
  • negative result of a molecular or antigen swab test within the past 48 hours
  • recovery from COVID-19 in the past six months (certified by molecular or antigen swab test)

Why should I get the “Green Pass”?

As of 1st of September 2021, the “Green Pass” is compulsory to access University facilities and to attend classes.

The “Green Pass is also required to access the following:

  • restaurants, cafés (limited to indoor services)
  • shows, sporting events, competitions;
  • museums, other institutes and places of culture, exhibitions;
  • swimming pools, gyms, wellness centres, team sports (limited to indoor activities);
  • festivals and fairs, conferences and congresses;
  • spas, thermal centres, amusement parks;
  • cultural, social and recreational centres (limited to indoor activities and with the exception of educational centres for children and related catering activities);
  • gaming rooms, betting rooms, bingo halls, casinos;
  • public competitions

Do I need the “Green Pass” to enter the University and to attend classes?

Yes, as of 1st of September 2021, students are required to have a “Green Pass” (or other Covid Certificate which counts as a “Green Pass”) in order to access University facilities and to attend classes.

University officers may request students to show their “Green Pass” (or other Covid Certificate which counts as a “Green Pass”) upon entering classes and other facilities. Officers may also request a document (ID or Passport) to verify the identity of the “Green Pass” holder. 

Student who will not fully comply will be restricted from entering classes and other University facilities.


Do I need the “Green Pass” to travel to Italy?

The “Green Pass” (or other Covid Certificate that counts as a “Green Pass”) is not compulsory but specific restrictions and regulations have been introduced. Before you plan your trip to Padua and before departure, make sure to visit the following websites for up-to-date information on COVID-19 restrictions and regulations:

Please note that restrictions and regulations may be subject to changes by the Italian government according to further developments of each country’s COVID-19 situation. For this reason, we recommend that you keep up to date by visiting the websites mentioned above.


Do I need the “Green Pass” to travel within Italy?

As of 1st of September, the “Green Pass” is required to access long distance travel via:

  • Airplane
  • Train: «Alta velocità» (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, …), IntercityIntercity notte
  • Bus (e.g. Flixbus, busses connecting two or more administrative regions)
  • Boat

The “Green Pass” is not required to access regional and local public transport.

Please note that the Italian government may change and update these “Green Pass” requirements according to further developments of COVID-19 situation in the country and in each administrative region within the country.


Can I obtain the “Green Pass” by getting vaccinated in Italy?

Yes, only by receiving an EMA-authorised vaccine.


How do I obtain a “Green Pass” after receiving the Vaccine in Italy?

The “Green Pass” can be downloaded from:

  • The official website http://www.dgc.gov.it/
  • The application “App Immuni” (SPID Digital Identity required)
  • The application “App IO” (SPID Digital Identity required)

In order to download the “Green Pass” from the official website http://www.dgc.gov.it/ the following are required:

  • National Health Card (Tessera Sanitaria) or Digital Identity (SPID)
  • AUTHCODE, code received via SMS or via email after the vaccination has been reported to the Ministry of Health.

If you do not receive the AUTHCODE or you have misplaced it, you can request it on the official website http://www.dgc.gov.it/ or via email. Send an email to codice.dgc@sanita.it stating:

Tax identification number (Codice Fiscale) - date of negative molecular or antigen swab test/vaccination/first positive test (in case of recovery) – email at which you wish to receive the AUTHCODE.

or

  • Tax identification number (Codice Fiscale)
  • Date in which the vaccine was last administered.

The official website http://www.dgc.gov.it/ allows download of certificates issued in several languages.

The “Green Pass” can also be requested to your GP in Italy (General Practitioner/Medico di base) or to any Pharmacy. In both cases, National Health Card (Tessera Sanitaria) is required.

If you are not able to download the “Green Pass”, please note that official certificates issued by the Italian Health Authority administering the EMA-authorised vaccine can be used to replace the “Green Pass” and have the same validity as a “Green Pass”.

A “Green Pass” obtained by vaccinating has a validity of 12 months from the date of administration of the vaccine.


Can I obtain the “Green Pass” before getting vaccinated?

Yes, only by demonstrating:
a) Negative result of a molecular or antigen swab test (Duration of “Green Pass”: 48 hours from the moment of the test)
or
b) Recovery from COVID-19 certified by medical certificate (Duration of “Green Pass”:
180 days from the release of the certificate)

COVID-19 tests are administered at Special Covid Points managed by the Local Health Authority and at selected pharmacies (the full list of pharmacies is available here). Please note that you will have to schedule an appointment and that each pharmacy manages appointments independently.
The Digital “Green Pass” can be downloaded from:

  • The official website http://www.dgc.gov.it/
  • The application “App Immuni” (SPID Digital Identity required)
  • The application “App IO” (SPID Digital Identity required)

In order to download the “Green Pass” from the official website http://www.dgc.gov.it/ the following are required:

  • National Health Card (Tessera Sanitaria) or Digital Identity (SPID)
  • One of the following codes: CUN (molecular swab code), NRFE (antigenic swab code), NUCG (Recovery certificate code)

If you are not able to download the “Green Pass”, please note that official certificates issued by the Italian Health Authority or pharmacy administering the molecular or antigen swab test, can be used to replace the “Green Pass” and are valid for 72hours (molecular test) or 48 hours (from the time of sampling (the time the test was taken).
Official recovery certificates issued by your GP in Italy (General Practitioner/Medico di base) can be used to replace the “Green Pass” and for 180 days from the release of the certificate


I can’t get vaccinated due to medical reasons. Should I get the “Green Pass”?

If you cannot receive a vaccine for medical reasons, you are exempt from the “Green Pass”. The procedure to obtain an exemption will be made available soon.


I already have a Digital COVID Certificate issued by my country of residence, do I need to get the “Green Pass” as well?

If you already have an EU digital COVID certificate, you do not need to request the “Green Pass”. Your COVID Certificate, either in paper or digital format, counts as a “Green Pass”. However, you should still comply with the regulations to enter Italy safely.

Official COVID Certificates, both in paper and in digital format, issued by the Health Authority of the USA, UK, Canada, Japan, or Israel count as a “Green Pass”. These Certificates should contain your personal data (name, surname, date of birth) and information on the vaccine received and authority administering the vaccine and issuing the certificate. These Certificates should be issued in one of the following languages: Italian, English, French, and Spanish; or alternatively, accompanied by a certified translation either in Italian or in English. These certificates have the same validity as the equivalent type of “Green Pass” (9 months for vaccine, 48 hours for negative swab, and 6 months for certified recovery).

Certificates of recovery issued by the Health Authorities of the USA, UK, Canada, Japan, or Israel count as a “Green Pass” and must be accompanied by a certified translation in either Italian or English.

Please note that even if you hold one of these COVID Certificates you should still comply with the entry requirements in order to travel to Italy.

Digital COVID Certificates other than those mentioned above cannot replace the “Green Pass”.


I have already received all doses of an EMA-authorised vaccine in a country other than Italy. How can I get the “Green Pass”?

If you have received all doses of an EMA-authorised vaccine in a country releasing EU digital COVID certificate, Canada, Japan, USA, Israel, and UK, you should have obtained a COVID certificate, either in paper or digital format. As explained in the previous section, your valid COVID Certificate, either in paper or digital format, will count as a “Green Pass”.

If you have already received all doses of an EMA-authorised vaccine* in any other country, you can request the recognition of your vaccination.
To request the recognition of your completed vaccination with an EMA-authorised vaccine, send an email to the local health authority at: emergenzacovid19@aulss6.veneto.it.

The email to request the second dose of one of the EMA-authorised vaccines should state your:
Name – Surname - Date of Birth - Tax identification number (Codice Fiscale) - Place of Birth – Citizenship – Residence – Domicile – Email - Telephone Number.

You must also attach a copy of a valid vaccination certificate, indicating:
Name of the Vaccine – Batch - Date of vaccination - Administering body (State, issuing authority)

The vaccination certificate is valid if issued in one of the following languages:
Italian, English, French, German and Spanish.

If the certificate is issued in any other language you should also attach a certified translation of the certificate either in Italian or in English.
The certificate should contain a stamp of the issuing authority.

Important:
Attach to the email a copy of your Passport and of your National Health Card (Tessera Sanitaria). If you do not have a National Health Card yet, attach only a copy of your Passport.

If you miss any of the required information, please wait before sending the request for a COVID-19 vaccine. Please note that incomplete requests will not be processed.

Once your request has been accepted, processed and registered you will receive an Italian Vaccination Certificate. This new document will allow you to request a “Green Pass” by following the procedure explained in the Can I obtain the “Green Pass” by getting vaccinated in Italy? section of these FAQs.

For a list of EMA-authorised vaccines, please refer to “Are all kind of COVID-19 vaccines recognised in Italy?” section of these FAQs.


I have already received all doses of a vaccine that has not been authorised by the EMA. How can I get the “Green Pass”?

If you have already received all doses of a vaccine that has not been authorised by the EMA* you can request to be administered an additional dose of an EMA-authorised vaccine. This entitles you to the “Green Pass”. 

To do so, go to Fiera di Padova, Padiglione 6 (via Rismondo 18, Padova) which is open Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 18:00. Bring with you:

Passport – Tax code (codice fiscale) – Residence permit (Permesso di soggiorno) OR postal receipt (Assicurata) if you have not received your residence permit yet – document attesting you have been vaccinated.

At Fiera di Padova, one of the doctors  administering the vaccine will examine you and suggest how many doses of an EMA-authorised vaccine you may receive.

Once you will have received all of the suggested doses of an EMA-authorised vaccine you will be able to obtain a “Green Pass” following the procedure detailed in the How do I obtain a “Green Pass” after receiving the Vaccine in Italy? section of these  FAQs.

For a list of EMA-authorised vaccines, please refer to Are all kind of COVID-19 vaccines recognised in Italy? section of these FAQs.

  Academic year 2021/22 schedule

How and when can I complete my enrolment?

Enrolment at the University of Padua will be finalised online from August 2021 onwards, provided that you upload the required documents in the dedicated tasks of your application platform.

Upon your arrival in Padua, as a newly enrolled student, you should provide the Admissions and Welcome Unit Desk with the original documents required to complete your enrolment.  Kindly be advised that the original documents will be verified by the Admission and Welcome Team which will then return them to you.

Enrolments will be accepted until 31st of October 2021.

If you are not allowed to come to Italy by October due to COVID-19 related issues (travel bans, quarantine etc.), you can meanwhile start the semester online and be officially enrolled provided that you arrive in Padua - as soon as it is possible - and hand in the original documents.


Is there any change in the Academic Year 2021-2022 calendar?

The calendar has not been changed. Nevertheless, if any change is applied, all students will be promptly informed.


Has the start of the lessons been rescheduled?

No, classes are scheduled to start as usual at the beginning of October 2021. Nevertheless, if any change is applied, all students will be promptly informed.


Will the classes be online during the academic year 2021/22?

The teaching mode for the current academic year is either dual (simultaneously in the classroom and online) or in-person. Classroom activities might be made available online to ensure that all our students can access learning materials.


Could I start classes online and then travel to Italy?

This is a possibility that may apply to students coming from countries where a travel ban is in place at the beginning of the academic year. We strongly advise you to come to Padua as soon as you obtain your student visa so that you can make the most of university life.