FAQ – COVID-19 effects on student mobility - incoming (a.y. 2019/20)

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: erasmus.incoming@unipd.it

General Advice

  Is the University closed?

No. Teaching activities are delivered on a distance-learning basis, and academic and administrative staff is working in smart mode, always ready to help you during the semester.

All essential services are guaranteed, except for academic, sport and common facilities, which are closed until further notice.

Libraries are now open under restrictions; for detailed information please check: http://bibliotecadigitale.cab.unipd.it/en/digitalsolidarity/logbook

  Can I return to my home country?

At the moment there are many restrictions on international travelling. The safest thing to do is stay where you are, provided that all the measures to prevent contagion from COVID-19 are guaranteed. If you need to go back to your home country, you are entitled to do so, but please check all the travel bans and contact your Embassy/Consulate to obtain any last-minute additional information. If you are a non-EU citizen, please remember to bring your residence permit / ‘assicurata’ with you.

You should also notify us that you are leaving the country:

  • Degree-Seeking students: please email both your Programme coordinator and the Admission and Welcome Unit at international.admission@unipd.it
  • Erasmus+ KA103 students (Programme Countries, i.e. the 27 EU Member States, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey): fill in our form on www.unipd.it/relint/en  (Erasmus+ students > Coronavirus emergency).
  • Erasmus+ KA107 students (Partner Countries, i.e. all the other countries in the world) and  Bilateral Agreements students: write an e-mail to erasmus.incoming@unipd.it
  • Chinese students can also contact the China Desk at china.unipd@unipd.it

  Are there any measures regarding rent suspension?

No measure has been taken regarding a temporary suspension of the rents. Therefore, rents must be paid regularly to the landlord.

  Can I leave my accommodation before the end of my contract?

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 end your contract in accordance with the provisions outlined in the contract itself.

  When will I be allowed to come back to Italy?

Starting from 1st July, you are allowed to come to Italy for study purposes from any country: please check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website for further information.

You can also check Re-open EU, the official EU interactive tool that provides updated information - in 24 languages - on travelling to/from the European Union.

  Can I renew my residence permit?

On 15th June the Questura - Immigration Office reopened to the public.

Residence permits expired in Italy after 31st January are valid until 31st August; if your residence permit expired abroad, you should contact the Italian Embassy / Consulate and check the travel details with the airline. Moreover, please contact the SAOS Office to receive a declaration to be used for your return (saos@unipd.it).

  I have a valid residence permit: am I allowed to return to Italy?

Yes, you are always allowed to return to your home. You need to fill in the relevant form and always take it with you. Also, observe the self-isolation regulations.

  My residence permit has expired: am I allowed to return to Italy?

If you have the receipt issued by the Italian Post Office certifying the submission of your application for the renewal of your residence permit, you are always allowed to return to your home, by non-stop direct flights. You will need to fill in the  relevant form and always take it with you. Also, observe the self-isolation regulations

If you don't have the Italian Post Office receipt, you should contact the Italian Embassy / Consulate and check the travel details with the airline. Moreover, please contact the SAOS Office to receive a declaration to be used for your return  (saos@unipd.it).

  Can I have some sort of psychological support?

Yes. You can find all the information at the following links:

If you would like to speak to somebody about how you are feeling, please contact the university service for psychological support by sending an email to psychological.assistance@unipd.it 

General Academic Updates

  How can I attend classes?

You can attend classes on a distance-learning basis. The University has moved all its teaching activities online. All course units are made available on our MOODLE platforms.

Classes will be held exclusively online until the end of the second semester.

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

EXCHANGE STUDENTS ONLY: please do not forget to submit your study plan on Uniweb in order to attend online courses. If you have any doubts about the procedure, please check our website

  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.

  Can I attend UNIPD courses from my home country?

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

  Can I take 2nd semester exams after returning to my home country?

Yes. You have the chance to take exams on a distance basis.

  Are field trips suspended?

Yes, like any other activity that requires in-person gathering. All the activities will be postponed until a later date. You will receive official notification.

Advice for exchange students

  What about my Erasmus grant?

  • Erasmus+ KA103 students (Programme Countries, i.e. the 27 EU Member States, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey), please ask your home university for instructions on how to apply the ‘force majeure’ clause to your mobility.
  • Erasmus+ KA107 students (Partner Countries, i.e. all the other countries in the world): you should apply for the force majeure clause and for reimbursement of extraordinary expenses. You should have already received an email about it. Should you have any doubts, please write an email to erasmus.incoming@unipd.it .
  • Bilateral Agreements students: if you have a scholarship you should ask the agency in charge of the payment how the payments will be arranged.

  Can I get my Attendance certificate signed?

UNIPD signs only the Attendance certificates of the students who actually arrived in Padova.

  How can I register for exams?

Students must always register for exams on Uniweb about a couple of weeks before the exam date. Please check the instructions here:

  How can I modify my Learning Agreement?

You should fill in the section “During the mobility” of the Learning Agreement and list only the course units you want to add or to drop.

A) Students assigned to the Schools of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Economics and Political Science, Law, Medicine and Surgery, Psychology: please send your “during the mobility” LA to the Mobility Unit Desk at your School in order to get it signed. Contacts details are provided at http://www.unipd.it/en/desks-and-contacts

B) Students assigned to the Schools of Engineering, Science, Human and Social Science and Cultural Heritage:  please send your “during the mobility” LA directly to your Erasmus coordinator. Once the LA is signed by all parties, you should send a scanned copy of it to the Erasmus desk at your School. Contacts details are provided at  http://www.unipd.it/en/desks-and-contacts

  What I should do if I want to withdraw from the mobility?

Erasmus+ KA103 students (Programme Countries, i.e. the 27 EU Member States, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey), Erasmus+ KA107 students (Partner Countries, i.e. all the other countries in the world), Bilateral Agreements students: please send an email to erasmus.incoming@unipd.it

If you are assigned a room in a Hall of Residence, please notify SASSA service as well.

  Can I postpone my mobility to the next academic year?

  • Erasmus+ KA103 students (Programme Countries, i.e. the 27 EU Member States, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey): you can ask the Erasmus Office of your Home University to postpone your mobility. In case of approval, the Sending Institution should contact us to agree on this possibility, writing an email to erasmus.incoming@unipd.it
  • Erasmus+ KA107 students (Partner Countries, i.e. all the other countries in the world) and Bilateral Agreements students: yes, you can. Please send an email to erasmus.incoming@unipd.it