FAQ – COVID-19 effects on student mobility - incoming (a.y. 2021/22)

Despite the difficult times, the University of Padua is open. We are aware that you may have many questions regarding your life as a student. 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 (for Erasmus+ KA103, SEMP, Arqus and SEN Coimbra students)

-       mobility.in@unipd.it (for Erasmus+ KA107, Bilateral Agreements and Joint/Double degree students).

For FAQs related to Travels, Vaccinations and the Green Pass please refer to this webpage:

https://www.unipd.it/en/faq-covid19-degree-seekers

Mobility Programme Updates

  Is the mobility in the academic year 2021/22 confirmed?

Yes, the University of Padua is accepting students for the academic year 2021/22.

  What should I do if I am not sure whether to come to Padua or to cancel my mobility?

If you are still not sure, you do not need to cancel your mobility now. Please fill in the Application and the Accommodation forms by the deadline. Later on you can let us know if you want to cancel your mobility by sending an email to erasmus.incoming@unipd.it (for Erasmus+ KA103, SEMP, Arqus and SEN Coimbra students) OR to  mobility.in@unipd.it (Erasmus+ KA107, Bilateral Agreements and Joint/Double degree students).

We will regularly inform you by email on any developments of the situation in Italy, in Padua and at the University, so you will be able to make an informed decision on your mobility period at Unipd.

  Can I attend the entire semester remotely from my Home Country?

Teaching activities will resume in presence and in full capacity, in compliance with all safety regulations (compulsory Green Pass, mandatory face mask and forbidden access with respiratory diseases symptoms and body temperature over 37,5°). Unipd will continue to implement the measures dedicated to some specific categories of students who are unable to attend classes, beyond the scope of the health emergency. Regulations might however change with short notice.

If you are an Erasmus+ KA107 scholarship beneficiary, you will not receive any funds for virtual mobility periods and the minimum duration of the actual stay in Padua must be 90 days.

If you need to get an Arrival certificate or an Attendance certificate, please keep in mind that certificates will be signed only if you arrive in Padua.

  What should I do if I want to cancel my mobility period this academic year (2021/22)?

Erasmus+ KA103, SEMP, Arqus, SEN Coimbra 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 send an email to erasmus.incoming@unipd.it

Erasmus+ KA107, Bilateral agreements, Joint/Double degree students please send an email to mobility.in@unipd.it.

If you are assigned a room in a ESU residence hall, please notify SASSA service as well (sassa@esu.pd.it).

  If I cancel my mobility period next semester, can I postpone it to the following?

  • Erasmus+ KA103, SEMP, Arqus, SEN Coimbra 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, Bilateral agreements, Joint/Double degree students it depends on your mobility programme, if you wish further information please send an email to mobility.in@unipd.it.

  What about my grant/scholarship?

  • 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 refer to your home university, as they are in charge of your Erasmus grant. At the end of your Erasmus mobility, your home university will need a Certificate of Attendance (or “certificate of departure”) to calculate your grant. The Mobility Unit of the Project and Mobility office issues this certificate: in order to obtain it, you will be requested to provide us with any document attesting your departure from Padua (boarding pass, train or bus ticket, highway toll receipt, etc.). Therefore, it is important that you save all documents related to your journey back home.

For further information about how to request the certificate of attendance, you can visit this webpage

  • Erasmus+ KA107 students (Partner Countries, i.e. all the other countries in the world): should you have any doubts, please write an email to mobility.in@unipd.it.
  • Bilateral Agreements and Joint/Double degree students: if you have a scholarship you should ask the entity in charge of the payment how the payments will be arranged.

  Can I get my Attendance certificate signed?

Unipd signs only the Attendance certificates AFTER the arrival of students in Padua.

Academic Information

  How can I attend classes?

It is mandatory to hold a Green Pass or a negative test result made in the previous 48 hours to enter any University premise/building. Teaching activities will resume in presence and in full capacity, in compliance with all safety regulations (mandatory face mask and forbidden access with respiratory diseases symptoms and body temperature over 37,5°). Unipd will continue to implement the measures dedicated to some specific categories of students who are unable to attend classes, beyond the scope of the health emergency. Regulations might however change with short notice.

All information and materials on the course units are made available on our MOODLE platforms

In order to attend in-presence classes, you need to download the “OrariUniPD” app, which is necessary in order to track your class attendance and better manage any health emergency.

For further information, you can visit the dedicated webpage. 

  Can I take exams on a distance basis, after returning to my home country?

Currently exams are mainly organised in presence, but exceptions can be made in case of force majeure. Students are required to fill in a form to ask for an online exam.

  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:

General information

  What should I do if I am tested Covid19-positive while I am in Italy?

You must STAY AT HOME and not attend on-campus classes; please follow the instructions of the local Health Agency (called “ULSS 6 Euganea”) and you also must immediately contact the University's Prevention and Safety Office: sicurezzacovid19@unipd.it. In this way, your contacts with other students in the classrooms can be tracked thanks to OrariApp. 

You should send them the test result in attachment and the following information:

  • SURNAME
  • NAMEWhen did you have the first symptoms (if any)? Did you have contact with a person who was tested positive? When was the last contact?
  • GENRE
  • DATE OF BIRTH
  • “CODICE FISCALE”
  • NATIONALITY
  • EMAIL
  • TELEPHONE NUMBER (you can also put the one of the residence as well as your mobile one)
  • ADDRESS IN PADOVA

Do not forget to tell all your close contacts and all the people you have met recently.

If you share an apartment with other people, you should stay in your room all the time and if you share the bathroom, it should be frequently sanitized. Try not to use the kitchen and ask your housemates to bring you food to your room.

If you are staying in a University residence hall, please inform the House Manager or SASSA Service (sassa@esu.pd.it) that you are not feeling well. They can also lend you a thermometer if you need one!

  What should I do in case of fever and/or Covid-related symptoms while I am in Italy?

If you don't feel well, if your temperature is higher than 37.5°C, or if you have a cold, a headache, but you are not sure that your symptoms are Covid-related, please STAY AT HOME and do not attend on-campus classes until you feel better.

If you think that your symptoms are Covid-related, please inform via email the local Health Agency (called “ULSS 6 Euganea”) by sending an email to emergenzacovid19@aulss6.veneto.it, or by calling them at 800 032 973 describing your symptoms. You can also call a general practitioner of your choice, or the Guardia Medica on weekends (more information here).

The doctor or the local Health Agency will tell you if you need to take a PCR swab test.  

  What should I do if one of my friends/colleagues is tested Covid19-positive while we are in Italy?

If you are a close contact of this person, you might be contacted by the local Health Agency (ULSS) during the contact tracing procedures and required to quarantine. 

  A friend of a friend was tested Covid19-positive, my friend is in quarantine, should I quarantine too?

No, you shouldn't. As a close contact of a close contact of a Covid-19 positive person, you don’t need to be tested or quarantined, unless your close contact (your friend) is tested positive at a later time, or if the Health Authority orders a screening.

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

If you are renting a room in a University residence hall, you should contact:

  • for ESU residence halls: sassa@esu.pd.it
  • for private colleges - the residence hall secretariat

If you are renting a room in a shared apartment, you must contact the owner to end your contract in accordance with the provisions outlined in the contract itself.

  Can I have some sort of psychological support?

Yes, in Italian, English and Spanish. 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