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Temple Rome COVID-19 Information

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Temple University Rome successfully welcomed study abroad students back to Italy in spring 2021 following the onset of the pandemic and is operating with COVID-19 protocols in place.

The following measures and guidance are in place to prioritize the health and safety of the Temple Rome community. Given the changes brought on by the pandemic, your study abroad experience will differ from how you may have imagined it. We will provide updates specific to your term as you prepare to go abroad. Accepted students should wait to purchase flights until they have received their flight guidance from their program manager at Education Abroad.

Current Conditions in Italy

  • Case numbers fluctuate. Vaccination/booster rates are relatively high.
  • Italy has been gradually relaxing many restrictions leading up to the elimination of the Green Pass on May 1, 2022. You should expect some restrictions to be in place and that restrictions may change over the course of your program.
  • Wearing a mask indoors and in crowded spaces is required.
  • Monitor these sites before and during your time abroad:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also include guidance on traveling to Italy.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Temple Rome follows public health guidance and regulations from the Italian Ministry of Health and consults with local health professionals to promote a safe, healthy environment. Our staff have developed COVID-19-specific protocols to mitigate the risk of transmission in program facilities and to respond to possible and actual COVID-19 cases. The list below includes measures that may be in place during your program; we will provide details to students closer to departure as protocols are dictated by the local conditions and regulations in place at the time the program is operating. 

  • Extensive pre-departure programming to prepare students for the semester
  • The use of masks is currently mandatory at all times on campus regardless of vaccination status. Masks will likely be required in indoor public spaces and on all occasions when the maintenance of a safe distance cannot be guaranteed. Masks may be required outdoors as well.
  • Hand sanitizing stations installed throughout campus
  • Sanitizing materials provided in all classrooms
  • Asymptomatic testing for students and staff if necessary
  • Contact tracing procedures in place
  • Isolation and quarantine housing available, if needed
  • No-touch forehead thermometers in student housing
  • Access to English-speaking medical support, including mental health support, available 24/7 
  • Local English-speaking doctor works with students and public health authorities as appropriate regarding COVID-19-related symptoms, testing and medical care
  • Academic continuity plans for each course in the event a student or group must quarantine or isolate
  • Student program-affiliated travel is limited to Italy, always in compliance with the Italian Ministry of Health. The government may also impose restrictions on travel to other regions in Italy if necessary.

Vaccination Status and Italy's Green Pass

Temple University requires all students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before attending Temple Rome.

Prior to the Summer 2022 semester, the Italian Health Ministry utilized a “Green Pass” to ensure vaccination compliance. This pass was required for participation in many regular activities, including attending classes at Temple University Rome. To qualify for a Green Pass, a booster was typically required.

Although Italy’s Green Pass policy expires on May 1, 2022, it is important to understand Italy may reintroduce vaccination and booster requirements at any time, depending on the epidemiological situation.

We want you to have the best and smoothest experience possible while in Italy and therefore still strongly encourage you to get your COVID-19 booster prior to departure if you are eligible. Having the COVID-19 booster adds assurance that you will be able to participate fully in the program and life in Italy - please note:

  • Any students that test positive for COVID-19 while in Italy will have to isolate for a minimum of 7 days per Italian regulations.
  • It is possible that pre-travel entry requirements for Italy may vary depending on vaccination / booster status. 
  • Italy’s requirements are subject to change at any time.

All accepted students must ensure their COVID-19 vaccination information is up-to-date in Temple’s Student Health Services portal.

If you do not anticipate being fully vaccinated before your intended semester at Temple Rome, please consult our staff regarding your eligibility for the program.

Quarantine and Isolation

Required quarantine and/or isolation are possible during your time in Rome, as regulated by Temple Rome and the Italian Health Ministry.

If you test positive for COVID-19 during the program, you will be required to isolate. 

If you are identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive, you are required to monitor your health regardless of your vaccination status and may need to undergo testing. Students are considered close contacts if they share an apartment with someone who tests positive.

Students who test positive are reported to the local Italian Health authorities, who determine the length of the isolation period. 

Any student living in a university-arranged housing who must isolate may be required to move to a different apartment or a COVID hotel for the isolation period. All students will have access to meal deliveries. Students in independent housing are responsible for coordinating their own isolation arrangements, including meals, if required to do so. All students have access to medical support for symptom monitoring (including care in the event of an emergency) and access to tele-counseling for mental health support.

An updated version of Temple Rome’s Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines and Regulations is provided to students prior to departure. These guidelines and regulations explain COVID-19-related procedures and requirements, including those for students who test positive for COVID-19 or are close contacts.

Housing

Students may choose university-arranged housing (apartment or dorm) or independent housing. Click here for more information about housing in Rome

Current Italian Health Ministry guidance determines the guest policy within university-arranged housing, and participating students receive up to date information once onsite. Overnight guests are always prohibited in university housing.

Internships

Temple Rome offers a wide array of for-credit internship options, all of which follow Italian health ministry guidelines regarding in-person activities. In the event that in-person gatherings are restricted, the internship director will coordinate with students and their placements to continue internships virtually. 

Personal Travel

Temple Rome prohibits travel outside of Italy for all program participants during the spring 2022 term due to the complications related to inter-country travel during the pandemic. Traveling outside of Italy is a violation of Temple Rome policy and will result in disciplinary sanctions.

For terms beyond spring 2022, travel outside of Italy is strongly discouraged during the program. If you choose to travel, you do so  at your own personal and financial risk. Pandemic-related travel restrictions and entry criteria can change with little notice, and traveling outside of Italy increases the risk of being unable to return as planned. Program faculty and staff are limited in their ability to support you if you experience an incident or test positive for COVID-19 outside of Italy. Absences due to travel delays are not excused and virtual classes will not be available if you are affected by a travel disruption.

We encourage in-country travel and hope you will use this opportunity to embrace Italian culture and complete the program feeling more like a local than a visitor.

The international travel medical insurance provided by Temple University is only valid for the duration of the program and cannot be extended for students who decide to travel independently outside of the program dates.

Student Conduct and Community Standards

As members of the Temple Rome community, students, faculty and staff share the responsibility for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Temple Rome’s policies and protocols, as well as those of the Italian Ministry of Health, have been enacted to protect the health and safety of our communities. Noncompliance with these rules is a violation of Temple University’s Student Conduct Code.

If you are found responsible for a violation of the Student Conduct Code, you could face serious sanctions, including dismissal from the program. Students dismissed from the program are responsible for the costs of their departure and will not receive any refunds for the costs of the program.

Passport and Visa Information

See the Temple Rome Passport and Visa page for information about obtaining a passport and Italian study visa in time for your program. If you plan to travel internationally prior to your program start date, please contact your Program Manager immediately, as your plans may impact your ability to obtain a visa, or pandemic-related entry requirements may vary.

Academic Continuity and Program Interruption

Temple Rome courses are able to transition to remote learning if required due to the local COVID-19 situation during the semester.

Our decision to run the program considers how the COVID-19 situation may evolve during the semester. While we do not anticipate asking students to depart the program early, Temple Rome has emergency plans in place to respond if the unexpected occurs. We advise all students to carefully review the change/cancellation policies before booking a flight so they are prepared if a change does occur. Temple University is unable to assist with costs of departing a program early.

General COVID-19 Information

 We also encourage you to read our general page on what to expect from studying abroad during COVID-19.