After careful consideration and extensive planning, Temple University Rome welcomed study abroad students back to Italy following the onset of the pandemic in the spring 2021 semester, and will continue operating with COVID-19 protocols in place for the 2021-22 academic year.
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 not purchase flights until they have been directed to do so by Education Abroad.
Current Conditions in Italy
Italy classifies its regions using a color-coding system based on risk factors, including the number of cases and the effect of infection rates on the healthcare system in each region. Each color code (white, yellow, orange, and red) dictates travel restrictions, curfews, and business operations for the region. You can view information about the zones from the Italian Health Ministry. Rome is located in the Lazio region.
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; details are provided 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 are also required at all times in indoor public spaces and on all occasions when the maintenance of a safe distance cannot be guaranteed.
- Limited capacity classes with physical distancing measures
- Hand sanitizing stations installed throughout campus
- Sanitizing materials provided in all classrooms
- Routine asymptomatic testing for students and staff
- Contact tracing procedures in place
- Isolation and quarantine housing available, if needed
- No-touch forehead thermometers in student apartments
- 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 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.
As of October 15, 2021, Temple University requires all students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before attending Temple Rome. Additionally, the Italian government has mandated the Green Pass for all university students, faculty, and staff. The Green Pass is also required for many regular activities in Italy. To qualify for a Green Pass, you must present an approved COVID-19 vaccination certificate (“white card” bearing the CDC logo is approved).
At present, it is not possible for foreigners to get vaccinated against COVID-19 while studying abroad in Italy. 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
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 a someone who tests positive, you will be required to quarantine. Students are considered close contacts if they share an apartment with someone who tests positive.
Students who test positive and close contacts are reported to the local Italian Health authorities, who determine the length of the quarantine and isolation periods.
Any student living in a university-arranged apartment who must isolate will move to a different apartment for the isolation period. Students who must quarantine will do so in their university-arranged apartments. All students will have access to meal deliveries. Students in independent housing are responsible for arranging their own isolation or quarantine accomodations and meals. Medical support for symptom monitoring (including care in the event of an emergency) and access to tele-counseling for mental health support is available to all students.
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 quarantine and isolation procedures and requirements, including those for students who test positive for COVID-19 or are close contacts.
University-arranged apartment housing is required for all students on the Fall 2021 semester program.
Temple Rome arranges housing in apartment-style complexes. Up to 6 students share an apartment with a living room, a full kitchen, and bathroom (some larger apartments may have multiple bathrooms). Bedrooms within apartments are shared between 2 people. Apartments are located about 1.5 miles from the Temple Rome campus building, and public transportation is available. The student housing guest policy specifies the number of permitted guests in alignment with regulations set by the Italian Health Ministry at the current time; overnight guests are always prohibited in university housing.
Spring 2022 semester students may choose university-arranged housing (apartment) or independent housing. Click here for more information about housing in Rome.
Temple Rome ensures that students in university-arranged housing, can quarantine or isolate in university-arranged housing as necessary. As quarantine and isolation protocols may vary, students will receive information about these protocols during their pre-departure orientation. Students in independent housing are responsible for coordinating their own quarantine or isolation arrangements, if required to do so. Students should anticipate that quarantine and/or isolation could be possibilities during their time in Rome, as regulated by Temple Rome and the Italian Health Ministry.
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.
Temple Rome strictly prohibits travel outside of Italy for all program participants during the program due to the complications related to inter-country travel during the pandemic. We hope you view this situation as an opportunity to embrace Italian culture and complete the program feeling more like a local than a visitor. Temple Rome faculty and staff are always eager to share the countless ways you can explore Rome and Italy to make the most out of your experience.
Travel outside of Italy is a violation of Temple Rome policy and will result in disciplinary sanctions, including possible dismissal from the program.
If you choose to travel after the program concludes, you do so at your own personal and financial risk. The international travel medical insurance provided by Temple University ends at the completion of the program and will not be available to students who decide to travel independently.
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. All study abroad students will be required to sign a pledge with Temple Rome committing to follow several rules. 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.