Healthy Brown
Information for Undergraduate Students

Daily Life

Outdoor mask wearing is no longer required unless individuals are unable to maintain appropriate social distancing. Masks are required in public offices, post offices, banks and hairdressers. Ffp2 masks are required to enter stadiums and to board public transportation. 

No, you will not be required to be tested, unless you have COVID-19 symptoms. Testing is widely available and there is an associated cost.

Effective April 1, passengers on local and regional modes of transportation will not be required to show a Super or Basic Green Pass but must continue wearing a Ffp2 mask through April 30, 2022.

Public establishments have resumed normal business hours, but some shops, malls and other businesses may continue to impose limits on capacity.

Effective December 6, 2021, Italy has introduced the Super Green Pass, for vaccinated people or fully recovered from Covid, different from the Basic Green Pass, given from a PCR test valid for 72 hours or antigenic swab valid for 48 hours. The Super Green Pass allows individuals to participate in all activities and services corresponding to the classifications of risk and restrictions established by the ministry of health of white, yellow and orange zones. Effective January 10, 2022, the Super Green Pass is required to participate in these activities and/or visit the following venues:

  • hotels and accommodation facilities
  • holidays resulting from civil or religious ceremonies (e.g., weddings, baptisms)
  • festivals and fairs
  • convention centers
  • outdoor catering services
  • ski lifts with tourism-commercial purposes, even if located in ski areas
  • swimming pools, swimming centers, team sports and wellness centers, even outdoors
  • cultural centers, social and recreational centers for outdoor activities

The Super Green Pass is also required for access to and use of means of transport for local or regional public transport (buses, trams, subways and regional trains). Basic Green Pass implies a series of important limitations that may have an impact on your daily life.

  • Effective April 1, 2022, proof of the Super Green Pass on buses and metros is no longer required. Passengers will continue to be required to wear Ffp2 masks until April 30.
  • Beginning April 1, passengers are only required to provide proof of Basic Green Pass on trains, airplanes and ships. 
  • Starting on April 15, entrance to indoor bars and open air restaurants will no longer require proof of Basic Green Pass or Super Green Pass. Entrance to hotels and accommodation facilities remain without any limitations. Entrance to public offices, post offices, banks and hairdressers require a face mask.
  • The Super Green Pass remains mandatory to enter cinemas, theaters, discos and concerts and for indoor sporting events until April 30.
  • Effective April 1, the Basic Green Pass and Ffp2 mask will be required to access stadiums, which are now permitted to operate at 100% capacity.
  • Until December 31, entrance to hospitals and health care facilities requires the Super Green Pass.
  • On university campuses, students are required to have the Super Green Pass through April 30.

Effective March 28, 2022, subject to the restrictions and conditions below, students participating in the in Italy program are no longer prohibited from international travel outside of their host country for independent personal travel. Please be mindful of the following if you plan international travel:

  • All students remain subject to Brown or their home institution or provider program’s travel policies and should consult with their home school advisors regarding those policies, as applicable.
  • All students are responsible for adhering to local laws and health and safety requirements for the destination country and for particular locations of intended travel within the destination country, as well as testing and quarantine requirements for re-entry and return travel.
  • All students are required to register their travel with their respective program prior to traveling, and returning students are strongly encouraged to test for COVID-19 before resuming program events and activities.

While these changes are intended to support greater flexibility for students and reflect ongoing improvements in cross-border travel regulations, students should continue to prepare for the possibility of travel disruptions, as well as fluctuating government, home institution and/or host institution travel policies in some locations.

The Brown in Italy program continues to urge all students to exercise caution and discretion when making any travel plans. The programs are unable to support health, safety, travel and academic needs that may be impacted by students engaged in independent personal travel. For more information about the travel guidelines for your program, please contact the resident director.

Arrival Procedures

If you present proof of the required documentation, you will not need to quarantine upon arrival in Italy. However, individuals who do not demonstrate proof of a valid certification or equivalent COVID-19 documentation, regardless of the country, must quarantine for 5 days. The required documents include the following: (1) the COVID-19 Green Certificate or other equivalent certificate which provides evidence of completion of the primary vaccination series or booster dose according to the vaccination plans of the country of release with vaccines authorized by the European Medical Agency (primary series validity 9 months and booster dose without predefined limit); (2) recovery from SARS-CoV-2 infection (valid for 180 days from positive swab test); (3) recovery after the administration of the first dose of vaccine or at the end of the primary vaccination series or following the administration of the relevant booster dose; (4) rapid antigen or molecular swab test, within 48 or 72 hours before entry into Italy, respectively.

Individuals fully vaccinated for COVID-19 who test positive will have to quarantine for 7 days; all other individuals who test positive must quarantine for 10 days.

The Student Hotel will deliver meals to you directly and leave them outside your door. 

You will not be allowed to leave your room for any reason; you will not have access to laundry facilities during quarantine.

All travelers are required to present to the carrier and other designated officials: a printed or digital copy of a completed Passenger Locator Form; and a COVID-19 green certification, or  equivalent certification issued by the appropriate health agency. For travelers from the United States, the digital or paper format of the form often referred to as the “White Card with CDC logo” are approved forms of valid certification. As an alternative to certification, passengers can show certification of full recovery from COVID-19 or a rapid antigen or molecular swab test, within 48 or 72 hours before entry into Italy, respectively.

Travelers who do not provide proof of COVID-19 green certification or equivalent documentation must adhere to a five-day mandatory quarantine, followed by a proof of negative COVID-19 test. These rules will remain in force until April 30, 2022. For further information, visit: viaggiare sicuri, Ministero della Salute, Gazzetta Ufficiale

Housing & Dining

All students will be living in The Student Hotel; homestays are not available.

Depending on the local health regulations and policies of the Student Hotel, students may be able to host a guest for a maximum of 7 nights a month (with required registration and payment of associated fees). Students should consult with the Student Hotel and on-site staff before making any arrangements to ensure compliance with policies and procedures. 

Academic Policies & Campus Protocols

Currently, all courses at the University of Bologna are being offered in-person and online; exams are offered in-person. A Super Green Pass must be shown in order to access university facilities. Anyone exempt from vaccination based on a valid medical certificate issued according to the criteria defined by the Ministry of Health does not require the COVID-19 green certificate. The validity of COVID-19 green certificates will be checked using the VerificaC-19 national app. For further information, see this Student Incoming and Outgoing Mobility webpage for the University of Bologna.

No, mandatory routine testing is not required at the University of Bologna.

Courses at University of Bologna will be offered in-person and online. Exams will tend to be in person.

Health & Safety On Site

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