Notice: All students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to arrival for the Fall 2021 semester.
Notice: All students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to arrival for the Fall 2021 semester.

In preparation for your study abroad experience, we ask that you upload proof of your vaccination status. ISI Florence requires that all students, staff, and faculty be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the start of the semester. Only in rare instances, and with documentated medical reasons and the explicit recommendation against vaccination by a licensed physician, will exceptions be considered; additional participation terms and policies will also apply. This form must be submitted prior to your arrival date for the fall 21 and spring 22 semesters.

This policy is subject to change and is based on the understanding that vaccines are broadly available across the U.S. to adults of all ages, and that students in various international locations will also have access to the vaccine within the coming months. This policy is in line with the requirements of other AACUPI (Association of American College and University Programs in Italy) programs, the Italian Ministry of Health, and the policies of the vast majority of our university partners.

Should you have any questions, or should you be an international student currently based in a country where vaccines are not regularly available, please view our FAQ below or contact your ISI Florence admissions advisor.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If this form is not received prior to your arrival in Italy, you will not be able to participate in ISI Florence’s programs. You will be asked to immediately return home, at your own expense, with no refunds offered in line with our refund policy (see in the FAQ below).



Vaccination Policy FAQ:

If you do not provide proof of vaccination prior to your arrival in Italy, then you will not be able to participate in the program. You will be asked to immediately return home at your own expense. You will also be subject to ISI Florence’s refund policies. You can read the full refund policy by clicking here


TRAVEL & THE VACCINE

The CDC, among other health agencies, have agreed that the vaccines are all safe and effective and studies have demonstrated that they effectively prevent severe illness from Covid-19 (see links below). Considering the nature of study abroad, as an international opportunity for study and travel that is highly dependent on its host community, ISI Florence has made the decision to require that all students, faculty, and staff be vaccinated in support of a safe and healthy experience for all involved. This includes protecting members of the host community and ISI Florence community who may be immunocompromised or experiencing other high-risk factors that keep them from receiving the vaccine.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html
https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/coronavirus-response/safe-covid-19-vaccines-europeans_en

We recommend that you contact your doctor and/or local community healthcare center regarding your vaccination needs. That said, we are aware that many of our university partners are hosting vaccination centers and making other local resources available to their students. You are encouraged to contact them directly for details. 

All students must be fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to their arrival in Italy. Proof of vaccination, or an official medical note stating the reason for a medical exemption, must be provided to the Institute through the form above prior to your arrival in Italy. 

The Institute is not a provider of medical care so all students are advised to ask their doctor which vaccine would be best for them. That said, we suggest that students ask their doctor if an EU (European Union)-approved vaccine could work for them. Currently, the EU has approved use of the following vaccines: Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Other vaccines are currently being reviewed by EU health authorities but have not been approved at this time.

https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/coronavirus-response/safe-covid-19-vaccines-europeans_en

Yes. In order to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our students and community, the Institute has asked that all staff and faculty be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with exceptions for medical reasons being allowed. Italy even allowed employees of educational institutions to be vaccinated early on in its vaccination campaign, recognizing the importance of health and safety in classrooms across the country. 

No. That said, this may change at any time. Should the Institute be made aware of changes that make travel easier for vaccinated students we will notify accepted students by email. Please note however that it is your responsibility to ensure you take flights that will prevent the need for any restrictions or quarantining upon arrival.

Currently, yes, but Italy is looking forward to lifting some mask requirements in the coming months. However, official announcements have not yet been made. Despite your vaccination status, you may still be required to wear a mask in Italy, as well as in various travel destinations you may be considering.

ISI Florence fully expects that by the start of the fall semester, masks will not be required outdoors and perhaps elsewhere. We will continue to update students and partners as restrictions in Italy continue to change and relax.


UNABLE TO VACCINATE

Yes, but only in certain cases and with additional participation conditions. Students who have a medical reason for exemption may be allowed to study with ISI Florence without being fully vaccinated. A doctor’s letter (official stationary) stating that they “ADVISE AGAINST VACCINATION FOR COVID-19” is required. If this applies to you, you must either use the form above to upload a copy of the letter or you must ask your doctor’s office to send the letter directly to us at [email protected]. Once the documents are submitted, ISI Florence’s Health & Safety Commitee will review the documents and make a decision. If an exception is granted additional participation terms and policies will apply. If an exception is granted, non-vaccinated students must take a COVID-19 test (conveniently available at many locations in Florence) every two weeks and submit the test documentation to the Institute.

Yes, but the complete answer to this question will depend on the policies at your home institution and the current travel, health and safety policies of the host country. In addition, the ISI Florence’s exception will only apply if your home institution allow study abroad for non-vaccinated students. You should also be aware that your time abroad may be influenced by your vaccination status. This could mean that non-vaccinated students may experience separate quarantine restrictions (at your own expense), periodic testing requirements, social distancing, masking, travel, and other restrictions or requirements that may not be relative to your vaccinated peers in the program.

The European Community has recently implemented Green Pass. The Green Pass is meant to allow individuals that have been vaccinated (proof of vaccination required) freedom of movement, travel, and activity participation across the European Union. Without a Green Pass, travel may be severely restricted. For example, those without Green Pass my be required to quarantine every time they travel upon arrival to another country and upon return to Italy. In addition, restrictions may be imposed for local travel and venues in Italy for those individuals without a Green Pass. This may not only prevent travel in the EU for students but also participation in some field trips and activities.

It is not known exactly how participation in field trips or extracurricular activities could be impacted by your vaccination status, but ISI Florence will follow and enforce all legal and health recommendations and requirements made by the Italian Health and Education Ministries. The Institute will also have to respect the rules and requirements of its local partners. Meaning that if field trips or activities involve visiting a local business, food producer, school, or other agency or organization that requires all visitors to be fully vaccinated, then all students will be expected to meet this requirement or not attend the field trip or activity.

Students are expected to participate in in-person classes in line with the Institute’s usual attendance policy throughout the semester. That said, ISI Florence has implemented all tools necessary to successfully offer its courses remotely, should a student be required to quarantine at any point in the semester, or should an outbreak require remote learning.

If this applies to you, we encourage you to speak with your advisors to identify a future semester when study abroad may be less impacted by the ongoing pandemic. The Institute may choose to lift vaccination requirements for the Spring 2022 semester but it is still too soon to tell. You can contact your ISI Florence advisor if you’re interested in deferring to Spring 2022.