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SPRING 2021: DATES, DEADLINES AND REFUNDS

Our Risk Management team continues to closely monitor the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) both globally and locally. ISI Florence has comprehensive risk management plans in place and our safety systems are a guiding principle for all decisions about programming.


REVISED ACADEMIC CALENDAR

The Institute has adjusted its  Spring 2021 calendar to defer arrivals and reduce the semester’s length to under 90 days. This was done primarily so that students who hold a U.S. passport will not need to apply for a student visa, eliminating the added costs for the visa, Italian permit of stay, and associated travel within the U.S.

Click Here to view ISI Florence’s revised academic calendar for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.


LATE-DATE CANCELLATION POLICY FOR MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY

The shortened semester and study visa waiver will allow students to apply “last minute”. Therefore the Institute has updated its cancellation policies allowing students more time and flexibility before making a final commitment. The new application and withdrawal dates are as follows:

December 15 is the final deadline for Spring 2020 applications.
December 20 is the final deadline to withdraw from the Spring 2021 semester and receive a full refund.


REVISED REFUND POLICY

In response to the pandemic, we have revised our refund policies in the event of cancellation or suspension of on-site class sessions. The Institute is prepared to provide a refund for any unused time in student housing as well as refunds for all co- or extra-curricular activities that can no longer be completed on-site. Students will however be required to complete the academic program remotely and receive full academic credit. Therefore no tuition refund will be provided.

CANCELLATION OF SEMESTER PRIOR TO ARRIVAL
If the Institute cancels the spring semester prior to student arrival in Italy, a full refund will be given.


SUSPENSION OF IN-CLASSROOM TEACHING ONLY
If the Institute finds it necessary to cancel live in-class lessons temporarily, yet circumstances allow students to remain in Florence and in their apartments, the Institute will refund all unused course activities, studio, and field trip fees. Students will complete the academic program remotely while in Italy and receive full academic credit for all courses.


SUSPENSION OF ALL ON-SITE PROGRAMMING AND SERVICES
If circumstances require that all live in-class sessions are suspended and that all students must to vacate student housing, the Institute will refund any unused housing fees (prorated) as well all unused course activities, studio, and field trip fees. Students will complete the academic program remotely and receive full academic credit for all courses.

Note: Refunds are only relevant to fees charged by the Institute. Students are encouraged to consult their university’s study abroad office regarding their home university’s refund policies. For students who leave the program voluntarily, standard refund policies will apply.