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Here in Italy, we now have good reason to feel very fortunate and optimistic about the coming months.

The nation’s management of the situation seems to have gotten the spread of the disease under control, and with every passing day, more and more Italians – including university students – are getting vaccinated. As of today, 54% of the population has received at least one dose of the approved vaccines and we hope to be well on the way to herd immunity by October.

As a result, we at Ca’ Foscari now feel we can plan to give you and other new BA and MA students what you expected when you imagined studying at university: the chance to be in the classroom with your professor lecturing in person, sharing a physical and intellectual space with your peers. Our current plan – if the situation in Italy continues to improve as it appears it will – is to get everyone back in the lecture hall and off the internet. (The Foundation Year is an exception; you can read about the plans for its teaching on the programme’s website.)

However, if you are unable to arrive in Italy for the beginning of the academic year due to travel or visa delays, we will guarantee online access to your first-semester classes, likely in the form of lecture recordings posted after the fact. As a result, you can rest easy knowing that you will be able to begin your studies regardless of where you happen to be in the first months of the academic year.

If COVID-19 surprises us again in the coming months, which we have learned is possible, then in September we may still need to maintain social distancing measures. In this event, we will continue to use the equal-opportunity reservation system we have successfully employed this year, allowing you and your peers to reserve your spots in the classroom as well as provide online access to lectures – again, likely in the form of recordings posted after the fact – for those students unable to attend them in person.

Mark your calendar: classes begin on September 6 for programmes in Languages, and on September 13 for all other study areas!

Regardless of the uncertainty ahead, remember that it is important to plan to be here in Italy at the beginning of September. We encourage you to proceed as soon as possible with all of the steps required in order to facilitate your arrival, especially your pre-enrolment on the Universitaly platform if you need a study visa (which you can begin as soon as you receive an enrolment eligibility letter).

We hope that you are looking forward to settling into your seat in the classroom this fall!

25 Jun 2021