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This fall Ca’ Foscari plans a return to on-campus lectures in the classroom. At the same time, it will guarantee that those unable to attend in person will have access to lectures online.

The “shelter in place” order implemented throughout Italy in early March effectively contained the spread of COVID-19 contagion. As a result, since May 4 Italy has gradually eased the restrictions put in place during the most critical phase of the coronavirus crisis and businesses and services have now re-opened. In the coming weeks, travel across regional borders in Italy and national borders within Europe is planned to resume, although social distancing continues to be required and one needs to wear a mask and use gloves or hand sanitizer when in public.

Ca’ Foscari will continue to carry out teaching and exams online for the remained of the academic year. For the fall, however, the university is planning to allow on-campus lecturing to resume. While many universities have made the decision to continue with exclusively online learning in September, Ca’ Foscari understands the importance of offering students the enriching experience of in-person instruction. In order to safeguard the health of the university community and allow social distancing measures to continue, the in-person attendance of classes will be limited through the imposition of quotas. An online reservation system will permit students to reserve a place in the classroom for some of their lectures, ensuring that this privilege is afforded in an equitable manner to anyone capable of attending an on-campus class. Those students who will be unable to be physically in the classroom – either due to the quotas or as a consequence of being unable to travel to Italy in time for the beginning of the academic year – will have access to lectures both via streaming and in a recorded form that can be viewed at a later time via the university’s online learning platform. As a result, regardless of where our students will be in September, they will be able to follow their classes. In order to realize this ambitious plan, the university is acquiring new technologies and software. You can read more about it here.

As we are all very much aware, the coronavirus is a world-wide challenge that neither heeds national borders, nor respects cultural differences. We are all in this fight together. We hope that your own community and your home country are succeeding in containing the virus’s impact and we wish you and your loved ones safety and health.

Please continue to keep your eye on the news section of the application platform’s homepage for updates about these and other aspects of the Ca’ Foscari experience in the coming weeks!

Sending our best,

The staff of the International Office

28 May 2020