STUDYING ABROAD IN A PANDEMIC: HEALTH AND SAFETY AT AEF

Updated on September 6th, 2022

AEF was proud to resume on site classes as of Spring 2021, being one of the first institutions to welcome students back in Florence for a full semester. AEF has worked to create the safest environment for students, in compliance with the guidelines established by the Italian government, the Tuscan Region and the Comune di Firenze (national, regional, and local level). We continue to monitor the current regulations, adjusting all necessary protocols and procedures so that the highest standards of health and safety are maintained in place throughout the programs.

Our goal is to offer students the most meaningful experience, even in the unprecedented context of a pandemic. Studying abroad is the global experience par excellence: since its origins, the reason that encouraged young people to travel was the opportunity to see new countries and cultures, understand new habits and languages, open one’s eyes and mind to different ways of life.

We believe that this situation is an extraordinary opportunity to embrace this experience to the fullest, understanding its deepest meaning: learning the language, the art, the history, the music, while taking care of each other, developing cultural and human competences, and finally becoming real citizens of the world. 
 
We have always invited our students not to think of themselves as tourists but rather as citizens of Florence. We renew our invitation even more powerfully now, in a moment when our city – symbol of the Renaissance – really becomes the place where a renaissance is possible. We will make it happen together, following some shared rules based on respect, flexibility, and responsibility.

Health and Safety Procedures and Covid-19 Risk Mitigation at AEF

Before departure

AEF faculty and staff will give their full support to students in preparation for their departure. The Italian Government and Tuscan Region guidelines on Covid-19 safety and hygiene regulations will be duly notified to students.

Arrival in Florence

Welcome! Your experience in the city of Renaissance has just begun: Florence – with its streets,  piazzas, and iconic beauty at every corner – will be your classroom, for a real immersion into Italian art and culture.

Requirements for Entry into Italy

Information for travelers from each country is available on the Ministry of Health website:
https://www.salute.gov.it/portale/nuovocoronavirus/dettaglioContenutiNuovoCoronavirus.jsp?lingua=english&id=5412&area=nuovoCoronavirus&menu=vuoto

Covid-19 Green Pass Certificate

The Covid-19 Green Pass Certificate is the official European certification for the completion of an authorized vaccination cycle. Showing Green Pass Certification is no longer required, with the exception of health facilities.

Vaccination requirements

Having completed a vaccination cycle authorized by EMA is mandatory to access the school’s premises:  AEF is a community based on respect and social responsibility, where each member is in charge of their own and everybody else safety. For this reason, each student will be required to fill in a form with the information about their vaccination cycle.
https://www.salute.gov.it/portale/nuovocoronavirus/dettaglioContenutiNuovoCoronavirus.jsp?lingua=english&id=5412&area=nuovoCoronavirus&menu=vuoto&tab=1

Masks

The obligation for wearing a mask indoors is lifted, except for trains and buses.

We will now try to answer all of your questions about how your experience will take place, but if you have further questions or doubts, do not hesitate to contact us: we’ll be happy to answer!

Covid Rules Sept. 22

WHAT HAPPENS IF A STUDENT TESTS POSITIVE?
Students who test positive will be taken care of by the Regional Health System. They will be isolated until they recover, monitored daily by doctors and supported by AEF staff for any further needs.

For Study Abroad students from US programs: American University Programs that are part of AACUPI (Association of American College and University Programs in Italy) have signed an agreement with the Misericordia Health Centers and the Tuscan Region that guarantees an English-speaking physician to assist the students, who will also be responsible of a first evaluation of a Covid-19 case.
The student will be able to continue attending classes online, from the apartment, and will be constantly assisted and supported by the AEF staff.