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POLIBA Policy on International Mobility in Academic Year 2020-21 considering the COVID-19 epidemic and the associated risks

As a necessary premise, the currently available knowledge about the SARS-COV-2 virus and the COVID-19 epidemic does not make possible to foresee the situation in the next months, and especially in Fall and Winter months of 2020-2021. Therefore, POLIBA Policy is bound to consider different scenarios, and to adapt to all possible future events.

The main principle is that POLIBA wants to welcome all the incoming students for the first semester of the next Academic Year 2020-2021 and wants to allow the mobility of its own outgoing students as well. At POLIBA, teaching and University life will take place with physical presence of teachers and students to the maximum possible extent. However, future activities will be subject to the following conditions.

  1. Physical mobility is currently allowed. It will take place only if it will still be allowed by Regulations of superior Authorities (e.g. Italian Government, Erasmus+ National Agency, etc.), and always in compliance with possible conditions imposed by such rules.
    Therefore, our acceptance of incoming students, and nominations of outgoing students, must always be taken as subject to change due to restrictions imposed by superior Authorities.
    In alternative to physical mobility, we will accept also virtual mobility of incoming students, complying with the European Commission rules currently in force.
  2. In-person classes and laboratories will take place in compliance with the need of ensuring safety of students and staff. This need could put limitations and conditions to the physical presence, from mild to severe. The possible actual limitations cannot be foreseen at the present time.

Therefore, as regards teaching activities, POLIBA is prepared to adopt different solutions, according to the actual epidemic situation during the courses.

  1. (Best case): In-presence lessons, complemented by remote online didactic activities. Remote activities aim at avoiding overcrowding, and at making lessons more effective and accessible.
  2. (Worst case): Only distance telepresence lessons, using the Microsoft Teams platform adopted by POLIBA to implement virtual classes, examinations, etc.

Therefore, even if POLIBA is confident that this will not be necessary, incoming students should bear in mind that in the worst case they may be forced to miss the experience of physical presence in the University. In this case, they will need a laptop computer to attend the remote courses effectively.

Very important: perspective mobility students must be aware that in the worst case their mobility could be severely affected by the evolution of the epidemic, e.g. in case of border closures by National Governments, of unavailability of basic resources like residences for students and university canteens, etc. It is important that perspective mobility students evaluate the costs that they may incur, and take out an insurance to cover all possible risks. All the mobility students will have to sign a declaration of liability release.

Incoming students may also want to postpone their mobility in the second semester. This solution will always be allowed, whenever possible. POLIBA, of course, cannot guarantee that the situation during the second semester will be better than that in the first one. For the exact dates of lessons and examinations in the first and second semester, please refer to the official academic calendar (we have, basically, one calendar for engineering studies, and one for architecture and design studies).

Liberatoria - studenti Outgoing

Liability Release - Incoming