The advent of the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the lives of all Italian students, who are now more and more used to distance learning. While the situation slowly seems to get back to normal, with some predictable restrictions still in place, it’s nevertheless useful to take stock of the situation of off-site students in Milan during the pandemic, and where the Green Pass is required.
With the reduction of most of the restrictions that had been applied in the last 16 months, more and more off-site students are returning to Milan to pick up the thread of their university lessons and, of course, also their life experience in the Lombard metropolis.
It is, in good evidence, a pleasant coming back to one’s usual habits. But, compared to what happened before 2020, we still need to take into account some specificities. Let’s find out together.
Each University has chosen to set up their own in-person teaching rules independently. For example, Bocconi guarantees 83% of in-person classes, with attendance every other week in order to observe physical distancing. Security officers will carry out spot checks to verify possession of the Green Pass.
Politecnico has announced face-to-face lectures for the vaste majority of courses as well. Daily spot tests are being carried out also here. The Cattolica’s approach is different, whose students are asked to show the Green Pass in order to enter. All lectures are being held face-to-face but also streamed. To ensure physical distancing between students, only 50% of them can be admitted to the lectures by booking their shift via app.
Similar approach for Bicocca, whose capacity is of 50% and shifts are managed by apps that track student attendance. Statale ensures a capacity between 50% and 70%, through the same student attendance app.
In addition to rules on distancing and Green Pass, students are obviously required to be cautious in the management of their study activities. As a matter of fact, nothing prevents them from meeting for study outside the premises of the University: the invitation to comply to the hygiene and distancing rules is necessary to limit the risk of spreading infections.
The Green Passes for non-resident students are being checked daily – albeit mainly on a sample basis – in all Milanese university. We therefore remind you that the use of green certification is mandatory to gain access to the university premises, both for off-site and on-site students.
The Green Pass is measure that affects all students, both off-site and on-site. Therefore, its use does not distinguish the geographical origin of the student, nor his status as domiciled in Milan, or not, for study reasons.
The only way to be up-to-date with academic attendance is to obtain a Green Pass and book your attendance via the University app. We remind you that the Green Pass can be acquired after vaccination (the first dose is sufficient, prior to the booster dose), or by swab in the previous 48 hours.
To facilitate the achievement of your Green Pass, as an essential tool for attending university, you’ll only need to book the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. All students in Lombardy can book their vaccination through the Covid-19 vaccine booking platform of the Region.
Once you have accessed the service you’ll have to fill the requested data on the dedicated page and proceed with the booking of the vaccination.
As mentioned already, students in Milan are now able to follow lessons in class. However, in order to maintain the distancing required, it is necessary to book your attendance via the app, following the instructions given by your university.
Over the past few weeks, there have been numerous protests from those who believe that the obligation of a Green Pass to attend classes is a potential infringement of the right to study. Following these stances, several fake news emerged about the possibility of avoiding the use of green certification to attend classes. On the contrary, we remind you that, at the moment, the Green Pass remains the only valid method to regularly attend in-person classes, and that all those who don’t have it can access classes remotely thanks to the streaming services provided by campuses.
As with universities, the most famous university campus in Milan, In-Domus, requires the student to be in possession of the green pass in order to benefit from the accommodation options.
In-Domus is particularly concerned with the safety and health of its guests, therefore it will not be possible to accept bookings for students without a green certificate.
This was a brief overview of what is happening in the Milanese universities following the return of in-person lessons. Please remember, for any doubt or up to date news, to keep in touch with your student secretariat.
It is also possible to use our official contacts to find out the best solutions for off-site students who intend to stay in Milan at an In Domus residence.