JCU Responds to Covid-19

Fall 2020 at JCU: Information for Parents and Students

The following information explains the steps implemented by JCU to reopen our campus in fall 2020 so as to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community during the current pandemic crisis. The information presented below is based on our knowledge of Italian regulations as of  July 2, 2020. Should any changes be mandated by the Italian government, we will update this webpage accordingly. Please check our website frequently.


JCU is aware that the recent news of an E.U. "ban" for those traveling to Italy, coming from outside the Schengen area, has created some concern for our students and their families. However, please know that JCU is collaborating with immigration and medical authorities to ascertain clear direction on how JCU students will be affected, both now and later this Fall. Based on our conversations with experts, and our understanding of previous government directives, JCU students will be allowed to enter Italy for their studies after meeting certain criteria depending on the country of origin.

Please see below for further details on immigration and travel requirements for entering Italy at this time, as well as clarification on how JCU has adapted policies and protocols to support current and incoming students.


American Students Coming from the U.S.

• American-citizen students traveling to Italy from the United States are required to fill out a self-certification stating that they are coming to Italy to study.

 Students who are entering without a student visa must show their JCU acceptance letter in tandem with this self-certification. American-citizen students may stay in Italy for up to 90 days without a visa.

• If the student plans to stay in Italy (or another Schengen country) longer than 90 days, he/she will have to obtain an entry visa from an Italian consulate located near his/her residence.

• Students will be required to spend 14 days in quarantine upon arrival in Italy.

Students Who Are Citizens Of Non-Schengen Countries Coming From Outside The Schengen Area

• Are required to fill out a self-certification stating that they are coming to Italy to study. Students must show their JCU acceptance letter in tandem with this self-certification.

• Will be required to spend a period of 14 days in quarantine if they have not been residing in a Schengen country for at least the past 14 days.

• Depending on the country of citizenship these students might be required to have a valid student visa or a permit of stay regardless of time spent in Italy. Students from visa waiver countries residing in Italy for fewer than 90 days do not need a visa.

Students Who Are Schengen Citizens

• Students coming to Italy from a Schengen country will be allowed to enter freely into Italy without a need to quarantine upon arrival provided that they have been residing in a Schengen country for at least the past 14 days.

• Students coming from a non-Schengen country will have to fill out a self-certification, show their JCU acceptance letter, and spend a period of 14 days in quarantine.

For Returning JCU Degree Seeking Students

  • The Italian Government has extended the validity of all study permits expiring between January 31st and April 15th, 2020, until August 31st, 2020 (Legislative Decree n. 18 of 17 March 2020). This validity is applicable only to Italy.
  • Students renewing their permit of stay have the right to remain in Italy until they can complete their fingerprinting appointment and obtain their new card. 
  • Pending Covid-related travel restrictions, you have the right to come back to Italy with direct flights from a non-Schengen country (e.g. US, Morocco, Turkey, Russia, etc.) with your expired Permit and the renewal receipt from the Post Office. ***ONLY ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS CAN BE USED TO TRAVEL. COPIES OF YOUR PERMIT OR RECEIPT ARE NOT VALID TRAVEL DOCUMENTS ***
  • If you need to travel to any country other than Italy, you MUST contact the nearest Embassy/Consulate of that country first. Each country is currently applying different rules, so the JCU Immigration Office is unable to provide you with specific information.
  • The Questura CANNOT move your finger-printing appointment to an earlier date. Their offices are operating with reduced staff and have restrictions on how many people can access their premises, so they can only consider exceptions for very few urgent cases, mainly involving family deaths or serious illnesses.



Should students be mandated to quarantine upon arrival, they will have to remain in their residence (personal off-campus apartment or on-campus apartment) for 14 days. Those in quarantine are not allowed to leave their apartment for these 14 days for any reason.

ALL JCU students entering Italy, who must quarantine for 14 days, can begin their classes via a remote learning platform until they have been cleared by the JCU medical consultant to attend classes in-person. Individual student transition to remote learning must be first recommended by the JCU medical consultant or mandated by the Italian government and then approved by JCU academic personnel.

JCU will fully support students in quarantine who are living in the JCU Residences in the following ways:

  • JCU will provide private transportation from the airport to the residence upon arrival to Italy
  • On-site residence life staff will check-in with students daily to monitor their wellbeing, including body-temperature checks.
  • JCU will assist students to receive food and supplies while in quarantine.
  • Students will receive 24/7 health care assistance should they need it, including help navigating public health resources, if necessary.
  • If our medical consultant recommends that a student be required to self-isolate from a shared apartment due to display of symptoms, we will comply.


Key Dates:
JCU Housing Move-in: Saturday, September 19
Orientation: Saturday and Sunday: September 19, 20
Classes Begin: Monday, September 21
Classes End: Thursday, December 10
Final Exams: Friday-Monday: December 11-14
JCU Housing Move-out: Tuesday, December 15

See the complete Academic Calendar.

General Health And Safety Protocols

  • We have already established specific protocols such as: before entering any university premises, all students, faculty or staff must have their temperature taken; masks are mandatory for use inside JCU premises; there are clearly delineated transit areas; social distancing rules will be respected; alcohol-based sanitizers will be readily available in all premises, etc.
  • JCU uses the services of a medical consultant who advises the university on health-related matters and consult with students as needed.
  • We have partnered with International SOS—a specialist medical and travel security services firm—who is providing additional recommendation to our policies and procedures.
  • Symptomatic students, whether living in a JCU residence or independently on their own, will be monitored by designated JCU administrators and the JCU medical consultant to ensure their access to resources.

JCU Housing Protocols

We will monitor any student entering and exiting any housing premises. A doorman and/or security guard will be stationed at the entrance of each building. They will be responsible for enforcing established protocols such as:

  • Measuring body temperature of anyone entering and exiting the buildings
  • Ensuring that only residents are allowed to enter the premises
  • Requiring that all students entering the building are wearing appropriate mouth covering
  • Reporting any protocol violations to the Office of the Dean of Students
  • Reporting students who are found in violation of safety and security protocols. They may be dismissed from the building and may face consequences according to the Italian legal system.

    Additional Measures
  • We will place only one student per bedroom in order to provide additional social distancing measures.
  • All apartments will be supplied with appropriate cleaning products. Students will be instructed on best practices regarding the sanitation of the apartment's common areas. Additionally, JCU will provide weekly cleaning services of said spaces.
  • Residences' common areas have been adapted in order to comply with social distancing mandates and are undergoing daily cleaning.
  • Refunds: Fall 2020, students unable to attend John Cabot University for matters related to Covid-19 will be eligible to receive a full refund for the housing fee before the end of the first week of classes—by September 24—as long as the unit has not been occupied. No refunds will be given after the student occupies the unit.


  • Classroom capacity has been adapted in order to follow social distancing protocols between students and the professor teaching.
  • Entrances and exists to all buildings have been outfitted to mitigate cross traffic.
  • Students must provide their own masks, which are required to be worn inside any JCU building.
  • All courses have been created in order to allow flexibility to transition to remote learning at any point during the semester. Students who exhibit any symptoms as assessed by JCU's medical staff will be able to continue their studies remotely from their place of residence.
  • Transition to a remote learning modality will be allowed only if recommended by the JCU medical consultant or as mandated by the Italian government and then approved by JCU academic personnel.
  • Tuition Refund: Due to Covid-19 related matters, Fall 2020 students who are unable to attend John Cabot University are eligible to receive a full tuition refund (including the deposit fee) if they withdraw from the university prior to the end of the second week of classes—by October 1st. See the full tuition refund schedule.