The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented phenomenon for us all and the constantly evolving situation presents us new daily challenges.
The University of the Azores has managed to handle the situations. Mobility processes are going well, and we are already planning the first semester of 2020-2021. Measures will put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep all members of our academic community safe, following health authorities’ recommendations.
Thus, we foresee that professors will be teaching theoretical classes online. We use zoom or teams for that purpose and we will provide all our incoming students access to those platforms, as well as Moodle, our digital pedagogical support platform. As to practical classes (such as laboratories), we expect they will take place on campus or field trips according to all safety recommendations. There will be several shifts, with limited number of students, disinfection routines, and masks are compulsory.
Unfortunately, clinical practice for incoming nursing students will not be possible in the 1st semester. We had to delay and rearrange classes for this semester, and there are no places available. Nevertheless, nursing students may choose other courses.
The Azores have not been much affected by Coronavirus, and we wish to keep it this way for everybody’s safety. So, when preparing the trip, students should take notice that:
- Travelling to the Azores is now much more restricted. Please note that upon arrival to Ponta Delgada (São Miguel island) or Angra do Heroísmo (Terceira island) airports, students must follow the measures established by the Regional Government of the Azores. We strongly recommend students to read carefully the instructions here;
- Due to the Covid-19, our student residences will only offer single rooms, thus reducing occupation to 50%. Therefore, we recommend students start searching for alternative accommodation. There are plenty affordable options close to campus now that tourism has greatly decreased. Students may find additional information on this and much more in our Student´s Handbook;
- The University of the Azores has a Covid-19 contingency plan, which last version (dated June 14) states that, before coming to the University Campus, all students coming from outside (other Azorean islands, the Mainland or abroad) will have to get a permission, therefore, it´s required to inform the travel itinerary in advance.
The situation is quite dynamic, and rules may change in the next months. We will keep students informed. Even situations like this present great opportunities to learn and live exciting adventures. If case of any doubts, please do not hesitate to contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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