Update on Temple University Rome

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To all Temple University Rome students:

I am writing with some very unfortunate news.

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State elevated their travel warnings to Level 3 for all of Italy. That means the CDC has advised against all non-essential travel to Italy. As a result, we regret to advise you that Temple University Rome will close its in-person academic operations for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

For you, this means you will need to make arrangements to gather your belongings, leave Italy and return home.

At this time, we need to know where you are, and how quickly you can return to Rome, so that we can assist you as needed. After you have notified us of your current whereabouts, please contact your airline or travel agent to arrange your return flight home.

This situation requires your immediate attention, and we can help. Contact any of the staff or Alumni Assistants immediately by phone or email. We know you will have many questions that are not covered here, and we continue to pursue the answers to help make this transition as easy as possible.

You should be aware that as you travel, you may encounter heightened screening at airports and borders. If you plan to return to Main Campus in Philadelphia, we expect that you will let Student Health Services know prior to your departure or at your arrival via email at Also, if you wish to return to Temple Main Campus in Philadelphia, we can help in securing housing.

The Temple Rome faculty members will offer classes online beginning March 9, so students will not interrupt their academic progress. We will send you more details about how this will work in the coming days.

I realize many of you had hoped we could continue the spring semester together, but your safety and welfare are our highest priority. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you on your way home and the completion of your semester.


Fay Trachtenberg
Interim Director and Acting Dean
Temple University Rome