Health and Safety

SIPN highest priority is the health and safety of our students and we are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Portugal.

Please contact us at if you would like to have further info. We will continue updating this page as conditions change and will also notify applying and admitted students of significant updates via email.

SiPN's Health & Safety Protocol 2022/2023

Covid-19 Program Logistics, Support and Contingency Plan

On account of the developments occurring in Portugal due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the SiPN Office has established a set of recommendations and practical measures for upcoming semesters.

  1. Cancellation Policy

Our cancellation policy may be found here.

  1. Housing

All SiPN students will be living in a student residence and will be assigned single rooms with a private kitchen and bathroom (small apartments) to avoid unnecessary contact with other students living in the same facility.

  1. Health Insurance

ALL SiPN students are covered by AON Travel and Health Insurance that is tailor-made for students studying abroad. It provides coverage for everything from a stolen laptop, to lost luggage, to dental, emergency, and routine medical coverage.

With this insurance, the student will also be covered for medical expenses related to COVID-19 and, in case of medical repatriation (if the student cannot receive appropriate treatment in the host country – this is determined by a medical advisor) and for travel and stay expenses for your parents in case your situation becomes life-threatening.

  1. General requirements for students

As a Portuguese-based organization, SiPN follows the instructions of the Portuguese Directorate of Health, all students are required to follow these instructions and laws.

  1. Daily symptom monitoring and testing

SiPN students will be required to be tested every two weeks. The SiPN on-site staff will communicate the testing dates upon arrival. On top of these testings, students will be tested prior to any SiPN event or activity planned by the program.

If students present COVID symptoms, they must communicate with the on-site staff and this person will help the student to follow the national guidelines.

  1. Procedures for those who test positive or may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Students will need to quarantine in their rooms, with all the support from the student residence staff, as well as SiPN staff. The quarantine for those who tested positive is 10days after the PCR test and 15days for those exposed to the virus and who have not had a positive test for covid-19.  The Portuguese authorities check frequently if the person is in fact isolated in the reported quarantine address. People who contracted COVID can only leave quarantine after receiving notification from Portuguese authorities. There are various PCR test sights spread out all over the city. Results are ready in less than an hour and are sent via e-mail or SMS. If positive, the contact tracing procedure starts immediately.

If a student is required to stay after the program’s end date given COVID-related issues, there will be no extra charge for housing nor for the staff assistance that the student may need. The insurance does end by the program end date.

6.1 Student support during quarantine/isolation

In case of a COVID-related issue, students can continue attending their classes remotely until they are cleared to leave isolation. In terms of meals, the student residence staff, as well as SiPN’s on-site staff will assist students who need assistance by bringing them all the necessary amenities/food/etc. The residence also has common printers, SiPN staff or student colleagues can deliver printing materials at the student’s door.  In terms of mental health and well-being, there are online appointments that a student can utilize. In addition, all SiPN partner universities have designated offices to respond to these issues in addition to the national health system, which includes private clinics. These expenses if prescribed are fully refunded by the insurance plan SiPN has in place for all students.