Coronavirus Information for Students

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We have opened an email address for inquiries and questions concerning COVID-19 (the coronavirus): corona.info@univaasa.fi Please note that we read and answer emails Mon–Fri between 8 AM and 4 PM.

Safety is our top priority in all activities during the pandemic. We want to protect the health of our students and personnel and minimise the number of corona infections. Our target is to open our campus gradually, but to do that, a strong commitment to safe behaviour is required from us all.

The health authorities strongly recommend keeping distance in all social contacts and paying special attention to following the coronavirus instructions also during free time. To protect the community, it is important to follow the safety precautions also during free time.

University operations in autumn 2021

The University of Vaasa will return to contact teaching at the beginning of the autumn semester, with health safety as a guideline and in accordance with official restrictions.

Teaching

Small group teaching is implemented on campus and teaching arrangements are planned to be as safe as possible.

Safety distances of 2 m are in use in the teaching rooms and thus the number of people in the teaching rooms is limited. Maximum numbers of people have been limited and are informed at lecture rooms, meeting rooms and staff rooms so that staff and students have the opportunity to follow the safety distances. Students can now use all teaching spaces in the Tervahovi and Fabriikki buildings for individual study between 8:00 and 18:00, at times when they are not booked for teaching or other events.

Lectures for large numbers of students (over 50 people) are still organised as distance learning. In the implementation of teaching, special attention is paid to new students starting in the autumn and students who began their studies in the autumn of 2020, but in principle, small-group teaching for all students is organized on campus.

We recommend all of our students take the covid-19 vaccine in turn. This will allow a smoother return to the campus in the autumn.

University premises and services

Study counselling is mainly given online. Study counselling is implemented at orientations, HOPS workshops, drop-in meetings, study-related workshops, and individual tutoring. An appointment for study counselling can be made electronically in Moodle.

The following reading rooms are open for self-studying:

  • Palomäki room A201 (in Tervahovi), 8–16.00 
  • Classroom F118 (on the 1st floor of Fabriikki), 8–16.00 
  • Tritonia K235 (on the 2nd floor, the bigger reading room), Mon 9.00-17.00, Tue-Thurs kl 9-16.00 (max 7 persons)
  • Tritonia K236 (on the 2nd floor, the smaller reading room), Mon 9.00-17.00, Tue-Thurs kl 9-16.00 (max 3 persons)

Students have the opportunity to copy and print in the Tervahovi and Fabriikki buildings on weekdays (Mon–Fri) during the following times:

  • Tervahovi: Palomäki (A201) from 8 AM to 8 PM
  • Fabriikki: lobby from 9 AM to 3 PM

The entrance to the Palomäki room in Tervahovi is from the main entrance behind the marble gate. The entrance to the lobby of Fabriikki is from the door next to restaurant Erkki.

There are separate containers for the disposal of confidential material and recyclable material in both places. A copying card can be purchased from the library.

Events

When planning an event indoors or outdoors at the university, please contact Ronald Pått, Security Manager, tel. +358 29 449 8570.

Remote studying

See our tips on remote studying.

Exams

Centralised exams will not be arranged, but are replaced by other methods. The use of EXAM rooms is restricted. Reservations for up to 10 computers at a time are accepted.

Library

Please visit Tritonia's website for further information.

Restaurants

Campus restaurants are partially open.

Use a face mask on campus

When visiting, studying or working indoors at the university, the use of a face mask and a safety distance of at least 2 meters is required. You can only come to the campus if you are in good health and follow the safety and hygiene instructions.

Using a face mask is required in all situations where people meet each other (such as necessary face-to-face meetings, break rooms, common spaces) unless there is a specific reason, such as health, not to use one.

The use of a mask is also required in all contact teaching, self-study, laboratory and exam situations. The university reserves masks for students and teachers for contact teaching situations. Face masks provided by the university are primarily intended to be used in study situations.

If you are on the campus and do not have a mask with you, you can get a disposable one from the porters in the Tervahovi, Fabriikki and Tritonia buildings. There are also disinfectant and disposable protective gloves available on campus.

You can prevent the coronavirus from spreading

  • Use a face mask in public
  • Keep a safe distance of at least 2 metres to others and avoid close encounters
  • Wash your hands regularly or use a hand sanitiser
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Use other methods than a handshake to greet
  • Sneeze and cough into a handkerchief - throw the handkerchief in the trash immediately after this
  • If you do not have a handkerchief, cough into your elbow and keep your mouth covered
  • Use contactless or mobile payment
  • If you have respiratory symptoms, stay home and contact local health care
  • Do not come to campus if you are sick

The patients’ symptoms include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. Rapid identification of cases continues to be important in order to slow down the progress of the epidemic in Finland.

Do you already have the Koronavilkku app?

The University of Vaasa recommends downloading the Koronavilkku app, produced by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). With this app, those who have been exposed to the virus can be reached faster and infection chains broken.

Where to find more information, help and support?

If you have respiratory symptoms, stay home and contact local health care. You are allowed to come to campus only if you are healthy. Inform your teacher about your absence as you would normally.

Reserve enough time for your studies and learning. Support for online studies can be found, for example, at Nyyti ry.

If you have been informed about a coronavirus infection or exposure, the situation can be very difficult mentally. You may experience shame, guilt, or concern for your own health or possible exposure or infection of other people. If you feel that the situation is too difficult, we encourage you to contact the study psychologist or the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS).

The Student Union (VYY) also offers help, you can ask for it via their website.

Information about the situation in Vaasa can be found on the web pages of the City of Vaasa and Vaasa Central Hospital. Following the City of Vaasa on social media is also highly recommended (info is shared in Finnish, Swedish and English).

For information about the Covid-19 situation in Finland generally, please turn to the web pages of the Finnish authorities: Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, and The Finnish Border Guard.

If you are interested, take a look at this Face covid guide, which offers practical tips on how to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

Exchange studies

International degree students can come to Vaasa, if possible, within the existing travelling restrictions.

International internships continue within the restrictions given by the authorities. For more detailed information, please contact the Mobility Services.

If you are travelling to Vaasa from abroad

If you are coming to Finland and Vaasa from abroad, keep in mind that, for the moment, the recommendations and restrictions of the Vaasa Hospital District are stricter than the national travel instructions and recommendations (of THL). The latest coronavirus information of the Vaasa Hospital District is available at:

Recommendations and restrictions in force in the Vaasa Hospital District

Read also: Information for travelers arriving in Vaasa

Please follow these instructions upon your arrival to Finland and Vaasa when coming from abroad:

Remember to keep a safe distance from others whenever possible, maintain good hand hygiene and use a face mask. Every person entering Finland should take a coronavirus test at their point of entry. Arriving passengers have the opportunity to be tested, for example, at the Helsinki Airport (the PCR test is free of charge). If testing is not possible at the point of entry, it should be done in Vaasa as soon as possible after arrival (free for students and staff of the University of Vaasa). Results from COVID-19 tests taken abroad are not accepted.

Contact the Corona Centre of the Vaasa Central Hospital to schedule a time for your test (mention that you are a student of the University of Vaasa):

Upon entry to Finland, you should self-quarantine for ten (10) days. During this time, you should not leave your home unless absolutely necessary and avoid all social contacts. Remember that after the quarantine you can be in contact with a maximum of ten people at a time. Currently, all studies at the University of Vaasa are online and there are no activities on campus.

A second coronavirus test is taken on the seventh (7) day of your quarantine. Contact the Vaasa Central hospital to schedule the test (see the contact information above). If this test result is negative, you are free to move after the completion of the ten-day quarantine. In other cases, you will be given further instructions from the hospital.

If you are arriving from an EU / EEA territory, you must carry a European Health Insurance Card issued by an EU Member State and a student arriving from outside the EU / EEA territory must have a certificate of valid health insurance issued by a private insurance company.

Questions and answers

1. What happens in autumn 2021?

The University of Vaasa will return to contact teaching at the beginning of the autumn semester, with health safety as a guideline and in accordance with official restrictions. Small group teaching is implemented on campus and teaching arrangements are planned to be as safe as possible.

2. Can I come to the campus? Can I go to EXAM rooms or have lunch?

You can only come to the campus if you are in good health and follow the safety and hygiene instructions. By following the coronavirus guidelines, we act in solidarity, taking care of our own and each other's health and safety. When visiting, studying or working indoors at the university, the use of a face mask and a safe distance of at least 2 metres is required.

Students will be able to access the EXAM rooms through the main entrance to the Tervahovi building. In the EXAM rooms, reservations are restricted to a maximum of 10 computers at a time.

The following reading rooms are open for self-studying:

  • Palomäki room A201 (in Tervahovi), 8–16.00 
  • Classroom F118 (on the 1st floor of Fabriikki), 8–16.00 
  • Tritonia K235 (on the 2nd floor, the bigger reading room), Mon 9.00-17.00, Tue-Thurs kl 9-16.00 (max 7 persons)
  • Tritonia K236 (on the 2nd floor, the smaller reading room), Mon 9.00-17.00, Tue-Thurs kl 9-16.00 (max 3 persons)

You can copy and print on weekdays (Mon–Fri) during the following times:

  • Tervahovi: Palomäki (A201) from 8 AM to 8 PM
  • Fabriikki: lobby from 9 AM to 3 PM

3. Can I go to the library?

Please visit www.tritonia.fi for more information.

4. How will I know if my courses change or are cancelled?

The teacher informs about the changes/cancellations via Moodle, WebOodi or your student email.

5. I need help with Zoom, where can I get more instructions?

Please check the instructions for using Zoom.

6. How will teaching be organised, and where can I find more information?

Student counsellors advise the students on studies as updates and information is received from teachers.

7. Who is my counsellor?

For finding your counsellor, please check here.

8. I feel sick, what do I do?

If you have respiratory symptoms, stay at home and contact health care by phone. You are allowed to come to the campus only if you are healthy. Inform your teacher about your absence as you would normally.

If you have been informed about a coronavirus infection or exposure, the situation can be very difficult mentally. You may experience shame, guilt, or concern for your own health or possible exposure or infection of other people.

If you feel that the situation is too difficult, we encourage you to contact the study psychologist or the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS).

9. What if I have been travelling outside Finland?

You can only come to the campus after a 10-day waiting period when you return to Finland from abroad or arrive in Finland to study. The waiting period applies to arrivals from all countries and is calculated from the date of arrival in Finland. During these 10 days, you should study remotely.

10. Is FSHS open?

FSHS serves normally by appointment at least for the time being. For more instructions, please check the FSHS webpage.

11. How does the situation affect financial aid for students (from Kela)?

For more information about financial aid for students and the effects of the virus on benefits, please read more from Kela's web pages.

Contact information

We have opened an email address for inquiries and questions concerning COVID-19 (the coronavirus): corona.info@univaasa.fi Please note that we read and answer emails Mon–Fri between 8 AM and 4 PM.

Further contact information

Education Services, Vice-director Nina Nässlin tel. +358 29 449 8163
Education Services, Vice-director Helena Varmajoki, tel. +358 29 449 8174
HR Director, Elina Kaunismäki, tel. +358 29 449 8072

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