Welcome back to campus

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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 at 8–16.

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Studying in 2022

The University of Vaasa increases teaching on campus starting from 1 February 2022. Our premise is that the members of the university community can work and study safely. 

  • On-campus teaching can be increased from 1 February onwards if it is appropriate and possible considering the implementation of teaching. Lectures for large groups are still organised remotely, but more lectures for smaller groups and small-group work will be on campus in accordance with  the previous plan for this spring. Teaching can also be arranged in a hybrid mode (some students are on campus and some participate remotely). Teachers will inform of any changes on Moodle or Peppi. Vaasa University of Applied Sciences (VAMK) makes the decisions regarding the cooperation courses they provide.

Spring 2022 is a transition period in the organisation of teaching. We are preparing for autumn 2022 when we will provide quality education on campus and in part also remotely. New, pedagogically developed solutions that support blended teaching are the key. For each degree programme, on-campus teaching will be planned so that it is offered evenly throughout the academic year.

We recommend all of our students take the covid-19 vaccine. This will allow a smoother return to the campus. Please follow the guidelines for coronavirus vaccines in your hospital district.

Bachelor’s programmes in 2022

We want new students to join our community right at the beginning of their studies, which is why the first- and second-year courses in the bachelor’s programmes will be held primarily on campus. Our aim is that at least a third of the first-year studies will be on campus starting from autumn 2022. The further the studies progress, the more we offer the student alternative manners of completion.

Large lectures for first-year students can still be online. Online courses will also include course and group work on campus.

The instructions given for autumn 2022 are applied for the teaching in the spring term.

Master's programmes in 2022

Master’s studies are planned flexibly according to the needs of our students. In spring and autumn 2022, especially second-year students have the opportunity to complete courses remotely in addition to on-campus instruction.

Our aim is that starting from autumn 2022 at least a third of the courses for first-year master's students will be on campus. As an alternative to the weekly lessons in a degree programme, campus days can be planned. This means that on-campus activities of courses are grouped on the same days.

Events on campus

All events for students can be found in the event calendar.

Activities on campus and elsewhere in Vaasa are also organised by the university's sports services and Mikä neuvoksi project.

Events can be organised on campus according to the following principles:

  • At all public events held indoors at the university, such as defences of doctoral dissertations, a COVID-19 passport is required of outside participants over the age of 16. This does not apply to our own staff or students.
  • Under the restrictions of the Regional State Administrative Agency, a maximum of 10 people may participate in public events held indoors at the university until 31 January 2022.
  • If an outside party is organising an event on university premises, they will ensure that the prevailing instructions regarding the COVID-19 passport are followed. A strong recommendation to use a face mask on campus is valid until the end of February 2022. Please, do not come to the campus if you are ill.
  • Outdoors, events are organised following the current recommendations and regulations of the authorities.

University premises and services

By following the coronavirus protection guidelines, we act in solidarity and at the same time take care of our own and each other's health safety. You can only come to the campus if you are in good health and follow the safety and hygiene instructions.

Students can now use all teaching spaces in the Tervahovi (8–20.45) and Fabriikki (8–18) buildings for individual study, at times when they are not booked for teaching or other events.

There are no restrictions on the number of persons attending a contact class.

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

More information on the web page for Facilities.

Remote studying

See tips for studying remotely on the web page Developing your study skills.

Exams

The use of EXAM rooms: all the exam slots in the EXAM room are available for use. Please visit Completion and Assessment of Studies for further information. 

Library

From 1 February onwards, the library will be open almost normally.

  • The library is open to customers. At the beginning of February, customer services are available mostly remotely (there is a call button for short-term service if necessary). Service will be gradually increased as needed.
  • Training and guidance are mainly remote. Local activities are also possible if necessary.
  • Group-study rooms and reading rooms will be open for normal use.

Further information on the Tritonia website.

Sport Services

Please visit Sport Services website for further information.

Restaurants

Please visit Juvenes' website for further information.

Use a face mask on campus

When visiting, studying or working indoors at the university, face masks must be used. You can only come to the campus if you are in good health and follow the safety and hygiene instructions.

Face masks must be used 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.

Face masks must also be used 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.

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.

Internationalisation

Exchange students are welcome to arrive to the campus starting from 01.01.2022.

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

An employee or student arriving from abroad has to observe the authorities’ restrictions and instructions on travel and be prepared to, for example, work or study remotely after entering the country and before arriving in the university. If you are travelling to Finland, please use the FINENTRY service. See also information for passengers arriving in Vaasa.

Travel between those countries to which the Finnish authorities do not apply restrictions is permitted and there is no need to observe quarantine-like arrangements. Visit the Finnish Government website for restrictions during the coronavirus epidemic.

Read also recommendations and restrictions in force in the Vaasa Hospital District.

FAQs

1. What happens in 2022?

The University of Vaasa increases teaching on campus starting from 1 February 2022. Our premise is that the members of the university community can work and study safely. Spring 2022 is a transition period in the organisation of teaching. We are preparing for autumn 2022 when we will provide quality education on campus and in part also remotely. New, pedagogically developed solutions that support blended teaching are the key. For each degree programme, on-campus teaching will be planned so that it is offered evenly throughout the academic year.

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

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

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

Please check the instructions for using Zoom. Notice also the Zoom netiquette.

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

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

5. Who is my counsellor?

Study counsellors will help you with your questions related to studies.

6. I feel sick, what do I do?

If you have respiratory symptoms, stay 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).

7. Is FSHS open?

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

8. 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.