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@uwasa.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 has gradually increased teaching on campus from 1 February. Our premise is that the members of the university community can work and study safely. 

  • During the spring, contact teaching will increase as new courses begin.
  • If necessary, mass lectures can also be held on campus from 1 March onwards.
  • 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
  • Tritonia’s custodians (main lobby) have 4 Jabra speakers that students can borrow during daytime to be used for hybrid studying in group study rooms.

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:

  • Following the decision of the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland, there are no restrictions on assembly for public events held indoors at the university.
  • People can meet inside the university premises provided that health security is considered.
  • Please, do not come to the campus if you are ill. We recommend that you stay home even if someone in the same household as you has coronavirus or you have been exposed to coronavirus in your immediate family.

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

Further information on the Tritonia website.

Sport Services

Please visit Sport Services website for further information.

Restaurants

Please visit Juvenes' website for further information.

Back to Campus Checklist

Returning to campuses means again orientating to the new. Meeting others can arouse different emotions – it can be exciting, lovely, tiring, something you have waited for a long time or something else – all these feelings and sometimes at the same time. Remember, you are not alone with these emotions.

It is also good to remember that we all have different needs when it comes to social relationships. Alongside meeting other people it is also an important skill to be able to be alone. When being alone, it can sometimes be easier to charge your own batteries.

  • Have courage to go to new situations and be patient. Try not to think about what others think about you. Feeling nervous is natural, we all are nervous sometimes.
  • Take part in the events of student organisations and if you want new activities, you can make a wish to the student organisations.
  • Good enough is enough. Remember, good enough is a super performance at this point. You don’t always have to cope or accomplish. Give mercy to yourself and others.
  • Recognize stressful situations and reach for the balance. Ask for help from tutors or well-being and guidance staff of your own educational institution. They are there for you.

Take care of your body and you will take care of your mind

Take small steps towards everyday routines. By taking care of regular nutrition, sleep, movement and recovery, we respond to the needs of our own bodies. This also helps our mind to function better. A regular daily rhythm, nutrition, sleep and being active are effective actions against stress. Moving around in nature has also been found to be an effective help with stress.

Make your everyday life run smoothly by taking breaks

The brain needs rest and the body needs regular movement. By taking enough breaks during the day, you will cope better. Plan your time so in addition to studying you also have time for refreshing free time. Learn to prioritise things. If you don’t have time to do everything, you can skip something or do it with less effort.

Read more

Sport

Nutrition

Stress

Another well-being and interaction skills

Find support

  • The University of Vaasa Study Psychologist (https://www.uwasa.fi/en/students/study-psychologist)
  • The University of Vaasa Study Counsellors (https://www.uwasa.fi/en/students/study-counsellors)
  • FSHS: Groups and virtual courses
  • Nyyti ry: Chat

The checklist has been compiled in cooperation with FSHS, SAMOK, SYL, Nyyti and study psychologists.

University’s face mask recommendation

The University continues to recommend the use of protective face masks at your own discretion and in situations where several people are present in facilities and avoiding close contacts is difficult.

By wearing a mask in congested situations, you protect yourself and others. Consider wearing a mask for your personal health and safety, especially if you are in a high-risk group. 

The university reserves masks for students and teachers for contact teaching situations. 

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?

Detailed modes of study for each course are stated in the study guide and the scheduling tool Lukkarikone.

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.