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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University operations in autumn 2021

The University of Vaasa will return to contact teaching at the beginning of the autumn term, 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.

On-campus teaching can be increased from 11 October 2021 if it is appropriate and possible. Lectures for large groups can be done remotely, but it is desirable to increase small-group work on campus. Teaching can also be arranged in a hybrid mode if needed (some students are on campus and some participate remotely).

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.

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:

  • The event organiser is responsible for practices concerning health safety. People should only come to the event if healthy and use a face mask.
  • Indoors, there are no restrictions on the use of rooms for less than 100 people. For more than 100 people, a maximum of 75% of the capacity is recommended.
  • Outdoors, events are organised following the current recommendations and regulations of the authorities.

University premises and services

There are no restrictions on the use of rooms for less than 100 people. For more than 100 people, a maximum of 75% of the capacity is recommended. Maximum numbers of people are informed in lecture rooms, meeting rooms and staff rooms.

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.

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.

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) 8.00–20.45
  • Fabriikki: lobby 8.00–18.00

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.

A copying card can be purchased from the library.

More information on the web page for Facilities.

Remote studying

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

Exams

For autumn 2021, the implementation of centralised exams will be prepared and announced separately. The use of EXAM rooms will return to normal starting from 11 October 2021. Please visit Completion and Assessment of Studies for further information. 

Library

Please visit Tritonia's 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, the use of a face mask 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.

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 autumn 2021?

The University of Vaasa will return to contact teaching at the beginning of the autumn term, 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. 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.

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.

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