Coronavirus information for students

Posted on 13/03/20.

Updated on 3 April

University of Vaasa operations as of 18 April

The Finnish Government decided to extend until 13 May 2020 the duration of the previously imposed restrictions to slow down the spread of coronavirus infections and to protect those at risk.

For more information, please see the webpage of the Finnnish Goverment.

The Finnish universities are following up on the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and are carefully preparing for the practical arrangements of student admissions under these exceptional circumstances. Universities are preparing for different scenarios in close collaboration with Finland's Ministry of Education and Culture and the Finnish National Agency for Education in compliance with the authorities' instructions. If the coronavirus situation warrants changes to the entrance examination arrangements, the universities will disseminate information on them no later than 15 April.

For more information, please see Unifi's web page.

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The following decisions concern the operation of the University of Vaasa as of Wednesday 18th of March. The instructions will be specified based on decisions and guidelines by the Regional State Administrative Agency:

  • University facilities are closed from students and all doors are locked
  • Exam-class, the library and the campus restaurants are closed
  • Also student restaurant Mathilda has closed as of 1st of April
  • All in-person, face-to-face teaching is cancelled
  • Teaching and guidance is organised as extensively as possible with optional methods, such as distance learning, using different digital learning environments and solutions, and, if necessary, independent study
  • Each course teacher gives instructions on how the courses and teaching is organized via Moodle, WebOodi or by mail
  • The borrowing time for library books has been prolonged, please check info Finna-database
  • We try to find solutions for Exam-tests and inform about these later
  • All university personnel have moved to remote working
  • Programme Coordinators advise the students on the studies as further updates and information is received from teachers
  • For contact information about your Coordinator: /en/for/student/guidance/general/common/

More information is published whenever the situation changes, and communicated on this page and/or sent to your student mail. Please also follow Moodle, Lukkari and WebOodi actively.

If you have any questions that you do not find answers from your teachers/programme coordinators, course info or on these web pages (please check also Questions and answers below), we have opened a mail address for inquiries and questions concerning the coronavirus: corona.info@univaasa.fi Please note that we read and answer mails between 8 am - 4 pm Monday to Friday.

Please remember that you can also contact the study psychologist: ray.ohtonen@univaasa.fi

Take care of yourself and your fellow students. Let’s try to find the best solutions together so that we as a community can continue working and studying in the best possible way. There may be some disruptions in teaching, but the aim is to secure the progress of studies even in these extraordinary circumstances. Please also check tips for distance learning below.

For the time being, no cases of coronavirus has been diagnosed at the University of Vaasa.

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Questions and answers

1. Is the university closed? Can I go there?

All university facilities are closed from students and all doors are locked as of Wednesday 18th of March. Exam-class, the library and the campus restaurants are closed, also Mathilda as of 1st of April.

2. Can I go to the library?

The library is closed, but web services can be used and books borrowed. For more information, please check www.tritonia.fi

3. How will I know if my courses change or is cancelled?

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

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

You can find instructions for using Zoom https://it.uwasa.fi/guides/en/all/Joining+a+Zoom+video+conference+session

5. How will teaching in spring be organised, and where can I find more information?

Programme Coordinators advise the students on studies as updates and information is received from teachers.

6. Who is my Coordinator?

For finding your Coordinator, please check /en/for/student/guidance/general/common/

7. I feel sick, what do I do?

If you feel sick, please stay at home. Inform your teacher about your absence as you would normally. If you think you may have the coronavirus, please be in contact with your local hospital, health centre or the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS).

8. What if I have been travelling outside Finland?

Finns and permanent residents in Finland returning from abroad will be placed in quarantine-like conditions for two weeks.

9. What do I do if I come from Helsinki-Uusimaa to Vaasa?

Vaasa Central Hospital’s infection doctor has given instructions that all the students who come from Helsinki-Uusimaa reagion has to be two weeks in quarantine after coming back to Vaasa.

If the student starts to have upper respiratory symptoms in the beginning of the quarantine or during it, the student needs to have corona virus test done. In this case student has to get in touch with his/her own health center, where they will send student forward to tests. More information from the city's web pages.

10. Is FSHS open?

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

11. How does the situation affect student financial aid (Kela)?

For more information about student financial aid and the effects of the virus on benefits, please read more: https://www.kela.fi/web/en/corona

12. How does the situation affect studen exchanges?

For further information about the effects of coronavirus on student exchanges: /en/news/the_influence_of_coronavirus_on_student_exchanges/

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Tips for distance learning

  • Remember that distance learning is as demanding as studying on campus. Please reserve as much time for studying remotely as you would plan for in-person teaching.
  • Web-based studies are often project-based, so plan your studying well.
  • Make a list for yourself including all important course dates, remote meetings, last days of returning and exams, so that you have an understanding of your studies and what it requires from you.
  • Plan your studying so that you stay in schedule.
  • Choose a nice and comfortable place for yourself at home. The couch is not necessarily the best place.
  • Take enough breaks. Check your ergonomy. Sleep and eat well. Get some fresh air. Keep in contact with your family and friends.
  • Do you need inspiration for taking the breaks? Try BREAK PRO: /en/news/vaasan_yliopisto_ottaa_kayttoon_break_pro_taukoliikuntaohjelman/
  • If studying feels heavy, try breaking it into slots of 45 minutes and then take a 15 minute break. Try for example the Pomodoro-technique: https://tomato-timer.com/
  • Remember to follow the writing instructions when doing the assignments.
  • In Zoom- ja Teams-meetings it is advisable to keep the microphone muted when others talk. In addition, chat can be used when asking the teacher questions. Also audio (camera) can be put on when answering, if the teacher does not specifically ask for the cameras to be on.
  • You can also use Teams and Zoom for studying remotely together with your fellow students (in addition to teaching organised by teachers).
  • You can also start reading circles around courses and study remotely, but together.
  • It is a good idea to have remote coffees – do not be alone if you have challenges with studying.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help – and remember to also ask how others are doing
  • The Tritonia-library is closed, but the library’s chat helps with using the Finna-portal and databases, e-books, e-magazines and e-articles in addition of questions regarding search words and search techniques. The chat is open every day Mon-Fri  9–16. For more information, please check www.tritonia.fi
  • You can get help in doing your thesis in on-line-workshops that are organised virtually every Tuesday 4-5 p.m. and every Wednesday 9.30 a.m.-11 a.m. for the upcoming month https://uwasa.zoom.us/j/843632406. For more information, please check: https://www.tritonia.fi/fi/dropin
  • Contact information for coordinators /fi/for/student/guidance/specific/. Coordinators are also reached through Moodle.
  • Contact information for IT support: it@uwasa.fi

We hope that your studies continue in the best possible way even in these exceptional circumstances. Our small and tight university community became a remote community in just a few days. Let's stay close even from distance, and find the solutions together.

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Coronavirus information

According to the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL) the virus mainly spreads from person to person through close contact droplet transmission. The virus can survive on surfaces and can also be transmitted as a contact infection by handling materials or surfaces contaminated with the sputum of an infected person.

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.

1. Basic protective measures against the virus (for more detailed instructions, see for example www.who.int):

  • Always keep your hands clean
  • Wash your hands always when
    • coming inside
    • before eating
    • after going to the toilet
    • after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
    • if you have touched same surfaces as a person with a flu
  • The  best way to wash your hands is to use warm water and liquid soap
  • Use a hand sanitizer if you cannot wash your hands with water and liquid soap
  • When using the hand sanitizer, use an amount that allows you to clean your hand thoroughly
  • Don’t touch the areas around your mouth and nose with your hands
  • When coughing, remember to:
    • Protect your mouth and nose with a disposable handkerchief when you cough or sneeze
    • If you don’t have a handkerchief, cough or sneeze in the upper parts of your sleeve, not your hands
    • Please throw the handkerchief away immediately after using
  • Please avoid close physical contacts, like shaking hands

If the epidemic situation deteriorates in Finland, please avoid group assemblies. Please follows instructions given by THL and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

2. Useful information about corona virus

Up-to-date information on the corona virus and Finnish government recommendations to control the spread of the virus can be found at (in English):

For further information, please contact:

Mobility Services, Head of Mobility Services Ahmed Hamad, tel +358 29 449 8660
Education Services (Tervahovi), Vice-director Nina Nässlin +358 29 449 8163
Education Services (Fabriikki), Vice-director Eija Heinonen-Özdemir, tel +358 29 449 8149
HR Director of the University of Vaasa, Elina Kaunismäki, +358 29 449 8072

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