The effect of coronavirus on teaching - Q&A
Select degree programme
Search for degree programme
Master's and Licentiate's Programmes
Specialist training programmes
Select other education provider
Updated on 2 July at 15.30
On this page, questions and answers concerning the COVID-19 disease will be collected especially from the perspective of teaching and teachers’ work. Students' frequently asked questions and answers are available on the Instructions for Students website. Please select your degree programme above to see if your faculty has provided further instructions.
In the first place, the University always complies with instructions provided by the authorities. You can keep yourself up to date with developments on the University website Helsinki.fi: Coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki.
The University initiates recovery from the exceptional circumstances caused by the coronavirus. Time-critical research is among the operations to be resumed in the first stage of recovery. As of 1 June 2020, in the second stage of the recovery plan, examinations critical for graduation and critical field courses can also be organised. Decisions will be communicated as they are specified further during the spring and autumn.
Teaching in autumn 2020
The planning of teaching for the autumn is currently based on the assumption that the University is able to transition to Stage 3 of the recovery plan on 17 August. If this is the case, no teaching-related mass events will be organised, social distancing rules will be observed and people are advised to avoid contact:
- Remote teaching and supervision is recommended.
- Contact teaching can be organised when taking into consideration the safety distances (1-2 metres) specified for teaching spaces.
- Information on the capacity of teaching facilities has been updated with safe distance requirements in Optime (the software for timetabling and facility booking, requires logging in with University credentials) and on the facility introduction website. The number of seating places and other facility-specific information are also available on Flamma as an Excel file (requires logging in with University credentials).
- Whenever possible, independent studying is offered as an option to people in at-risk groups.
- The number of users in independent learning facilities will be restricted.
If the coronavirus pandemic worsens, teaching will be organised according to stricter safety and security requirements:
- As a rule, teaching will be provided remotely.
- Strictly limited contact teaching can be organised, for example, in laboratory instruction.
- Independent learning facilities will be closed.