How will teaching be arranged in the autumn term of 2020?
According to the current plan it is recommended that teaching is conducted remotely in the autumn term. Contact teaching can be organised when taking into consideration the safety distances (1-2 metres) specified for teaching spaces. No teaching-related mass events will be organised, social distancing rules will be observed and close contact with others should be avoided.
It is recommended to organise a contact teaching period in some form for new students during the first teaching period to support the beginning of studies and to promote inclusivity.
Decisions about teaching arrangements will be made in the study programmes. In other words, the students themselves cannot decide the mode for completing a course. Course-specific instructions need to be followed when completing studies. If teaching is cancelled or there are changes to methods of completion, the course teacher will communicate of them. You can find up-to-date information on courses from the Courses page.
The publication of the teaching programmes for the academic year 2020-2021 may be delayed due to the arrangements required by the exceptional circumstances. More changes than usual may have to be made to the teaching programme after publication. The changes will be updated in the systems and, if necessary, they will be communicated directly to the students registered to the course.
NB! If you are an international degree student (Bachelor's Programme in Science or International Master's Programmes) and will not be able to arrive in Finland in time when the semester starts due to the COVID-19 pandemic but would prefer starting your studies remotely, please contact your Faculty’s Student Services for more specific course information.
I am starting my studies at a distance. How can I activate my university user account?
If you have accepted your study place and registered as attending and would like to start your studies in the autumn but are unsure whether you are able to enter Finland, the University’s Helpdesk will offer dates for activating your University of Helsinki user account remotely. If you have a Finnish e-banking account, you can activate your user account yourself by following these instructions.
In order to activate your user account remotely, start by filling in the Username application form and sending it to email@example.com. You will receive a confirmation email with a reference number IT[xxxxx]. After this, you can book your appointment in the booking system. Fill in your details and include the reference number in the notes field. For the appointment, you need to have your official ID (e.g. passport or Schengen area’s official ID card) and make sure that you are alone in a well-lit space and with a stable Internet connection.
Will the coronavirus situation affect the summer studies I can take part in?
The Student's Digital Skills course can be done already in the summer. You can start to explore the material connected to the Student’s Digital Skills course 1.7. onwards and can complete the course after you have been registered as an attending student for the 2020 autumn term and when you have activated your user account.
Where can I get more information on the coronavirus measures of my faculty/study programme?
The University’s website has a list of faculty- and unit-specific instructions.
Where can I find general information for new students?
Please take a moment to read through the following general instructions that will help you to embark on your studies:
Remember to choose your own degree programme from the drop-down menu.
I would like to take a course at the Helsinki Summer School before my studies start. Is this possible?
Unfortunately, the University of Helsinki has cancelled the Helsinki Summer School 2020 due to the coronavirus situation. The decision was not easy but was made with the safety and wellbeing of our students, teachers and staff at the forefront. Hopefully, the Helsinki Summer School (HSS) will be back in 2021. If you want to keep updated, check out the HSS website regularly or sign up for the HSS newsletter.
May I defer the beginning of my studies?
If you want to defer the beginning of your studies, please contact the Admission Services by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your request will be forwarded to your degree programme for an evaluation. In your request, you should specify the reason for the deferral and how the COVID-19 has prevented you from beginning your studies in the autumn of 2020. Please title your message “Request for deferral” and include the name of your degree programme. Deferral requires that you accept your study place by the given deadline. Please also remember that in case you were conditionally accepted, you have to prove your eligibility by 31 August.
If your situation is affected by COVID-19 in such a way that you are not able to begin your studies in the autumn semester 2020 and feel that you would prefer enrolling as a non-attending student, please check how to register as a non-attending student during the first year of study. In order to be able to enrol as a non-attending student, you need to attach supporting document stating how COVID-19 has prevented you from beginning your studies in the autumn of 2020. To support this, you may, e.g., attach a link to the website of your local Finnish mission (embassy or consulate) stating that it is not possible to book an appointment to prove your identity, which is a requirement in applying for a residence permit.
You can change your status from non-attendance to attendance at any time during the academic year by paying the Student Union membership fee (and tuition fee in case you are liable to tuition fees) and submitting the receipt to Student Services. However, you cannot change your status from attendance to non-attendance after the registration deadline. In case you want to change your status from non-attendance to attendance, please always consult your degree programme beforehand.
In case you are not eligible for registering as a non-attending student, you can later apply for recommencing studies after a break. This may be the case if you feel uncertain about beginning your studies due to COVID-19 but are unable to register as a non-attending student. Please also remember that most degree programmes offer distance studies. You can check your own programme’s distance study options from your faculty’s student services. The publication of the teaching programmes for the academic year 2020-2021 may be delayed due to the arrangements required by the exceptional circumstances.
In case you have paid the tuition fee or received a scholarship, please see Questions related to residence permits, tuition fees and scholarships.