Coronavirus information

07.12.2020   Uncategorized

This information was last updated on 23.2.2021.

Savonia UAS wishes to ensure the health and safety of staff, students and partners during the coronavirus pandemic. In this page, you can find and follow all of the corona virus information and instructions provided by Savonia UAS. Staff and students will also receive more detailed information through Savonia’s intranet (Santra and Reppu). 

Ministry of Education and Culture has provided a list of recommendations aimed at reducing the corona virus spread and risk of infection. According to the recommendations, each university of applied sciences can decide on the safe and most appropriate measures to organise and deliver the teachings during the autumn semester.

In spite of the above, Savonia will arrange its operations in such a way that a safety distance is easy to maintain. For students, the academic year will be composed by a mix of on-campus and online teachings; on-campus teachings will be arranged in large classrooms whenever possible. Persons with symptoms of a respiratory infection such as a cold, cough or fever, are not allowed to come to the campus. During the academic year Savonia will not organise any large events on-campus. Whenever large events are to be arranged, they will be arranged online. 

The recommendations of the Ministry of Culture and Education emphasises the importance of keeping a good hand hygiene, covering coughs and intensifying the cleaning of public spaces. 

Teaching and campus services

Special arrangements and online teaching will continue during the spring semester in order to avoid large crowds on the campus. The arrangements will be specific for each group, please check your study schedule for more details.

Internships

The recommendation is that internships are to be continued whenever this is possible at the workplace and whenever both, the training provider and employer, consider that the work environment is safe for the student. However, changes in internship periods are very likely in this situation. Changes in training should be agreed with your own training supervisor.

A separate instruction has been made for students in the Social and Health Care field.

Students with extended study right

If you are studying on extended study right and your graduation is delayed for reasons independent to your actions – for example the practical training is cancelled or discontinued by the employer – the extension can exceptionally be continued. In such a case you should contact Savonia Manager of Student Services, Anne Koskela, anne.koskela@savonia.fi, before the end of your extended study right.

SYKETTÄ sport services

Sykettä sport services are closed for the moment.

Student insurance

Students of Savonia are insured when they are studying based on their study schedule, regardless of the location. Unscheduled homework is not included in the insurance coverage.

Outgoing student mobility

All outgoing student exchanges scheduled to begin during the academic year 2020-2021 will be cancelled or postponed to later stage. This applies to both long-term and short-term exchanges.

Incoming exchange students and trainees (short-term and long-term mobility)

Savonia hosted incoming students in early spring 2021, with the exception of traineeships in health care. As the corona pandemic continued to spread in early 2021 in Finland, Savonia decided on 22 Jan to suspend all outgoing and incoming student mobility activities for rest of the spring and summer semester (until 31 July 2021). Savonia may shift to online teaching if needed which would also apply to exchange studies.

Further covid-19 information for incoming exchange students

Staff mobility

Incoming and outgoing staff mobility is suspended for the moment.

What to do if you feel ill?

If you have any respiratory symptoms such as cold, cough, or fever, you cannot come to campus. Always contact the health care services by phone first. You will then get further instructions. Please do not enter the health care centre or hospital before you have received instructions over the phone.

Quarantine and arrival information for international students

The Finnish Government recommends avoiding non-essential travel to and from other than those countries for which the restrictions on entry have been lifted. You can find the current list of countries that are no longer subject to a border control from this link. If you are coming to Finland from any other country than listed behind the link, you must self-isolate yourself, i.e. stay in quarantine, for 14 days. The Finnish Government reviews the travel restrictions approximately in every week. The latest information on travel restrictions can be found on the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). THL is responsible for providing travellers with appropriate health security instructions (including self-isolation). Recommendations for self-isolation can be checked on the website of THL.

From 1st of Jan 2021 students arriving to Savonia must submit their negative corona test result to Savonia International Services (international@savonia.fi) before traveling to Finland. They also need to fill in an arrival form so that Savonia can give the arriving students instructions on their arrival:

Arrival form for degree students

A person in quarantine should avoid close contact with people outside of their family. They may go outside as long as they do not go near other people. For example, they are not allowed to go to school, or to enter shops or engage in social hobbies because it is difficult to avoid close contact when doing such things. Quarantine is used to prevent further transmissions from a person who is potentially infected but asymptomatic. If a person in the quarantine develops symptoms, they will be referred to being tested (you find information related to testing above).

If you are in temporary quarantine, contact your teacher tutor via email. You can find information about your teacher tutor in Wilma or through Student Services (opiskelijapalvelut@savonia.fi).

Practical information on quarantine for arriving international students

Wearing a mask on campus

Savonia recommends all students, customers and staff to use masks while on campus. Savonia provides these masks free of charge

Risk groups due to illness or treatment

If you belong to a risk group and, due to your health condition or treatment, are not able to participate in on-campus teaching at all, please contact your study counselor by email. You must present a document describing your state of health (possibly a doctor’s statement) to the tutor, on the basis of which we will arrange distance and self-study options or make changes to the personal study plan (PSP). If, as a new student, you do not know your study advisor, you can contact student services.

Risk groups for severe coronavirus disease, Finnish institute of health and welfare website

If possible, we organize distance and self-study options for those at risk. Together we will ensure your health as well as the continuation of your studies.

Mental wellbeing

If you feel worried or stressed by the corona-situation, you can contact us – we are here to help you! The welfare counsellor, school chaplains and health care services are at your service.