Implications of COVID-19 on student exchange

Find out how the coronavirus pandemic affects student exchange at Uniarts Helsinki during the Academic Year 2020–2021. Last updated 24 September 2020.

Arriving in Finland

The university requires a 14-day self-isolation for all employees and students who come to Finland from countries that are subject to internal or external border control. You can find up-to-date information on the Border Control Finland’s website.

Due to the quarantine, it will not be possible to collect keys to the university’s premises before the completed quarantine period. Please make a note of these regulations and plan your arrival in Finland accordingly.

The situation is monitored and assessed by the authorities, and you can find the latest information on the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) website.

Questions and answers

Is Uniarts Helsinki open in the autumn 2020?

University’s facilities are open for for studies, teaching and other work  in accordance with jointly agreed-upon principles. 

The number of students and staff using the facilities is monitored, and if necessary, there will be some restrictions. Nobody is allowed to come to the university when sick. If you have a fever, symptoms of a flu, stomach symptoms or other coronavirus-related symptoms, you cannot come to the university.  

Read more from the link below. 

Are the Finnish borders open for foreigners to enter Finland?

There are travel restrictions in place for foreign nationals traveling to Finland with some exceptions.

For further information, please refer to the Finnish Border Guard’s guidelines for border traffic.

Do I need to stay in self-isolation for 14 days after arriving to Finland?

A 14-day self-isolation is required for all employees and students who come to Finland from countries that are subject to internal or external border control. For further information, please refer to the Finnish Border Guard’s guidelines for border traffic.

Will the teaching be on-campus or online during the academic year 2020-2021?

Currently at the Uniarts Helsinki teaching, studying and working continue partially on-campus and partially online.  University’s facilities are open for for studies, teaching and other work  in accordance with jointly agreed-upon principles. 

However, it is good to be prepared for possible alterations in your studies at the later stage, too, due to possible new restrictions the pandemic might cause. 

What happens if I cannot come to Helsinki on time at the start of the semester?

Make sure to stay in contact with your exchange coordinator at Uniarts Helsinki as your studies are planned individually.   

Can I defer and start my exchange in autumn semester 2021?

You cannot defer your exchange to the academic year 2021-2022.  

Will you be arranging orientation as normal?

There will be an orientation period, which can be arranged on site and/or online. The international coordinators will inform you about the details once they have been confirmed. 

Should I apply for student housing now or should I wait?

We recommend that you apply for student housing once you have a confirmation of your exchange. 

If you have applied for student housing through the university’s contractual housing partners (HOAS or Clavis), please contact your housing provider directly for more detailed information on the application process.

What should I take into account regarding healthcare before arrival?

European Health Insurance Card entitles EU/EEA citizens to same acute medical treatment in public health care services as local citizens.  

However, we strongly recommend getting a private health and accident insurance with comprehensive crisis cover.

Coronavirus at the Uniarts Helsinki 

Finnish Government 

Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare THL

The situation in Finland is monitored and assessed by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

Finnish Immigration Service – Migri

City of Helsinki (including healthcare) 

Yle News in English