Practical instructions for the exceptional situation at the Kumpula Campus

An exceptional situation has been declared at the University of Helsinki in the evening of 12.3. This news contains information on the special measures taken into use at the Kumpula Campus.

The most up-to-date information on the coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki is updated here: Coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki.

Updated 19 Mar 2020 at 16.51.

Additional information only meant specifically for students, personnel and visitors of the Faculty of Science is updated in this news.


Business Finland and Academy of Finland have decided to bear the costs incurring from cancelled trips related to their projects if the cancellations are due to the coronavirus and neither the service provider nor the University’s insurance cover these costs. The primary course of action is to try to have costs covered by the service provider or through the University’s insurance, if possible.


Faculty staff members may visit university premises at the campus to collect necessary teaching materials, text books etc. If needed staff members may also borrow working equipment and supplies from their campus office work station to organize remote teaching/working at home. This needs to be agreed with a supervisor. A note stating the equipment borrowed, the borrower and the supervisor needs to be left at the workstation.


Instructions for teachers

Instructions for students

  • Link: UH-wide instructions on the effect of coronavirus on studies
  • Follow information regarding your courses ( for updates and alternatives.
  • If you have any excpeptional needs, contact the director of your programme.
  • Student counselling and guidance by OPA education coordinators and student advisors is given by phone and email.

Instructions for degree programmes

  • Degree programme directors can specify their own policies where the university or faculty-level policies are incomplete. Degree-specific instructions, or a link to them, is to be added on this page (see below). Exceptions to remote teaching are applied for from the vice-dean for teaching.
  • All important courses of period IV must have an appointed reserve teacher. Degree programmes prepare by Fri, Mar 27, lists of reserve teachers for their courses and share this information within the programme and add a link to it under "Degree programme specific information" below. The programme ensures that reserve teachers are given by Mar 27 all necessary rights in the IT systems etc. to run the course in case the original teacher is not available due to sickness. Where useful, courses can be prioritised so that more important courses have a priority of teaching staff over less critical ones which may be cancelled if needed; this prioritization is to be given on the above list as well.
  • Degree programmes prepare measures to handle thesis supervision in the case of sickness of the supervisor. This could be in the form of secondary supervisors or a reserve supervisor pool or something else. The adopted practice must be communicated clearly to students working on their thesis as well as the staff in the programme, and a link is to be added under "Degree programme specific information" below.
  • Deputy members are appointed for degree programme boards, to make sure they remain functional.

Degree programme specific information

(For more information, contact programme directors or vice-directors)

BSc programme in Physical Sciences, 
MSc programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences, 
MSc programme in Atmospheric Sciences,
MSc programme in Materials Research, 
MSc programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods:

BSc programme in Geography,
MSc programme in Geography:

MSc programme in Urban Studies and Planning:

BSc programme in Geosciences,
MSc Programme in Geology and Geophysics:

BSc programme in Mathematical Sciences,
MSc programme in Mathematics and Statistics:

BSc programme in Chemistry,
MSc programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences:

MSc programme in Computer Science:

  • Courses and thesis supervision are organized using remote connections. Deputy teachers have been nominated.
  • Students are requested to follow the course-specific instructions for alternative options for separate exams (check the latest course page instance), or to contact the lecturer in urgent cases.
  • If you encounter problems that are not sorted out with contacting lecturer or thesis supervisor, you can reach the programme director and other key persons by sending email to

BSc and MSc programmes for Teachers of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry,
MSc programme in Data Science,
MSc programme in Life Science Informatics:

These programmes do not have programme-specific advice. If you have questions, please contact programme director or education coordinator.


The most up-to-date information on the coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki is updated here: Coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki.

Only additional information meant specifically for students, personnel and visitors of the Faculty of Science is updated in this news. The responsibility for the contents of this page are held by the Kumpula campus situation center group, which has the members:

Dean Kai Nordlund
Vice deans Marja-Liisa Riekkola, Hannu Toivonen, Samuli Siltanen
Head of development Tiina Väisänen
HR-head Hanna Nurmela
Head of academic affairs Anne Palo-Kauppi
Head of communications Johanna Pellinen
Head of finances Niko Ossberg