Faculty-specific instructions concerning the exceptional circumstances due to the coronavirus outbreak at the University of Helsinki

On this page you can find updated Faculty-specific instructions for studying, teaching and telecommuting. This page will be updated whenever needed. Please note that the general university-level information and instructions are not repeated here.

Last update 6.5.2020

The latest information at university level is updated: Coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki 

En­trance ex­am­in­a­tions

The University of Helsinki website on student admissions (National joint application procedure: available in Finnish and Swedish only) during the coronavirus outbreak offers the latest information on changes to admissions criteria and procedures in spring 2020. The website provides degree programme-specific details of changes to admissions methods, information on the results of certificate-based admissions, and answers to the most frequently asked questions. Information on changes to admissions methods will be published on the website by the end of April.

The University ini­ti­ates re­cov­ery from the ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances caused by the coronavirus

View the recovery plan from the Coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki -page. The staff of the faculty will continue to work remotely until 31.7.2020.

Reservation calender of laboratory premises to conduct time-critical research can be accessed, along with relevant instructions, at the faculty Flamma-page.  

Instructions for teachers to re-organise teaching and classes 

All contact teaching excluding laboratory courses will be offered as remote teaching and independent studying. The faculty will not organize contact teaching during spring semester 2020. Field courses scheduled for June and July are postponed to August. Instructions for completing dissertations during the exceptional situation can be inquired from supervisors.

Possible effects of remove work and possible sick leaves should be accounted for in advance in course planning. In case the teacher in charge of the course becomes sick, contingency plans are prepared for inviting reserve teacher or re-scheduling. The department heads are advised to inform the vice-dean of teaching for any major changes in teaching.  


All exams should be available as remote exams. In addition to this, exams in Examinarium facilities may be offered as a second option if the student prefers this option. 


Responsibilities of the coordinating teachers and education planning officers 

The teacher in charge of the course plans and performs the changes needed for enabling remote teaching and informs the students registered on the course.  

The teacher in charge of the course contacts and informs all other teachers involved with the course as well as visiting lecturers. Invited visiting lecturers are welcome if they are able to contribute using remote teaching technology.   

Teachers in charge negotiate with and inform degree programme directors and education coordinators about course rearrangements. All information of courses in 4th teaching period will be compiled in a shared online file. This information will be transferred and published by education coordinators on the publicly available course pages.  

Use of university premises and equipment for remote working 

In the first phase of recovery from the exceptional circumstances starting in 6.5., only 10-20% of the amount of normal personnel can simultaneously work in the faculty premises. All instructions regarding maintaining safe distances and hygiene are in force. Reservation calender of laboratory premises to conduct time-critical research can be accessed, along with relevant instructions, at the faculty Flamma-page. 

If needed Faculty staff members may visit the university premises to collect their teaching materials, text books etc. and to borrow technical equipment they have in their use at their offices to be used to organize remote teaching at home. Specific equipment e.g. computer, screen, mouse, keyboard, web cam, headset may be taken to the home office for the period of remote working. Please, notify the head of the department if you have borrowed items or equipment from the university. Teachers may purchase similar, minor equipment if needed for remote teaching. Please contact vice-dean for education in order to reimburse the cost. 

Teaching timetables can be flexible  

Timetables, teaching hours and duration of courses may be adjusted by teachers. Lectures need not follow their original timetables. Courses scheduled for the fourth teaching period may run until May 31.  

Lecture hall and seminar room reservations do not need to be cancelled, except for the lecture halls and rooms with Unitube facilities. Cancellation of Unitube facilities is important to free them for use by other teachers for recording lectures for remote teaching. 

Links to other instructions 

The latest information at university level is updated: Coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki

More information:

Dean Ritva Toivanen

Vice‑dean, research affairs and doctoral education Maija Tenkanen   

Vicedean, educational and bilingualism affairs Janna Pietikäinen

Vice-dean, societal interaction Kari Hyytiäinen

Vice-dean, infrastructure Laura Alakukku