Studying and student exchange

(Updated 25 June 2020 at 8.45.)

Most of the university’s teaching will continue to be offered online also in the autumn semester.

Only teaching that is deemed crucial to be offered as in-person teaching will be organised as in-person teaching in the autumn semester 2020. By a decision of the dean, laboratory courses, field courses, internships deemed necessary, and other teaching that is impossible or unreasonably hard to organise online, can be offered as in-person teaching. In addition, in-person teaching can also be organised for new students in order to foster their commitment to their academic subject and to the academic community.

In-person teaching is organised with safety in mind. The Finnish Government’s restrictions on gatherings and other safety recommendations in effect at each time are followed in the organisation of teaching. From 1 June onwards, gatherings are limited to 50 persons, and this is applied to in-person teaching so that a maximum of 50 people, including the teacher, may be in the same room at a time, and with people keeping a safety distance of 1.5–2 metres. Further information on teaching arrangements and on safety guidelines in in-person teaching.

The faculties and the Language Centre will make their decisions on teaching, and inform students about these decisions, as follows:
- by 30 June regarding arrangements of teaching starting in August and September
- by 7 August regarding arrangements of teaching starting in October, November and December
- The Open University will inform its own students.

Examinations

General exams and other exams will not be organised as classroom exams in the autumn semester. Facilities for electronic EXAM examinations will remain closed until 31 July, and they can only be opened by a separate decision of the dean. EXAM rooms will be opened starting on 1 August, and the university will provide separate instructions on how to use these facilities safely.

New students

The parts of new student orientation that are common to all will be organised online. Otherwise, the academic subjects will receive and welcome new students, organise new student orientation for them, and possibly offer in-person teaching, while observing guidelines on safety.

Student exchange and international Master’s degree programmes

In the autumn semester 2020, UEF will not be sending or receiving exchange students, and no teaching will be offered online for exchange students in the autumn semester 2020.

The university’s international Master’s degree programmes are encouraged to offer their teaching online in the autumn semester 2020. An international Master’s degree programme may consider postponing the start of the programme, if students are unable to enter Finland. In addition, students admitted to international Master’s degree programmes have the right to defer the start of their studies by one year.

Entrance examinations

Training for supervisors of entrance examinations that require presence on campus will be organised in early June, before the entrance examinations start. The basic instructions relating to safety and hygiene on campus apply to entrance examinations as well. Information on the entrance examinations can be found at https://haeyliopistoon.fi/valinnat-2020-muutokset/.

 

Tools for online teaching

My exchange period was cancelled in the autumn semester 2020. Do you offer online studies instead? (Updated 28 May 2020 at 16.00)
Unfortunately, the University of Eastern Finland will not offer distance study options for exchange students during the autumn semester 2020.

I am going on exchange in the spring semester 2020, but I have not yet travelled to my host institution. What should I do? (Updated 23 March 2020 at 9.05)
Travelling abroad for business or studying is not allowed for the moment. Persons (the university’s students and staff as well as staff and pupils of the teacher training school) returning from abroad must study or work from home for 14 days. 

The reimbursement of travel costs and other costs must be inquired from your own insurance company, the airline, or the organiser of your travel.

I am currently on student exchange abroad and I want to suspend my exchange. What should I do? (Updated 23 March 2020 at 9.05)
Please inform the contact persons at the host institution and at University of Eastern Finland (international@uef.fi) about your decision to suspend your exchange. Remember to inform other relevant parties as well (insurance company, Kela etc.).

Persons (the university’s students and staff as well as staff and pupils of the teacher training school) returning from abroad must study or work from home for 14 days.

The reimbursement of travel costs and other costs must be inquired from your own insurance company, the airline, or the organiser of your travel. 

I am currently on student exchange abroad and I want to continue the exchange. What should I do? (Updated 23 March 2020 at 9.05)
The Finnish Government urges all Finnish citizens and persons living in Finland to return to Finland from abroad immediately. UEF students who are currently abroad make the decision about returning for themselves and are responsible for any consequences of that decision.

If you choose to stay and continue your student exchange/training/other studies abroad, please follow the situation and bulletins of UEF and your host institution closely and follow the instructions.

I am currently abroad on student exchange and I found out that my exchange is suspended because of the coronavirus. My plan is to graduate this summer. How can I finish my studies? (Updated 23 March 2020 at 9.05)
Please contact the Student and Learning Services of the University of Eastern Finland at international@uef.fi .

I am suspending my exchange and returning to Finland. Do I have to repay my mobility scholarship to the university?
University of Eastern Finland will not charge back the mobility scholarships from the students who suspend and return from their student exchange due to the coronavirus outbreak in the spring semester 2020.

Will University of Eastern Finland reimburse extra costs caused by the suspension of my student exchange? (Updated 23 March 2020 at 9.05)
University of Eastern Finland will not reimburse costs caused by the cancellation or suspension of a student exchange or traineeship abroad.

What happens to courses offered by the Language Centre on which 80% attendance is required? (Updated 16 March 2020 at 11.18)
The Language Centre has decided that as of Monday 16 March, all teaching will be moved online. In other words, courses will not be cancelled, but the modes of completion and possibly also timetables will be changed. Teachers will contact their students via Moodle and/or email. 

What will happen to the university's entrance examinations? (Updated 18 March 2020 at 9.50)
The Finnish universities are working together to safeguard the organisation of entrance examinations, and will jointly inform of any possible special arrangements caused by the coronavirus situation.