Information for students (updated 15 January 2021)

All the information regarding corona arrangements at Diak can be found on this page. You can contact corona@diak.fi if you have any questions.

Moving around campus 

Diak’s campuses are open for our students and staff.

Students are able to move around, work and participate in teaching. Studies that cannot be organised as distance learning are organised on campuses. In contact teaching, safety measures are being followed.

When at campus, please follow our safety guidelines (see below). We strongly recommend wearing a face mask or shield when visiting our campuses or libraries.

Please read “Studying in the autumn term” below for more detailed information.

Stay safe on campus 

  • Only come to campus when you are healthy. Stay home if you have any symptoms. If you feel ill while at campus, please leave immediately and make online medical symptom check-up at Omaolo.fi. If Omaolo directs you to corona test, please attend teaching from distance by following the guidelines described below. When needed, Diak can guide a student with symptoms out (see our Rules of conduct).
  • Keep a safe distance to others when moving around campus and in classrooms. We recommend that you wear a mask of your own (see detailed instruction on a news item Diak recommends face masks). If you are not able to use a mask due to health reasons, you can use a face visor. We do not provide students with face visors, so please bring your own. In simulated teaching and when a close connection is required in teaching it is always necessary to use a mask.
  • Perform hand and respiratory hygiene. Wash hands when you enter the campus facilities. Hand sanitizers are available on campuses.
  • Clean your workspace when leaving. Detergent and tissues are available on teaching and working spaces.
  • Stay in quarantine if you have exposed to COVID-19 or if you have arrived in Finland from abroad.

Diak recommends downloading the Koronavilkku application. Download Koronavilkku at the application’s website or application store. If you receive an alert of potential exposure, the app will give you further instructions on what to do. The Koronavilkku app can also be used to make a symptom assessment through the Omaolo health check service.

Studying and teaching during pandemic

Diak has moved most of the teaching online. Arrangements are valid until the end of February 2021. Schedules for the spring term have been published and they can be found on Diak’s Lukkari.

Diak is following the current situation and instructions closely. Study arrangements and the implementation of contact studying will be re-evaluated if needed. Follow the information on this website and remember to check your timetable regularly for changes. 

Studies are arranged mainly as and distance learning

Contact teaching is arranged only when it is crucial for teaching. Also, some of the exams are held in campuses. It has been and will be marked in schedules if the teaching takes place online or on campus. Small changes can still be made, so please check your schedule regularly.

Please make sure to check your timetable for changes. In the case of distance learning, there will be “Collaborate” marked as a classroom in your schedule. The teacher of the course adds a detailed address to the schedule before the course starts. The schedules have been planned so that all study groups have the whole day at campus or fully online. Small changes can still be made, so please check your schedule regularly.

Contact teaching during pandemic

There are certain classes where one must attend at campus. These include for example simulations. In simulations safety measures are taken extra carefully, so that all students can attend the classes safely.

What if I can’t come to the campus?

Only teaching, that cannot be moved online, is arranged on campus. That is why it is not possible to participate in contact teaching with remote connection.

In simulated and other contact teaching simulations safety measures are taken extra carefully, so that all students can attend the classes safely. It’s very important that all students use a mask or face visor when moving around on campuses and take care of safety distances and hand hygiene. There are only limited amount of students on campuses, so it will be possible to take care of safety distances.

Instructions for distance learning

Make sure that your equipment required for virtual teaching is working properly (internet connection, computer, headset).   

When you participate in distance learning, please use Chrome browser. If you join Collaborate distance learning environments, please connect your headset and other sound equipment before connecting. Make sure that the equipment settings are in default in the computer’s settings and connect to the session only after this has been done. Please follow the briefing in Diakle. Test your own internet connection and log in the distance learning environment early before the start of the teaching. If you have problems with logging in, please check your own email for possible solutions. 

Other simulated teaching will be carried out with distance equipment, and the parts that require contact teaching will be carried out later. Please follow your timetable regarding this. 

Placements

The placements will be implemented normally if the employer has no restrictions in place. Take note of the instructions that the employer has given about the placement.  

  • If a student has to stay in quarantine, they will not be allowed to continue the placement or start a new placement during the quarantine.  
  • If you are at risk, sick or have the symptoms of a common cold, you cannot go on placement. 
  • Be especially careful if you are moving from one placement/unit to another.
  • If you are not sure what to do, please contact your guiding teacher or corona@diak.fi. 
  • If the placement is cancelled by the employer, the continuation of studies will be planned with a student counselor and the teachers guiding the placement. 

If you have people close to you who are at risk, please follow the instructions by the institutions that treat them and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. You can find current instructions for risk groups at THL website.

General exams

General exams

General exams will be arranged mainly online until the end of February, but there are few exceptions. These exams are arranged at campus:

  • maturity tests
  • medication mathematics 
  • medication administration, if mathematics is included 
  • interpreting studies: teacher will inform students on how the exams are organised. 

Face masks are worn at exams. If you are part of risk group and cannot wear a mask due to health reasons, let us know about it when registering to an exam. We will then reserve an extra space, where the exam can be made without wearing a mask.

Read more about online exams on the website General exams and undelivered assignments.

Maturity exams

Teachers in charge of the modules inform students through Diakle. The same safety guidelines apply as in general exams organised in campuses (see above).

Theses

In case you cannot collect research material as originally planned, the alternatives are:

  • The collection of material will be carried out in an alternative way (for example face-to-face interviews are carried out over the telephone or online)
  • The collection of the material will be carried out later. During the wait, you can strengthen the theoretical elements and focus on other studies.
  • You can research the subject from another perspective.

We do not recommend choosing a new subject after you have presented your research plan. The idea paper and the research plan will only be presented once in the seminar. Any possible changes in the process should be discussed with the supervisor via email or by telephone.

Thesis seminar groups

Seminars are being held on Collaborate.

Publication seminars

Seminars will be held online.

International student exchanges

Outgoing Student Exchange

In spring 2021 student exchange will be possible only in Europe, if the destination organisation is able to provide high quality studies or work placement during the pandemic. Exchanges to destinations outside Europe are cancelled in the spring 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decisions are based on  the risks and insecurity related to travelling during the pandemic listed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Finland, the quality of the work placements (the epidemic is challenging for social and health care organisations)  and to guarantee satisfactory progress of studies.

In some cases, it might be possible to postpone the student exchange. Please discuss this possibility with your study counsellor. Please note that the exchange should not prolong your graduation. If it is possible to postpone your student exchange, please email international.office@diak.fi

For more information, please visit our website for student exchange.

Incoming Student Exchange

In the spring semester 2021 we look forward welcoming incoming exchange students to study at our Helsinki campus again. 

Due to COVID-19 pandemic the work placement possibilities for incoming student are unfortunately not available in the spring semester 2021.

For more information, please visit our website for student exchange.

Instructions for Open UAS students

Extending the right to study

If the modules you enrolled on for spring 2020 are moved to a later time (e.g. some simulations), your study entitlement will be extended so that you can finish your studies. In this case, please contact the Open UAS Study Office  (avoin@diak.fi).

NB! If you are studying and receiving unemployment benefits and the delay causes problems with tracking the advancement of your studies, you must contact the TE services via their e-service portal as soon as possible.  According to information from TE services education counselling, the lack of progression which results from Diak’s learning practices will be taken into account in the tracking of study progress. However, students must be active and contact the TE services personally to notify them of any delays.

Compensatory studies for open path and module students

We offer the option for compensatory studies without an additional fee for open path and module students if the placement required for the study packet is cancelled entirely or partially.

In this case, students must contact their study guidance counsellor so that they can check what compensatory studies equate to the phase they are currently completing. The study guidance counsellor will inform the Open UAS Study Office of the need for compensatory studies. In order to take part in compensatory studies, the student is not required to contact their lecturers or enrol on any of the study modules on the Open UAS page that aren’t specifically opened for them for free enrolment.  

The Open UAS direct application

Diak is changing the eligibility for Open UAS direct applications to 51 credits. This way, the possible missing credits from the semester’s placement would not prevent the applicant from participating in the direct application process in the health care sector. The selection criteria are the same for all applicants, so the same credit limit applies to those who apply to social service sector education as well. We encourage all open path students to complete the semester modules and possible compensatory studies on time so that they can continue their studies in the autumn.

Please follow the instructions on the direct application process on Diak’s website.  

I was tested positive for COVID-19, what to do?

If you have been tested positive for COVID-19, please follow the guidelines that the health officials give you. Additionally, we strongly recommend that you inform Diak’s task force, in case you have been visiting our campuses during the past two weeks. Please send an SMS to Vice-Rector Mrs Pirjo Hakala: 040 869 6001.

I have just returned from abroad, what to do? 

When you arrive in Finland from a country that is still subject to internal or external border control, you must follow self-quarantine. If you are starting a work placement, please follow the guidelines of your work placement place.

Please check the latest guidelines from the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and Finavia. Please note that you can also take a Covid-19 test at Helsinki Airport immediately upon arrival in Finland. Stay in voluntary quarantine and get a second Covid-19 test 72 hours after the first test at the earliest. If the result of both tests is negative, you can end your quarantine.

Student services at Diak 

Restaurant services 

Safety in student restaurants and cafeterias

Please follow the safety guidelines mentioned above also in restaurants: perform hand hygiene and keep distances. Wear a facial mask when queuing and returning dishes.

You can wear the same mask that you just took into use before taking lunch when returning dishes. Remove your mask by holding the ear loops. Place the mask to you lap while eating. After eating, wear the mask again.

Helsinki

Food & Co Diak Kalasatama restaurant is open from 10am to 1pm. Lunch is served from 11am to 1pm. Read more on the website of the Food & Co restaurant.

Take away lunch is available at student price.

The most popular time to have lunch is between 11am and 11.45am. Please avoid using restaurant services during that time if possible.

At lunch time please don’t use the tables of cafeteria unless you are having lunch. Please leave the restaurant premises right after you have finished your lunch.

Oulu

Food & Co Kantakortteli is open. Take away lunch is available at student price. More information available in the website of the restaurant.

Pieksämäki

Restaurant Viikuna is open. Take away lunch is available at student price. More information available in the website of the restaurant (in Finnish).

Pori

Restaurant Juhla is open. Take away lunch is available at student price. Take away lunch box costs 50 cents. More information available in the website of the restaurant (in Finnish).

Turku

Sodexo Old Mill opens on 17 August. More information is available later. See the website of the restaurant (in Finnish).

Students' health and wellbeing services 

You can contact your student counsellor in crises, mental health and emotional well-being matters. You can do it by phone, Collaborate  or e-mail. You matter to usdon’t hesitate to contact us!

Food distribution by parishes in Helsinki area

Student health care

  • FSHS is responsible for student health care services as of 1 January 2021. More information: fshs.fi.

Student Counsellor

Student Chaplain for DSS students

Face mask distribution in Helsinki

The City of Helsinki distributes cloth face masks to low-income city residents. Please read more on the website of Helsinki.

Students’ livelihood

Study grant

Kela has announced that they are taking the current conditions into notice in the progress of studies. If you aren’t able to study because of the corona virus situation, your financial aid payments can continue even if you do not make sufficient progress. 

The corona situation is a sufficient reason for a delay in studies, however the student has to make a clearance of their study progress to Kela (such as a document from the school). The duration of your studies can be lengthened due to the current situation. Kela will announce more about the effects of the epidemic later and students should follow the announcements. 

Unemployment benefits

The government has suggested part-time changes for employees’ and entrepreneurs’ unemployment benefits due to the corona situation. These changes are not yet verified and the new instructions will be posted on Kela’s website. 

If you were laid off from work and the lay-off has started on the 16th of March, 2020 or later, you can apply for unemployment benefits. This is only a temporary change and it will be valid until the 31st of July, 2020. The unemployment benefit can be applied according to the instructions of Kela and TE services. 

Events

Diak follows the development of the corona situation. At the moment the events are being organised mainly online. Please follow our events website.

Contact information

You can get more information by contacting corona@diak.fi. If you have questions about completing a course, direct your questions on the Diakle-page of the course or to the responsible teacher by email. 

More information on COVID-19