Information for students (updated 21 January 2022)

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. News related to studies and corona can be found at Tuudo.

Moving around campus 

All Diak’s campuses are open for studying, group assignments and working. When at campus, Diak’s safety guidelines should be followed.

The working spaces of libraries are open for use. In Helsinki campus the small meeting rooms at 6th floor are also open.

Check the opening times

Check the opening times of libraries at Diak Finna

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. When needed, Diak can guide a student with symptoms out (see our Rules of conduct).
  • Keep a safe distance to others when studying and moving around campus.
  • We recommend that you wear a mask. If you are not able to use a mask due to health reasons, you can use a face visor. In simulated teaching and when a close connection is required in teaching it is strongly recommended 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 following the guidelines of the authorities.

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

Teaching in January and February

Skill workshops and simulation teaching and some of the orientation studies of new students are carried out at campuses in January and February. If the study group has contact teaching, other teaching can be arranged on campuses on the same day.

As far as possible, teaching groups will be divided into different premises in order to keep teaching situations spacious.

From March onwards, contact teaching and schedules have been planned for in accordance with the normal situation, but Diak’s corona working group will assess teaching arrangements for February and the rest of spring semester later in February.

Changes to schedules can appear on a short notice, so always check your schedule before teaching: lukujarjestykset.diak.fi.

In contact teaching situations Diak offers all students FFP2 masks.

Distance learning

It is marked in schedules if the teaching takes place online or on campus.

The principle is that the group’s full-day teaching takes place entirely remotely or entirely on campus.

Please make sure to check your timetable for changes. In the case of distance learning, there will be “Zoom” 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.

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 Zoom 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. 

Contact teaching

Teaching will be organised partly at campuses during January and February. It is not possible to participate in contact teaching with remote connection.

In situations where the adequate distances cannot be kept, personal protective equipment will be used. For example, hand hygiene will be paid attention and more effective face masks will be available. Teachers will guide students who must attend this kind of lectures more closely on this topic.

Risk groups and contact teaching

At Diak, we act in accordance with nationwide guidelines for risk groups. Because vaccine coverage is already high across the country, those at risk are expected to attend contact teaching like any other student.

In contact teaching, the risk of coronavirus infection is low, especially if you are fully vaccinated. The risk of infection after exposure in school is well lower than the risk of infection in other corona exposure situations (source: THL).

In addition, Diak provides students with better protective FFP2 masks for the time being.

If the nationwide guidelines change for risk groups, the situation will be reassessed at Diak.

Attending to teaching when infected, in quarantine or in isolation

If you are infected with COVID-19, or if you are in quarantine or isolation, and cannot attend contact teaching, please contact the lecturer responsible of the course.

If you are a new student and cannot attend orientation days, please contact your study guidance counsellor, whose contact information you have received by email.

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.

Vaccinations and placements 

Diak encourages vaccines so that the placements included in the studies can be organised without problems.  

The organisation offering the placement decides on the terms and conditions of the placement. It is their decision whether or not they take unvaccinated students for placements. 

The temporary amendment to the Communicable Diseases Act (Section 48a) entered into force on 1 January 2022 and is valid until 31 December 2022. Based on the amendment, the employer has the right and obligation to check with employees and trainees personal information on coronavirus vaccination. They have the right to be informed of an obstacle to taking a coronavirus vaccine. They also have the right to be informed if you already had COVID-19 less than six months ago. 

The Act applies to persons operating in health and social services in those tasks that involve the risk of infection caused by close contact with customers or patients exposed to the serious consequences of coronavirus. Employees and trainees in these tasks must meet the criteria defined for vaccine protection.   

What if the placement is denied?  

If the student has registered for an placement and the receiving organisation refuses to welcome the student due to the lack of coronavirus vaccine protection, the placement will be cancelled. At this point, contact your placement instructor. 

The aim is primarily to find another placement to replace the cancelled one. The student must be active in the search for a new placement. Where possible, placements offered by Diak’s RDI projects may also be used, provided that they fit the objectives of the placement in question.  

If there is no other possibility, the placement will be postponed to a later date and other studies will be sought if possible.  

 The student plans his/her situation with the guidance counsellor, so please contact your study guidance counsellor if you need to do studies replacing the internship. 

Exams and maturity tests

Exams

Exams are carried out as online exams in January with the exception of medical mathematics exams, which are conducted on campuses.

Enrolment for the exam continues electronically using an e-form. Links to the e-form can be found on the website of General Exams

Facial 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

Maturity tests are organised online in January.

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 and publication seminars

Thesis seminars and final seminars are held as they are marked in schedules. Some of these seminars take place remotely and some on campuses. 

Instructions for Open UAS students

Extending the right to study

If the modules you enrolled on 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.  

International student exchanges

Outgoing Student Exchange

In 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 include only destinations that allow travelling to them during pandemic. Exchanges to destinations outside Europe are cancelled in 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 autumn semester 2021 we look forward to welcoming incoming exchange students to study at our Helsinki campus. 

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

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

I have just arrived/returned from abroad, what to do? 

Please check the latest guidelines from the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and WelfareFINENTRY and Finavia. Please note that you can also take a COVID-19 test at Helsinki Airport immediately upon arrival in Finland. If you are starting a work placement, please follow the guidelines of your work placement organisation.

Restaurant services 

Safety in student restaurants and cafeterias

Please follow the safety guidelines mentioned above also in restaurants. We recommend that you wear a facial mask when queuing and returning dishes.

Helsinki

Food & Co Diak Kalasatama restaurant is open. Find more detailed information on the website of the Food & Co restaurant.

Oulu

Food & Co Kantakortteli is open. More info on the website of the restaurant.

Pieksämäki

Restaurant Viikuna is open. More information available in the website of the restaurant (in Finnish).

Pori

Restaurant Juhla is open. More information available in the website of the restaurant (in Finnish).

Turku

Sodexo Old Mill opens on 16 August. See the website of the restaurant (in Finnish) for opening times.

Students' health and wellbeing services 

Student health care

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

Student Counsellor

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. Your health and well-being is important for us, so please don’t hesitate to contact us when needed!

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.

Food distribution by parishes in Helsinki area

Events

Diak follows the development of the corona situation. 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.