Information for students (updated 30 September 2020)

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 normally. If you are part of a risk group, please avoid moving around campuses. If you are part of a risk group, please estimate and when needed consult your doctor whether or not you can participate simulations. Simulations cannot be organized as distance learning. In simulations there are separate safety guidelines. Please read “Studying in the autumn term” below for more detailed information.

At Helsinki campus the schedules have been planned so that there are maximum of 250 students spread to different floors at a time. In other campuses there are maximum of two study groups at a time.

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).
  • 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 a travel restricted country for 14 days.

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 in the autumn term

In autumn semester there will be more distance learning than normally. Timetables for the autumn have been published and they can be found on Diak’s Lukkari

Diak is following the current situation and instructions during the autumn. 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 as contact learning and distance learning

The schedules of the remaining semester in all Diak campuses have been checked. Teaching has been moved even more online.

If your schedule says only “Collaborate”, or there is not a classroom marked, teaching is conducted completely online as distance learning. In these cases, students are expected to attend courses.

The teacher of the course adds a detailed address to the schedule before the course starts. Small changes can still be made, so please check your schedule regularly.

Studies that cannot be organized online or that are most efficient to teach through contact learning, are organized at campus. The schedules have been planned so that all study groups have the whole day at campus or fully online. If you study with a Personal Study Plan (PSP) different from your study group, there might be days when this does not work out.

Contact teaching during pandemic

As of 5 October 2020: contact teaching is no longer available through Collaborate connection. This change is due to the aim of preserving the high quality of teaching. It is difficult to offer high quality teaching that is originally planned as contact teaching through Collaborate connection.

This change applies also on courses that have started earlier in the ongoing semester and where the Collaborate connection has been kept open earlier.

What if I can’t come to the campus?

Majority of studies are organized online as distance learning. Teaching has been moved online for the rest of the semester even more than in the beginning of the autumn semester. All studies that are possible to organize as distance learning, have been moved online.

Some contact teaching is still organized at campuses. In Diak there are students that cannot or do not want to attend contact teaching.

This kind of reasons include for example:

  • self-quarantine due to having been exposed or due to travelling in a travel-restricted country within 14 days
  • symptoms that can refer to COVID-19
  • being part of a risk group or having a family member who is a part of risk group.

If you want to discuss with a public health nurse whether you can participate from distance to contact studies due to health issues, please contact the health care services of your campus.

In Diak attending to contact teaching is not mandatory. Therefore, studies cannot delay or be interrupted because if the student does not attend contact studies. If there is contact teaching that is mandatory, there will be substitutive materials or tasks. The teacher of the course tells the attending students if there are substitutive materials or tasks for attending to contact teaching. The teacher additionally informs the students how the tasks can be returned.

There are also 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.

In some courses students can decide whether they attend to teaching at campus or through Collaborate connection. This is possible when there are two teachers in the course or in Community Interpreting studies.

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 Moodle. 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 and electronic registration

General exam will be organised on September 3rd onwards normally at campuses.  Face masks are worn at exams, read more in a news item.

Registration only through an e-form by previous Thursday at 11.59 pm. Read more in a news item.

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 have been held on Collaborate. Lecturers will brief students on Moodle.

The maturity test will be completed as an online exam on Moodle. The web implementations will be done according to the timetable agreed earlier.

Lecturers will send more detailed information to students about the autumn term.

Publication seminars

Seminars will be held online or on campus depending on the campuses.

Lecturers will send more detailed information to students.

Evaluation of theses

The signed evaluation forms will be sent to students during the summer. During the pandemic students have received their grades by email.

International student exchanges

Diak has decided to cancel all autumn 2020 semester student exchanges due to the Corona pandemic. The decision is in accordance with the recommendations given by the Rectors’ Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences.

In spring 2021 student exchange will be possible only in Europe, if the destination is not in the list of countries, where the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland does not recommend travelling to and if  the destination is not marked in red in the Finnish Health Authorities’ traffic light model, when the exchange begins.

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.

Instructions for Open UAS students

Extending the right to study

If the modules you enrolled on for last spring 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 limit unnecessary local contacts for 14 days and follow self-quarantine. If you are starting a work placement, please follow the guidelines of your work placement place.

If you were travelling abroad just before starting your studies, please note the governments instructions for arriving back in Finland. Please check the latest guidelines from the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

Student services at Diak 

Restaurant services 

Helsinki

Please check the opening times from the website of the Food & Co restaurant.

The restaurant offers:

  • Cafeteria products from 8am to 2 pm
  • Breakfast porridge from 8am to 10am
  • Lunch is served from 10.45am to 1 pm. Groups go for lunch according to schedules. Please follow the lunch times marked in your schedule.
  • You can choose from two types of meals, one of which is vegetarian. Additionally salad and bread is served.
  • 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 nurse

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 in autumn 2020

Graduation ceremony on 3 September

The spring’s graduation ceremony was cancelled in all Diak campuses due to the corona situation. The ceremony will be organised on Thursday September 3rd in Helsinki. To avoid risks, the ceremony will be a live event but without any guests. The ceremony is cancelled in Oulu, Pieksämäki, Pori and Turku. 

Please make sure that your student information has your current contact information so we can reach you. 

Check the event website for more information.

Other events 

The organisation of other events due to take place during the autumn semester will be confirmed later.

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 Moodle-page of the course or to the responsible teacher by email. 

More information on COVID-19