Information for students (updated 13 September 2021)

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

Moving around campus 

Diak’s campuses are open for independent studying, group assignments and working. If possible, avoid visiting the campus.

When at campus, Diak’s safety guidelines should be followed. Remember to wear a facial mask and take care of safety distances!

Helsinki campus

In Helsinki campus the open spaces in different floors and independent studying space in 6th floor are open for independent studying. The small meeting rooms at 6th floor are still closed, but group assignments can be done in open spaces such as the cafeteria and open spaces of 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors.

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 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 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 is organised in the same manner as in spring semester. All the studies that are possible to organise online, will be arranged as distance learning.

Only the following studies are organised at campuses in contact teaching:

  • the orientation studies of BA students who start their studies in autumn 2021
  • simulations, skill workshops and some of the interpreting studies.

In simulations and skill workshops of nursing studies FFP2 masks are used.

These alignments are valid until the end of September. Diak follows the corona situation and the vaccination coverage actively on a weekly basis. We have a strong will to return to contact teaching as soon as it is possible from the viewpoint of health and safety.

Schedules for the autumn semester have been published and they can be found on Diak’s Lukkari. Changes are still made in the beginning of August so please remember to check your timetable regularly for changes. 

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 “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.

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. 

Contact teaching

Teaching will be organised partly at campuses during the autumn semester. First year student will have more contact teaching than students that are further in their studies. 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.


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 
  • 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.

Exams and maturity tests


General exams for drug mathematics will be organised at campuses. Other exams (general exams) will be arranged mainly online in August and September.

These exams are arranged at campus:

  • drug mathematics exams
  • standardised national professional nursing competency examination for generalist registered nursing students
  • 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).

Maturity tests will be realized in distance learning for now. The lecturers responsible for the courses inform the students participating in the maturity test through Diakle.


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.

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  (

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

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: 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.


Food & Co Diak Kalasatama restaurant opens its doors 1 September. Find more detailed information on the website of the Food & Co restaurant. In August Diak’s students can visit Unicafe at the University’s Kumpula campus or Arcada UAS’ student restaurant. Diak’s students are welcome to use the latter especially between 11am and 12pm.


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


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


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


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:

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 healtha nd 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


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 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.