Information for students (updated 15 June 2021)
All the information regarding corona arrangements at Diak can be found on this page. You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Diak’s campuses are open for independent studying and working.
If possible, avoid visiting the campus. If you must visit the campus, remember to obey our safety guidelines (see below). We strongly recommend wearing a face mask or shield when visiting our campuses or libraries. Please read “Studying and teaching during pandemic” below for more detailed information.
Guidelines for independent studying at Helsinki campus
You can study independently at 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 closed. The campus is closed 1 July to 1 August.
- 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.
A large amount of teaching will be organised online during the autumn semester. The goal is that all study group get to contact studies during autumn.
Schedules for the autumn semester have been published and they can be found on Diak’s Lukkari. Changes can appear so please remember to check your timetable regularly for changes.
Diak is following the current situation and instructions closely. Study arrangements and the implementation of contact studying will be re-evaluated in the beiginning of August. Follow the information on this website.
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.
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 email@example.com.
- 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 for drug mathematics will be organised at campuses. Other exams (general exams) will be arranged mainly online for now.
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.
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.
Seminars will be held online.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
Finnish authorities recommend a 14-day self-quarantine for all persons arriving from abroad.
Please check the latest guidelines from the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, FINENTRY 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.
If you are starting a work placement, please follow the guidelines of your work placement place.
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 will open its doors in August. Read more on the website of the Food & Co restaurant.
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 is open. See the website of the restaurant (in Finnish) for opening times.
Student health care
- FSHS is responsible for student health care services as of 1 January 2021. More information: fshs.fi.
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.
You can get more information by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.