All the information regarding corona arrangements at Diak can be found on this page. The same information is also published on Tuudo and Moodle. You can contact corona@diak.fi if you have any questions. See also the Q&A from the briefing on 16 March.

Instructions for Open UAS students during the state of emergency is found below.

Information for students (updated 25th of June)

Moving around on Diak’s campuses

Diak has started a gradual recovery from the corona restrictions and we have opened all our campuses on the 1st of June. Libraries, information services, student office and ICT- services are functioning mainly online for the summer but local service is also available if needed. The general spaces on campuses are partly available for guests that aren’t a part of any risk group.

More information about the campus services during the summer can be found here.

All Diak’s campuses will open regularly in August, after the summer break. Students are able to move around, work and take part in teaching normally.

Student restaurants will open in August and the opening hours will be informed later.

Campus opening hours 3.8.-15.8. (regular opening hours from 16th of August)

  • Helsinki 8-16  
  • Pieksämäki 8-15:45 
  • Pori 10.8.-15.8. 8-15:45 
  • Oulu 7-17 
  • Turku 8-16 

Services’ opening hours:

  • Libraries have exceptional hours during 3.8.-15.8. Find the opening hours on Finna.
  • Opening hours of student restaurants will be informed on the first week of August (7th of August the latest)

Distance learning continues in June

Teaching in June will be organised as distance learning.

If there are any changes, the lecturer responsible will make the required changes directly in the timetable. You can check your timetable for information on where the teaching will take place (Collaborate or Teams).  

More distance learning than usual in the fall term (updated 25th of June)

In the beginning of the fall semester there will be more distance learning than normally. Timetables for the fall have been published and they can be found on Diak’s Lukkari. The links for online participation (Collaborate etc.) will be published before the courses start.

Students can see on their own timetables, which teaching is carried out as distance learning and which as classroom teaching. Classroom teaching has a space where the teaching will take place marked on the timetable. If the timetable says Collaborate the teacher will add a specific address later. Students can see the Collaborate -status on their own timetable.

Diak is following the current situation and instructions during the summer. Study arrangements and the implementation of classroom studying will be re-evaluated if needed. Follow the information on our website and remember to check your timetable for changes before the semester starts.

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 in the fall semester

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 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 here

What do I do if I feel sick? 

If you are sick, you can’t participate classroom teaching. If you think you have a corona  infection you can take an online check-up for your symptoms at Omaolo or call health care services. They will guide you for further testing if needed. More information on the website of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

Exam retakes and electronic registration (updated 25th of June)

General retake exam will be organised on August 13th electronically on Moodle. Language and drug calculation exams will be held on campus. Registration for all exams will be done with an e-form. 

More detailed instructions can be found here.

I have just returned from abroad, what do I do?

All travel related to work and studying abroad is forbidden until October 31st. We do not accept any international guests either during this time. 

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 travelling abroad during the summer, please note the governments instructions for arriving back in Finland. Here are the latest recommendations:

The government does not recommend unnecessary travelling anywhere except Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

As of 15 June, a self-quarantining is recommended for all visitors to Finland from countries that are still subject to internal or external border control. Such countries include Sweden, Germany and Russia. No self-quarantining is required if a person arrives from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Denmark or Iceland.

During self-quarantine, you are permitted to move between your workplace and place of residence. Engaging in in other essential activities is also permitted. Use your own car if possible.

Even though Finland has given up internal border control and quarantine recommendations on some countries, some countries might have their own restrictions about letting travelers in. Remember to check the current instructions before traveling from the authorities of the country of your destination.

International student exchanges are cancelled in the fall term

Diak has decided to cancel all autumn 2020 semester student exchanges due to the corona pandemic.

The decision is based on the recommendations given by the Rectors’ Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciencesthe 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 to spring 2021. Please discuss this possibility with your study counselor. Please note that the exchange should not prolong your graduation.

You can enrol for autumn 2020 courses at Diak via your academic advisor. Course enrolment is closed, but academic advisors can add you to courses.

Please read more on this article.

Issues regarding 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 fall 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.

Diak’s spring graduation ceremony takes place on the 3rd of September (updated 8th of June) 

The spring’s graduation ceremony on the 29th of May has been cancelled in all Diak campuses due to the current situation. The ceremony will be organised on Thursday September 3rd on all campuses. 

The timetable of the ceremony will be following:

Helsinki, campus dining hall:

  • 11.30 am bachelors of Social Services (deconess, youth workers, early childhood education), interpreters, English Master’s degrees.

The ceremony will be a live event but without any guests. We are trying to find out if there is a possibility to forward the ceremony remotely to the families of the graduates. 

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

Student services at Diak

Student’s support 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 are important, don`t be left alone!

  • Food distribution by parishes in Helsinki area, see this article (in finnish) , please use Google translator.

Student health care nurse

Student Counsellor

Student Chaplain for DSS students

Students’ livelihood (edited 15th of April)

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 are 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.

Who can contact for more 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.

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Instructions for Open UAS students during the state of emergency

1. Extending the right to study 

If the modules you enrolled on for this 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 progressHowever, students must be active and contact the TE services personally to notify them of any delays. 

2. 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. 

3. 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. 

Where can I find more information? 

When needed, you can contact corona@diak.fi. Regarding the completion of your modules, please message you lecturer on the MoodleRooms module platform. 

Corrections and additional instructions

  • Work from home will be done if possible in agreement with your supervisor. Under the exceptional circumstances, remote work contracts do not need to be updated.
  • Personnel can borrow docking stations and screens from the campuses. You have to report all the borrowed equipment to ICT (support@diak.fi).

Absence and salary payment

Please follow the normal absence practices if possible. There are many exceptions to absences due to the corona situation and it is very important to estimate the absence with your supervisor and when needed with HR personnel.

  • The employer has no (Sivista instruction 17 March) responsibility to pay a salary for the time period (the infection daily allowance will be paid to the employee during the time period). If remote work is possible, the employer will pay the salary for the work done during the quarantine. The amount of work meant to be done remotely is evaluated with your supervisor on a case by case basis.

Quarantine or sickness of a child

If a child under 16 gets sick or is instructed to quarantine, the employee has a right to be out of work (the child’s age will be taken into account). In this case, salary payment is aborted and the employee has a possibility to get sickness allowance.

  • Temporary nursing leave: in the event of a sudden sickness of a child under 10, it is possible to get temporary nursing leave for a total of four working days. The salary payment obligation will be defined according to the work contract. For example, in the private education sector, the obligation for salary payment is three working days.
  • If the child is between 11-16, there is no obligation to pay salary. The alternatives:
    • remote work taking into consideration the child’s age and well being
    • unpaid absence, when the parent can seek sickness allowance
    • annual leave or balance

In the case of an absence, please contact your supervisor immediately. Every situation is now different and we have to consider them on a case by case basis together. 

Paying attention to the risk groups

If you have people at risk close to you, you have to follow the instructions of the institutions that treat them and THL.


THL 15.3.2020

Official websites where you can find updated instructions for the corona situation