Arrangements of studies during coronavirus pandemic

The doors of the campuses are open on weekdays between 8 am and 3.45 pm. At other times, students can access to campuses with their 24/7 access card. One can order card here

Responsible and careful following of hygiene instructions is required from every visitor. Safety distance of 1- 2 metres must be kept. You must not enter the campus if you have any symptoms of coronavirus infection. University of Oulu recommend that students and staff members start to use the Koronavilkku app to create a safe study and work environment.

University of Oulu recommends the use of face masks in its public indoor spaces.

Guidelines for organizing teaching during academic year 2020-2021

Teaching in the University of Oulu is arranged mainly as distance teaching until the end of the spring term 2021. If the pandemic situation in our country and regionally improves sufficiently and is stable, the decision may be considered again in February or March.

Teaching on campus is provided only if it cannot be arranged remotely (e.g. laboratory and other experimental teaching). When a safety distance of 1-2 metres is not possible, face masks or other protective equipment required by the situation will be shared for students. 

The teaching arrangements will be informed on a course basis, for example through Moodle or WebOodi or by e-mail. The teachers in charge of the courses are responsible for organizing courses and informing students according to faculty-specific guidelines. Please follow also faculty bulletins.

As a rule, the students´ know-how is evaluated using Exam or alternative assessment methods. In examinations arranged on the campus, the safety distances of 2 meters must be kept. The teacher responsible for the course is responsible for creating the assessment criteria and organizing alternative assessment methods for study attainments. The teacher also informs students about changes in the course.

Programs, tools and devices during distance learning

By installing OpenVPN client and remote desktop connection into your computer, you can use your network drives and the programs licensed by the University, such as Adams, Amos, Archicad, AutoCAD, Consol, CST Studio, Julia, Mathematica, MatLab, NVivo, Origin, Rhono, R, Revit, SAS and SPSS.

Information about printing opportunities and opening of laptop vendors, self-study workstations and computer classrooms can be found here

ICT services support requests:

Guidance and counselling services

All guidance and counselling services are working remotely. According University’s guidelines in guidance, Teacher Tutor is the first to contact in questions concerning studing, secondly Academic Affairs Service Teams. Students can book appointment with stydy and career counseller and study psykologist. Guidance may be given by phone, Skype, Teams or some other way to be agreed. Teachers will advice and guide in questions concersing courses. University premises can be utilized for necessary face-to-face guidance, taking into account the distance and hygiene instructions.

Support requests: 

Graduation during exceptional situation

Graduation during spring 2020 follows normal schedule and procedures instructed by the faculties. However, there is some delay in delivering the diplomas because of the general situation. Diplomas are sent by mail. Notice that, as a University of Oulu students, you can download an official digital transcript from WebOodi, where the degree information is also available.

You can also see your degree information from -service ( From -service, you can provide a link to your degree information, for instance, for an employer.

Open University studies

Due to coronavirus situation open universities offer their distance studies free of charge to university degree students. The nationwide study offering is available on this page. The University of Oulu´s Open University offering (studies mostly in Finnish) here.

Financial assistance for foreingn students

Foreign students are generally expected to meet their own financial needs. First find out if you could get financial assistance from another source. If you are in Finland on a non-temporary basis, you can get social assistance on the same terms as any Finnish national living in Finland. Kela will make an overall assessment of the nature of your residence in Finland. If you have stayed in Finland for a very short period of time, you will probably be considered a temporary resident. In that case, you will be entitled to the essential part of basic social assistance, which covers food and essential medicines. The assistance is provided in the form of vouchers. More information on Kela’s pages.

Information and guidelines for teachers can be found in intranet Patio.

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