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UiB-students: Questions and answers about the coronavirus

The UiB campus closed for students. UiB has shifted to online classes/teaching. Please check Mitt UiB for further information and updates for your subjects/study programme. 

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Campus and access to buildings

I need to collect important and necessary books and study material from the University's buildings, can I do so?

All buildings at UiB are closed till after Easter Holiday, according to the new preventive measures from the Norwegian Government.

Students who need to collect important and necessary books and study material from the University's buildings, have to send a request to the Info Centre at your faculty where you state your name and telephone number, what you need to collect and why, as well as where (building, and if possible room number). 

If you are sick or suspect infecton, you will not be allowed into the buildings

Are the reading rooms and classrooms open?

No. All UiB's buildings are closed for students and staff. This includes all reading rooms and classrooms. All teaching is conducted on digital platforms, and there will be no on-campus teaching for the remainder of this semester.

Is the University Library open?

No. All UiB's buildings are closed for students and staff. This also applies for the University Libraries. You can still use the libraries digital services and offers. 

Check the University Library web page for more information on digital services and offers

Classes and examination

I have to stay at home with my children. Which rules apply in terms of study progression and examinations?

UiB will, as far as possible, try to make arrangements for students to maintain study progression and have their exams taken. Please contact your faculty for information on special arrangements concerning your examination and teaching.

I have been put in quarantine, how can this affect my studies?

If you are prevented from attending the exam or compulsory activity due to the quarantine given by a doctor, the same rules apply as for a sick leave. You may also be entitled to sick leave if a doctor considers you to be isolated because you may be infected with the coronavirus. 

Read more: Illness and examination

How will teaching/tutoring and examinations be organised?

All teaching / tutoring and examinations will be made available on various digital platforms. This is to uphold the students’ progress and ensure that students get their diploma.

You will find information on Mitt UiB on how the digital assessment will be arranged.

Please check Mitt UiB for further information on changes made for your classes.

If you have further questions, please contact your faculty your information centre.

What happens to the exam?

Examinations will also be moved to a digital platform. Please check Mitt UiB for further information and updates for your courses/programme.

Travelling and international students
 

I am a non-Norwegian citizen on exchange from UiB abroad. How should I relate?

If you are a non-Norwegian citizen on exchange from UiB abroad, please follow the travel advice given by your home country. Read more information about student exchange here 

I have been traveling outside Norway. What should I do?

Everyone who has been travelling outside Norway has to stay in quarantine for 14 days as of the day of return to Norway. Alle som har vært på reise utenlands skal være i karantene 14 dager fra den dagen de kom hjem. 
For more information, read the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, advice on travelling.

Is it dangerous to travel by city rail, bus, train, plane?

You are adviced to avoid public transportation as far as possible. 

Infection and quaratine

What should I do if I am in an area with widespread transmission of the coronavirus?

If you are in an area with widespread transmission of the coronavirus, avoid contact with sick people, and especially people with respiratory symptoms. As with all infections, good hand hygiene (washing with soap and water) is an important preventive measure, both on the journey and to limit further infection. Alcohol-based hand disinfection may be an option if hand wash options are not available. When traveling abroad one should also follow the advice of local health authorities. Here you can read travel advice from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

What should I do if I am afraid that I may be infected, but I am not sick?

Good hygiene practices are important, even if you do not feel ill. To prevent infection, avoid coughing or sneezing directly at others, and when possible, keep 1-2 meters away from people with respiratory illness. You should also try to cough/sneeze in a paper towel (which is thrown afterwards) or in the arm hook. Good hand hygiene, both in the sick and the healthy, is important to prevent transmission of infection. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and lukewarm water, especially when you have been out with people. Hand disinfection is a good alternative if hand washing is not possible.

    Other

    I am a tenant at Sammen, and I think I may be infected with the coronavirus. Who should I notify?

    Please inform Sammen by sending an email to bolig@sammen.no, and also contact your General Practitioner.

    I have been to an area affected by the coronavirus, and I am feeling unwell. What should I do?

    UiB follows national guidelines from The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH). Please check their webpages for the latest updates, advice and guidelines:

    NIPH: General advice and information to the public about novel coronavirus COVID-19

    I am a student at the Faculty of Medicine. Which specific advice will apply for me?

    If you are a student at a health profession education and have practice or clinical teaching at a health institution / clinic / pharmacy or otherwise are in contact with patients, you should in this context consider yourself a health professional and therefore follow the advice given by The Norwegian Institute of Public Health and UiB to health professionals. Please check Mitt UiB for updates from your faculty.

    I am a Ph.D. candidate currently taking classes and courses at UiB. How should I relate?

    Please check Mitt UiB for further information on changes made for your classes. The University is working to find good alternative solutions for examination. If you have further questions, please contact the Info Centre at your Faculty.

    What happens with disputations?

    It has been decided that all disputations at the University of Bergen shall be defended digitally during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more about this here: All disputations to be defended digitally

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