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UiB-students: Questions and answers about the coronavirus

Here you will find information regarding covid-19 and current protective measures at UiB.

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Campus 

Access to Student work place?

From February 7 until February 14, the campus will ble closed for students. All teaching will be digital.

Is the University Library open?

The University Library will not be open for students From February 7 until February 14. Please check opening times and contact information for your library. The library's digital services and resources are always open and available.

Are the Faculty Information Centres open?

The Faculty Information Centres are open, either physically or staffed from home office. You can contact the Information Centres by phone or email. Please check UiB’s website for information on opening hours and contact information for your Faculty Information Centre

Are the Student welfare organisation - Sammen's cafeterias and gyms open?

The Student Welfare Organisation – Sammen’s cafeterias, coffeeshops and gyms follows national guidelines. Some of their cafeterias are open, like Studentsenteret for instance. Please check Sammen’s website for opening hours and services

Infection control measures 

Which rules apply for use of face masks?

In Bergen municipality, face masks are mandatory on public transport and indoors in public places such as shops, shopping centers and restaurants where it is impossible to maintain a one-metre distance to others. 

UiB has introduced measures to ensure it will be possible to keep a one-metre distance to others in campus buildings and rooms. 

Where can I find the e-learning course in protective measures?

Everyone on campus must take an e-learning course in protective measures. The course is compulsory and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Take the course here

I am in a risk group for covid-19. How should I relate?

Students in risk groups for covid-19, or who have family members / cohabitants in risk groups, should have a home office / study from home.

Please contact your faculty / department for facilitation of your study program

Diagnosed with covid-19 or suspected covid-19 infection

I am on campus and feeling ill. What should I do?

Students who become ill with symptoms of coronavirus (covid-19) should return home as soon as possible. Please contact the Bergen Accident and Emergency clinic immediately to arrange testing.

Sick people who have to be picked up by others will have to wait in a seperate room or outside where they can keep distance from others. The sick person should not use public transport, but if it is unavoidable - a face mask should be used.

Read more: Guidelines in case an employee or student becomes ill with covid-19 on campus

I am ill and suspect covid-19 infection. What should I do?

The Norwegian health authority's advice is that everyone who is ill with respiratory symptoms should get tested - even if there are only mild symptoms. As a student at UiB, you should not come to campus if you get symptoms of a respiratory infection or flu. Stay home and test yourself for covid-19.

Anyone who suspects that they are infected with covid-19 can get tested. Bergen Municipality also encourages everyone who has been to a party or social gathering where the infection control measures have not been complied with, to get tested.

In case of symptoms, you should get a test immediately - without symptoms, you can wait until 3-5 days after the party / social gathering took place. You should stay at home and have as little contact as possible with others.

Read more about testing, symptoms and medical help for coronavirus on the municipality's website

Where can I get tested?

Everyone with a recently developed respiratory infection or other symptoms of COVID-19 should take a test. This also applies to close contacts of persons with detected infection and those who have travelled to areas with a high prevalence of COVID-19. Testing is free.

You can order a test at the Bergen Accident and Emergency Clinic (legevakt). Please make an appointment via this form or telephone the coronavirus hotline on +47 55 56 77 to arrange a test.

Read more about testing, symptoms and medical help for coronavirus on the municipality's website

I have been diagnosed with covid-19 infection. What should I do?

UiB are taking measures to control the spread of the corona virus. If you have been at campus and are infected with the corona virus, please notify UiB by filling in this form:

Read more: Diagnosed with Covid-19? Please fill in this form

What is the difference between quarantine, self-imposed quarantine and isolation?

The quarantine shall be carried out by those who have been in contact with persons with Covid-19, or who have been traveling in an area with a high level of infection.

Bergen municipality has previously recommended students and others who have been to parties in the student communities where there is doubt as to whether the infection control measures have been complied with, to go into self-imposed quarantine.

You must then behave as in the case of imposed quarantine. The difference between the two forms of quarantine is that you do not risk being punished in accordance with the covid-19 regulations if you break the self-imposed quarantine. This makes it no less important to comply.

At UiB, students who are in self-imposed quarantine must be treated the same way as students who are in normal/imposed quarantine regarding studies and need for facilitation.

If you have covid-19, you must be isolated, either at home, in a health institution or elsewhere. Most affected students are young and have mild symptoms, and home insulation is most often the relevant measure.

Read more about the quarantine and isolation in the infection control chief's clarification to the students in Bergen

What is considered a close contact?

You will be considered close contact if a person you have been with is confirmed sick with covid-19:

  • AND you were closer than two meters for 15 minutes or more in the period from 48 hours before the person had symptoms of covid-19 and until the person is out of isolation. 
     
  • OR you have been in direct physical contact (handshake, squeezing, etc.) or in physical contact with body fluids such as saliva, sweat, snot or tears from the patient.

Read more: Transmission and course of the disease - The Norwegian Directorate of Health

Read also: Covid-19 Illness, testing and medical assistance for coronavirus - Bergen municipality

How does UiB work with infection detection and notification?

UiB does follow-up of students and staff who are diagnosed with covid-19 and contributes to the infection tracking unit in Bergen municipality.

Read more about routines for follow-up of students and staff with covid-19

When should I contact a doctor?

  • If you are ill with mild symptoms, you do not need to contact a doctor, but stay at home until a day after you feel completely healthy. Others in the household do not need to be quarantined in such a situation, but as little contact with others as possible is recommended.
  • If you are ill and need health care, or have new symptoms such as cough, wheezing or fever, contact your General Practitioner (GP).
  • If the GP is not available, call the emergency room on 116 117. Always make an appointment first, so you do not show up and infect others.

In case of critical illness, you must call 113.

Teaching

New international student in Bergen?

How does the teaching take place?

All teaching will take place on digital platforms unti February 14.  Exceptions from online teaching is teaching that cannot be done digitally, including creative and executive-, laboratory-, equipment-dependent-, field- and clinical teaching. Please check Mitt UiB for updated information on what applies for your study program/course.

What does hybrid approach to teaching mean?

A hybrid approach means a mix of online and in-person teaching, in line with Government guidance and covid-19-secure settings.

Please check Mitt UiB for updated information on teaching and assessment on your study programme/courses.

I am attending in-person teaching on campus. How shold I relate?

First of all, it is important that you are healthy. If you are ill with symptoms of respiratory infections (cold or flu), you must stay at home and get tested as soon as possible.

Everyone who is staying on campus must comply with the general infection control rules for hand hygiene, cough hygiene and distance.

For students attending in-person teaching on campus:

  • Disinfect your hands before entering the classroom.
  • Keep at least one-meter distance from other students and teachers
  • On your way in, please keep in line and keep your distance.
  • Students who want to disinfect the desk surface where they are sitting, can do this with disinfectant wipes placed in the classroom.
  • On your way out, please leave the room row by row and let those who are closest to the exit go out first.
  • During breaks, please avoid gatherings outside the classroom and hallways.

Disinfectant dispensers will be placed outside all classrooms. In addition, infection control guards will be present to contribute to that infection control measures are complied with.

The classrooms are cleaned daily with additional cleaning of contact surfaces.

Read more: Protective measures in teaching areas

I am in the risk group for covid-19, and need facilitation of tuition. What should I do?

Students in the risk group for covid-19, or who have family members / cohabitants in the risk group, should have a home office / study from home. Please contact your faculty / department for facilitation of tuition on your study program

I have to stay at home with children due to the corona virus. What should I do?

UiB will arrange for students to maintain their study progression and have their exams taken. Please contact your faculty / department for facilitation of tuition and assessment on your study programme / course 

I am in quarantine. What do I do regarding tuition?

Students who have been diagnosed with covid-19 infection, and students who have been in close contact with infected people, will be followed up by UiB regarding study progression and online teaching. Please contact the study advisor or the responsible academic on your subject. You will find contact information on your course / subject at Mitt UiB

What happens if I am absent due to covid-19?

UiB will, as far as possible, facilitate that students are not delayed in their study progression due to long-term quarantine and sick leave due to coronavirus.

If you are unable to participate in compulsory tuition / activity due to quarantine / illness, the responsible academic will consider alternative forms of teaching or compulsory activity that require less physical attendance.

In principle, the general rules for valid absence and postponed exams apply. In 2020, UiB introduced a self-declaration in the event of a valid absence from an examination to ensure that students at UiB complete their education and take their degrees and diplomas without delay due to conditions related to coronavirus (covid-19), cf. established temporary regulations.

More information about illness and valid absence, and how to register absence

I am a PhD candidate and take courses / subjects at UiB. How should I relate?

Please check Mitt UiB for information regarding your courses / subjects. If you have other questions, you can contact the Information centre at your faculty.

Examination and assessment

What is the difference between a home examination and a «written examination at home»?

The home examination usually lasts several days with different aids allowed, and is a form of assessment that most teachers, students and examiners are familiar with.

What we call «written examination at home» essentially means the same as written examination on campus (school examination), but instead of it being conducted on campus, it is conducted at home in the same period as the on-campus examination should have been held.

What should I do, if I get ill before my on-campus written examination?

If you are in quarantine, are ill or have symptoms of a respiratory infection, flu or other infectious diseases, it is important that you stay at home and do not show up at the examination room.

Self-registration form to get a valid absence for an exam, can be found on this webpage: Illness and examination

Please contact your Faculty Information Centre, or the study administration on your course to clarify how you can get an assessment in the course.

I am in quarantine. What should I do regarding my written examination on campus?

If you are in quarantine, are ill or have symptoms of a respiratory infection, flu or other infectious diseases, it is important that you stay at home and do not show up at the examination room.

Self-registration form to get a valid absence for an exam, can be found on this webpage: Illness and examination

Please contact your Faculty Information Centre, or the study administration on your course to clarify how you can get an assessment in the course.

How is public defence and trial lectures conducted?

Public defence and trial lectures will be conducted digitally, but the candidate and some others may be physically present. The faculties must make sure that the those present can maintain a social distance of 1 meter during the event and that other UiB-measures for reducing contamination are followed: https://www.uib.no/en/hms-portalen/135944/access-campus.

Read more about public defence and trial lectures during the corona pandemic

International travel and student exchange

International student exchange for the spring semester 2021?

The University of Bergen is strongly committed to international mobility and we are convinced of its importance for students. It is therefore our main responsibility to safeguard the students' health, and to insure optimal quality of their international experience in its academic, social and intercultural aspects.

Due to the uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and restrictions on social gatherings we are looking for safe ways to organize and conduct teaching in the spring semester. We will offer as much on campus teaching as possible. All physical teaching and students’ work spaces will meet the national guidelines of societal gatherings. The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our main priority.

Read more: International students at UiB 

Questions about student exchange?

  • For academic questions about student exchange, please contact the student counsellor at your faculty / department
  • For general questions about student exchange, please contact UiB by email international@uib.no

I am a Norwegian citizen and have been travelling abroad. What happens when I come to Norway?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all travel abroad that is not strictly necessary. This global travel advice is valid until 15 January 2021. Changes in both the prevalence of infection and local restrictions can change quickly and makes the situation unpredictable. Everyone must think carefully about the necessity of traveling.

Entry to Norway

  • If you arrive from a country or area within the EU/EEA/Schengen with a sufficiently low level of transmission (referred to as yellow areas/countries) you can enter Norway without having to go into quarantine.
     
  • If you arrive from a country or area within the EU/EEA/Schengen with an increased level of transmission (referred to as red areas/countries) or from another country, you will need to go into quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. Violation of the quarantine duty is a criminal offence.

Yellow and red areas are marked in this map from NIPH (fhi.no)

If you have confirmed covid-19 or have been in close contact with a person with covid-19, you need to be in isolation.

I am an international student. Can I travel to Norway?

If you arrive from a country or area within the EU/EEA/Schengen with a sufficiently low level of transmission (referred to as yellow areas/countries) you can enter Norway without having to go into quarantine.

If you arrive from a country or area within the EU/EEA/Schengen with an increased level of transmission (referred to as red areas/countries) or from another country, you will need to go into quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. Violation of the quarantine duty is a criminal offence.

Yellow and red areas are marked in this map from NIPH (fhi.no)

If you have confirmed COVID-19 or have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19 you need to be in isolation.

Not sure if you can enter Norway?

Please check the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration's website for the latest information about travelling to Norway.

I am going on a travel. How should I relate?

Should you need to travel to certain areas despite the recommendations, several things should be considered. As part of the preparations, you should check what is covered by your travel insurance, including what applies if you should turn ill during your journey.

Each country may introduce measures and restrictions to prevent further transmission, e.g. transport restrictions, quarantine or other measures that might have consequences for you as a traveller. Several countries and airports have introduced control measures and have closed their borders to people who are not resident in the country.

You should also be prepared to answer questions about your health and might be denied entry or be placed in quarantine.

Consider the following before you travel:

  • Risk of being infected while travelling (destination, duration, contact with other people).
  • Risk of travel restrictions, curfews, quarantine or other measures in the country you are travelling to.
  • Risk of capacity limitations in the healthcare services at the destination if you should turn ill.
  • Risk of lack of possibility for return travel or medical repatriation.
  • Risk of travel quarantine in Norway upon your return.
  • Risk of not being able to work during the first 10 days after travel (applies to healthcare personnel in particular, but other employers may also have rules on this).

Read more about international travels at helsenorge.no - The Norwegian Directorate of Health)

I am a Norwegian citizen and I study abroad. Which rules apply for me?

Individuals must keep themselves up to date on changes in restrictions related to entering and staying in the country where they intend to study, work or travel. Different countries have different rules, and these rules are subject to change, often at short notice.

It is important to obtain information directly from the authorities of the relevant country.

For more information about the situation for Norwegians studying abroad, see here: Korona og norske utenlandsstudenter (Norwegian only).

What about domestic travels in Norway?

You can travel freely in Norway if you can avoid spreading the infection. We all share the responsibility to follow the advice for infection control.  

To travel in a way that will prevent you from spreading the infection means that you:

  • Do not travel if you are ill, nor to a holiday property.
  • Maintain good hand and cough hygiene.
  • Keep at least one metre distance to others not considered to be your closest contacts.
  • Undergo testing for the coronavirus in the municipality you are currently staying in, should you develop symptoms.

More information about domestic travel - The Norwegian Directorate of Health / helsenorge.no

What are the recommendations for public transport?

When travelling by public transport, we often gather in crowds and it can be difficult to keep sufficient distance to others. This may contribute to further transmission. It is therefore recommended to limit the use of public transport.

In Bergen face masks are mandatory on public transport and inside public places (shops, shopping centres, restaurants, cafes and licensed premises) where it is impossible to maintain a one-metre distance.

Read more: How to use a face mask