The Coronavirus – Information for Students and Employees

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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Access to Student work place?

You may enter study rooms alnd libraries.

Is the University Library open?

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 sufficient distance to others. 

UiB has introduced measures to ensure it will be possible to keep 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.

There are also several test stations with drop-in. 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?

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.

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.


New international student in Bergen?

Questions about arrival in Bergen for the spring semester 2021? See our frequently asked questions

How does the teaching take place?

All teaching will take place on digital platforms until the first week after Easter. 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 your 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 teaching. 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 teaching 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 teaching and assessment on your study programme / course 

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

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 teaching / 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 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

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

    With effect from 29 January the Norwegian Government implemented strict rules for who can travel to Norway in order to limit the risk of transmitting the more significantly more contagious variant of the coronavirus.

    Only foreign nationals who reside in Norway will be allowed to enter the country.

    The following examples of groups of people no longer have access to the country:

    • foreign nationals residing in the EEA and EEA nationals residing in third countries (unless covered by exemptions that also apply to third-country nationals);
    • foreign nationals from countries outside the EEA who are granted a residence permit in connection with work or study, including as a seasonal worker or student;

    Exemptions are still provided for some groups. Some examples of groups with permission to enter include:

    • Norwegian citizens
    • Foreign nationals who reside in Norway. Must be registered in the Norwegian Population Register. Being in the process of moving to Norway does not give exempt.

    You will find detailed information about entry restrictions in the government web-page.

    What about domestic travels in Norway and restrictions on social contacts?

    Due to the increase spreading of mutated coronavirus variants detected in the several cities in Norway, it is extremely important to follow the Norwegian government national infections control measures at all times.

    The Norwegian government has announced new restrictions that takes effect from 25 March and will be reassessed by 12 April. The most important measures include: 

    • Avoid all travel national and international unless it is strictly necessary. The Norwegian borders remain closed until further notice.
    • Avoid places where it is difficult to maintain social distancing (bars, cafes, restaurants, ski resorts etc.).
    • Keep a distance of at least two meters to others than those who are part of your close circle of contacts.
    • Face masks are mandatory in all places where it is not possible to keep a distance of two meters from others.
    • Limit social contact
    • Visits of more than 2 guest should be avoided.
    • All events that are not absolutely necessary should be postponed.
    • Stay at home if you are not feeling well and take a test as soon as possible if you think you may be infected with Covid-19

    Detailed information is available in the Norwegian government official information web-site Regjering.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 the required distance.

    Read more: How to use a face mask