The Coronavirus – Information for Students and Employees

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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Semester startup

Covid-19 and protective measures for students

Before you enter UiB's campus and buildings, you must complete UiB's e-learning course in infection prevention. The course is obligatory for students and staff. 

Go to e-learning course in infection prevention

How will the semester startup take place?

Due to the current situation with the coronavirus, semester startup will most likely be different from previous semesters. We will keep you updated on our webpages for new students and through email.

All you need to know during your first weeks as a UiB student

I am a new international student at UiB. What do I need to know?

Campus and access to buildings

Covid-19 and protective measures at UiB

Before showing up at UiB's campus, all students and staff must complete an e-learning course in infection prevention

If you have been diagnosed with Covid-19, you must fill in this form. We do this to enable UiB to take measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus infections.

Reopening of the university

The University of Bergen reopened for students and staff on June 15. The opening of the university requires compliance to current advice and guidelines for infection control. 

Employees and students who suspect they may have been in contact with infection or who have symptoms of respiratory infections should stay at home in accordance with current regulations. 

Read more: Guidelines for students and staff regarding access to campus

Is the University Library open?

The University Library opened for students and staff on June 22. All with employee- or student-card access to the buildings will have access to the libraries from this date. Rules and protective measures for infection control are still in place.

Read more on the University Library webpages 

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?

You will find information on Mitt UiB on how the teaching/tutoring will be arranged. Please check Mitt UiB for further information and changes made for your classes.

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

Travelling and international students

I have applied for exchange at UiB. How do I relate?

Due the COVID-19 pandemic and the entry restrictions to Norway, the University of Bergen has made the difficult decision to cancel all inbound exchange in the Autumn semester 2020 for applicants coming from countries outside the EU/EFTA area.

The University of Bergen is planning to welcome students from EU/EFTA and Great Britain for the autumn semester of 2020. This does not apply to clinical rotation at the Faculty of Medicine which has been cancelled. Read more about exchange at UiB for the autumn semester 2020

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?

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

You are advised to limit your use of public transportation as far as possible. Read more about travel advice from The Norwegian Ministry og Foreign Affairs 

Infection and quarantine

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 questiones

    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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