Karelia UAS actively monitors the situation with the coronavirus and the related instructions from the authorities and acts accordingly. Karelia UAS follows the current preparedness plan and the instructions given by the authorities. No coronavirus infections have been discovered in Karelia UAS, but Karelia UAS is doing its share in slowing down the spread of the epidemic.

Karelia UAS starts implementing studies as distance learning online due to the coronavirus epidemic as of 17th March 6pm.The aim is to reduce the number of people moving around on campuses and, thus, to minimize the risk of being infected by the coronavirus. In accordance with the decision of the Government, all higher education institutions will discontinue contact teaching.

Karelia continues its activities despite the fact that the campuses will be closed. Teaching and counselling are implemented in other ways, including distance learning, various digital learning environments and solutions, and independent studying.

The campuses will be closed. Consequently,

  • Campus premises and equipment are not available for students and all studies will be implemented remotely as of 17th March 6pm. These restrictions are valid until 13th May 2020 or longer, if so decided.
  • Student health care services on Tikkarinne campus are not available.
  • Student services, library services and student administration serve students remotely.
  • The gym and other possible sports facilities are not available.
  • We will inform separately on possible take-away points in student restaurants.
  • Opening student restaurants in Joensuu.

>> Karelia UAS Library Services operates on-line. Read more.

>> Student Services operates only on line. Read more.

>> Changes to other services

Studies that require attendance and practical exercises will be organised, if possible. Information on such solutions will be announced separately. We are trying to ensure adequate support and counselling services for both students and teachers during the distance learning period. The purpose of these measures is to make sure that teaching and learning will be implemented as smoothly as possible during the coronavirus epidemic.

In distance studies, you should avoid unnecessary loading of the network. It is advisable to use the audio only, and video streaming is only recommended in obligatory situations. Thus, please do not use other streaming services during teaching!

For more information, you can contact the teacher of a specific course, your own teacher tutor, your student counsellor or the Study Welfare Officer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If you need help with the remote connections, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Changes in practical training practices during the coronavirus epidemic

18th March 2020 / these instructions will be updated as necessary / Marjo Nenonen

NB! Nursing and public health nursing students follow the instructions previously given by Siun Sote. These instructions have already been submitted to practical training supervisors.

Ongoing practical training periods

  • The student can continue conducting his/her practical training, if it is possible from the company’s/organisation’s point of view and from the point of view of achieving the goals of the training, and it safety issues can be taken into account during the practical training period.
  • If the practical training must be interrupted, the supervisor of the practical training and the student will agree, if possible, on a supplementary assignment for conducting the rest of the training. The aim is to try to find flexible solutions, if only possible. It is particularly important to try to ensure that graduating students can have their training completed in time.
  • If this is not possible, the practical training will be postponed.

Approval of practical training agreements 

  • Practical training agreements for future practical training periods may be signed during the distance learning period, if both the student and a representative from the practical training placement can sign the agreement. The signed agreement needs to be scanned and submitted to the supervising teacher, who will approve the agreement by sending an email to the student and the supervisor at the practical training placement. This email will also be attached to the practical training agreement. The supervising teacher must keep the agreement during the distance learning period.

Distance work

Karelia UAS recommends that all members of staff work remotely whenever possible. Besides homes, employees can work remotely at their own offices.

Travelling and international mobility

All work-related trips abroad and in Finland are prohibited until further notice. Karelia UAS does not accept any international guests at the moment. All meetings will also be conducted remotely. Everyone returning to Finland from abroad (including both work-related and leisure trips) must stay home for 14 days before returning to the school/workplace. Agree on distance work with your immediate supervisor. We do not recommend travelling abroad in your free time either. If you decide to travel abroad despite the current situation, you will not be paid for the salary for the 14-day quarantine period as you return, since this is your personal choice (valid as of 13th March 4pm).

Students are advised not to go on international exchange at the moment. Read more here.

If you suspect you have been infected with the coronavirus

If you suspect you have been infected with the coronavirus, stay home and contact your hospital/health care center by phone. Do not go to the health care centre/hospital emergency department before calling in advance. Follow the instructions provided by health care authorities. If you have to be absent from school because of a respiratory infection, it is important that you inform your teacher tutor by phone or email as soon as possible. You must not enter school premises!

Contact information:

  • Emergency services: tel. 116 117 (24h)
  • Health care centres: Siilainen tel. (013) 330 2211, Rantakylä tel. (013) 330 2212, Niinivaara tel. (013) 330 2213
  • In urgent matters related to student welfare, student health care services are available by phone on 18th March – 13th April 2020 from Monday to Friday at 7:30-15:00, tel. (013) 330 2841.

Up-to-date information on the coronavirus epidemic

National hotline 0295 535 535 provides general information on the coronavirus on weekdays at 8am-9pm and on Saturdays at 9am-3pm. No individual health counselling or counselling for acute symptoms is provided by the hotline.

Prevention of infection with good hand hygiene and proper cough hygiene

  • Improve your hand hygiene: Wash your hands with soap and water. If they are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    Wash your hands especially before eating.
  • Use disposable towels to dry your hands. Do not use hand towels.
  • No handshaking is allowed at Karelia UAS at the moment.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable handkerchief when coughing or sneezing. Immediately put the used handkerchief in the rubbish bin. If you do not have a handkerchief, cough or sneeze onto the upper part of the sleeve, not into your hands.

Information for exchange students

>> Information for exchange students

Important information on Changes in Student Admission

>> Important information on Changes in Student Admission