Metropolia's guidelines concerning coronavirus

Read about the impact of coronavirus on Metropolia's operations.

We will update this page with more information about the impact of the coronavirus on Metropolia's operations. More detailed instructions and guidelines for Metropolia's students and staff can be found on the Oma intranet's Corona info.

Metropolia's campuses are still open and we operate in accordance with security arrangements. Metropolia's campuses are open, but until 31.1.2021, visits to the campuses should be avoided based on the new regional guidelines and recommendations

We actively follow the authorities' instructions regarding the coronavirus and, if necessary, change our operations accordingly.

Contact info for authorities

Regarding possible corona exposures related to Metropolia, the contacts for authorities are on weekdays from 8 am to 4 pm

  • tel. 050 573 1345

  • emergency e-mail korona.paivystys [at] metropolia.fi

For Metropolia's students' or staff member's potential coronavirus infections, we act and communicate in accordance with the authorities' case-by-case guidelines.

If you are a student or a member of staff, you will find information in Oma intranet's Corona info.

Operation at the campuses

Metropolia has four campuses in Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa.

Operations on campuses in accordance with the following security arrangements:

  • You may not come to any of the campuses if you have symptoms of a respiratory tract infection. This applies to all students, staff and visitors. The coronavirus causes a respiratory tract infection whose symptoms include coughing, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, muscle pain, diarrhoea and head ache.
  • If you have symptoms, you should consider getting tested for coronavirus. We also recommend that you use the Omaolo symptom check-up to assess your need of treatment or services. If you suspect you have been infected with the coronavirus, check your symptoms in Omaolo or by phoning your home municipality's coronavirus information number. 
  • If you become ill during the day at a campus, you must leave immediately or move into a separate space. Contact lobby services to show you a suitable space.
  • We use face masks on Metropolia's campuses. If a person is unable to wear a face mask for health reasons, he or she should wear a protective visor.
  • Everyone must take care of proper hand hygiene and cover their nose and mouth with their bent elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands whenever you come indoors and before you start eating. If you cannot wash your hands, use a hand disinfectant. This has been purchased for all campuses, but we also recommend that you carry your own bottle with you. Check the Finnish Institute of Health and welfare instructions
  • If possible, you should maintain social distancing of 1–2 metres. 
  • All courses that can be provided without contact teaching will until further notice be arranged remotely. Read more on To a student.
  • Persons belonging to risk groups should avoid close contacts, and therefore contact teaching is not recommended for them. Check on Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare site Serious COVID-19 risk groups.
  • We highly recommend to download the Koronavilkku app. Read more about the Koronavilkku app.

As a rule, no international guests or, for example, a teacher delegation are received for the time being. 

Available services online and in campuses

Available services online

To an applicant

Next application period for degree programmes conducted in English will be on January 2021. Read more on applying instructions.

Contact information

Contact information for Admission Services

To a customer

Metropolia´s customer services, such as the Well-being and Health Village, operate in accordance with security arrangements. 

The use of face masks is strongly recommended for also visitors and customers (including services, campus restaurants, libraries and sports facilities) who use Metropolia's public spaces.

Professional Development Studies, Continuing Higher Education and open UAS courses will be converted into online implementations where possible. 

To a student

Teaching

The quality of learning is the primary goal of our educational activities. The progress of studies is made possible by implementing the teaching in accordance with the curricula, in a way suitable for each learning situation, as contact teaching, virtual learning or a combination of these. The experiences of this spring have provided both insights into the possibilities of distance learning as well as deepened the understanding of the advantages of contact teaching and the disadvantages caused by its absence.

In areas with accelerating pandemic phase, it is recommended that institutions of higher education shift to remote studies, however, taking into account the needs of the necessary contact teaching. At Metropolia, this means that all those courses that are not necessary to be organized on campuses are carried out as distance learning. 

The number of participants in exam and test sessions on campuses is limited to 20 people.

On campus premises will be such teaching situations that use special facilities, equipment, materials, tools, workstations, or software that students cannot be expected to have access to off-campus. Campuses can also be used to organize learning situations in which occupational safety, supervision of the study performance to be assessed or learning-related physical performance can only take place through contact teaching.

If it is necessary to arrange teaching on campus, face masks or protective visors are always used.

Safety instructions are followed:

  • visit the campuses only when healthy
  • use face mask
  • respect safety distances
  • wash hands
  • use hand sanitizers

If students work on campuses independently, they can claim protective equipment from the lobby services. This requires that the teacher has provided a name list of the students for the lobby services.

You can only come to campus healthy. In case of even the slightest symptoms suggestive of corona virus, you should not visit the campuses. If you receive a notification through the Koronavilkku app, please follow the instructions from the health authorities received via the app.

If you receive a positive corona test result, please contact the Head of Degree Programme  immediately. With the help of these medical reports, we are able to react quickly and prevent the spread of the corona. The information is confidential; Metropolia does not publicly report the illness of any individual.

You can get instructions from the health authorities on what to do if you have a positive corona test result or are among those who may be exposed. Health authorities investigate the infection chains and liaise with the necessary persons to trace those that have been exposed, depending on the case. Important information for tracing exposed people is: whether you have been at work or studying during the period of infection, when, for how long and with whom.

Persons belonging to risk groups should avoid close contacts, and therefore contact teaching is not recommended for them. Check on Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare site Serious COVID-19 risk groups.

Internships

Internships will be continued if the internship provider considers it possible and if the internship post is judged together with the internship provider to be safe for the student.

International student and internship exchanges in the academic year 2020-21

Metropolia’s International Relations has prepared international exchanges for the academic year 2020-21 so that exchanges can take place if the sending and receiving institutions, authorities in both countries and the travel restrictions in place allow. There are no short exchanges abroad for the time being. The feasibility of exchanges is estimated on a case by case basis and students can contact their own international coordinator in Metropolia with any questions regarding the exchange.

Metropolia follows the recommendations of the authorities regarding travel. The situation is monitored, and both exchange students and partner universities are informed about the development of the situation.

Please see the contact information of International Relations

To a staff member

Metropolia strongly recommends remote work if the work tasks allow it. The recommendation is valid until further notice and will be adjusted according to the corona pandemic situation.

There is a strong recommendation for everyone to use a face mask in all situations on campus. In addition, all safety instructions are followed:

  • visit the campuses only when healthy
  • respect safety distances
  • wash hands
  • use hand sanitizers

You can only come to campus healthy.  In case of even the slightest symptoms suggestive of corona virus, you should not visit the campuses.  If you receive a notification through the Koronavilkku app, please follow the instructions from the health authorities received via the app.

If you receive a positive corona test result, please contact your supervisor immediately. With the help of these medical reports, we are able to react quickly and prevent the spread of the corona. The information is confidential; Metropolia does not publicly report the illness of any individual.

You can get instructions from the health authorities on what to do if you have a positive corona test result or are among those who may be exposed. Health authorities investigate the infection chains and liaise with the necessary persons to trace those that have been exposed, depending on the case. Important information for tracing exposed people is: whether you have been at work or studying during the period of infection, when, for how long and with whom.

Staff is advised to avoid travel abroad during their free time. During self-quarantine (14 days from arrival in the home country), a continuous remote work period is recommended without coming to Metropolia campuses. 

Staff will be informed of the situation on the Oma-intranet's Corona info.