Arcada’ regularly reviews the latest developments concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) and this information page is actively updated.

Update 4.8.2021:

Covid-19: Specification of guidelines until 31.8.2021

Arcada's campus opens on 9.8. Due to the increased spread of infection in society, we recommend visiting the campus only in connection with course activities and for matters that cannot be handled online. We continue to follow the authorities' recommendations and update our guidelines when necessary. We encourage everyone who can to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

For the time being, we are preparing for the teaching and other learning activities to be carried out as planned. Larger lectures will usually take place online, while smaller groups can gather on campus when necessary. The aim is still to be able to offer as many activities as possible on campus in a safe way. 

General recommendations 

Our own actions play a crucial role in making campus as safe as possible for everyone. On campus, we ask everyone to: 

  • wear a face maskmouth guard, 

  • keep a safety distance of 2 m and 

  • observe good hand hygiene 

We encourage all who can to get their vaccines as soon as possible. We also remind you not to visit campus if you have any symptoms that may indicate coronavirus. 

Support services and wellbeing

You can always turn to your own amanuensis if you have questions regarding your studies. If you are worried or experience anxiety about the start of your studies, you are welcome to contact our  student wellbeing team

Update 9.6.2021:

Important information about the first study period in autumn 2021

The past year has been challenging in many ways. Due to the corona pandemic, Arcada has had to reorganise how programmes are being carried out with many of our activities taking place online instead of on campus. Now, as we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, it is our intention to resume activities on campus next autumn to the largest extent possible. 

Therefore, we would like to start by saying that we are eager to welcome you back to campus in autumn 2021. All students who are in Finland will take part in blended learning. This means that many of the big lectures will be held online for everyone whereas lectures in smaller groups, group assignments and workshops will mostly be on campus. For those unable to attend on campus due to restrictions imposed by the authorities, all compulsory lectures will be live streamed or alternative methods for completing the course will be available. 

We strongly encourage all of you to arrive in Finland and at Arcada for the first study period. On campus you will have full access to different services again, such as the library, the student restaurant, learning environments, etc. 

Please check your email for information that specifically applies to your degree programme! If you have not received an email or have any questions, please contact your amanuensis or

*Disclaimer: This plan has been made in accordance with current restrictions. Arcada reserves the right to make changes in how programmes are carried out if the situation changes due to the coronavirus. 


Update 28.5.2021:

Notice to Arcada employees and students about possible coronavirus exposure on May 26 

A person who visited Arcada University of Applied Sciences on the 26th of May have been found to be infected with the coronavirus. Individuals who might have been exposed in close contact have been personally notified and placed under quarantine by authorities.

The risk of infection for other people who were present at Arcada is low. 

In any case, everyone should monitor their own condition during the pandemic. In the event of even the mildest COVID-19 symptoms, you should immediately get tested and stay home. Typical symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, headache, nausea, diarrhoea, muscle ache, a sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, shortness of breath and the loss of sense of smell and taste. 

Adults and young people over 16 who have personal online banking codes can book an appointment for a coronavirus test by completing the online coronavirus symptoms checkup at External link

Residents of Helsinki and guardians of underaged residents of Helsinki can also book an appointment for a coronavirus test by calling the Coronavirus Helpline, tel. 09 310 10024 (open every day 8–18). If the Coronavirus Helpline is closed and the symptoms indicative of a coronavirus infection are mild, please wait until the following day. 

Residents of other Uusimaa municipalities can complete the symptom assessment survey and book an appointment online at External link

Residents of non-Uusimaa municipalities must contact their local health care services for testing. 

You can only return to Arcada's campus once you have tested negative for the coronavirus and no longer have symptoms. 


Update 26.3.2021:

COVID 19: Arcada's restrictions continue to apply throughout the spring semester

Arcada's instructions to prevent the spread of infection will continue unchanged to the end of the spring semester. Teaching thus continues at a distance throughout the semester. Necessary on-campus classes / exercises and exams in groups of 10 where safety distances are observed and face masks are used can still continue, as the new restrictions on freedom of movement in Finland  External linkallow participation in higher education.

We remind you that both students and staff otherwise must study and work from home. Therefore, avoid visiting campus if you do not have necessary on-campus teaching or if there are no other strictly necessary reasons to come to campus. Read more about Arcada's restrictions here.

Arcada actively follows the authorities' recommendations, and we update our own instructions immediately if new restrictions are introduced that require it. We will announce decisions on how the autumn term will be arranged at the beginning of May so that everyone can start planning for the autumn. Please actively follow Start for updates.


Update 26.2.2021:

COVID-19: New restrictions from the government - Arcada's instructions unchanged

On Thursday (25.2.2021) the government informed about new measures against the coronavirus pandemic that will apply for three weeks from 8 March. Arcada's restrictions and instructions are still stricter than the government's line and the on-campus teaching we have can therefore continue just as before within the given framework. 

Arcada's previous restrictions thus continue to apply unchanged, and necessary teaching and exams in groups of 10 where safety distances are observed and face masks are used can continue on campus. 

We remind you that both students and staff are otherwise encouraged to study and work from home. Therefore, avoid visiting the campus if you do not have necessary classes or exams on campus or if there are no other strictly necessary reasons to visit campus. Still, remember to keep in touch with each other, with your loved ones and with teachers or other staff online or by phone. Here you can find contact information for Arcada's support services if you need someone to talk to or support in your studies. 

Read Arcada's restrictions that apply throughout period 3 (until 21.3) here.


Update 12.2.2021:

Arcada advises against short student exchanges abroad

In line with recent recommendation by the authorities, Arcada recommends that students should not travel abroad for student exchange or internship abroad shorter than 3 months. For more information please visit the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare’s website. External link

Please note that you must register your planned student exchange or internship abroad through Arcada’s MoveOn portal.


Update 28.1.2021:

Arcada's restrictions remain in force throughout period 3

The government's restrictions presented 26.1 continue as before. Therefore, Arcada's instructions for preventing spread of infection continue to apply throughout period 3, ie until 21.3. 

During the period, our campus continues to be closed to external guests and visitors, and all teaching takes place remotely with a few exceptions. Read Arcada's instructions for preventing spread of infection here. 

The global and European pandemic situation did not improve in January. The new virus variants pose a threat. In Finland, quite a few cases of the mutated variants have spread, but the government has made plans in case the situation gets worse in Finland as well. We thus see no rapid improvement in the corona situation with relaxed restrictions until the vaccines have reached a sufficient number of people. 

Nationally, there is a readiness to tighten restrictions if necessary, and Arcada's management will continue to actively follow the situation. If new national or regional restrictions come into force, our instructions will also be updated immediately. Follow Start for updates on the situation.


Update 8.1.2021:

Arcada's restrictions to prevent spread of infection in force until 31.1

Due to the fact that Helsinki is still in the community transmission phase, and the general restrictions for the metropolitan area continue to apply, Arcada's instructions to prevent the spread of infection will continue to apply until 31.1. The goal of the restrictions is to avoid further spread of COVID-19 and a total closure of the campus.  

The restrictions that apply in January are: 

- The campus continues to be closed to all external guests and visitors. Only Arcada's own staff and students have access to campus. The main entrance stays closed, and only students and staff may enter the building using their own key (weekdays 7 a.m.-20:45, weekends 9-17:30) 

- All teaching takes place remotely. Exceptions are exams and practical exercises that are critically necessary to avoid that the students' studies are delayed. For these exceptions, all groups are limited to 10 people (9 students + one teacher / supervisor). Safety distances (2 m) must be observed and face masks must be used unless special reasons prevent it. If you have on-campus classes you will receive detailed instruction from your teachers. 

- We encourage students to minimise your stay on campus during this time, but please stay in touch with each other and with staff. If you need someone to talk to, you can find contact details to Arcada’s support services here. 

- As for now, the lunch restaurant is closed. A decision on the opening of the lunch restaurant will be made later this month. 

Earlier guidelines and news on COVID-19 on Start. 


Update 15.12:

Arcada's instructions for preventing the spread of infection apply until 11.1 – instructions for the spring term will be published 8.1 

Arcada's instructions to prevent the spread of infection continue to apply until 11.1. The UAS's management actively monitors the situation, and on the 8th of January more instructions for the spring semester will be published here on Start. 

  • Our campus is closed for all external visitors and guests until 10.1. Only Arcada's own students and staff have access to the campus. The doors at the main entrance are kept closed and you can enter the building only with your own key (weekdays 7 a.m.-8:45 p.m., weekends 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.).  Avoid unnecessary visits to campus, and remember to keep a safe distance from others in all situations. Do not visit campus at all if you have any symptoms typical of COVID-19. 

  • The Info is closed 21.12.2020-8.1.2021. The switchboard is closed 23.12-6.1. 

  • The lunch restaurant is open for take away until 16.12. The decision on when the restaurant is reopening will be made in early January and will follow the authorities' guidelines. If possible, the restaurant will open again on 18th January.


Update 27.11:

Arcada tightens its instructions 30.11-15.12 to prevent the spread of infection 

Due to the accelerating spread of infection in the capital region, which means that Helsinki is now in the spreading phase, the government has on 26 November published new regulations and guidelines. In line with the new instructions, Arcada is now also updating its instructions for the coming weeks, 30.11—15.12. 

We tighten the regulations in the hope of being able to maintain the most necessary activities on campus. Only by now really focusing on the most crucial things can we hopefully avoid a widespread infections in society and total closure of the campus. 

Until 15.12.2020, the following applies: 
  • The campus is closed to all external visitors and guests. Only Arcada's own students and staff have access to the main building and other campus facilities. This means that the doors at the main entrance are closed and only students and staff with their own keys can enter the building. You can enter the building with your flex key on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m, on weekends from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • All teaching takes place remotely. On-campus teaching will, if possible, be postponed or, exceptionally, moved online. Exceptions that can be carried out on campus are exams and exercises that are critically necessary for the students in order for them to complete their studies, be able to complete an internship (practical training) during the following period or to avoid the students' studies being delayed by an entire period. For exceptions that can take place on campus if necessary, all groups are limited to 10 people (9 students + one teacher / supervisor) and face masks must be used unless special reasons prevent it. If you have on-campus classes you will receive detailed instructions from your teachers. 
  • We encourage students to minimise your stay on campus during this time. The library will still be available for lending. 
  • Also note that the lunch restaurant tries to stay open, but only serves take-away portions. Monday 30.11 and Tuesday 1.12 are test days, after which the restaurant assesses profitability. Serving continues after that only if the demand is large enough. Avoid crowds and queues around the restaurants and the squares. 

These new regulations are an addition to the previous instructions given for the autumn. Through these new measures, Arcada wants to ensure a safe study and work environment. As a UAS, Arcada wants to help stop the spread of infection throughout society. Therefore, everyone must bear their personal responsibility and do what we can to limit the spread of infection. 

But we urge you all to continue to keep in touch with us and with each other, and to take care of yourself and each other - even if it now has to happen mostly via digital communication. 

On Friday, the capital region's corona coordination group also published its own restrictions, and Arcada's guidelines are in line with them. The UAS’s management continues to actively monitor the situation.


Update 26.11:

Arcada's instructions regarding the pandemic will be updated Friday 27.11

The capital region's corona coordination group will meet on Thursday due to the increasing spread of infection in the area to decide on new restrictions and instructions. Arcada is actively following the situation and will publish more information for students here at Start on Friday. The new instructions will also ensure that all students have the opportunity to complete their studies.

We all work together to keep the campus open and our activities here running as far as possible. Due to the negative development that has taken place in the capital region, we as a UAS want to actively work and contribute to ensuring that the spread of infection does not worsen further.

The instructions Arcada has published so far are within the framework of the general guidelines and regulations that have been issued. When the new decisions regarding the situation in the capital region are published, our instructions will also be reviewed. Therefore, please actively follow the information published on Start to stay up to date on the situation.



Update 23.11:

The corona situation in the capital region has worsened - new clarifications in Arcada's instructions 

The spread of infection in the capital region during the second half of November went from the acceleration phase to the spreading phase, and there is a risk that the situation will get worse in the coming weeks. It is therefore more important than ever that each of us at Arcada takes responsibility for reducing the risk of infection. We need to be careful follow Arcada's instructions and recommendations. 

Arcada’s previous recommendations are already in line with the new regulations and recommendations given by the authorities on 19-20.11, and are in some respects even stricter. Nevertheless, the UAS now specifies our instructions as follows: 

  • The maximum group size in all teaching on campus is 20 people until 6.12. 

  • No team sports with close contact in the Arcada Hall. 

  • We remind you too keep a safe distance to others at all time. Avoid queues and crowds, for instance during lunch time. 

  • It is strongly recommended to wear a face mask when visiting campus. You can bring your own masks, but there are also masks you can borrow for classes on campus and hand back to the teacher after class.  

We continue with distance education also during the spring term, with the exception of such mandatory exercises, simulations and lab work that require attendance on campus. However, the UAS continuously monitors the epidemic situation and adjusts its instructions and restrictions accordingly. If you have any questions regarding your studies you can contact the amanuensis at your department.

Also remember the previous instructions on hand hygiene, distance, and staying at home if you have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. Please make sure to repeat the full instructions for autumn here. 

Take care of yourself and each other! 


Update 27.10

COVID-19: Arcada’s guidelines are in line with government recommendations – and continue to be in force

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has divided the epidemic into different stages. Arcada follows the regional recommendations for each phase and always updates the instructions when necessary.

The Helsinki region is currently in the acceleration stage of the epidemic. For Arcada, this means that the instructions for the autumn semester due to the corona pandemic are still appropriate, not too restrictive and continue to be in force. As things look at the moment, Arcada’s hybrid model for the education and all other activities at the UAS will continue through period three and four. If the infection situation in the region changes, Arcada will of course act accordingly and update our instructions.

We also remind you that each and every one of us is responsible for their own actions and for contributing to a safe working environment. If we all follow the instructions given, we can secure the necessary activities on campus.

Remember the most important instructions:

  • Do not come to campus if you have symptoms typical of COVID-19.
  • All lectures take place online. Practical exercises, lab work and other activities that require attendance can be arranged on campus in small groups.
  • Use a face mask when visiting campus and especially when sufficient safety distance (1,5-2 m) cannot be maintained.
  • Take responsibility for good hand and cough hygiene.

We encourage you to please repeat the instructions for the autumn and the recommendation about use of face masks. 


Update 1.10

A reminder about the autumn's guidelines with updated travel guidelines

We remind you to please repeat the students' instructions for autumn 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The authorities have assessed that Arcada’s instructions are adequate and sufficient – but only if they are followed. If everyone (students, staff and guests) really follows them and the new recommendation to wear face masks on campus, we can continue to keep the campus open and our activities running on campus to the current extent. If we do not follow the instructions, the risk increases that we will have to interrupt work on campus.

If you test positive for COVID-19

If you are tested positive for COVID-19 and have visited campus recently you should immediately contact the amanuensis at your department. Your amanuensis will then contact the Rector, who is in contact with authorities.

Updated travel guidelines

As of Monday 5.10, Arcada’s travel instructions follow the national guidelines using the Finnish institute for health and welfare’s so-called Traffic light model.

  • We strongly recommend that you do not travel abroad this autumn, with the exception of trips to countries that are green in the traffic light model.
  • If you travel to a country that is not green in the traffic light model, you need to self-quarantine for two weeks and not visit campus during that time.
  • Arcada’s staff and guests are also following these national guidelines

THL’s traffic light model helps you assess the risk of corona infection when travelling abroad and divides the countries into three categories: in the green countries the risk of infection is not significantly higher than in Finland, while travel is not recommended to countries that are red and grey. Read more about the model and see the latest traffic lights here External link. Note that the model is updated weekly. Read the Finnish Border Guard’s instructions on travel here. External link


Update 25.9

New recommendation on use of face masks at higher education institutions 

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has updated its recommendation on the use of face masks. The updated recommendation also applies to higher educations institutions during the epidemic’s so-called acceleration phase. 

According to Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki is already in the acceleration phase of the epidemic. The City of Helsinki will inform more about its updated recommendation in the next few days. For this reason, Arcada recommends that starting from today, Friday 25.9, you use face masks in all situations where it is possible when visiting campus. By using a mask and only removing it in situations where it is necessary and safe, we can continue our activities on campus. 

The most important safety measure is still to maintain safe distances and remember to wash your hands, but the correct use of face masks reduces the risk of spreading the infection. 

Read more about the updated recommendation and how to use a face mask correctly.  External link


Update 21.9

Notice to Arcada employees and students about possible coronavirus exposure 

Several cases of coronavirus infections (COVID-19) have been detected at Arcada University of Applied Sciences during the past week. People who have been exposed in close contact have been contacted by the City of Helsinki's Epidemiological Operations Unit and placed in quarantine. 

Students and staff who have visited Arcada's campus may have been exposed to a coronavirus infection and are advised to monitor their health very closely for the next two weeks and get tested immediately if symptoms occur, even mild ones, and stay at home awaiting results. Close contact, especially with the elderly and people in risk groups, is recommended to be avoided until a negative test result is achieved and the symptoms have passed. Using a face mask reduces the risk of infection in situations where it is not possible to ensure that safe distances are maintained. 

Symptoms of coronavirus infection include fever, cough, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell or taste, nausea, diarrhea and abnormal fatigue. 

You can assess your symptoms at External link The Omaolo-service provides instructions and advises you to book an appointment for a coronavirus test if necessary. Residents of the city of Helsinki also receive help from the coronavirus counseling service on 09310 10024 (every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Residents in other cities can contact the health service in their area if they experience symptoms of coronavirus. Please also report the positive result by telephone to Helsinki's Epidemiological Operations Unit.

We recommend that you use the Koronavilkku (Coronablinkern) application. It can be downloaded to your phone at External link. The Koronavilkku app does not report exposure situations that occurred before installation. If you are using the Koronavilkku app and receive an exposure notification, please follow the instructions in the application. 


Epidemiological Operations Unit 

City of Helsinki 


Update 21.8

Arcada’s campus reopened on 3.8, but a large part of the activities of the UAS will continue remotely. Arcada’s security team, under the leadership of the Rector Mona Forsskåhl, made a new assessment of the situation on 14.8. The updated instructions take into account the new national recommendations given by the Government. 

Based on a comprehensive risk assessment and in light of the recent development regarding the spread of the infection in our society, the campus will remain open – unless the authorities decide otherwise. It is very important that we all follow these new guidelines that are in force until further notice. That is the only way we can minimise the spread of infection and keep the campus open. 

Lectures and exercises
  • Do not come to campus and attend classes or exercises if you have any symptoms of COVID-19! 

  • All lectures will be arranged online to avoid large groups gathering and being exposed to infection on campus or on the way to and from campus. 

  • Practical exercises and group work can be arranged on campus if the teacher decides so. During these exercises you have to follow all the guidelines and instructions for your own safety. 

Counselling and other service’s with visiting hours on campus 
  • Keep a safe distance and remember to wash your hands before and after visiting a counsellor and other services on campus. Please note that visiting hours might be subject to change. 

  • Make an appointment before visiting counselling or other services on campus! 

  • Remember that you can contact all the services online instead of meeting them on campus. 

  • Do not visit campus if you have any flu symptoms. 

Contact tracing app 
  • We recommend that you start using the national contact tracing (infection tracking) app as soon as it is available to the public. 

Face masks 
  • When you are participating in classes, exercises, group works and labratory excercises on campus and it is not possible to keep a safe distance (1,5-2 m), you need to wear a face mask. 

  • If you use public transport to get to campus we recommend that you use face masks there as well. 

  • We recommend that you get your own face masks, but Arcada will provide washable face masks that you can borrow for classes on campus if you don’t have your own. 

  • Make sure you know how to use the face masks correctly. You can watch THL’s video her External linke (in Finnish) 

  • We strongly recommend that you cancel any non-necessary trips abroad this Autumn. 

  • If you travel abroad, you need to stay in voluntary quarantine afterwards and not visit campus during two weeks. 

  • Do not visit campus if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. 

  • If you are on campus and experience symptoms typical of COVID-19, go home immediately. You can use the OmaOlo service External link to assess your symptoms, get further instructions and make an appointment for a test via the service. 

  • If you come into contact with others on campus who show symptoms, you should encourage them to go home and to get tested. 

  • Make sure to use a face mask when you go home from campus to minimise the spread of infection in public transport. 

  • If you still have mild symptoms after a negative test result or if you have been found to have antibodies, you can visit campus if necessary.  

  • If someone in the same household as you has shown symptoms and is waiting for test results, you should not visit campus until they have received a negative test result. If their result is positive, you must follow the authorities’ instructions on quarantine. 

Campus Facilities 

Campus opening hours will immediately return to normal (weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., weekends from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. using your own key) to enable spread of activities on campus across the day. For all activities on campus, the following safety measures must be followed: 

  • Safe distances – always keep a sufficient distance (1,5-2 m) to people in the same room. 

  • Good hand hygiene – always wash your hands when arriving on campus and often during the day. Hand disinfectants are placed on campus and should always be used when hand washing is not possible. 

  • Always cough or sneeze into your sleeve. 

  • All rooms may be used to a maximum of 40 % of their normal capacity. 

  • Face masks are always to be used when sufficient safety distances cannot be maintained. 

Lunch restaurant 
  • Open from 7.30 a.m. to 3 p.m., lunch service at 10.45 a.m.-1 p.m.  

  • One of the toilets next to the restaurant will be reserved for hand washing. 

  • Please strive to have lunch outside rush hour 11.30 a.m.-12.30 and avoid queues. 

  • The aim is to guarantee students who participate in classes / projects on campus a one-hour lunch break (11.30 to 12.30) during the day. 

  • The number of chairs on the Big Square and the Small Square will be smaller than usual to facilitate keeping safe distances. 

Public spaces, group rooms, library and equipment 
  • Always avoid queues and crowds. 

  • If you can, use the stairs as you move around the house. Avoid the lifts especially if they are crowded. 

  • Remember to maintain a safe distance also when studying / working in the library, group rooms or computer rooms on campus. Always disinfect the equipment (e.g. computer keyboard) before using it. 

Study Affairs in C3 
  • The corridor to C3 will exceptionally be locked. 

  • Students can visit Study Affairs in D2 instead, starting from 24.8 

  • Other visits can be arranged by agreement. 

The Arcada Hall (Arcada’s activities in the hall) 
  • No contact sports during term 1. 

  • The sauna will be closed during lecture hours. 

  • The test lab will be closed until the end of September. 

  • The gym can be used for educational purposes only under the supervision of the teacher during term 1. 

Update 29.7

As of 3 August campus is open to students and the public weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Continued opening hours and more detailed instructions for the autumn will be given in mid-August based on the national recommendations and an analysis of the overall situation. 

We remind you to continue to observe good hand hygiene and safety distances when you visit on campus.

Arcada's Campus Reopens 3 August 

Update 11.5

Arcada opens campus gradually

According to the government’s decision, the universities will open their campuses starting 14.5. Arcada will carry out the re-opening in phases and the spring semester will be completed online. The staff will follow the government’s recommendation of continued remote working. Please read the guidelines for each phase below. 

The planned phases and guidelines will be adjusted if necessary if new national restrictions or instructions are given. Compass Group that runs our student restaurant will not open until mid August. 

We remind you of good hand hygiene and that under no circumstances are you allowed to come to campus with cold symptoms. If you are in a risk group or share a household with a person who is in a risk group for the COVID-19 virus please be extra careful and avoid coming to campus as long as the risk of infection is imminent. 

Phase 1: 14.5–30.5 

Note! Restrictions that are in effect: a maximum of 10 people may be in the same place at once. 

  • All teaching continues online throughout the spring semester and courses are completed online. 

  • The staff continues to work remotely. 

  • You as a student do not yet have access to the campus. 

Phase 2: 1.6–10.7 

Note! Restrictions that are in effect: a maximum of 50 people may stay in the same place at once. 

  • Summer courses are arranged online. If you have registered for a summer course, you will be given detailed instructions by the course coordinator. 

  • The library is open every Monday at 14-17:30 for lending and returning material. Please contact the library no later than the previous Friday via to be able to visit the library. Students should call 0294 282 690 to be let in. 

  • If you need access to campus to complete your thesis work or other projects, please contact your thesis supervisor or the teacher of the course. 

Phase 3: 1.8–31.8 
  • Campus will be open for both students and staff. 

  • Please check Start for updated information before returning to campus after summer. 

  • We recommend that you visit the campus only if you have tasks that cannot be handled remotely. 

  • The library is open from 10.8. Self-service between 7.00-21.30, staff available 10-16. 



Update 3.4

In accordance with the government’s decision, the campus will remain closed and your classes will continue online at least until 13.5. Students and staff do not have access to the building while campus is closed. 

Remember to stay in touch with you lecturers, they are ready to help. There is also a lot of other remote support available at Arcada. Find out more about what we have to offer during this remote learning period, and tips on how to handle your new everyday life and your online studies, here.

We continue to update Start with the latest news regarding this situation.

Update 17.3:

School nurses and psychiatric nurse

Arcada’s school nurses and psychiatric nurse are available for appointments even if campus is closed. You can contact them also if you feel you need to talk to someone, are worried or have anxiety. You can meet them online, or meet them in person off campus. The service is free of charge and confidential. Find contact details here and here.

IT support

The IT team is working to support everyone and requests that you contact them via:
Tel. 020 76 99 555

Keep up to date

Check Start, Itslearning and your Arcada email daily for regular updates on the situation.

For questions relating to your studies, please contact your amanuensis.


Update 16.3:

In accordance with the government’s decision, Arcada will close its campus from 18.3 and move all courses and activities online until 13.4. This means that
staff and student will not have access to the Arcada building during that time. 

All courses will be held remotely (online), with the exception of a few where we willseek other solutions. You will receive more information regarding your courses fromyour lecturers. Information is provided through Itslearning and email. 

Please check your Arcada email, Itslearning and Start regularly for updates on the situation. If you have any questions, please contact your amanuensis: 

Enoksson, Maria / Health and Welfare: 0294 282 572,
Programmes: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Sports and Health promotion, Social services, Health Promotion  

Falcao, Elina / Energy and Materials Technology: 0294 282 581,
Programmes: Energy and Environmental Engineering,  Materials Processing Technology (Process- och materialteknik)  

Genberg, Camilla / Business Management and Analytics: 0294 282 672,
Programmes: Business Administration, International Business, Information Technology, International Business Management (Master), Big Data Analytics (Master)  

Löv, Monica / Culture and Media: 0294 282 568,
Programmes: Film and Media, Cultural Management, Media Management (Master)  

Åkermarck, Erica / Healthcare: 0294 282 809,
Programmes: Midwifery, Emergency Care, Public Health Care, Nursing (Sjukskötare) 


Update 14.3:

Student exchange and practical training abroad

As of today, Arcada has called home all students who are on exchange within the framework of our exchange programme. Each student is contacted individually.

Students who are independently on exchange (so called free-movers) are strongly encouraged to return to Finland.

We also remind all students that if you have been abroad during the last 14 days you are to study from home and not visit campus.

Update 13.3:

In order to best ensure the opportunities for you as a student to complete your courses, the education at Arcada  continue normally until further notice. Until further notice, Arcada's campus will remain open in accordance with the instructions of the authorities and in line with the joint decision of the UAS's. Some of Arcada's courses will be conducted remotely (online) when possible. If it becomes necessary for your courses, you will receive information through emails from the course examiner.

Remember to always take other students and staff into consideration by washing your hands regularly, staying at home if you have cold symptoms, and following other general instructions to reduce the spread of infection. In this way, you especially protect people in risk groups (pregnant, elderly or people with medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma or cardiovascular disease, people with reduced immune systems or close relatives of people with reduced immune systems) to be exposed to possible infection.

Practical training

If you are currently on practical training in a workplace, you should complete the practical training normally as planned, but be careful to follow the instructions by the workplace and the Institute for Health and Welfare guidelines. The same applies if you start practical training soon. Our goal is that your studies can progress according to plan. If the workplace where you are doing your practical training closes or interrupts your practical training period, you should contact your amanuensis immediately (see contact details here below on this page).

Practical training in social and health care

Each hospital district in Finland has its own guidelines on practical training. Arcada has an active dialogue with the districts and we always follow their regulations.

Keep up to date with updates about the coronavirus (COVID-19) on Start and in your email daily.


Update 12.3:


For the time being, the education at Arcada will continue as usual, but we have cancelled all visits from abroad (e.g. guest lecturers) and staff that have been travelling abroad are required to work from home for 14 days when returning home. The UAS is ready to handle all education remotely (online) if the need arises. You will be informed by mail if this concerns your courses. Please make sure to check your e-mail and this corona-page on Start on a daily basis for any updates. 

In an effort to protect people who are at higher risk of getting sick (elderly people, people with chronic medical conditions), the authorities are working to minimise and delay the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is our common responsibility to work towards minimising the risks. 

Arcada has a crisis group that meets daily for a review of the situation. In addition to the authorities’ instruction, we also actively follow the development in the other Nordic countries. From now on, the information on Start will be updated daily. 


If you experience symptoms of a cold, please stay at home until you recover (at least until you are completely fever free). Don’t hesitate to keep in contact online with family, friends and teachers. Physical quarantine doesn’t mean social quarantine. 

Travel abroad 

If you have returned or are returning from travelling abroad (e.g. vacations, internships abroad or exchange studies), you should study remotely from home for 14 days. Contact your amanuensis immediately to agree on necessary arrangements:

  • Enoksson, Maria / Health and Welfare: 0294 282 572, Programmes: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Sports and Health promotion, Social services, Health Promotion 
  • Falcao, Elina / Energy and Materials Technology: 0294 282 581, Programmes: Energy and Environmental Engineering,  Materials Processing Technology (Process- och materialteknik) 
  • Genberg, Camilla / Business Management and Analytics: 0294 282 672, . Programmes: Business Administration, International Business, Information Technology, International Business Management (Master), Big Data Analytics (Master) 
  • Löv, Monica / Culture and Media: 0294 282 568, Programmes: Film and Media, Cultural Management, Media Management (Master) 
  • Åkermarck, Erica / Healthcare: 0294 282 809, Programmes: Midwifery, Emergency Care, Public Health Care, Nursing (Sjukskötare) 

In accordance with the Government’s recommendation, Arcada strongly recommends that all private trips abroad are cancelled.  

Family member or room mate returning from abroad 

If you have a family member/room mate who returns from travelling abroad and has cold symptoms, please study remotely for 14 days or until your family member has tested negative for corona. 

If your family member/room mate returns from abroad and does not have any cold symptoms, you do not need to study remotely from home.


Update 11.3:

  • If you return from a epidemic area and show flu-like symptoms please contact your closest health service station by phone (according to the Institute for health and welfare (THL)).
  • Please read under the heading (further down) If you suspect that you have contracted the virus, do the following for more information and whom to contact at Arcada.

Update 10.3:

  • Until further notice, we advise against all trips abroad that are not absolutely necessary.
  • If you are currently on exchange or doing an internship abroad or if you are going on exchange soon, please report this to as soon as possible.

If you suspect that you have contracted the virus, do the following:

  1. If you suspect you may have contracted the virus (you have been in direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed and you get a fever, cough or difficulty breathing), stay home and contact your closest health service station by phone. It is the public health care, not the occupational health care, that organizes testing, care and other possible measures. 
  2. Inform your amanuensis by phone or mail
    • Enoksson, Maria / Hälsa och välfärd: 0294 282 572,
      • Programmes: Ergoterapi, Fysioterapi, Idrott, Socionom, Hälsofrämjande (Master), Det sociala området (Master)
  • Falcao, Elina / Energi- och materialteknologi: 0294 282 581,
    • Programmes: Energi- och miljöteknik, Process- och materialteknik, Materials Processing Technology
  • Genberg, Camilla / Ekonomi och affärsanalys: 0294 282 672,
    • Programmes: Företagsekonomi, International Business, Informationsteknik, International Business Management (Master), Big Data Analytics (Master)
  • Löv, Monica: 0294 282 568,
    • Programmes: Film och media, Kulturproducent, Media Management (Master)
  • Åkermarck, Erica: 0294 282 809,
    • Programmes: Barnmorska, Förstavårdare, Hälsovårdare, Sjukskötare, Nursing 
  1. Rest and take care of yourself

Suspicion of infection in the same household or quarantine

  1. If someone in your household or someone that you in other ways have been in close contact with has been contaminated with the coronavirus, or is placed in quarantine, stay home and follow the same instructions regarding the quarantine as the one contaminated/placed in quarantine.
  2. Inform your amanuensis by phone or mail

How to avoid contamination?

Wash your hands

As always during flu season, it is important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water (for 45 seconds). If you do not have access to soap and water, you should use hand disinfectant. Disinfectant will be made available, and they will be placed out in conference rooms, blocks and classrooms. Use paper towels to dry your hands. Do not use common towels.

Please follow the Institute for health and welfare’s instructions on how to wash your hands properly: External link

Cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm

When you cough and sneeze, droplets containing germs are spread. By coughing and sneezing into the crook of your arm or a paper towel, you prevent the germs from spreading or contaminating your hands. 

Where can you find the most up to date information about the coronavirus?

The Institute for health and welfare’s updates their web page regularly with information: External link

Useful sites: External link External link External link External link