Latest update – corona situation
Our campuses will be opening for larger numbers of students and staff members beginning 11 May. Read more about the new policies being implemented in light of the evolving coronavirus situation.
These are the latest developments related to the coronavirus situation at OsloMet (last updated 8 May):
- More students will gain access to campus buildings beginning 11 May. Access will be limited to students who are reliant on on-campus facilities in order to stay on track with their studies.
- An increased number of staff members will be granted access to their office. This applies to staff members who need access to their office to be able to work effectively. Staff members to who this applies should discuss their desire to return to their office with their supervisor.
Access to on-campus buildings assumes that both students and staff members take responsibility for following infection prevention measures.
Together we can prevent the spread of infection
All members of the OsloMet community will have to complete an online course in infection prevention and are responsible for following OsloMet’s guidelines for preventing the spread of infection.
PhD candidates can apply for extended time
Access to campus buildings
Beginning 11 May, you will be able to access buildings on our campuses using your ID card and your PIN code. The libraries are now partly open and students who have gained access from their faculty can use reading room spaces.
Digital instruction for the spring semester
All regular instruction with physical attendance at Oslomet (in classrooms, auditoriums, group rooms etc.) was canceled from 12 March. Instructions are given mainly digitally, and this will apply through the whole spring semester.
Due to the authority's advice regarding the coronavirus and uncertainty about the extent and duration of the pandemic, it has been decided that instruction as a rule will be carried out digitally through the spring semester of 2020.
The decision provides predictability for students and staff in a demanding time.
All classes and other forms of instruction held on-campus are cancelled beginning on Thursday 12 March.There will be no classes or other forms of instruction held on campus until after Easter at the earliest. The university will be conducting as much online instruction as possible, starting on 23 March at the latest. Students can read more about classes, work placements, exams and travel guidelines here.
- Practical guide to studying at home.
- Tools and resources for teaching staff to assist them in their transition to digital instruction methods.
Making it through this unusual semester together
“I'm proud of our students and staff members for the way they have adapted to the reality of online classrooms and digital instruction, rector Curt Rice said on Wednesday.
“I know that times are tough for many of us right now, but I am heartened by the willingness I am seeing from students and colleagues to be there for each other and make things work. I am confident that we are going to make it to the end of this semester together, and with as many students as possible staying on track to finish their studies on time.”
Due to the uncertainty related to the extent and duration of the Corona pandemic, all school exams, both written and oral, will be changed to home exams this spring semester, 2020.
OsloMet are considering to later submission deadlines for certain exams. Your faculty will determine how long the submission period will be for your exam, and which exams will get an extended submission deadline. Information regarding your exams will be posted in Canvas or Studentweb.
Learn more about changes in exams and assignment submissions.
Students participating in work placement
We are all in a difficult position and OsloMet is actively working to find good solutions and answer all your questions. Information is updated online and more specific information about your work placement will be given to you directly from your faculty. The Ministry of Education has decided to give all universities and university colleges more flexibility in work placements.
Am I going to work placement?
The various study programs work to gain clarity on work placement and planning ahead together with the work placement institutions. Students who are going to work practice will be contacted as soon as we know more.
Work placement at the Faculty of Education and International Studies
No On-Campus Events
All on-campus events are cancelled through the rest of the semester, and until at least 15 June. Events can still be organised using streaming technology and other methods.
Quarantine for people arriving in Norway
The Norwegian authorities are discouraging all travel that is not strictly necessary.
Cancellation of travel / airfare:
Questions about cancellation of travel and travel insurance must be addressed to the insurance company or travel company. Staff can read more about reimbursment of canceled trips due to coronavirus on the staff website.
Are you worried you may have been infected by coronavirus?
Follow the advise from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (fhi.no), which is updated regularly.
Points of contact
- You can find information and advice about coronavirus on the website of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (fhi.no)
- Contact your doctor for further advice and treatment.
- For questions about classes, exams, work placements and exchange, please contact your international coordinator. Please note that we are currently receiving a high volume of e-mails, which means it will take us longer than usual to respond to your e-mail. Updates regarding classes and work placements will be sent by e-mail and posted on Canvas.
- If you feel worried and scared and need someone to talk to, contact SiO Health or the University Chaplain at OsloMet.
- An overwiev of services for students who need someone to talk to.