Practical instructions for the exceptional situation at the Kumpula Campus

Updated 30 November | An exceptional situation has been declared at the University of Helsinki in the evening of 12.3.2020. This news contains information on the special measures taken into use at the Kumpula Campus.

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Additional information only meant specifically for students, personnel and visitors of the Faculty of Science is updated in this news.

The University of Helsinki has from 30.11. on moved to tighter restrictions to avoid further spread of the disease. The Kumpula situation center has decided on more precise arrangements on the Kumpula campus, starting 1.12 and continuing until at least 10.1.2021:

1. The outer doors of Chemicum are held open daytime for deliveries and lab teaching.

2. The doors of Physicum and Exactum are closed. If there is teaching or there are visitors in these buildings with special permission by the situation center*, a member of the personnel can let the students or visitors in.

3. As a general rule, there should be no visitors to the university premises. Exceptions for necessary visits can be requested from the situation center*.

4. Work should be done remotely whenever possible. Laboratory and other work that requires presence, should have a permission from the supervisor. The supervisors are responsible for hygiene restrictions and minimum distances being followed, and that there are not too many people in the same premises at the same time.

When necessary, shared calendars or tables should be used to ensure there are not too many people at the same time. These are maintained by the head of the laboratory or a person nominated by her/him.

5. As a general rule, all teaching is moved online.

6. In case teaching cannot be done remotely, the director of the degree programme can ask with good motivations for an exception for teaching events for at most about 10 people from the situation center*.

7. Students can register for Examinarium exams, that already are in the system. Teachers cannot create new exams into Examinarium  30.11.2020-10.1.2021. Exceptions to this can be requested from the Kumpula situation center*.

8. Other exams notified to the students will be held, unless the teacher informs otherwise. If exams have been planned for groups of more than 10 people, they should be divided into different rooms, so that there is at most 10 persons/room present.

9. Exams not yet notified to the students, should be held remotely until at least 10.1.2021, unless there is a crucial reason to keep it on campus. 

* Requests for exceptions should in teaching matters be sent to Anne Palo-Kauppi, Hannu Toivonen, Tiina Väisänen and Kai Nordlund. In other matters, they should be sent to Hanna Nurmela, Tiina Väisänen and Kai Nordlund.



    See a separate page on Exam arrangements in Kumpula under the corona situation

    Instructions for teachers

    Instructions for students


    Instructions for new students starting in fall 2020

    Instructions for exchange students starting in fall 2020

    Instructions for degree programmes

    • Planning for spring 2021
      • An upper limit of 50 students holds for all teaching events. In addition, due to physical distancing, the capacities of teaching facilities are much smaller than usual. As a result, most teaching will have to be distant studies.

    Degree programme specific information

    (For more information, contact programme directors or vice-directors)

    BSc programme in Physical Sciences, 
    MSc programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences, 
    MSc programme in Atmospheric Sciences,
    MSc programme in Materials Research, 
    MSc programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods:

    BSc programme in Geography,
    MSc programme in Geography:

    MSc programme in Urban Studies and Planning:

    BSc programme in Geosciences,
    MSc Programme in Geology and Geophysics:

    BSc programme in Mathematical Sciences, 
    MSc programme in Mathematics and Statistics,
    BSc and MSc programmes for Teachers of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry,
    MSc programme in Life Science Informatics:

    BSc programme in Chemistry,
    MSc programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences:

    MSc programme in Computer Science:

    • Courses and thesis supervision are organized using remote connections. Deputy teachers have been nominated.
    • Students are requested to follow the course-specific instructions for alternative options for separate exams (check the latest course page instance), or to contact the lecturer in urgent cases.
    • If you encounter problems that are not sorted out with contacting lecturer or thesis supervisor, you can reach the programme director and other key persons by sending email to

    MSc programme in Data Science:

    This programme does not have programme-specific advice. If you have questions, please contact programme director or education coordinator.


    The most up-to-date information on the coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki is updated here: Coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki.

    Only additional information meant specifically for students, personnel and visitors of the Faculty of Science is updated in this news. The responsibility for the contents of this page are held by the Kumpula campus situation center group, which has the members:

    Dean Kai Nordlund
    Vice deans Marja-Liisa Riekkola, Hannu Toivonen, Samuli Siltanen
    Head of development Tiina Väisänen
    HR-head Hanna Nurmela
    Head of academic affairs Anne Palo-Kauppi
    Head of communications Johanna Pellinen
    Head of finances Niko Ossberg