Due to the corona outbreak, school premises in Finland are now closed and education is provided remotely as distance learning. The starting point in the arrangements is to aim at deviating from normal operation as little as possible.
Always contact the healthcare authorities by phone if you suspect an infection. The best way to get up-to-date information is to follow the health authority's website (link to Finnish institute for health and welfare below).
Prevention is crucial
During an epidemic it is essential to focus on preventing infections and the spreading of the virus. It is therefore vital to make sure that the instructions issued by the health authorities are followed also in education and early childhood education and care, and the instructions are discussed with staff, children and youth. This way we can slow down the spread of the epidemic and protect the vulnerable parts of the population.
The Finnish National Agency for Education has opened an email address firstname.lastname@example.org for advice on the coronavirus and education services. The service is meant for education providers, schools and organisations taking part in international programmes, and it operates during office hours (8.00-16.00). In questions related to health, contact healthcare professionals and visit the website of the Finnish institute for health and welfare.
Due to the large number of questions submitted to the address, there may be a delay in responding. We are currently prioritising answering the most urgent questions, and will answer other questions as soon as possible. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.
National certificates of language proficiency
Due to the coronavirus situation, National certificate of language proficiency (or YKI) tests will not be organised between 18 March and 13 April 2020.
If you have signed up for an YKI exam taking place within the period mentioned above, the educational institution hosting the test will contact you to provide directions on how to proceed.
Impact on international programmes
The epidemic affects international mobilities and projects as public services, schools and higher education institutions in many countries have been closed because of the epidemic. Many countries have also limited travelling to or from abroad.
Mobilities in the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes can be interrupted, carried out with another collaborative partner, postponed to a later date or cancelled in all countries and regions, also outside the epidemic area.
If you are participating in an international mobility programme financed with a grant, you can contact the Internationalisation services for higher education studies unit (contact addresses are provided below) in case you have any questions about how to deal with issues arising from the coronavirus with regard to your grant.
Erasmus+ and International Solidarity Corps give advise at the following addresses:
Erasmus+ for adult education: email@example.com
Erasmus+ for general education: firstname.lastname@example.org
Erasmus+ for higher education: email@example.com
Erasmus+ for vocational education: firstname.lastname@example.org
Erasmus Sport: Sport@oph.fi
Erasmus+ Youth in Action: email@example.com
European Solidarity Corps: firstname.lastname@example.org
For other programmes and grants you can ask for advise at the following addresses:
- Creative Europe: email@example.com
- Europe for Citizens: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nordplus: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
- HEI ICI programme: email@example.com
- EDUFI traineeship: firstname.lastname@example.org
- EDUFI Fellowship, EDUFI Winter School and The Finnish Government Scholarship Pool: email@example.com
- Public official exchange: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Finnish language and culture studies: email@example.com
Events organized by the Finnish National Agency for Education
In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Finnish National Agency for Education cancels all events of over 500 participants planned until the end of May. In addition, some events planned for June are either cancelled or postponed.
Smaller events may be arranged online. If this is not possible due to the nature of the event, also smaller events are cancelled or postponed.
Effect on international studies at Finnish universities
The coronavirus situation may also affect international students who have applied or are already studying in Finnish universities. More inormation is provided in the Study in Finland and Studyinfo web services (links below).