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Questions and answers to students

On this page the Ministry of Higher Education and Science will regularly update information that can been relevant for students in relation to the situation with COVID-19.

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New agreement on plan for partial reopening has been made 22 March

NEW 24 February 2021

The COVID-19 restrictions are extended up to and including 5 April 2021 - with the exception of Bornholm

The Higher Education institutions can submit questions about COVID-19 via the Ministry's mail address: .

For the latest information, please visit the Danish authories’ common website about COVID-19/Coronavirus:

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When will parts of health science programmes reopen?

From 15 April, seven health science programnmes can begin a controlled reopening for final semester students.

Will lessons/instruction continue?

Answer:

There will be no teaching or instruction that requires students to attend in person.

We urge educational institutions instead to carry out lessons where possible through the use of Skype and other online solutions. Practical challenges may also arise making it impossible to provide the required instruction. Some classes or subjects may therefore be postponed.

You must continue your studies and actively study at home in so far as it is possible.

If you as a student are in doubt about your situation, you should contact your educational institution

Should I participate in planned study trips as part of my education?

Answer:

Your institution will advise you what that means for any planned study trips as part of your education, including potential postponement or cancellation of these trips. Your institution will refer to the latest travel advisories, as communicated on the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website.

If you as a student are in doubt about a particular planned study trip, you should contact your educational institution.

Have you a right to receive education even if you are sent home?

Answer:

As a starting point, all students have the right to receive their education, Education institutions will provide teaching/lessons where possible (e.g. via Skype, video or other online tools) or reorganise teaching activities so that the students' education programme is not delayed.

What should you do if you become sick?

Answer:

If you become sick and therefore cannot participate in learning activities in your own home, it is a question of a special circumstance and requires specific action. Questions from higher educational institutions regarding COVID-19 can be directed to: info-covid-19@ufm.dk

Partial reopening

Does the partial reopening of higher education mean that I, as a student, can return to my educational institution?

From 6 April 2021, higher education institutions will be partially reopened for teaching, exams, etc. As a student, it is therefore important that you keep up with the information provided by your educational institution and contact your institution if you have questions about your teaching, exams, etc. People with symptoms of, or confirmed COVID-19, are still expected to stay away. Your educational institution will initiate and organize the reopening and physical attendance, taking into account health authority guidelines. It will be a condition for physical attendance that you are able to show a negative test result from an antigen or PCR test for COVID-19 obtained within the last 72 hours - though no more than two tests, evenly distributing over the past seven days. However, here are some exceptions to this requirement. We would like to point out that planning and conducting teaching activities, including exams, is a central administrative task of each individual educational institution. At the same time, it is a task that falls within the institution's professional autonomy, which means that the individual institution will tackle questions related to the organisation of teaching and examinations. See the above guidelines for higher education and for the elaboration of guidelines for the organisation of teaching activities.

As a student, will I continue to receive digital tuition on days when there is no possibility of physical attendance?

Higher education institutions are currently only partially reopened for teaching, exams, etc. This partial reopening means that there will continue to be teaching and exams organised as digital teaching and exams without physical attendance. It is therefore important that you as a student keep up with the information provided by your educational institution and contact your institution if you have questions about the teaching, exams, etc. People with symptoms of, or confirmed COVID-19, are still expected to stay away. Your educational institution will initiate and organize the reopening and physical attendance, taking into account the health authority guidelines. It will be a condition for physical attendance that you are able to show a negative test result from an antigen or PCR test for COVID-19 obtained within the last 72 hours - though no more than two tests, evenly distributing over the past seven days. However, here are some exceptions to this requirement.

As a student, may I meet with my study group for group work at the institution or use the reading rooms?

Higher education institutions are partially reopened for teaching, exams, etc., and therefore it will be possible for students - while observing measures to reduce infection - to meet physically in study groups, reading groups in libraries, etc. at their educational institutions. It is up to the management of the individual institutions to plan how and to what extent this can take place in practice, including taking into account health authority rules and guidelines concerning hygiene, social distancing, face masks, etc. It is therefore important that you as a student keep up with the information provided by your educational institution and contact your institution if you have questions about whether you can physically attend the institution, etc. NOTE. Please note requirements for the documentation of a negative test result for COVID-19 when physically attending the institution.

As a student, do I always have to keep a distance of 2 metres from my fellow students?

You are recommended to maintain social distancing of at least 1 metre, and preferably 2 metres when possible, also in teaching situations. If local conditions allow for a group of students to be perceived as a core team, the general distance recommendation of 1-2 metres may be waived within the team in teaching situations, but this deviation from social distancing recommendations does not apply in general. The decision about which groups or teams can form a core team for the individual student will be made by the management of the individual institution. Students in a core team should, as far as possible, follow the general recommendation of 1-2 metres social distancing from students from other core teams. The general recommendation of social distancing of at least 1 metre, and preferably 2 metres when possible, can also be deviated from in special cases where such a deviation is deemed necessary to be able to conduct teaching in an appropriate manner. In these special cases, the deviation should as far as possible be restricted to the same group of students, so that students over and above their core team only to a limited extent participate in subjects or teams where the distance requirement is deviated from. In such cases, the duration of any deviation from the distance requirement should be reduced to a minimum. The general recommendation of social distancing of at least 1 metre, and preferably 2 metres when possible, will continue to apply to all communal areas on campus. See the above guidelines for higher education and for the elaboration of guidelines for the organisation of teaching activities.

Are continuing education courses in the evening cancelled?

From 6 April 2021, higher education institutions will be partially reopened for teaching, exams, etc. It is up to the management of the individual institutions to plan how and to what extent this can take place in practice. It is therefore important that you as a student keep up with the information provided by your educational institution, and contact your institution if you have questions about whether you can physically attend the institution, etc. Continuing and further education activities may be carried out in stable core groups, provided that a negative test result can be produced in connection with physical attendance at the institution. In addition, physical attendance for continuing education activities must be organised in accordance with health authority recommendations and guidelines for the reopening of higher education institutions in a responsible manner.

As a student, do I still have to attend my educational institution physically for my oral exam or written supervised exam?

Your educational institution decides in each particular case whether you have to sit your exam by physical attendance, or whether it will be replaced by some digital format that you can follow at home. Your educational institution will notify you if there are any changes that affect your exam. So if you have questions about a specific exam, please ask your institution. Your educational institution will organize physical attendance, including exams, taking into account health authority guidelines in this regard. It will be a condition for physical attendance that you are able to show a negative test result from an antigen or PCR test for COVID-19 obtained within the last 72 hours - though no more than two tests, evenly distributing over the past seven days. However, here are some exceptions to this requirement.

Will we be able to use the canteen, etc.?

Higher education institutions may reopen the facilities needed to carry out their core tasks. Canteens may therefore be reopened, within the current rules and guidelines concerning social distancing, face masks, etc. Canteens may only reopen to allow students and staff to buy and consume food, but not for social events, in accordance with the recommendation that social events be cancelled.

What guidelines should I follow if my teaching is situated at some external venue, like a company?

In line with the requirement that students in internships must follow the guidelines for the place of internship in question, the guidelines laid down by the company will apply to educational activities, including continuing and further education activities in such companies. It is assumed that company guidelines follow health authority guidelines.

Test

Are there any requirements concerning physical attendance?

If you are a student or member of staff at an educational institution, etc., a condition of physical attendance will be that you are able to show a negative test result from an antigen or PCR test for COVID-19 obtained within the last 72 hours - though no more than two tests, evenly distributing over the past seven days. However, here are some exceptions to this requirement.

Regardless of the type of test, the test result is only a snapshot. Therefore, it is important that you continue to comply with health authority recommendations concerning social distancing, the use of face masks, etc., even if your test result is negative. Read more about the Danish Health Authority's advice and guidelines here: COVID-19 test

If you are tested positive using a rapid test, go into self-isolation. You are encouraged to have a follow-up PCR test taken as soon as possible, which can confirm or reject the result provided by the rapid test. At the same time, the PCR test can show if you are infected with a particular virus variant.

Transport into self-insulation may be done on foot, by bicycle or by private transport. Public transport must not be used.

When are people exempt from the requirement to produce a test result?

The requirement to produce a test result does not apply if:

  1. Medical reasons prevent you having a PCR or antigen test taken for COVID-19.
  2. Some physical or mental disability prevents you having a PCR or antigen test taken for COVID-19.
  3. You have previously been infected with COVID-19 within a specified period of time, so that you can present evidence of a positive result of a PCR or antigen test for COVID-19, which at the time of presentation is at least 14 days and at most 180 days old.
  4. You can present documentary proof of a completed course of vaccination against COVID-19. A COVID-19 vaccination course is considered to be completed 14 days after the final dose.

The educational institution makes an overall assessment of the reasons for exemption from the requirement for testing; an assessment in the specific circumstances of whether this is the case, including what the institution knows about the person in question. In other words, the educational institution must assess the credibility of the claim. For the purpose of this assessment, you may, either on your own initiative or at the request of the institution, present relevant documentation that you are covered by one of the specified exemption conditions.

If in your own view you are covered by one of the exceptions in question, we would therefore recommend that you discuss with your educational institution what your options are in this case.

Do I still have to document a negative test result on physical attendance at the institution if I have been vaccinated against COVID-19?

Students and staff are exempted from having to document a negative test result in connection with physical attendance if they can present documentation of a completed course of vaccination against COVID-19. A COVID-19 vaccination course is considered to be completed 14 days after the final dose.

You must continue to follow the requirements of the educational institution concerning the use of a face mask or visor, even if you have been vaccinated.

Further information here.

If I can document that I have been infected with COVID-19 in the past, for how long am I exempt from presenting a negative test result on physical appearance?

If you have previously been infected with COVID-19, evidence of a positive result of a PCR or antigen test for COVID-19, must at the time of presentation be at least 14 days and at most 180 days old.

What are the requirements for the documentation of tests?

Documentation of a COVID-19 test may be provided both on paper and electronically.

The following information must appear:

  1. Name of the person tested, corresponding to the name on the passport, driving licence, health card or other publicly issued identity card presented by the person.
  2. The time the test was taken.
  3. The result of the test.

Therefore, always remember to have a publicly issued identity card with you when attending your educational institution.

What requirements apply to checking whether students have been tested for COVID-19 on physical attendance at the institution?

An institution may only admit registered students if it conducts random checks to ensure that students who are allowed to attend physically can show documentary proof that they have been tested. A student must be able to provide documentary proof that they meet the requirement of a negative test result of an antigen or PCR test for COVID-19, unless the person in question is exempt from this requirement.

To this end, every student attending physically must be able at all times and at the behest of the institution be able to produce the necessary documentation.

The institution will organise how this control is to be performed.

Is there a requirement for test documentation in connection with teaching activities that take place outdoors in the grounds of higher education institutions?

If you are a student or member of staff at an educational institution, etc., a condition of physical attendance will be that you are able to show a negative test result from an antigen or PCR test for COVID-19 obtained within the last 72 hours - though no more than two tests, evenly distributing over the past seven days. However, here are some exceptions to this requirement.

This also applies to teaching activities taking place on outdoor areas of higher education institutions. People with symptoms of, or confirmed COVID-19, are still expected to stay away.

The educational institution organises the framework for physical attendance and reopening, taking into account the health authority guidelines in this regard.

May you choose what kind of test you want performed?

In order to physically attend an educational institution, you as a student or member of staff must be able to show a negative test result from an antigen or PCR test for COVID-19 obtained within the last 72 hours - though no more than two tests, evenly distributing over the past seven days.

This means that you can choose to have either a PCR (throat swab) or antigen test (nasal swab; also called a rapid test, point-of-care test, etc.). However, be aware that PCR testing has a longer turnaround time.

There are certain exceptions to this requirement.

Where can I be tested?

The test result can be obtained either from antigen or PCR tests for COVID-19 taken within the existing public test setup outside the educational institution, or by taking an antigen test for COVID-19 at the institution, etc., itself.

An antigen test for COVID-19 taken at the institution will be a self-test: the student and/or member of staff takes the test themselves under the guidance of a supervisor. You can find information about guidelines as well as instructions for supervised self-testing here.

For tests outside the institution, you can find the nearest test centre at coronasmitte.dk.

If you are in doubt as to where you can take a test as described here, please contact your educational institution for further instructions.

How long do I have to be at the institution before I am required to produce test documentation? What if, for example, I just need to collect a book?

In order to physically attend an educational institution, you as a student or member of staff must be able to show a negative test result from an antigen or PCR test for COVID-19 obtained within the last 72 hours - though no more than two tests, evenly distributing over the past seven days. There are certain exceptions to this requirement.

However, this requirement also applies if you use any of the institution's facilities, including the library, reading room, etc. People with symptoms of, or confirmed COVID-19, are still expected to stay away.

The educational institution organises the framework for physical attendance and reopening, taking into account the health authority guidelines in this regard.

What will happen if I, as a student physically attending the institution, cannot show a negative test result?

If you as a student cannot present documentation for a negative COVID-19 test result, you may be expelled from the area and cannot physically remain at the institution as long as you do not have the required documentation. There are certain exceptions to this requirement.

The requirement to produce a test result does not apply if:

  1. Medical reasons prevent you having a PCR or antigen test taken for COVID-19.
  2. Some physical or mental disability prevents you having a PCR or antigen test taken for COVID-19.
  3. You have previously been infected with COVID-19 within a specified period of time, so that you can present evidence of a positive result of a PCR or antigen test for COVID-19, which at the time of presentation is at least 14 days and at most 180 days old.
  4. You can present documentary proof of a completed course of vaccination against COVID-19. A COVID-19 vaccination course is considered to be completed 14 days after the final dose.
The educational institution makes an overall assessment of the reasons for exemption from the requirement for testing: an assessment in the specific circumstances of whether this is the case, including consideration of the institution's knowledge of the person in question. In other words, the educational institution must assess the credibility of the claim. For the purpose of this assessment, you may, either on your own initiative or at the request of the institution, present relevant documentation that you are covered by one of the specified exemption conditions.
If in your own view you are covered by one of the exceptions in question, we would therefore recommend that you talk to your educational institution about your options in this case.

Do I still have to be tested in weeks when I do not have to physically attend classes?

There is no requirement for testing for weeks when you do not attend the institution physically. The requirement for documentation only applies where you physically attend the institution. As a student, you must be able to show a negative test result from an antigen or PCR test for COVID-19 obtained within the last 72 hours - though no more than two tests, evenly distributing over the past seven days.

There are certain exceptions to the requirement.

What provisions apply to the institution's processing of personal data?

When institutions process and report students' test data, they must ensure that the processing takes place in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations. These include the provisions that data be processed confidentially and deleted as soon as possible after it has been passed on, and the obligation to provide information, etc. Questions regarding the processing of personal data can be directed to the institution's Data Protection Officer (DPO).

Exam and completion of education programme

Will my exam go ahead as planned?

Answer:

If this extraordinary situation makes it impossible to hold an exam as planned, the individual institution will work to offer you an alternative form of examination (e.g. a replacement assignment or an online exam).

If the institution decides that it is impossible to replace the exam, they will schedule an extraordinary exam instead. Your institution will inform you further.

If you as a student are in doubt about your exam situation, you should contact your educational institution.

What happens if I as a student cannot complete my education within the maximum study period?

Answer:

If the extraordinary situation leads to you being unable to complete your education programme within the fixed maximum study period, you will have the possibility to extend your study period, also in the situation of your maximum study period being exceeded. The institutions will manage this issue through the use of exemption competence in the area.

Internship

What should I do if I am a student participating in an internship?

Answer:

If you are a student currently taking part in an internship, you should attend your place of work, unless instructed otherwise, and should follow their recommended advice.

During this period, there may be problems in completing the relevant educational activities, meeting with your supervisor, etc. But in the coming three weeks you are urged to carry out your internship work and contribute as best as possible. This is particularly the case for students in internships/clinical placements in the health sector and in other critical functions in the coming weeks.

For other students e.g. in health science education programmes, who are not in an internship/clinical placement during this period, but who want to contribute to the readiness level of the health system, there will be an opportunity for you to volunteer. Each individual Region will have a set point of contact. The Regions will communicate this to all relevant organisations and fora.

What rules apply to my internship as part of my education?

Answer:

If this extraordinary situation results in your internship being disrupted, your institution will decide if your internship can be considered complete with the fixed learning goals based on the period of internship you have already completed. If this is the case, you can continue your education as planned.

If your internship cannot be considered complete, your institution will decide which vocational elements remain outstanding and inform you of these, including how the missing elements can be rectified (e.g. through a later internship period during your education). Thereby allowing you to continue your education as planned to the best possible extent.

We are aware that challenges with internships can mean that you cannot complete your education within the maximum study period. In this case, the extraordinary situation means that you will have the opportunity to extend your study period, even if the fixed study period has been exceeded.

If the extraordinary situation results in your internship period being cancelled, and your institution cannot offer another internship, the institution may arrange an alternative course which can replace your internship. Alternatively, the institution may decide to offer a subject or course, usually found later in your education programme with the aim of making room for the internship in its place. If the cancelled internship means that your maximum study period is exceeded, you will have the possibility of extending your study period.

If you as a student are in doubt about your internship, you should contact your educational institution.

What about education programmes where there are tests, interviews or other entrance exams?

Answer:
Some educational institutions, where there is a requirement to attend in person as part of the quota 2 assessment, are reorganising their quota 2 criteria so the assessment can be carried out remotely, or by postponing the planned attendance dates. Educational institutions are working on finding solutions, and will provide regular information about potential changes both directly to the applicant and via their websites

International students

Can I (as a foreign student enrolled at a Danish educational institution) enter Denmark?

International students residing in Denmark:

If you reside in Denmark, that is, have a national register of persons address in Denmark, you can enter Denmark regardless of whether your educational institution is open or not.

If you are travelling to Denmark by plane, please be aware that you must be able to show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry.

We recommend that you follow the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' travel instructions. These travel instructions include information on what you should do when returning back to Denmark after a trip abroad.

International students with a student residence permit:

If you have a valid student residence permit, you can enter Denmark regardless of whether your educational institution is open or not. Your residence permit states when you may travel into Denmark.

If you are travelling into Denmark, you are required to bring a certificate documenting a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entering the country.

You should find out about the current conditions of entry and what documentation you must bring.

International students in general

Foreign nationals who do not reside in Denmark and who do not hold a valid residence permit may enter Denmark if they can show that they have a worthy purpose.

For the time being, with the current restrictions being a student is not in itself considered a worthy purpose for entry. Students residing abroad who can show that they have one of the other worthy purposes (for example, that they have a job in Denmark) will still be able to enter the country.

Please note that special rules concerning worthy purposes apply to travellers from the UK and South Africa.

Particularly for people resident in border regions

If you live in a border region, that is, Schleswig-Holstein, Southern Sweden and Western Sweden, you may enter Denmark if you can present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry.

If you live in a border region and have a worthy purpose for travelling to Denmark (for example, that you have a job in Denmark), you may enter Denmark if you can present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than seven days before entry. For the time being, until and including 28 February 2021, being a student is not in itself considered a worthy purpose for entry.

General information about entry:

Please be aware that the Danish authorities do not issue prior approvals. At all times, the police carrying out the border control will make the final decision as to whether a person is allowed to enter Denmark or not.

If I as an international student in Denmark interrupt my study visit in Denmark, what will happen regarding my education programme?

Answer:
You should contact your educational institution where you are enrolled in your home country, with a view to the institution assessing what can be done to take your Danish study visit into account in your educational programme. It is your home educational institution that will help you with queries regarding consequences for your continued education in your homeland.

If I am an international student paying tuition fees and remain in Denmark, what consequence is there for my student residence permit if my teaching and exam is postponed?

Answer:

If your course of studies or exam is postponed to a later date, on which your student residence permit as a foreign student has expired, you must contact The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) for further information concerning the options for extending your residence permit.

When can I travel to Denmark?

If you have a student residence permit, you can enter Denmark regardless of whether your educational institution is open or not. Your residence permit states when you may travel into Denmark.

We recommend that you find out what rules apply to your entry on coronasmitte.dk

Do I have to be quarantined or tested for COVID-19 when I arrive in Denmark?

All incoming passengers are advised to take a rapid test immediately upon arrival in Denmark at one of the free rapid test facilities available upon entry. The Danish health authorities further recommend that you self-isolate for 10 days. This self-isolation can be broken upon receipt of a negative result from a PCR test taken no earlier than on the fourth day after entry.

If you are travelling to Denmark by plane, please be aware that you must be able to show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry. You are also advised to take a rapid test upon arrival and to self-isolate for 10 days. This self-isolation can be broken upon receipt of a negative result from a PCR test taken no earlier than on the fourth day after entry.

Please note that students who do not hold a valid residence permit in Denmark (that is, a National Register of Persons address) must be able to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry, no matter whether they arrive by plane or in some other way. .

You are also advised to take a rapid test upon arrival and to self-isolate for 10 days. This self-isolation can be broken upon receipt of a negative result from a PCR test taken no earlier than on the fourth day after entry.

Study abroad

Can I go on a mobility period abroad?

Denmark has tightened its travel guidelines for all destinations worldwide from the previous level 'orange' (advising against all unnecessary travel) to 'red', thus advising against all travel to all destinations worldwide. This step is one of the efforts being made to manage the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19 in Denmark; the limitation on travel activity is an important element in efforts to control the spread of infection, since coronavirus mutations are appearing in a number of countries.

This tightening of the travel guidelines means that study periods and work placements abroad, which are otherwise considered necessary travel, are advised against in principle.

Some practice placements may in certain circumstances be equated with the exception: "I have work abroad”. In such cases, students may start their practice placement, if this is otherwise considered a responsible move. Whether a particular practice placement comes under this heading is up to the individual place of practice placement, the educational institution and the student to assess together. A number of factors must be considered, for example: How long is the placement expected to last? What potential risks are connected with it? And it is possible to begin the practice placement virtually?

If you choose to take a student mobility period in a country to which all travel is not recommended (category 'red'), make sure that you find the latest information about particular countries on the Danish embassies' websites. This may be information about entry restrictions and other measures taken by local authorities to curb the spread of infection. You should also make a practical, individual risk assessment of the trip in consultation with your educational institution and your work placement destination. This will include consideration of repatriation assistance in the case of acute illness in a situation where the local capacity for treatment is under severe pressure. Since all travel is discouraged (category 'red'), it is vital that you make sure that your insurance covers the trip. You are therefore strongly recommended to contact your insurance company prior to the trip; they will also be able to advise on the matter of assistance in the event of an emergency journey home.

When returning home, all travellers are encouraged to take a rapid COVID-19 test immediately upon arrival in Denmark. In addition, all incoming travellers are strongly encouraged to self-isolate for 10 days, an isolation which may be terminated by a negative PCR test taken no earlier than the fourth day after entry. Travellers must follow the recommendations of the health authorities regarding measures to prevent infection, for example, the wearing of face masks on public transport, and recommendations concerning social distancing, hygiene, etc.

You should always follow the Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advice:


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last modified May 05, 2021