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Guidelines and FAQ for students at SDU

LATEST UPDATE: 21 SEPTEMBER 2021

 

 Good to know (UPDATED)

The short answer is:
Because the authorities have assessed that COVID-19 is no longer considered a socially critical disease. See also SDU’s announcement from 13 September.

The long answer is:
During the pandemic, the Ministry of Higher Education and Science has regularly issued guidelines for institutions of higher education. With the lifting of societal restrictions because COVID-19 is no longer classified as socially critical, guidelines for institutions of higher education were replaced by the Danish Health Authority’s guidelines and recommendations.
At SDU, we also continue to adhere to the good principles of caution, inclusiveness and trust. We hope that our staff and students will continue to follow the principles and display common sense.

You must follow the Danish Health Authority’s guidelines and recommendations.
So, when you show up in person or you want to meet up with fellow students at the Friday bar, please follow the Danish Health Authority’s recommendations on how to prevent infection.
Please click here to find out.
Inform your fellow students, lecturers or others at SDU with whom you have established close contact during the infection period. Please refer to the Danish Health Authority’s guide What to do if you test positive for novel coronavirus.
Please contact an SDU employee involved in your programme if you need help informing any relevant persons who may have been in close contact. If in doubt, write to SDU by using the Corona button in SPOC.

Study or cabin trips are arranged according to the rules in force and in accordance with the Danish Health and Authority's general recommendations on infection prevention.

Study or cabin trips with accommodation are permitted, also in accordance with the authorities' recommendation.

This also applies to trips in connection with study start.

If you’re a student and have been offered accommodation through SDU (applies in particular to international students)

Students for whom SDU has offered accommodation via its housing service must self-isolate in their own home to the extent possible, cf. the Danish Health Authority's guidelines. As a rule, SDU does not offer rehousing, but if you are unable to self-isolate, please contact your council with a view to self-isolating in another home. SDU's housing service is happy to help you get in touch with the council and answer other practical questions as well as provide info on how to self-isolate in a responsible manner in your home. Please contact SDU's housing service at bolig@sdu.dk.

If you’re a student and haven’t been offered accommodation through SDU

The Danish Health Authority recommends self-isolation for certain groups of people. If you’re unable to self-isolate in your own home, the council offers isolation stays at an external isolation facility to persons who cannot establish and maintain self-isolation in their own home. There are a limited number of isolation rooms, and the council reserves the right to determine whether they should be used.
Read more about self-isolation on the Danish Health Authority's website.

Please read more at the homepage of the Danish Agency for Institutions and Educational Grants.

International

It depends.

On 21 April the Danish government introduced new rules for entry into Denmark, dependant upon the category of your home country:

  • International students from “yellow” countries may enter Denmark
  • International students from “orange” countries may enter Denmark if they are required to participate in physical, on-campus activities (e.g. classes, exams).
  • International students from “red countries” are not allowed to enter

If you plan on entering Denmark from an “orange” country, you will need special documentation for the border authorities. Please contact SDU International in due time and include the message you have received about being required to physically attend courses/exams on campus. See contact details below.

Please be aware that SDU cannot guarantee that you will be allowed to enter Denmark.   Even though SDU at present is physically open, access is still fairly restricted and requires a permit from your faculty. Please make sure that you have access to your SDU student email to receive important updates on the situation.

Detailed information about entry requirements can be found here.

Contact

SDU International at spoc.sdu.dk; int@sdu.dk or phone +45 6550 2264 (weekdays 10.00 – 14.00).

Danish Police arrivals hotline on phone +45 70 20 60 44.

If you are not allowed to enter Denmark, we would like to hear from you. Please contact us via the corona button in SPOC. You will then be contacted by a staff member who is close to your study programme in order to clarify whether special precautions can be made.

If you are allowed to enter Denmark (see above), please observe the following regulations on testing and self-isolation:

  • All persons entering Denmark are required to get tested no earlier than 24 hours before departure, and again upon arrival.
  • Persons entering from “orange” countries are also required to self-isolated for 10 days upon arrival (regardless of whether the test is negative). Isolation can be broken after a negative PCR test taken no earlier than on the 4th day after entry.
  • Persons entering from “yellow” countries are not required to self-isolate.

Please keep yourself updated here.

If you need access to one of SDU’s campuses or experience any COVID-19 symptoms:

  • If you have a CPR number and NemID, you can book a test at www.coronaprover.dk.
  • If you have a CPR number, but haven’t received your NemID, please find more information on the process here.
  • If you don’t have a CPR number yet, please find more information on the process here.

*If you need to be assessed by a healthcare professional, you must first contact your own doctor or an emergency service doctor outside normal opening hours before booking a COVID-19 test. The emergency doctor in the Region of Southern Denmark can be reached on phone +4570110707 between 4pm and 8am. 

As a student at SDU, what to do if you test positive for COVID-19?

Please read SDU's guidelines for students with symptoms of or infected with COVID-19 and follow the steps described. You can find the guidelines here on this same page.

The official webpage with information about the current situation in Denmark is coronasmitte.dk 
Further information on COVID-19 and your studies at SDU: Information on MySDU

I have questions
Please do not hesitate to contact SDU International at int@sdu.dk or +45 6550 2264 (Mon-Fri 10am-2pm).

Subject to the authorities announcing new guidelines, you can see the timetable for your courses through the course descriptions, which you can access from the portal for your study programme, or through SDU's e-learning platform  itslearning from August 2nd.

As always, we recommend that you stay updated via your SDU email.

You have access to SDU-systems as soon as you are enrolled at SDU.

SDU generally follows the authorities’ instructions. From 21 April, a gradual easing of travel restrictions was initiated. 

SDU strongly recommends the University's students to follow the authorities’ travel instructions in force at any time.

If you decide to embark on a prolonged stay abroad, you do so at your own risk. You should be aware of the following:

  • that the authorities of the country in question allow entry/exit for students (worthy purposes),
  • that you are covered by insurance, also in case you are to be treated for COVID-19 in the country in question,
  • that the host’s place finds it justifiable for you to arrive and stay there,
  • that Denmark may have special entry requirements for Danish and non-Danish citizens or residence at the point of time for your return.
More information

You can find more information in the FAQ on SDU International’s Study Abroad. Enter the webpage for your study programme and then 'Study Abroad'. We have included information about SDU’s travel advice, insurance, grants, etc. The FAQ is updated regularly.

You can also find an FAQ by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science, aimed at international students as well as students planning to go abroad.

Other considerations
If you are in doubt about your stay or would like to talk about your considerations with someone, you are welcome to contact SDU International.

Contact
Contact SDU International via spoc.sdu.dk or at +45 6550 2264, weekdays 10-14.

* Unfortunately, this information is only available in Danish. If you don’t read Danish, please consult the equivalent information from your home country.

Please keep yourself updated on nyidanmark.dk

Lectures, courses, exams (UPDATED)

As of 10 September 2021, COVID-19 ceased to be considered a socially critical disease, and therefore:

If you have been fully vaccinated, you do not need to follow special recommendations – please see Danish Health Authority’s Guidance for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

If you cannot be vaccinated and you find that your situation is affecting your studies to such an extent that you are considering applying to your board of studies due to unusual circumstances, the decision will be based on a specific assessment of your situation. As a rule, however, the fact that you cannot be vaccinated will not be considered an unusual circumstance. The decision will further be contingent on whether any options that SDU can offer are practicable and feasible in terms of resources. On your programme page on MitSDU you will find further information on how to apply to your board of studies. Please note that you must enclose documentation.

If you have not been vaccinated for other reasons, SDU cannot offer to establish any special options in relation to your programme on the grounds that you have not been vaccinated.

If you are a relative of a person at increased risk, please see the Danish Health Authority’s good advice.

As of 10 September 2021, COVID-19 ceased to be considered a socially critical disease, and therefore SDU cannot offer to establish any special options in relation to your programme on the grounds that you have not been vaccinated.

If you cannot be vaccinated and you find that your situation is affecting your studies to such an extent that you are considering applying to your board of studies due to unusual circumstances, the decision will be based on a specific assessment of your situation. As a rule, however, the fact that you cannot be vaccinated will not be considered an unusual circumstance. The decision will further be contingent on whether any options that SDU can offer are practicable and feasible in terms of resources. On your programme page at MitSDU, you will find further information on how to apply to your board of studies regarding a dispensation from the rules that apply to your programme. 

If your studies are affected by the situation because, for example, you have to self-isolate with your child due to symptoms or the like, and you are missing out on (in-person) classes, you may want to reach out to a fellow student with whom you will be able to review the material.

In addition, please find some useful info below:

Students at the Faculty of Humanities

If your absences from your studies are so excessive that you risk failing to meet your attendance requirements for passing, you will have to pass an alternative method of assessment. Please locate and read the course description for the specific subject via your study page on MitSDU.

Students at the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Health Sciences or the Faculty of Engineering

If your absences from your studies are so excessive that you are in doubt about whether you risk failing to comply with attendance requirements for passing, you are welcome to write to your faculty by using the Corona button in SPOC.

Students at the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences

If your absences from your studies are so excessive that you are having doubts about your further course of study, you are welcome to write to your faculty by using the Corona button in SPOC.

The University has reopened in accordance with the authorities’ guidelines, and in-person teaching will therefore be conducted as planned.

A few activities may still be conducted online, but the University is not under any obligation to make teaching activities available online.

Please check your timetable to see where and how activities in your programme will take place. Please stay informed through your SDU email and itslearning, which are accessible via the Login icon in the upper-right corner of the MitSDU home page.

Counselling and sparring
Contact the . They can give you advice in relation to your planning, structure, overview, project management, study technique, motivation and spar with you in general.
What are your options?
If you are contemplating applying for an extension of your submission deadline, please contact the counsellors connected to your study programme or your study board in due time in order to clarify your specific options. On your study programme's website at MySDU, you will find the contact information and information on how to apply for an exemption.
Worth mentioning
If you are granted an exemption and thus a new submission deadline, it is worth mentioning that you are still allowed to submit before the original deadline, if you should manage to finish ahead of schedule. It is also worth mentioning that the fact that you have been granted an exemption does not affect the grading. Please remember to apply in due time, if you decide to apply, and ask your counsellors, administration or study board about the deadlines. If you do not have any State education grant (SU) left, you can supply for extra grant - please read more here on MySDU.

Reopening & well-being

Plan your day. The webinar on “How to plan your daily study routines” may help you. Enter your programme page at MitSDU > Help and Guidance > Counselling Services > General Study Counselling.

Pack your bag.

Remember a packed lunch (if the cafeteria is closed).

Consider whether you should stay at the university all day, or whether you should also study online/at home?

Which activities require physical attendance, and which can be done online/from home?

Small talk: Prepare some questions for others, listen and ask detailed questions if it’s difficult to start or keep a conversation going. Others may feel differently about the reopening than you do.

For a very long time, you’ve had to deal with a reality with restrictions and limitations. You may have started at the university during the lockdown, and your affiliation with the study programme and your fellow students is therefore affected by this. At the same time, it has also become part of your everyday life to have lessons online and have the freedom to listen to a lecture while on the couch. It's completely okay to feel a nervousness about this shift that will come. We advise you to say it out loud if you’re nervous. It’s only when you express your nervousness that people around you have the opportunity to show consideration, make room and help you along.

If you thrive at home, going back to university may be challenging. Tell people that you find it difficult. Allow yourself a slow return. Maybe by agreeing with your study group that the group will still do some of the work from home and not meet in person all of the time.

If you’re nervous about returning to campus due to the risk of infection, we recommend that you check SDU’s Corona FAQ, where information is updated regularly. In addition, you’re welcome to write an email to us at vejledning@sdu.dk if you need someone to talk to about your nervousness regarding the reopening.

What can I do? Take the initiative. If the initiative doesn’t exist yet – create it. Ask if others will help you.

Check events in the student organisations.

Check academic communities in itslearning, the notice board (Opslagstavle - enter your programme page at MitSDU > Student Life) and the social media.

Talk to someone at your faculty, an academic adviser or perhaps a researcher if you have an idea for an event.

It must be tough to have started as a university student during the pandemic! We do understand if in many ways it has been contrary to all the expectations you may have had when you applied for the study programme. Social life has been challenged, and maybe loneliness too.

Now that we’re slowly returning to a reality with more physical attendance on campus, we advise you to prioritise attending the in-person teaching. In this way, you will contribute to developing the academic community, which may help you create an affiliation with the university.

In addition, you may benefit from spending your study time on campus. This means that you study when you’re physically present at the university and allow yourself to put your studies aside when you’re at home. For many reasons, it may be beneficial to read, solve tasks, revise notes and participate in your study group at the university. One advantage is that you will feel a greater affiliation with your place of study. In addition, we imagine that there may be an increased need to take time off as you will most likely be very tired for some time after the reopening. Therefore, it may be a good thing to know that you can put your studies aside when you get back home to your familiar surroundings.

Finally, we advise you to familiarise yourself with the events that take place at the university. You can stay informed on the webpage for your study programme at the notice board (Opslagstavle - enter your programme page at MitSDU > Student Life) or in itslearning.

During the pandemic, many students have experienced a lack of or low motivation in relation to their studies. This is completely natural, even without the presence of pandemics. However, this doesn’t change the fact that the feeling is genuine and should be taken seriously.

We can’t guarantee that your motivation will automatically skyrocket when you physically return to the university. It’s important for us to point out that motivation is not static. You may not be equally motivated for all tasks all the time. The first step is to draw attention to your motivation. When are you particularly motivated for something, and when are you not motivated at all? Could you try to transfer some of the things that motivate you to the tasks where your motivation is challenged? Only when you draw attention to your motivation will you have the opportunity to change undesirable patterns.

It will also make sense to watch our webinar ‘Turn your motivation up’, where you can learn how to take ownership of your motivation. Enter your programme page at MitSDU > Help and Guidance > Counselling Services > General Study Counselling.

Last but not least, you’re welcome to write an email to us at vejledning@sdu.dk if you need someone to talk to about your lack of or challenged motivation.

During the pandemic, there hasn’t been any social ‘noise’ that at times can drown out the academic content. Any doubts you may have about subjects or academic competences may therefore have been very clear. In addition, your study programme has undoubtedly been affected by the circumstances of the last year and a half and may therefore not quite live up to your expectations. Maybe you have even experienced study doubts?

We can’t guarantee that these thoughts and feelings will disappear when you return to campus, but we advise you to give it some time so that you can feel whether the reopening provides the positive shift that you have been waiting for.

If you still experience study doubts, we recommend that you write an email to us at vejledning@sdu.dk, so that we can talk about your doubts together. In addition, you can see our webinars on how to plan your daily study routines, on study groups, on stress and busyness or on motivation. Maybe it will give you new perspectives on your study doubts. Enter your programme page at MitSDU > Help and Guidance > Counselling Services > General Study Counselling.

Furthermore, it’s a good idea to contact the student or academic advisor in your academic environment if you don’t quite know what’s expected of you in a specific subject, or if you’re unsure of the content of the subjects in the upcoming semester. You’ll be able to find exactly your contact person through the webpage for your study programme.

Maybe career guidance could be relevant too? Here you can also have a talk about and some feedback on your doubts, but career advisers also have a perspective regarding the future, career and job. You can read more about career guidance and also book an appointment at MitSDU.

When we all return, we return after the wildest exercise. It has been an exercise in how we react in isolation and for some, it has been an exercise in loneliness. As in all other aspects, humans react differently, and this, of course, also applies to the consequences of the pandemic. We therefore advise you to show consideration for each other.

Ask how your fellow students really feel and acknowledge that we all need some time to return to the world outside our own four walls. If you’re thinking a lot about the reopening, or you’re nervous about how it will be to come back to campus, you’re very welcome to write an email to us at vejledning@sdu.dk, so we can talk about your thoughts.

Yes, you can
See, how to book counselling and enter your programme page at MitSDU > Help and Guidance > Counselling Services > General Study Counselling.

We understand that you might be worried about getting a job. The labour market is different than it was just a couple of months ago.

It is okay to worry
You are probably looking forward to graduating and you are probably curious about your first job. Now, thoughts, such as ”will I be able to get a job at all” or ”now, I will not be able to get the job of my dreams” might pop up. Make room for these thought, but make sure that they will not dominate before you do something about them. A lot of companies still need new employees - and the Corona epidemic will end eventually.

Gain knowledge on the company's situation, and be on top of your competences
Because the labour market has changed, you need to be extra focused on what you can do with your education and how you can create value for the company. It is also important to know the companies' needs and current situation. Get help on SDU's career counselling's websites.

Follow the development of the labour market
We do not know the full extent yet, but SDU's career counselling continues to follow the development of the labour market, and we would be pleased to discuss how this situation will affect you.

Talk to someone
Book a session with a career counsellor to talk about what worries you the most.


It is okay to worry about not being able to get a student job, an internship or the like. The labour market is different than it was just a couple of months ago, but fortunately, there are still a lot of possibilities. Many companies still need student assistants and and you can test your academic skills as a volunteer, write your project report in collaboration with a company or enter into an internship or a project-oriented course. The possibilities of obtaining experience to help you get a job when you graduate, are many.
Book a session with a career counsellor to talk about how to get into the labour market while you are studying.

Yes, of course.

You decide, if you want to meet us in person or on phone/through Zoom. See how you book us on MySDU.

 

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Last Updated 22.09.2021