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Guidelines and FAQ for students at SDU



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This page was launched especially in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, you can find information from SDU that is in special relation to the situation. The page is good to know for all students at SDU regardless the year for their study start.

You can finde specific information about your study start on the study start pages here on MySDU.

Guidelines at SDU due to COVID-19 (UPDATED)

All students can attend SDU’s locations in person.

In order to create predictability and avoid unnecessary disruption for students in relation to teaching and exams, the faculties’ previously announced plans for in-person and digital activities will, as a rule, remain unchanged.

All persons entering SDU's premises must be able to present a negative COVID-19 test result or a valid Corona passport. This requirement expires on 1 August 2021. Also, other guidelines and instructions must be followed.

See SDU's guidelines for testing and random checking of test results in this FAQ.

Overall guidelines at SDU


Guidelines related to  conduct and presence at SDU as well as specific acitivities


Updating of SDU's guidelines follows the latest announcement of the Ministry of Education and Research's guidelines, which can be accessed via the Ministry's homepage here (in Danish only).

Please click here to find out.
You can be reported for breaches of rules on disciplinary measures against students at SDU - read them here.

Also good to know ...

Yes, you are. There is no limit to how many guests you can bring along. However, the celebration should preferably take place within a limited area and preferably outdoors based on a precautionary principle to limit the spread of infection.

Please also note that guidelines regarding access and other matters in connection with COVID-19 must be observed. Information and guidelines targeted at guests are available at, and information and guidelines targeted at you as a student are available in this FAQ.

Best of luck with your defence!

Yes, there is general access to SDU's buildings within normal opening hours.
Access outside normal opening hours requires that you use your ID card (student identity card) and enter your PIN code.

Forgot the PIN code for your ID card?

Write your desired PIN code in the subject field of the email as follows:
nypin card number desired PIN code
Example: nypin 281213 6541
Remember to include spaces.
Note: You must send the email from your SDU student account. 

SDU has a team of supervisors who perform random checking of test results at all of SDU’s locations. Students and staff must be able to present documentation upon request. If you have any questions or would like to request a visit of inspection in the near future, please contact

Please also see SDU’s guidelines for testing and checking of test results in the section ‘Guidelines at SDU due to COVID-19’ at the top of this FAQ.

The travel advice issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs changes continuously, depending on, among other things, the infection development and entry restrictions.

It is strongly recommended that the University’s students follow the current travel advice and stay informed about other issues via

Risks in case you still decide to travel

Travel to a country to which discouraged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs discourages unnecessary travel, increases the risk of not being able to come home to Denmark or of falling ill with COVID-19. If this happens for you during your travel, and if you fall ill, get quarantined or are in isolation for the sake of completing your studies, please note that this does not necessarily constitute an unusual circumstance. The circumstance will be included in the overall assessment of whether there are unusual circumstances that may justify exemption.

If you decide to embark on a shorter stay abroad, you do so at your own risk and SDU will deny students access to physical activities on SDU's campuses in connection with their studies during the period of self-isolation. The Rectorate will make a decision in each specific case, based on the recommendation of the faculty or Central Administration.

If you decide to embark on a prolonged stay abroad, you do so at your own risk - see more below under the section 'International' here on this same page. 

In addition, please refer to our guidelines for students with symptoms of or infected with  COVID-19 as well as close contacts  on this same page.

If you are at increased risk, you will have to contact your general practitioner for a specific individual assessment, whether you can attend physical activities at SDU, or whether special precautions are needed. If so, 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.

Also, please read SDU's guidelines for students at increased risk here on this same page.

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. These types of activity are exempt from the Danish Health Authority’s general recommendation on social distancing. In terms of numbers, however, they must not exceed the large assembly ban (at the moment 500 persons, both indoors and outdoors) while in force.

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

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.

SDU's employees are returning gradually. Therefore, you might contact them through digital channels, in the first place.
The canteen facilities in Odense and Kolding are still closed but will gradually reopen from week 30 (26 July). Though, in Odense and Kolding it is possible to order catering in connection to receptions for instance. In that case, contact

At SDU's other locations, cafeterias are open to a limited extent and with a limited selection:
The cafeteria at Aalborg University is open - read more.
The cafeteria at Absalon is open - read more.
Café Alsion is open - read more.

International (UPDATED)

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.


SDU International at; 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
  • 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 
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 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. 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 SDU International via 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

Lectures, courses, exams

Good hygiene, a safe distance and spacious premises

SDU follows the authorities’ recommendations and guidelines regarding COVID-19, and this also applies in connection with the administration of exams. Therefore, there is extra focus on good hygiene, social distancing, spacious premises, etc. in connection with all in-person exams. A number of written exams are converted to online exams, which means that there will be more space and the opportunity for greater social distancing at exams that are conducted physically. Stay up to date via Blackboard/itslearning and your SDU email, where you will receive information on how your exams will be conducted.

You’ll be informed

If, after your exam, it turns out that one of your fellow students who has been in the same examination room as you has become ill with COVID-19, you will be informed of this.

Examinations will be conducted as planned in the normal examination syllabus. If the lockdown of SDU has affected your course of study, SDU will try to help you in the best possible way.

Examination type
The examination type appears from the course description. Basically, you can assume that the examination type is the same for the re-examination as for the ordinary examination. However, there may be exceptions if, for example, the examination types set out in advance differ between the ordinary exam and re-examination, cf. the programme regulations.

Please stay updated on, via Blackboard/itslearning and your SDU e-mail or contact us via the usual channels if in doubt.

It depends on your specific situation.

The written part of the exam

If you and your group hand in a written product in connection with your exam, there is a good chance that your submission will not be affected by the corona situation. However, should you fall ill with COVID-19 and your course of illness makes you unable to participate in the submission of your group's product, you must follow SDU's rules for illness during examination.

The oral part of the exam

If you and your group are going to sit for an oral examination, and you are unable to participate due to the corona situation, this will not necessarily affect the oral exam for the others in your group. According to the examination order, the oral examination must be organised in a way that allows for an individual assessment of the student's performance. Should you fall ill with COVID-19, you must follow SDU's rules for illness during examination.

... if I’m at increased risk of a severe course of illness from COVID-19,
... if I'm in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19,
... if I have symptoms of COVID-19 or
... if I’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19?

If you are at increased risk of a severe course of illness from COVID-19,
you must ask your GP to assess whether your illness allows you to attend physical activities at your education programme at SDU, or whether special precautions are needed.
If your GP determines that you are unable to attend or that special precautions are required, please contact SDU via the Corona button in SPOC.

If you are in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the following applies:
1) You must ensure that you are considered a 'close contact', cf. the Danish Health Authority's guidelines. If in doubt, please contact the corona infection tracing unit of the Danish Patient Safety Agency by calling the authorities' common phone no.: (+45) 70 20 02 33 and dialling 2.
2) If you are a 'close contact' and prevented from participating in the physical exams at SDU – because you are in self-isolation and awaiting a test/test result – you can apply to have your exam attempt cancelled. Please note that you must provide documentation for your situation. It must state that the hindrance on your part coincides with the date of the examination in question.
3) Submit documentation for your hindrance to Educational Law & Registration at SDU via SPOC. Documentation must be submitted as soon as possible. For more info on SDU's rules in connection with examinations, please consult MitSDU here.
Please also read SDU’s guidelines for students with symptoms of or infected with COVID-19 as well as close contacts. Please find them in this FAQ.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must self-isolate and do the following:
1) You must make sure that your symptoms are symptoms of COVID-19, cf. the Danish Health Authority's guidelines.
2) If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and are prevented from participating in the physical exams at SDU, you can apply to have your exam attempt cancelled. Please note that you must provide documentation for your situation. It must state that the hindrance on your part coincides with the date of the examination in question.
3) Submit documentation for your hindrance to Educational Law & Registration at SDU via SPOC. For more info on SDU's rules in connection with examinations, please consult MitSDU here.
Please also read SDU’s guidelines for students with symptoms of or infected with COVID-19 as well as close contacts. Please find them in this FAQ.
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you must self-isolate and do the following:
1) Read and follow SDU’s guidelines for students with symptoms of or infected with COVID-19 as well as close contacts. Please find them in this FAQ.
2) Immediately notify SDU in writing that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Use the Corona button in SPOC.
3) Follow SDU's rules for illness and examinations, available here.

SDU always follows the authorities' recommendations and plans exams in a manner that allows you to feel safe and keep a safe distance. Therefore, SDU does not offer any additional special precautions if none of the above situations apply to you.

Any postponement of the submission deadline in connection with an internship, a project-oriented course/project/Bachelor project/Master’s thesis or similar will depend on a specific assessment.

We recommend that you hold off on applying until you know the total delay caused by the lockdown of SDU.

Please contact your board of studies if necessary.

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.


Plan your day. The webinar on “How to plan your daily study routines” may help you.

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 if you need someone to talk to about your nervousness regarding the reopening.

If there’s one thing to be learnt from the pandemic, it’s that it’s difficult to predict the future. This also applies in relation to the reopening. But in any case, at first it will not be a return to the everyday life we knew before. We still have to deal with corona passports, social distancing, consideration and healthy hygiene.

The academic environments work on new ways of organising the teaching and the academic communities. The pandemic has truly opened up to new ways of teaching and learning.

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 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 at the notice board 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.

Last but not least, you’re welcome to write an email to us at 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, 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.

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 at

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 here.

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, so we can talk about your thoughts.


You’re not alone
First off, rest assured you’re not alone. Many students are currently struggling to make their lives work because they’re both studying and doing leisure activities from home. You need to accept that this is difficult and that it’s OK that you find it difficult. Work on lowering the bar for what you expect to be able to get done. The current circumstances can hugely impact both your ability to concentrate and your study settings.
Plan your day
It’s important to plan specific goals and activities during your day. Be realistic, prioritise your tasks of the day and stay informed on Itslearning regarding deadlines and academic content. 
View this webinar, which can enlighten you on this very topic. You find this and other webinars on MySDU. Or watch this video, where a general study counsellor advises you on things you can do in relation to working from home during the corona lockdown.
Online exam
Due to the coronation lockdown, some exams will be held online instead of in person. This makes a number of demands on you as a student. Always keep yourself informed about the exam on your programme page, where you can keep tabs on the latest regulations about your particular exam. 
Tips for exam success
You can watch a video with sound advice for online oral examination here on MySDU.
The General Study Counselling has also held a number of webinars on taking exams, which you can view here.
Contact your fellow students
Schedule a meeting each morning with your study group or friends to go through your talks for the day. You can meet via zoom, skype or in another digital meeting room. Take an active part in your classes and group meetings. Ask questions and share your thoughts on the academic content.
Yes, you can
The meeting will be online or by phone. See, how to book us on MySDU.

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 on phone or through Zoom. See how you book us on MySDU.


The library is open, again, just like before the outbreak of new coronavirus. Please find the library's opening hours here.
Outside the opening hours you have access to the library 24/7 using your student card to get in.

Borrow a book: You can make a reservation in the library catalogue: When the book is ready to be picked up, you will get an email containing a number that you will need to find the book. Remember to use the self-lending machine.

Returning a book: Return your book to a library staff or through the self-lending machine.

You can contact us by phone (+45 6550 2622) or send us an e-mail to We will do our best to help you.
Also, you can use our ”Book a Librarian form”. You will, then, be contacted by a librarian, who will help you by phone or e-mail.
Yes, access to the library’s many databases, e-books and electronic articles is the same, as you are used to.  Use your SDU login to get access.
If you need help with your login, please contact our License department. We will do our best to help you.
If you have problems with your remote access, you can find help here.
You can reach the library staff by phone and e-mail. Please find information on contact and other information here.

SU - State education grant and SPS

Please read more at the homepage of the Danish Agency for Institutions and Educational Grants.
Stay informed on regarding discounts at the public transport company as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19. Other information can be found here at MySDU.
At the moment, SPS support is offered through online meetings. Contact your advisour, reading advisour or, if you are new student at SDU, the SPS administration at, if you would like to make an appointment. Also, you can again get technical support if your IT equipment fails.
You can get your assistive devices from SPS. Contact the SPS administration at, which has the devices stored.

Please contact us through

SDU's page on Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

New at SDU

Find information on your study start here on MySDU

Study start

Student at SDU and infected with COVID-19?

Inform SDU through SPOC.


Counselling services at SDU

We are many who can help you, if you have questions, concerns and more


The Danish Authority's Smitte|stop app

As student at SDU it is up to you, whether you want to use the app.

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Last Updated 05.07.2021