Read more about novel corona virus if you are a student at UCL. Scroll down if you want to access the FAQ.
You may also read International students and COVID-19: A practical guide.
What is a close contact?
The following persons are considered close contacts:
You are considered a close contact if you have had close contact with an infected person from 48 hours before the person started displaying symptoms until 48 hours after the symptoms have ceased.
If the person who has tested positive has no symptoms, you are considered a close contact if you have had close contact with the infected person from 48 hours before they were tested positive until seven days after the test.
If more than 14 days have passed since you had close contact with an infected person, and provided you have no symptoms, you are considered infection-free and therefore do not have to take any special precautions.
I am a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?
If you are a close contact of someone at UCL who has testet positive for COVID-19, here is what you should do:
If you are a close contact of someone outside of UCL who has testet positive for COVID-19, please self-isolate as soon as possible.
If you are informed that you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should have a test done as soon as possible, even if you have no symptoms. As a close contact, there is no way of knowing if you are infected until you have been tested. Therefore, you must act as if you were infected until you have had the result of your test.
Until you receive the test result, you should:
2. Practise good hygiene
3. Make sure to clean thoroughly
4. Be alert to possible symptoms of COVID-19
How do I get testet?
When you are told that you are a close contact of a person who is infected with COVID-19, you must contact Coronaopsporing (Corona Tracking), a division of the Danish Patient Safety Authority, which can refer you for testing. Once you have been referred for testing, go to coronaprover.dk and
book times for two tests:
First test: Book a time for your first test as soon as possible after your referral, but please note that the first test should be done a minimum of four days after your initial close contact with the infected person. If you have had close contact with an infected person for some time, e.g. because you live together, you should book a time for the first test as soon as possible.
Second test: The second test should be done two days after the first test. If more than six days have elapsed since you last had close contact with the infected person, you do not need two tests. In that case, you only have to book a time for one test.
If you are unsure about how and when to book a time for testing, please contact Coronaopsporing (Corona Tracking) on tel. 32 32 05 11 for guidance.
When can I return to campus?
Please follow The Danish Health Authorities' guidelines. As a general rule you can return to campus when your second test is negative.
You will be notified directly from your study programme about which form of examination applies in your case.
All exams up to and including this summer will be held online. Exceptions to this are the following:
UCL's fitness and training facilities are closed indefinitely due to the situation with COVID-19.
I have tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?
If you as a student at UCL are tested positive for COVID-19:
The emergency team will ask about your movements and your close contacts at UCL in the time leading up to the positive test. The questions must ensure that we can take the correct measures for the other students and staff to avoid the spread of infection.
You may also be contacted by Coronaopsporing from the Danish Agency for Patient Safety, who will help to map and possibly contact all your close contacts. UCL will only ask you for close contacts in the UCL context.
You must contact your Head of Studies about the coming time. Here you will, among other things, be able to get information about the possibility of online teaching.
When can I return to campus?
If you have had symptoms, you can cancel the self-isolation 48 hours after you are free of symptoms. However, loss of taste and smell can last for a long time without being considered contagious. Therefore, you may well cancel the self-isolation if these are your only remaining symptoms.
If you have not had any symptoms, self-isolate until 7 days after taking the test.
You do not have to be tested again to be declared healthy. It is the absence of symptoms for 48 hours that determines whether you can consider yourself infection-free.
As of 9 December 2020 the following applies:
If you think you are in higher risk of severe illness with COVID-19, contact your own doctor to assess whether you are in the higher risk group.
If your doctor confirms that this is the case, you must agree with your education how you can be active in your studies. The same applies if someone in your household is in the higher risk group.
Read more about people at higher risk on Danish Health Authorities' website.
In connection with physical attendance on campus the following applies:
All access to any campuses requires the presentation of a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours.
On all campuses UCL performs random checks on negative tests.
We encourage all students to use the municipal or regional test centers. During April, however, UCL will make supervised self-tests available on campuses, which can be used if you show up and cannot present a negative test.
There will be different guidelines for each campus in relation to physical attendance on campus without scheduled lessons. Our campuses differ in size and layout, and therefore it is necessary to make custom rules for our various buildings. More information will be available at later time.
The gradual reopening of travel restrictions in and out of Denmark is effective from 21 April 2021.
Please be aware that most of the world still is categorized as orange, meaning that all non-necessary travels, including stays abroad as a student, are advised against. This is due to the fact that most countries have severe travel restrictions for incoming citizens from Denmark.
Certain countries will be categorized as red due to the severe risk of Covid-19 infection, including the worrying risk for Covid-19 variation types.
If you should choose to go abroad to a country advised against, it is very important to make sure that you are covered by an insurance. You are strongly recommended to contact your insurance company for advice.
Find more information on coronasmitte.dk (english).
UCL will make supervised self-tests available on campus if you cannot present a negative COVID-19 test.
Supervised self-tests established at UCL is a supplement to the existing test capacity that already exists in the cities where UCL has campuses.
The opening hours of the self-test centers vary from campus to campus, and can be found below. Be aware that the opening hours may be regulated in the future.
Niels Bohrs Allé: All weekdays 7.00am-1pm
Seebladsgade: All weekdays 7.30am-9.30am and 11am-1pm
Boulevard: Shares test facilities with Vestre Engvej
Vestre Engvej: All weekdays 7.30-10.00
Stationsvej: All weekdays 7.30am-9.30am and 11am-1pm
Klostervænget: All weekdays 7.30am-9.30am and 11am-1pm
Test facilities are available for students and staff only. In order to be tested, you must have the following ready:
The library is open for students and employees at UCL. You can check to see when the individual libraries are open here.
Be aware of due dates on borrowed materials and late fees.
The library can be used as places to sit and study. If you need to get in touch with the library, find your campus and write them an email.
If you need access to digital materials and databases you can find these via the library webpage.