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?
If you have been sent home as a close contact due to infection at UCL, do not show up on campus until you have a negative test.
Even if the first test is negative, it is still important to have a second test done two days after the first test, so that infection can be ruled out with certainty.
In the period up to and after the second test, you are allowed on campus, if the first test is negative.
We recommended you pay extra attention to following the Danish Health and Medicines Authority's general recommendations on hand hygiene, cough etiquette, physical distance and to show special consideration for vulnerable people who may be at particular risk of a serious infection with COVID-19.
As a general rule all exams up to and including January 2021 must be conducted digitally without physical attendance, unless it is not practically possible. It is up to each education to decide whether an exam should be held with or without physical attendance.
You will receive direct message from your education in relation to whether your particular exams have been converted to digital format without physical attendance.
Study Service has produced an exam guide to give students at UCL's full time studies an idea of some of the most commonly asked questions and answers regarding exams, which are affected by changes due to the Corona situation.
Link: Exam Guide
It is still a requirement that everyone at UCL must wear a face mask when moving around indoors on our campuses, i.e. in hallways and in our common areas in general.
The face mask requirement does not apply when you as a student participate in teaching and educational activities in classrooms, workshops, clinics and laboratories, etc., unless there has previously been a face mask requirement.
You will have to bring your own face mask. We have no requirements concerning what type you use, but recommend that you follow the health authority guidelines in this respect. Guidelines are constantly being altered, and may possibly be altered again in the future.
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.
As of Wednesday, 9 December 2020, students are no longer permitted our campuses unless you participate in scheduled study activities that require physical presence, or you must pick up or drop off materials at the UCL Library.
UCL Instructions for mobility stays abroad in the spring 2021:
The UCL Library is closed to the public with the exception of pick-ups and drop-offs for researchers and students.
It is no longer possible to use the libraries as places of study. Librarians hold open Zoom queries Monday-Friday at 9am-11am and 1pm-3pm. The link can be found at https://bib.ucl.dk/da/node/899
If you need to get in touch with the librarians, please write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need access to digital materials and databases, this must be done via the library's website https://bib.ucl.dk/da/page/e-ressourcer-a-aa