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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.

Have you been infected with COVID-19?

  • Stay home and isolate yourself. It is very important that you do not show up on campus or otherwise come into close physical contact with others.
  • Contact UCL Corona Emergency Team as soon as possible on telephone 6318 3030. The telephone is open Monday-Thursday from 7.30am to 3.30pm, Friday from 7.30am to 3pm, and Sundays from 10am to 12pm.
  • The Danish Patient Safety Authority will contact you to offer help in tracking down your close contacts, who may also be infected. You will be contacted within 24 hours after the test answer.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you are not allowed to return to campus until you have two negative tests. The second negative test should be performed two days after the first negative test.

What is a close contact?

The following persons are considered close contacts:

  • Persons sharing a home with an infected person
  • Persons who have had direct physical contact with an infected person (e.g. through hugging)
  • People who have had unprotected and direct contact with secretions from an infected person
    (e.g. through being coughed on or through touching a used handkerchief, tissue etc.)
  • People who have had close face-to-face contact (at a distance of less than one metre for more than
    15 minutes) with an infected person (e.g. through having had a conversation with the infected person)

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:

  • Self-isoltate as soon as possible
  • You will be contacted by someone from UCL and possibly The Danish Patient Safety Authority
  • UCL will contact you with further information regarding your study situation

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:
1. Self-isolate
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.

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:

  • Workshop and laboratory exams on full-time programmes, including exams where a physical product must be presented
  • Final oral exams; that is, master's theses and BA exams
  • Certain written exams

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 everyone is facing the same direction.

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:

  • Stay home and isolate yourself. It is very important that you do not show up on campus or otherwise come into close physical contact with others.
  • Contact the UCL Emergency Team as soon as possible on tel. 6318 3030. The telephone is open every weekday from 7am to 5pm and Sundays from 10am to 12pm. UCL's Emergency Telephone is closed from 23 December to 3 January (both days included). Send an email to corona@ucl.dk if you get a positive COVID-19 test, or if you have questions about corona in regards to UCL.

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:

  • Students in internships must continue, if the internship company is not shut down due to restrictions, for instance child care institutions, health service providers etc.
  • If the internship company has sent their employees home due to restrictions, the student must complete the internship from home.
  • (sidste 2 pinde er ikke relevante, da alle kommuner nu er lukket ned).

Read our QandA regarding internships during COVID-19.

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 from Tuesday 6 April the following applies:

All access to any campuses requires the presentation of a negative coronate 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. Common areas are defined as corridors, toilets, canteen and study areas, etc. It is only allowed to remove your face mask when you are sitting in a classroom, and all students are facing the same way.

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.

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.

Effective from 8 January 2021 until and including 20th april 2021, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all travel worldwide.

The tightened travel advice also advises against studies and traineeships abroad as such stays are no longer considered as necessary travel.

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).

The library is open for students and employees at UCL. You can still return books and borrow reserved books at the UCL Library. You can check to see when the individual libraries are open her: https://bib.ucl.dk/en/news/self-service-at-ucl-libraries-from-december-9-2020

Remember your student or employee ID card in order to gain access. New students without a student ID should contact the library. See:https://bib.ucl.dk/en/news/new-student

Be aware of due dates on borrowed materials and late fees are unchanged during the lockdown: https://bib.ucl.dk/en/page/loan-rules

The library can no longer be used as places to sit and study. The libraries provide help via Zoom every day from Monday-Friday 9-11 and 13-15.Link can be found: https://bib.ucl.dk/en/node/900

If you need to get in touch with the library you can write us an email: bibliotek@ucl.dk

If you need access to digital materials and databases you can find these via the library webpage: https://bib.ucl.dk/en/page/e-ressourcer-a-z