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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.

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:

  • 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.

 

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:

  • First of all, you are recommended to follow the guidelines from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, and also instructions from local authorities and your host institution abroad: https://um.dk/en/travel-and-residence/coronavirus-covid-19/
  • UCL complies with the travel guidelines by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Therefore, we discourage you to travel to countries, advised against by the Ministry. The travel guidelines can be found here (in Danish only): https://um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/rejse-til-udlandet/rejsevejledninger/
  • You are responsible for checking up on the travel guidelines change  
  • You are responsible for making sure that your insurance will cover you during a stay abroad. Pay attention to stays abroad to countries which are advised against, as your insurance might NOT cover. This might also apply to your health insurance!
  • Therefore it is very important that you contact your insurance provider making sure that you have the relevant insurances:
    • Studies abroad: Travel insurance, health insurance and accident insurance
    • Traineeships abroad: Travel insurance, health insurance, accident insurance and liability insurance
      * Pay attention to an Erasmus stay abroad, where you are required to have the above mentioned insurances. Otherwise, you are not entitled to the Erasmus grant.
  • If your stay abroad is cancelled and you already paid for your travel, please contact your travel insurance provider. UCL does NOT offer to cover any related expenses irrespective of the actual costs.  

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 bibliotek@ucl.dk

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