Welcome back in August

All five campuses are now closed for the summer, and will re-open for students from August 6th.

Guidelines for infection prevention and control at HVL

Need someone to talk to?

All study and career counselling is being held digitally. Do not hesitate to get in touch.

Even though our campuses are closed, you can reach our student services by phone or e-mail. You may also contact your faculty by e-mail: 

If you have any questions regarding your rights as a student at HVL, please contact the Student Ombudsman.

The Student welfare organisation, Sammen, has a chatline where you can talk about anything and everything. From 9 am till 6 pm you can call Sammen at: +47 908 49 989.

Sammen also offers consultations with psychologists and student counselors and other health services.

Teaching activities

All of our five campuses will remain closed for teaching and student activities during the entire spring semester of 2020. Teaching and exams will be conducted digitally.

Starting from April 27, some students in the final stages of their studies who are completely dependent on using laboratories in order to complete their bachelor's and master's theses this semester may be granted access to campus. There will also be made arrangements for students in Nautical Science and the Diver Course. Students this applies to will be informed in Canvas. Please keep yourself updated in Canvas

Guidelines for necessary work in laboratories and workshops

We ask all students to follow the Norwegian Institute of Public Health's advice.

Examinations

There will be no examinations on campus the rest of the spring semester 2020. We are working on digital solutions that will make sure that examinations will be continued online as far as possible. Updates on exams will be given in Studentweb. Should there be changes to the exams on short notice, you will also recieve a personal message about it.

Clinical placements

Students that are here for clinical placements in the Norwegian health system will not be able to complete these. Students in this situation should consider opportunities to return to their home country.

Exchange

Because of the ongoing pandemic, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) has now decided to cancel all incoming student mobility for the autumn semester of 2020.

The pandemic has been challenging for everyone, and with restrictions to international air travel, challenges with obtaining residence permits / visas, and other related issues this is, unfortunately, the only way to ensure that the students of our partners, and HVL’s own students, can safely make plans for their next semester at their own home university instead of going abroad.

HVL is committed to international cooperation and have partnerships all over the world. The decision to stop all student mobility for a semester has not been an easy one. We know that many universities around the world are struggling with the same questions. It is our hope that the situation will improve over the next semester and that we can get back to ordinary mobility activities in the spring semester of 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact International@hvl.no

For students who are already here on semester studies, we will do our best to provide you the credits and learning outcomes according to your learning agreement.

If you decide to end your exchange and return to your home country, please remember to inform us about this by sending an email to international@hvl.no or contact your academic contact person. We also advice you to contact your home institution and ask them for advice and assistance.

As long as the National Institute of Public Health maintains its travel council which avoids travel that is not strictly necessary, no students from HVL will be able to travel to the designated area. See FHI's website for an updated overview of areas with presumed ongoing transmission of coronavirus

Travelling to and from Norway

The Norwegian government has decided that the Norwegian ports and airports are partially closed from March 16. This decision has the largest consequences for foreigners trying to enter Norway in the next month and will not have direct consequences for students that are already here. There will hopefully be flights leaving Norway in this period, and if you decide that you want to leave, there will hopefully be opportunities to do so.

Advice against the spread of virus

We ask students and staff to follow the Norwegian Institute of Public Health's advice against the spread of coronavirus, and updated travel advice. All students and staff are responsible for following the advice of the authorities. HVL follows the situation closely and adheres to the Public Health Institute and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their advice and regulations. The Institute of Public Health has prepared a counselor on coronavirus - facts, advice and measures.  

We remind you that good hand hygiene is important in order to prevent transmission of infection. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water. Hand disinfection is a good alternative if hand washing is not possible.

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