Information about the coronavirus

All five campuses are now open, however in Bergen teaching is mainly held digitally from 9 to 29 September.

Updated 21 September

Both students and employees have to familiarise themselves with the guidelines for infection prevention and control at HVL.

Are you prevented from attending activities?

If you or someone you share your household with are in the risk groups for a severe disease course and this gives you difficulities attending compulsory learning activities, please contact the faculty:

You must not be on campus or in placement if you have a confirmed case of COVID-19, are waiting for test results or have symptoms of illness. If you were to attend compulsory learning activities during the time you have to stay at home, we ask you to inform the course coordinator in order to make alternative arrangements. 

What to do if you get sick on campus

  • Students or staff who develop respiratory symptoms or other symptoms of Covid-19 while on campus must immediately distance themselves from others and go home.
  • Inform your leader (if you are employed) or subject teacher / course coordinator (if you are a student) that you have symptoms and need to go home.
  • When transporting home, you should avoid public transport if you can. If you have to take public transport, you must use a face mask. If you do not have one yourself, you can ask for a face mask on campus.
  • Test yourself for Covid-19 as soon as possible according to the advice of the authorities.
  • Inform your leader (if you are employed) or subject teacher / course coordinator (if you are a student) about the result of the test (negative or positive) as soon as you receive an answer.
  • Do not return to campus until you are healthy or have completed isolation or quarantine imposed by the infection control authorities.

We emphasize that it is the infection control office in the municipality that is responsible for the detection of infection, and that it is they who make contact with persons who are defined as close contacts, and who are thus imposed quarantine.

Access to buildings

You have access to campus buildings with your student ID card:

  • Monday–friday at 07.30–20.00
  • Saturday at 10.00–18.00
  • Campus is closed sundays

Teaching activities

Due to the infection situation in Bergen, in Bergen teaching is mainly held digitally from 9 to 29 September. Please keep yourself updated in Canvas and TimeEdit. On other campuses, the teaching goes as planned.

In ordinary teaching rooms cleaning must be carried out before everyone sits down and the teaching starts. You find more information in the checklist for infection control in ordinary teaching rooms.


Due to the corona pandemic, written school exams will, as a general rule, not be arranged physically on campus in the autumn of 2020.

School exams will be changed to home exams, assignments or oral exams. However, there may be exceptions to the main rule on certain exams, so stay tuned to Studentweb for information on what applies to your exam.

Please keep yourself informed on our website on examinations.

Need someone to talk to?

For the time being, all study and career counselling is being held digitally. Do not hesitate to get in touch.

You may also reach our student services by phone or 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, offers consultations with psychologists and student counselors and other health services.

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.

Where to find more information