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Coronavirus: Information for students

Important Information

Latest news: 26 October

Dear students,

As you have probably already heard, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen held another press conference last Friday. Unfortunately, coronavirus infections have been rising lately, not only in Denmark but also in our neighbouring countries.

At Dania Academy this means that the present guidelines for social distancing of 1 metre and our focus on hygiene and on using hand sanitizer will remain in place. So far, this will apply until the new year.

As a new measure, and starting on Thursday, 29 October, we must all wear face masks when we move around the campus, i.e. in the cafeteria, the corridors, and all common areas in general.

As students, however, you are not required to wear a face mask when you participate in classes or other learning activities in classrooms, workshops, clinics and laboratories. If you wish to wear a mask, you are naturally welcome to do so.

At the same time, the government has banned gatherings of more than 10 persons from 26 October until 22 November, and they recommend that, in our private lives, each of us should only socialise with a circle of the same 10 people.

 

By following these measures, we hope that we can reduce the spread of the virus and that we can keep our campuses open with as many face-to-face, physical-attendance classes as possible. Please, remember to notify your local study secretary if you test positive for COVID-19. This is extremely important to us all.

 

Take care of yourselves and each other.

 

Latest news: 9 October

Dear students,

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to discourage all unnecessary travel.

If you travel abroad anyway, you are strongly encouraged by the health authorities to stay home for 14 days after returning home or have a proven negative test before returning to campus .  

The request to stay home for 14 days applies to the cities and countries that are subject to travel restrictions at the time of your trip.

See the Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel guide at https://um.dk/en/travel-and-residence/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

When you return to campus the current guidelines which are 1 meter apart – with a few exceptions – are still in force until 31th of October. Further information is available at your local place of study.

 

Take care of yourselves and others, and have a good autumn vacation.

 

Latest news: 21 September

Dear Students,

As you all know, our Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen held a press conference Friday last week about the development of the Corona pandemic.

The good news was quite clearly that we can continue conducting normal classes at our campuses. However, you will of course see that we will do our best to limit the number of people you encounter during your studies. This may also result in a certain degree of online classes in some campuses.

As we learned from the press conference, we should mingle with as few people as possible, both at work and in our private lives, to prevent further spread of the disease.

We will get back to you if there are any changes in the guidelines.

Take care of each other and yourself!

 

Latest news: 11 August

New guidelines – valid from 1 August 2020 – are for students coming to their Dania campus during the reopening, and the purpose is to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

Prerequisites for reopening are that everybody adheres to the rules of social distancing, that we only gather in small groups, and that we follow the instructions for handwashing and hygiene.

Therefore, you will see various instructions at the campus telling you where to go, and where not to go, and where extra distancing is required. There will be info material and posters around the campus from the Danish Health Authority about the prevention of infection.

If you are in doubt of something or have good suggestions, please contact your local programme secretary.

Please read more below

  • Maintaining good hygiene

    The health authorities have published various guidelines about hygiene. The Coronavirus may, for example, spread via handshakes or droplets from coughing or sneezing, and it is important that you protect yourself and others from infection. One way of doing this is to wash your hands frequently, for instance when you arrive at the campus, after breaks, before and after lunch, and before leaving the campus. Furthermore, we urge you to use the hand sanitizers that are available around the campus.

    Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, not into your hand. It is also a very good idea to clean your phone, tablet and computer with a cleaning wipe every day, and to avoid lending your devices to fellow students.

  • Social Distancing

    At Dania, we follow the Danish Health Authority’s guidelines for preventing infectious disease. We keep a social distance of one meter and make sure that we only gather in small groups with lecturers, fellow students and all other people at the campus. This also means that you must avoid handshakes, hugs and cheek kissing.

    However, when you attend classes with your core group of 25–30 students, there is no social distancing requirement. Even so, it is important that you keep your distance to other groups of students on the campus in order to avoid a superspreading event, in case one of you has caught COVID-19.

    In exceptional cases, and with special permission, we may teach classes of up to 50 students, as long as we take special precautions, such as all students looking in the same direction and mingling as little as possible.

    If you participate in lectures with groups other than your core group, or in elective classes mixing students from different core groups or study programs, you may not mingle with students from other core groups/programs. You must sit together with students from you own core group and keep a distance of one meter to other students.

    We may have to mix different core groups in connection with lab or workshop classes without being able to comply with social distancing requirements. In such cases you must use protective equipment, such as face masks or face shields, and keep a high standard of hand hygiene. If this becomes necessary, Dania will provide the necessary protective equipment.

    In the classrooms and common areas on campus, we have placed tables, chairs and couches in small groups or placed distance markers. Please note that you may not move the furniture, and that you must respect the distance markers. In the cafeteria, outside the lavatories and the reception/study administration, you will find distance markers enabling you to keep the necessary distance to others.

  • Cafeteria and lunching in groups

    At lunch, you must eat only with your core group.

    At campuses with a cafeteria, the tables have been placed with the necessary distance to enable core groups to eat together.

    When the cafeteria re-opens for business, there will be distance markers at the counter. When we are ready to re-open the cafeteria, you will receive further information of opening hours, menu etc.

  • In case of infection with Covid-19

    Stay at home if you experience even mild symptoms of the disease. If you have had COVID-19, you are officially recovered when you have been symptom-free for 48 hours, and you may return to the academy and come to classes.

    If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, you must inform your program secretary, who will inform the lecturers and fellow students you have been in contact with by e-mail. Please also be aware of the Danish Health Authority’s information material for close personal contacts
    (https://www.sst.dk/da/corona-eng/FAQ#uk-corona-faq-kontaktopsporing).

    The national testing strategy of the Danish Health Authority aims to identify the people you have been in close contact with. However, by following the authorities’ general advice on social distancing, coughing and hygiene, you will have been in close contact with very few people.

    The Danish Patient Safety Authority has set up a contact-tracing unit (“the Corona Tracing Unit”), which offers support in tracing close contacts. If you test positive, the unit will contact you and inform you about necessary precautions and self-isolation.

    If a student has been infected, lecturers and fellow students must be especially aware of any symptoms of COVID-19 and be extra careful to follow general guidelines on hygiene. They may, however, continue to come to the campus.

  • Let's all help each other

    We will only succeed in following all of the guidelines above if we help and respect each other. Some people worry more than others, some follow guidelines to the letter, while others may be less concerned. This goes for Dania Academy and for society in general.

    Despite your personal opinion of the precautions against COVID-19, we urge you all to help each other, and to respect the guidelines – for everyone’s sake.

    We also encourage you to discuss frequently with your lecturers how classes are conducted, to make sure that you make the most from all the new approaches to teaching. COVID-19 has put us all in a new situation, and cooperation across the board is necessary if we want to succeed.

    Our student counsellors are always ready to help you, whether you need specific advice or just want to talk about your studies and well-being.

You can find more information as well as answers to several other questions on the Ministry's website. 

Entering Denmark

You can enter Denmark if you are enrolled at an educational institution that is open on the condition that you must attend classes or have an exam requiring physical presence.

You can also enter Denmark if you are going to take an admission test or the like that cannot be taken online and is a prerequisite for being admitted to a Danish educational programme. 

Moreover, you can enter Denmark if you have been admitted to an educational institution in Denmark. You must enter Denmark as late as possible before the start of your study programme. If you have already found a place to stay, you can enter Denmark as from the date when your lease commences or when you can move into your accommodation. If you have been issued with a student residence permit, you can present your residence permit as proof that you are entitled to live and stay in Denmark.

Relevant documents

A letter of confirmation from the educational institution at which you have enrolled or at which you are taking an admission test. It must also appear that the educational institution is open and that you have business requiring physical presence such as classes or an exam.

  • If you enter Denmark more than two weeks before the start of your study programme to settle in Denmark, you should bring the lease, deed of conveyance or the like.
  • If you have been issued with a student residence permit, you can present your residence permit as proof that you are entitled to live and stay in Denmark.

 

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