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Important information on the coronavirus situation

The UiS is open to students, staff and visitors, in compliance with existing infection control precautions. Here is the information that applies to the university.

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For students

Below you can find questions and answers about how the coronavirus situation affects you as a student at UiS. If you have tested positive for Covid-19, please call 417 75 566.

Updated 16 April 2021

  • Due to the infection situation, teaching at UiS will be carried out digitally until further notice. Exceptions can be made for students who need access to laboratories, equipment, instruments and rehearsal/training rooms.

  • Face covering is mandatory on campus when it is not possible to keep the required minimum 2-metre distance to other people. In compliance with local infection control measures, face covering must be worn when it is not possible to keep at least one meter’s distance to people outside your own household. Face masks shall be used in shops, in common areas in shopping malls, restaurants, in houses of worship, public transport and indoor station areas, and on arenas for cultural, sports and leisure activities.
  • All planned events must be digital, and lectures and gatherings may not include more than 50 people. Disputations can be carried out as a hybrid solution.
  • ​​​​​​​Students must check Canvas for updated information.
  • Employees who are in a position to work from home, must continue to do so. There will however be sufficient staffing on campus to provide teaching and support services.
  • As for practical training, the Ministry of Education and Research recommends that this be carried out to the extent possible during this period.
  • All university buildings are open between 07:45 am and 8 pm Monday to Friday.  Outside of these times you will need an access card to enter the buildings. ​​​​​​​
  • SiS bookstore is open between 8 am and 3 pm Monday to Friday. The book store will ship books via the postal service for NOK 49, regardless of the amount of your purchase. Kafé Optimisten in the Kjølv Egeland building and kafé Sentralen in the Arne Rettedal building are open Monday to Friday between 8 am and 3 pm. Find updated information from SiS here.
  • SiS Sport Centre is open as of 3 p.m. Monday April 19.

  • Museum of Archaeology and the Iron Age farm are closed from 16 April to 27 April.
  • As a main rule, exams in the spring of 2021 will be carried out as a home exams. Students must check Canvas for updated information.

For digital lectures, students must connect their personal PCs to the web from home. All teaching and tutoring will be made available on a digital platform, usually Canvas. Your department/lecturer will inform you about this

If you need any assistance, please contact or call the IT service line at 51 83 30 00.

As a main rule, exams in the spring of 2021 will be carried out as a home exams. Students must check Canvas for updated information.

For exam-related questions, please contact 

Check out opening hours for all library locations here.  Leseplass på biblioteket må bestilles på forhånd, opptil en uke fram i tid. Kurs og veiledning foregår hovedsakelig digitalt.

It is very important for UiS to know about infected students. If you have been infected, please call 417 75 566.

This way we can ensure that the infection control office is informed and that UiS receives advice for further infection control work. The information will be processed in accordance with the Personal Data Act article 6-1- (e).

If you are concerned that you have been infected due to newly-arisen respiratory tract symptoms, or if you have arrived in Norway from a so-called red country/region in the last 10 days, you should be tested for coronavirus. Please visit to find out if you need to be tested.

To make an appointment for testing, you can call the local corona hotline at 51 91 40 30 or contact your GP. If you have symptoms of acute respiratory infection or other symptoms of covid-19, you do not need a GP check first. The same applies if you are in close contact with a confirmed infected person, or if you have travelled to a red country in the last 10 days.

You should also check out the official health services website Helsenorge for more useful information.

  • Familiarise yourself with the infection control precautions for classrooms and auditoriums before you come to campus.
  • Keep your distance and avoid crowding: Everyone who comes to UiS campuses must be considerate and keep their distance to others, in addition to complying with our infection control guidelines.
  • Face covering: The use of face covering is recommended when it is not possible to keep a distance of at least one meter.
  • Digital student service desk: You may use the digital student service desk for applications regarding special exam arrangements, questions regarding study plans etc. 
  • Send us an e-mailYou can contact us at the following e-mail addresses:

    - Student help desk (for questions regarding student fees/student card/general questions)

    - Student guidance (for questions regarding academic matters/regulations and special arrangements for students with disabilities)

    - Student web (for questions regarding study plans/semester registration) 

    - IT services (for problems activating your IT user and general IT help):

We must all follow the advice and recommendations of how to prevent infection. Read more about social distance, quarantine and isolation on the website of Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

If you have any questions about infection control measures that this article does not address, you can send an e-mail to and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

If you are prevented from attending the exam or compulsory activity due to the quarantine given by a doctor, the rules and conditions regarding the approval of absence for a valid reason, apply. If you are unable to obtain a medical certificate regarding conditions related to the coronavirus, you must enclose a self-report/explanation

The UiS will take steps to minimize the negative effects for students in the event of a long-term quarantine or sick leave due to coronavirus.

If you are prevented from attending compulsory activity or exam due to the quarantine or illness you need to submit your application regarding absence for a valid reason through the digital student service desk.  

SiS (Studentens beste i Stavanger) has counselling services for students.

You may also use the student helpline, which is a night-open telephone service and a supplement to existing health services on campuses. The line is open from 5pm to 7am every day including weekends and holidays. This is a free, anonymous service for all students in Norway. Call 116 123 and dial 3, and you will get someone to talk to.

If you would like to talk to a psychiatric nurse, you can call Stavanger urgent care center ("Legevakt") 116 117 to make an appointment.

Your GP can also refer you to relevant health services.

For suicide prevention, please call these helplines:

51 51 59 59: the TIPS helpline (at Stavanger University Hospital) open weekdays 8 am to 3 pm

22 40 00 40: Kirkens SOS - open 24 hours a day

We have a dedicated page for upcoming events and contact details for helplines and councelling available for students. Check it out here

You are requested to either walk, cycle or drive a car to campus. If you have to use public transport, please wear a face mask and observe the NIPH’s advice for public transport passengers

Please contact SiS (Studentsamskipnaden in Stavanger) - SiS Housing.

Exchange for spring 2021 is still going as normal. Please be aware that we have limited accommodation, so do not buy a plane ticket to Norway before securing accommodation. It is also important that you familiarise yourself with the quarantine rules in Norway and whether or not it is possible to get a student permit in Norway for students of the country in which you reside.

All new international students who come to Norway must stay in entry quarantine at quarantine hotels. Expenses for quarantine hotels are covered by UiS. See more detailed information from UiS about international students and quarantine.

See also the guidelines for entry quarantine for international arrivals into Norway issued by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

Please contact your faculty for information on arrangements concerning your examination and tutoring.

At Lånekassen's website you will get updated information on payment of loans and grants as well as contact information. 

Stay updated on the policies enacted by Lånekassen.

Do you have any other questions? 

Please use this form to contact the digital student service desk.

Infection control instructions for UiS campuses

The University of Stavanger adheres the the same infection control guidelines as other workplaces. Students, staff and visitors must also familiarise themselves with the UiS infection control instructions before coming to campuses.

Updated 16 April 2021

Students and staff are personally responsible for safeguarding their own health and adhering to the applicable infection control measures at all times. Please comply with the guidelines issued by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

UiS has made accomodations to ensure that everyone can keep at least one meter's distance in most teaching situations, and the following applies for both classrooms and auditoriums:

  • Disinfect hands before entering lecture rooms. Sanitisers can be found at the entrance and inside the room.
  • Do not use seats that are cordoned off or otherwise marked as inaccessible.
  • Disinfect your seat/surface before lecture. Wipes can be found by the entrance.
  • Cooperate to avoid crowding at entry and exit points.

In compliance with local infection control measures, face covering is mandatory on campus when it is not possible to keep the required minimum 2-metre distance to people outside your own household. Face masks shall be used in shops, in common areas in shopping malls, restaurants, in houses of worship, public transport and indoor station areas, and on arenas for cultural, sports and leisure activities. 

Please check these instructions for correct use of face covering.

Infection control routines for lecturers​​​​​​​ 

  • Lecturers are responsible for disinfecting their own seat/surface and equipment. Wipes are available in the room.  ​​​​​​​
  • Lecturers are responsible for reminding those present about infection control routines for lecture rooms. 

Infection control routines for meeting rooms

  • The person in charge of the meeting is responsible disinfecting their own seat/surface and equipment. Wipes are available in the room.  
  • Meeting attendants are responsible for disinfecting their own seat/surface before the meeting. Wipes are available in the room.                   

For supplies refill call 976 96 442. (On the safe side)

Please check coronavirus information at This site is specially adapted to students and staff at universities and university colleges, among other things, by making the local emergency number at their institutions easily available. The information is available in Norwegian and English

Opening hours and transportation

UiS is open for students, staff and visitors. Opening hours are 7:45 am to 8:00 pm for all buildings. Read on for more information about transportation and opening hours.

After closing time, you will need an access card to enter the buildings.


We recommend making you way to campus by walking or cycling, or by car. If you have to use public transport, please avoid rush hour and make sure to observe the NIPH’s advice for public transport passengers.

SiS cafés

You are welcome to eat and drink at our campus cafés during these opening hours.

SiS bookstore

Opening hours are weekdays between 9 am and 3 pm.


Here you can find opening hours for all libraries. Reading areas at the library must be booked in advance, and bookings can be made a week in advance. Courses and guidance will mainly take place digitally.

Archaeological museum

The following opening hours for the museum apply.

For employees

Information for staff on the coronavirus situation.

Useful articles and information for staff can be found on the UiS intranet. Access the site with your Feide login.