Questions and Answers on the Coronavirus disease for NMBU students

There will both digital and on-campus classes in the autumn semester.
NMBU is closely monitoring the situation and follows national guidelines at all times.

If you have further questions and cannot find the answer below, please contact us at

Questions and Answers on the Coronavirus disease for NMBU students

Illness and Testing

What happens if I get sick, how do I report it?

If you have respiratory tract symptoms you should stay at home until the symptoms have passed.If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you should be tested and stay at home until you have a negative test result AND you are free of symptoms. If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, please inform us on this form.

As long as you have not tested positiv for COVID-19, you do not need to report it. If you have mandatory attendance in a course, please inform the course responsible.
If you suspect that you have COVID-19 disease please read the information from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH).

The criteria for testing is that you have had one or more of the following symptoms for more than 48 hours:

Ås municipality has set up tents to test for corona at Åsgård School, Skoleveien 7. As of September 1st you need to book an appointment.

How to book an appointment

  • Please contact Ås municipality's corona phone on 959 39 677 to arrange the time for testing
  • The phone for booking is open from 11:30 - 15:00 Monday to Friday. Test and analysis is free of charge.

Students who are living in a SiO flat can make an appointment to get tested at the Foundation for Student Life in Oslo (SiO). SiO Health’s test station is located at Fredrikkeplassen at Blindern. Testing happens outdoors in a designated barrack. SiO Health’s test station supplements Oslo municipality’s testing services. You can also schedule corona testing through the municipality’s corona phone hotline if no opening is available. SiO has set up a phone hotline for scheduling testing which is open Monday to Friday from 8:15 to 11:00 and from 12:30 to 14:30. You will receive information as to meeting place and time when you schedule your testing.

Use of face masks

The government advises everyone using public transport within Oslo, to and from Oslo, and in Indre Østfold to use face masks.

Starting this week, the Norwegian Directorate of Health advises the use of face masks on public transport in areas with increasing levels of infection. These areas are:

  • Oslo
  • To and from Oslo
  • Indre Østfold (Indre Østfold, Rakkestad, Marker and Skiptvedt)

This advice applies in those circumstances where it is not possible to maintain a one-meter distance – for example in rush-hour traffic.

Classes, Exams, Thesis Submission

What will happen in the autumn semester 2020?

There will be a combination of digital and on-campus classes in the autumn semester. It is still unclear how much on-campus activity there will be, but all students will have some classes on-campus. NMBU is closely monitoring the situation and is planning course activity according to the guidelines set by the government.

What will happen with Exams?

Information about examinations for your course will be available in the following channels:

  • Course's Canvas Room
  • Your NMBU email account for formal information
  • StudentWeb

Additional information about exams:

Permitted Aids

Please make sure to familiarize yourself with the permitted aids for your exam and only use these aids. Make sure that you do not use any aids that are not permitted to avoid being suspected of cheating or plagiarism. 

Grading System - Retaking Exams

Grade when retaking a course/an exam with a new grading scale:

[A-F → pass/fail] Students who obtained a passing letter grade previously and retake a pass/fail course spring 2020:

  • If you fail the new exam: Letter grade counts
  • If you pass the new exam: “Pass” counts

[pass/fail → A-F] Students who obtain a “pass” (from spring 2020) and retake a course with A-F scale in the future:

  • If you fail the new exam: “Pass” counts
  • If you pass the new exam: Letter grade counts

Special arrangements due to disabilities and special needs

Information about disabilities and special needs.

Valid absence

The usual rules for valid absence and re-examination apply. Information about valid absence and how to register your absence. The deadline to apply to register for a valid absence is five (5) days after the exam.

NOTE: If you plan to apply for a job-seeker permit, it is recommended to submit at early as possible to avoid delays with the permit application. Questions can be directed to 

Access to buildings, library and events

To get access to the building you must have completed "training in protective measures for employees and students at NMBU" in Canvas. 

Will the library be open?

The library at Campus Ås are open.

Exchange Studies

What will happen with exchange spring 2021?

Incoming exchange will proceed as usual.
Outgoing exchange outside of Europe is cancelled for spring 2021. We hope exchange will normalize autumn 2021.
The application deadline for exchange witihin Europe is 15 September. You can review our list of European partner universities.

COVID-19 - risk assessment, travel insurance and online classes

It is important to closely monitor the situation in the country you hope to travel to, and that you evaluate the risk in travelling. At any given time, you should follow the country's guidelines and restrictions.
If you are nominated for exchange, it is of critical importantance that students purchase good travel insurance and that you know what it does and does not cover. There are only a few Norwegian travel insurances which might cover illness due to COVID-19, but will not cover the costs for evacution if this becomes necessary. It is important to note that NMBU is not financially liable for any evacuation costs.
Due to COVID-19 many of our partner unversities are currently offering a hybrid teaching solution, with some person-to-person and some online classes. It is difficult to predict what the situation will be like in the spring, and it is recommended that you follow the information sent out by our partner universities and their websites closely.

Can I travel abroad?

NMBU strongly discourages intrnational travel. This is due to the increased risk of contagion, and you can be placed in quarantine in the country you travel to. No one is allowed to travel under the auspices of NMBU to the areas where the Ministy of Foreign Affairs (UD) advises against or areas with continued spread of the disease. NMBU encourages student and staff to closely follow both the Norwegian Institute of Public Health's and UD's travel recommendations.

Keep updated on the webpages for Ås Municipality (in Norwegian) and Oslo Municipality (in English).  

SiÅs Housing

I live in SiÅs housing and I have been infected. Who should I inform?

You must inform NMBU on this form and you should also send an email to They will work together with the local medical authorities to determine whether additional measures which must be taken.

I live in SiÅs housing. Are there guidelines for what we can and cannot do to prevent infection?

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, SiÅs requests that all tenants do everything possible to reduce the risk of infection. Until further notice, all social activities in student flats should be kept at a minimum. If tenants become ill or have been in contact with infected persons, these advices from Norwegian Institue of Public Health applies.

SiÅs flats vary in size, but most students live in relative close quarters. It is recommended to closely follow the recommendations outlined by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Keep updated on the webpages for Ås Municipality (in Norwegian).

Medical Insurance and General Practioner

Do I have medical insurance as an international student if I get coronavirus?

International students have insurance coverage in one of four ways:
- You have a Norwegian ID number or if you waiting for your Norwegian ID number to be issued but have a residence permit that is valid for longer than 9 months. You are covered in Norway like a Norwegian national. After receiving the ID number, you were either assigned general practitioner or you selected on yourself.

- You have an EU health card. This normally applies to EU students who do not have a Norwegian ID number. You are also covered by the Norwegian Health Care System. This group of students is not assigned a general practitioner.

-  You have applied and been granted Voluntary Member in the Norwegian Healthcare Scheme. You are covered like a Norwegian national. This group os students is not assigned a general practitioner.

- All other short-stay students have their own private medical/travel insurance. You should contact your insurance company to find out what your coverage is. This group of students is not assigned a general practitioner.

Who is my General Practitioner?

You can log onto the Helsenorge webpages to see who your general practitioner is and/or switch to another doctor. You can also call Helsenorge at 23 32 70 00 to ask for assistance.

Study Permit Renewal and Part-time Work

How will I renew my study permit?

 As per the UDI website, it is now possible to book appointments at a few police stations in Norway, but you may be asked to upload documents instead of attending the booked appointment time. Routines will vary from police station to police station.

How will I document financing for the renewal of my study permit, if I have been laid off?

If you cannot document financing at the time of renewal, you will be given a grace period until 1 October to submit documentation as decided by the Ministry of Education and Research. The rest of the application must be submitted as usual, but it will not be processed until the documentation of financing is uploaded, no later than 1 October. The sooner financing can be documented, the sooner your renewal application can be processed.



Published 12. March 2020 - 16:26 - Updated 15. September 2020 - 11:16