For students - InfoCorona

For students - InfoCorona


Questions and answers about the corona situation:

New corona measures at AHO from January 18th - January 31st

Monday January 18th courses will begin at AHO. To secure a better predictability for AHO the emergency response team have made a decision that AHO will have digital lectures for the rest of January. This means that your assigned place at AHO will not be available before February. 

Workshop courses for GK 2 will be postponed. New information to come. Workshop courses for new master students will go on as planned. Time in the workshop can be booked like previous semester. 

Diploma students
They will be able to use their places on campus and the workshops. 

Foundation level
GK 2 design, GK 2 landscape architecture and GK2 architecture will have their normal lectures at their assigned places on campus. 

All events at AHO must follow the current guidelines and be approved by event coordinator Jeppe Sophus Lai.

Read about the current guidelines for Oslo here

On Tuesday the government will release their new guidelines. A lot points to that the current guidelines will be prolonged, and it’s based on this that we have made our decision. If the national guidelines will be much stricter, then we must make some changes. 

A thank you
AHOs emergency response team are aware that this is a highly demanding time. We have been living with uncertainty and unpredictability for a long time. Your work and study days have quickly been turned upside down again and again. The emergency response team wish to thank you all for your effort and patience. 


Corona measures at AHO January 3rd - January 18th

Happy new year! Unfortunately the corona situation will affect the start of the new year. The government held a press conference Sunday regarding new restrictions. You can read them all here (in Norwegian).
AHO is closed until January 18th
The government has instructed all higher education to move to digital lectures from January 4th to January 18th. Courses at AHO will start at January 18th, so the campus will be closed until then. You may come to AHO if there is something you need to collect during this period.
Diploma reviews
We will send out information to diploma students regarding the upcoming diploma reviews.
Home office for all employees
Everyone who can work from home should work from home. This applies from January 4th to January 18th.

What happens if a student is infected with Covid-19?

Student who are infected with Covid-19, must contact their teacher who will inform the administration. AHO will do an assessment to get an overview of where the student has been on campus and who needs to be informed in each individual case. If necessary AHO will inform co-students to stay at home until close contacts are traced.  Those who have been in close contact will be contacted by the government’s infection control office. Privacy is important to AHO and information will be given only if it is necessary. Only infection control will know the names. The governments infection control office decide and inform who’s been in close contact and need to be quarantined.


Will I be able to study abroad?

AHO's management has decided to cancel exchanges to and from educational institutions outside Europe in the spring semester of 2021.

Currently, there are many uncertainties associated with exchanges outside Europe, such as entry regulations, and the opportunity to return to Norway before the end of the semester if necessary. In addition, many partner universities around the world are unsure of what kind of teaching they will be able to offer. This is the reason why AHO has decided that ordinary exchanges outside Europe will not take place.

AHO's main priority is to provide students with predictability and a high-quality academic offer when they go on exchange. It is difficult to guarantee now, especially when it comes to exchanges outside Europe.
AHO understands that many will be very disappointed that the exchange cannot be carried out as planned. At the same time, we take very seriously the responsibility it entails to send students on exchange, and emphasize that the decision has been made with the students' best interests in mind.

Int. Office at AHO:
+ 47 22 99 70 46

Updated 10.01.20

Are there, or has there been, anyone infected at AHO?

11.18.20: AHO was informed that an employee has been infected with Covid-19. The infection tracing is over and three students was defined as close contact and have now been informed by the City of Oslos infection tracing team that they have to be in quarantine. 

​11.11.20: AHO have been informed that a student has been infected with Covid-19. The student has not been present at campus in the days before the symptoms showed, so the infection tracing team at Oslo Kommune informed us that there is no need for infection tracing at AHO and no students or staff are at risk. Due to privacy we cannot release the name of the infected. 

11.09.20: AHO have been informed that an employee has been infected with Covid-19. The employee has not been present at campus, so there is no need for infection tracing at AHO. Due to privacy we cannot release the name of the infected.

10.16.20: This week AHO has been informed that a student has been infected with Covid-19. AHO immediately informed co-students and teachers who could be affected by this. The governments infection tracing showed that two students have been in close contact and are now in quarantine. The other students and teachers have been informed that they can return to campus.

09.29.20: An employee at AHO has been confirmed with Covid-19. Their close colleagues have been informed. The individual has not been at AHO prior to the outbreak of the infection and AHOs emergency respons team sees no need for further measures to be taken. 

How can we all ensure health and safety toghether?

AHO takes every measure possible to ensure that the school will not be close down this autumn. Health and safety are our priority. Efficient routines are set in place to enable fast and efficient reactions to avoid the risk of infection. Teaching is to keep on as normally as possible. Some teaching will take place at school, other in digital channels. Learning goals will be met. Students will be able to follow teaching, and activities will be carried out both in the studios and for students who for various reasons are at home. Clean hands and one-meter distance are still the best way to fight infection.

We are all personally responsible to keep updated on information and on routines for infection control. Everyone must be familiar with who one must notify if you suspect infection, have had close contact with an infected person or if you have tested positive for Covid-19. AHO has routines to make sure that information is reacted open immediately and that necessary measures are taken.

What can I do to prevent Covid-19?
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash hands thoroughly and often.
  • Keep at least 1-meter distance.
  • Small groups rather than large congregations
  • Keep AHO tidy so daily cleaning can be done
What's the current opening hours and canteen offer?
  • AHO will be open for students and staff between 8 am – 10 pm monday to friday, throughout autumn 2020.
  • All students have access to the school during the weekend between 8 am – 8 pm. The workshop will be cloesd on the weekend.
  • Access to the third floor, where the administration and teachers have offices, will be closed to students
  • Canteen offers packaged food and will have reduced opening hours
How do I report an infection?

If you have tested positive for Covid-19, contact your course coordinator or head of the study administration Silje Nygaard (402 41 481). They have instructions on how the situation will be handled. 

I may be sick, what do I do?

If you suspect that you are infected with Covid-19 or you've been in close contact with someone who has tested postive for Covid-19, you should get tested and you should be quarantined to avoid infecting others. Notify your teacher. The teacher knows who should be informed, who may be quarantined and what AHO will do to handle the situation further.

All students at AHO can order tests at SiO Health. The test station of SiO Health is located at Fredrikkeplassen on Blindern. You must book an appointment for testing in advance on 22 85 33 00. The telephone is open Monday to Friday at 08.15 -11.00 and at 12.30 - 14.30. See more information on SiO's website. In line with FHI, we recommend that you use a facemask and keep a one-meter distance if you use public transport to and from testing.

I'm unsure about my symptoms, what can I do? 

If you are uncertain wether you have sympton of Covid-19 and need advice, you can chat with someone at Helsenorge, or call their information number 815 55 015. If you have a doctor in Norway you may also contact them for advice. 

I'm sick, what do I do?

If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, stay at home and avoid contact with others. You should notify your teacher who knows how to handle and follow up the situation.

If you suspect that you are infected with covid-19, you should be tested. In line with FHI recommendations, you should use a facemask and keep a one-meter distance if you use public transport to and from testing.
The test station of SiO Health is located at Fredrikkeplassen on Blindern. You must book an appointment for testing in advance on 22 85 33 00. The telephone is open Monday to Friday at 08.15 -11.00 and at 12.30 - 14.30. See more information on SiO's website.

I'm in the risk group, what do I do?

To ensure infection control and in order to carry out teaching as planned AHO offers a combination of physical and digital teaching this autumn
If you cannot attend school due to the corona situation, you must contact your teacher for guidance.

Should I wear a facemask?

The government recommends the use of facemasks on public transport to and from Oslo, and in Oslo. Facemasks are also recommended in special situations where there is close contact with others. In some learning situations at AHO, it will be necessary to use a facemask. In these cases, facemasks will be made freely available to teachers. Facemasks do not replace the one-meter distance rule, they are just a supplement.

How do I stay up to date?

Important information and changes in routines and recommendations we will be sent to everyone by e-mail from The information will also be published on the infocorona pages on It is everyone's personal responsibility to stay up to date. This is the safest measure we can take to avoid infection and to ensure health and safety.

If I can not find answers to my questions, what do I do?

The Infocorona pages are constantly updated to provide information and to answer questions about the corona situation. If you have other questions than those answered here, you can send an e-mail to We also recommend everyone to ask fellow student, your teachers, and to seek updated information from the health authorities.

I have lost my part-time job, can I get help?

Information regarding the an economic emergency fund for international students
AHO has established an emergency fund to support international, degree-seeking students with acute financial problems because of the COVID-19 situation.

From AHO’s rounds of calls and the survey “Consequences of the Corona-crisis”, we know that many of our international students have great financial difficulties. One of the causes is that they have lost their part-time jobs due to the shutdown during the pandemic. Several students do not have sufficient funds to cover food and rent expenses during the semester.

AHO has now established an emergency fund for international students who fall outside national loan fund schemes (Lånekassen) and other ordinary support schemes.
The AHO Emergency Fund applies to international, degree-seeking students who are still in Norway. It applies to those who are in urgent need of financial support in order to meet their financial obligations, such as rent, electricity or food.

Support from the emergency fund is given as a lump sum, and a maximum of 10.000, - NOK can be granted.
The International Office and the Communications Department are responsible for making the emergency fund known to current students, and the International Office is responsible for assessing the need for financial support in each case. Students seeking support from the Emergency Fund must specify what funding is being sought and document the need. The AHO management decides the final grant.

Criteria for eligibility

  • The applicant must be an international, degree-seeking student.
  • The applicant must still be in Norway and in urgent need of financial support in order to meet his/her financial obligations, e.g. rent, electricity, food.
  • The applicant must have had a loss of income due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • The applicant must specify what funding is being sought and how much this amounts to. Need for financial support must be documented with, for example, a rental contract, an invoice with electricity bills, a budget or an overview of food costs, etc. 

How to apply
Apply via Nettskjema
The application must be submitted by April 29th, 23:59.

Who can I contact in the Student Administration?

The Student Administration and International Office are here for you, even though we are not physically present on campus. This applies both to students who need someone to talk to and to students who are wondering about the practicalities of exams or teaching. The study advisors and international coordinator are available via email, telephone and Zoom. If you would like to have a chat via Zoom, send an email to make an appointment. 

Study adviser for architecture and landscape architecture, foundation studies:
Elisabeth Mari Havig
+47 22 99 70 21

Study adviser for architecture and landscape architecture, master level:
Inger Helene Frivik
+47 22 99 71 61 

Study adviser for design, foundation studies and master level:
Tove Carlsen
+47 22 99 70 24

Internasjonal koordinator:
Ingvild Kristoffersen
+47 22 99 70 46

SiO – Studentsamskipnaden i Oslo
SiO offers confidential conversations via telephone, FaceTime or Zoom. More info here


How can I get tested?

All students at AHO can order tests at SiO Health. The test station of SiO Health is located at Fredrikkeplassen on Blindern. You must book an appointment for testing in advance on 22 85 33 00. The telephone is open Monday to Friday at 08.15 -11.00 and at 12.30 - 14.30. See more information on SiO's website. In line with FHI, we recommend that you use a facemask and keep a one-meter distance if you use public transport to and from testing.

Can I still use the workshops?

The workshops are open from 09.00 – 20.00, Monday to Friday. 

Book time and place 
To use the workshops, you have to book your place and your time. An url for the online booking system is coming. 
Try to limit the use of the workshops. 

Limit the number of students in the workshops
There is a limited number of students that are allowed in the different workshops at the time. In addition to this there are the workshop attendants and teachers. 

Metal workshop: 6 students 
Plastics workshop: 7 students 
Student workshop: 6 students 
Plaster room: 2 students
Paint shop: 2 students
Clayroom (Oscillating knife cutting machine, vacuum absorption platform, plastic bender machine): 3 persons
Wood workshop: 10 students
Construction hall: 20 students. Book time at the workshop from Roald Jenssen. 
South wing workshop: defined as a hall with workshop options in autumn 2020, ref. clause 2.3.11 HallsWorkshop room in Akersbakken: 2 students
Photo workshop: 2 students

Use of masks
If a work situation requires you to be closer that one meter, both students and teacher/workshop attendant must use masks. 

Personal protective equipment is required
Due to infection control all student are required to use their own protective equipment from autumn 2020. You will not be able to borrow hearing protection or safety goggles. 

The prices of 3D printing have been reduced by 50%. 
Laser- and knife-cutting has a reduced hourly rate, new rate is 150 kr. 
CNC has an hourly rate of 150kr. 

Read more about the workshops here. 

Traffic and physical contact must be minimized, but the workshop has a low threshold. All students and instructors may contact us if they need to. Either by telephone, email or through zoom meetings. 

Order 3D-prints as usual through
For other services, we have established a temporary online solution. Among other things, this involves us taking care of the materials. This is what we have available:

  • Grey cardboard: 700x1000mm, thickness: 1mm, 1,5mm, 2mm, 2,5mm and 3mm (for knife cutter and laser)
  • Kapa/foamboard, white: 700x1000mm, thickness 3mm, 5mm and 10mm (for knife cutter)
  • Corrugated cardboard, white: 700x1200mm, thickness 2mm (for knife and laser)
  • Styrofoam: 500x1000mm, thickness 100mm, 200mm, 300mm (for cnc-milling)

If needed, we may also produce blocks of wood for cnc-milling. Contact us for other needs. We also recommend that you use renowned stores for modelling supplies.

How to order services from the workshop: 
1. Download an order form:

(3D-printing is ordered as before, see above)

2. Fill in the form
Open the form in adobe acrobat and select «fill & sign».
Fill in and write a comprehensive description of the job under “notes”.
NB! It is important that we receive all info necessary to complete the job.
3. Upload
Upload form and dxf/stl-files to Box-link. Sent to you by mail, from
4. Receive confirmation
The workshop checks the form and files. If everything is ok, we will email you a confirmation with an estimated price and delivery. 

5. Job complete
When the job is complete, you will receive an email with pricing and information on when it may be picked up.

6. Pick-up of finished product(s)
This is the critical point for us and in regards to possible contamination.
The product(s) may be picked up at AHO between the hours of 13 and 15.

The person picking up must be completely healthy.
Go to the staff entrance and press the buzzer marked «Verksted», and we will come to let you in.
NB! Remember to bring a payment card for purchase.


How can I start using Zoom?


Video conferencing and online teaching services

We recommend you all to use this service, both in an educational context, for general meetings and for private use.
The service is easy to use, and it is stable in terms of video and sound quality and it offers more functionality than for example SKYPE.
It is possible to record and you can choose between different ways to conduct a video conference (meeting, WEBINAR etc). You can freely invite participants to your videoconference that do not have a ZOOM account.
Teachers may record lectures and then upload to and then post the shared link in the learning platform (MOODLE).
Good video guides here

You log in here:

From the ZOOM client you can create a meeting in OUTLOOK. You then send it with an invitation to those who should attend the meeting.
The IT team will prioritize support over this service,
We'll be back over the weekend with more tips and information on tools and services that can be useful to both students and staff.Select "sign in"
Then you can login via FEIDE (FEIDE = AHO login)

We recommend:  that you log in from a local client (PC / MAC / tablet) and not via VDI access download the ZOOM client on your PC / MAC / NETWORK from that you use ZOOM instead of SKYPE.

If you need to divide your students into groups in a Zoom video lecture you can use the breakout room functionality. 
Please watch this video for more info
For this to work, all participants need to download and install the ZOOM-client and connect through the client.

What kind of digital tools are available for me from home?

AHO account (password changes):
If you need to change your password because it expires, you can do so yourself here
VPN service:
 It is only necessary to use the VPN service, if you need access to download digital publications from the library, access to the license server and shared file areas at AHO. VDI users  in administration do not need to connect through VPN.

OPEN VPN installations
The VPN service will enable access to resources and services at AHO which is normally only available when your client / device is connected to the EDUROAM wireless network at AHO. 
When you connect through VPN your client / device will "believe" that your connected locally at AHO.
Setup for PC / MAC:
Connect to:

Download theOpenVPN client and connect with the URL above and your AHO username and password.
Setup for other devices is made available on Moodle.
PS! PLEASE disconnect the Open VPN connection if you do not need it.

Services for access to private and shared file areas and digital services at the AHO library.
Basically, these folders and services are only available when connected to AHO's network.
To access outside AHO you need to download an OPEN VPN client (see link above) and log in with AHO username and password. Then the machine thinks it is connected to AHO's network locally. (tutorial:
MOODLE for academic staff and students
The learning platform is a good starting point for dialogue between teachers and students within the individual courses.
Over the next week, ZOOM will be integrated with MOODLE so that ZOOM can be used more seamlessly for teaching and feedback.
Moodle licenses and software here

Graphic WIN 10 desktop computer room (GDAAS) We can offer a limited number of virtual desktops. Own registration forms have been sent out to the students.
Various information:

Information from UNIT 
Tips on teaching online

For more information:

Will I be able to finish my PhD?

To all PhD candidates at AHO
We know that the corona-situation is unclear and difficult for most people at AHO. The school is working continuously to enable and help PhD students to complete the program according to the scheduled plan as far as possible.
Public defenses in 2020
AHO is working to facilitate all planned public defenses, and will introduce the implementation and facilitation of digital solutions that ensure both the requirements for the defense and the infectious control. If you are completing your doctoral degree and plan to do your defense in 2020, you can contact to get more information on how the research administration are working with digital solutions.
Questions and feedback
If you have questions about the study program, progression or other PhD-related enquiries, these can be directed to and we will answer as soon as we can. If you already know that your progression as a PhD student will be delayed due to the corona-situation, it is important that you contact us and keep us informed.
PhD Program and supervision
If you have academic questions or are unsure how to plan your PhD studies in the future, we recommend you to contact the head of the PhD Program
For PhD students who are also employed as fellows
Fellows with children under the age of 12 can obtain an extended employment related to absence in connection with the care of children, due to closed schools/kindergartens. In principle, the regulations require two consecutive weeks of absence before an extension is granted. Based on the extraordinary situation that has arisen, AHO will abdicate the requirement for consecutive absence. Extension is granted when you have an absence of 10 days or more during the period. Fellows must send the formal application of extension to AHO’s HR department,, when the schools/kindergartens are re-opened.

I'm an international students, can I receive health benefits?

Entitlement to different benefits from NAV. Foreign students can register as voluntary member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme to claim benefits. The registration is free.

Will exams be affected?

Updated 01.04.20

AHO’s main priority to make sure that all students will be able to complete the semestre with the necessary reviws and exams. 

Exams spring semester 2020 – The Oslo School of Architecture and Design.
- Will I be able to take my scheduled exams this spring?
The Oslo School of Architecture and Design is giving high priority to finding solutions that will allow all students to take their exams as scheduled. This may involve changing the dates of the exams, as well as changing the method of assessment.
How will we conduct the exams and other assessments?
In general:

All scheduled written exams will be executed as digital home exams over one day on the same dates as already announced. We will carry out Specialization week in week 18 as planned. All assessments of studio courses should be completed by May 29. However, if required, presentations / reviews may take place up until the 12th of June,  provided that it is possible to carry out censorship immediately afterwards.  It is even more important than usual to follow up on e-mail and all other communication channels (Moodle, zoom, slack etc.) Course descriptions and the student web will be updated in line with changes being made. The deadline for submitting your diploma is the 29th of May. Complementary info will be given directly to the candidates.


- What about mandatory activities?
We may also need to adjust tasks and activities. In this case, your teacher will provide information. 

- Illness, facilitation, postponements
For the spring semester of 2020, AHO allows self-notification if you are unable to attend an exam, a presentation or review. If you are ill or in quarantine during any form of exam this semester, you can notify us without attaching documentation. Please register your absence in this form
Students with valid reasons for absence from ordinary exam can apply for a postponed exam or an extended submission deadline
Deadline for notice: Before your final presentation or review. Please contact your study advisor if you have any questions

- Other questions regarding the exam.
Questions regarding teaching and assessment should be directed to your teacher.
Other questions: Please contact your study advisor.

AHO-students have developed a Facebook site for sosial contact, activities and events for students.
Check it out!

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