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ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Joensuu Week 2/2023

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ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Week 2/2023 10.1. - 16.1.2023


ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Joensuu Week 2/2023

10.1. - 16.1.2023

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And Happy New Year 2023 everyone! Some of you are returning to the campus after the holidays, and some of you are starting your studies this January. Whether you already know your way around the city and the campus or you're new and wondering where to find everything - reading the first Weekly Feed of the year 2023 is a good start. The ISYY offices are open as usual if you need to visit the office! If you are a new student and unsure about how to join ISYY, order your student card or anything else related to your life and studies in Finland, please contact the ISYY team. We are here to help! Hope you have a wonderful semester!

Kind regards,

Salla / Coordinator of International Affairs in Joensuu 



Thank you for aswering the ISYY member survey!

The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) organised a survey for its members on 8.11.-4.12.2022. The member survey’s purpose was to collect information about how familiar our members are with the Student Union and its services, to collect feedback about our services and also ideas how to improve our services, activities and communication.

We got 192 answers in total. Thank you to everyone who answered the survey!

With the survey we got a lot of useful information to further our actions and the answers will be gone through collectively with the ISYY Staff and Executive Board in the beginning of 2023. With this information it is good to begin the new year.



Some points from the answers:

  • It is clear that for students it is important that we offer versatile events and communities that connect students across the study fields and also across campuses to bring balance to the everyday studying.
  • Dissatisfaction towards the mental health services and students livelihood is highlighted in the answers. 
  • The newsletter sticks to its place as the most popular communication channel of ISYY.
  • More information about ISYY's services and actions, but also about mental health and wellbeing are wished to our communication channels. 
  read more  


Loan winter sports equipment from ISYY office!

As an ISYY member you are entitled to loan sports equipment from our offices for free for a one week at a time. Especially right now it is a great time to use this possibility, as we have a lot of equipment for winter time.

In ISYY’s member survey, we asked you, what equipment we should add in our listing and at least snowshoes and touring skates popped out from the answers. Good news: you can now loan both from our offices (touring skates only in Kuopio)! During the last autumn we’ve also added e.g. padel rackets to our both campus offices. 

  • Winter sports equipment in Joensuu:
  • Plastic sleds (pulkka)
  • Snow gliders (liukuri)
  • UFO snow gliders
  • Ice skates
  • Snowshoes
  • Hockey equipment
  • Ice fishing equipment
  • Skiing equipment (cross-country skis)

Check the whole listing from our websites and visit our office to loan the equipment:


Become a student representative in UEF Equal Opportunities Committee

The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland is searching for one student representative for the University of Eastern Finland Equal Opportunities Committee for the end of the term 2022-2023.

Gender equality and equal opportunities work at the University of Eastern Finland is based on legislation and the values of the university. The foundation and goal of gender equality and equal opportunities work is to identify and prevent expressions, structures and functions that maintain or increase inequality, and to promote gender equality and equal opportunities at all levels of the university.

The Equal Opportunities Committee will draw up an equality program for the University of Eastern Finland and monitor its progress and implementation.

The Equal Opportunities Committee also makes proposals and initiatives to the university's management and staff on how to promote equality in UEF’s operations.

Read more about the position and apply by 11.1.2023 at 12 noon.

  read more  


ESN Joensuu - ISYY's international club

ESN Joensuu is a local section of ESN International, also known as the International Club of the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY). ESN Joensuu is for anyone and everyone who lives in Joensuu and likes to hang out with people from around the world - both Finnish and international students are very welcome to join us! If you are a member of ISYY, you are automatically also a member of ESN Joensuu. 

The most important task of the ESN Joensuu is to introduce Finnish culture and lifestyle to international students and to give Finnish students an opportunity to gain international experiences in Joensuu by arranging diverse events and activities. In addition, ESN Joensuu is active in promoting intercultural understanding on campus and in Joensuu.

We believe in fun, friendship and unity in diversity!


How do I join ESN Joensuu? 

All ISYY members are automatically members of ESN Joensuu and very welcome to our events! You can prove your ESN Joensuu and ISYY membership with a student card (Frank App). 

If you would like to help out with planning and creating the events, you can either sign up as an active member and help out whenever you can, or become a board member to have a little more responsibility.

If you would like to join the board or sign up as an active member, you can come to ESN Joensuu's General Meeting on Thursday 19 January at 5pm in AU202 (Aurora building on campus)! Read more from the Facebook event or in the Upcoming Events - section in this newsletter. 

Anyone can become active in ESN Joensuu and we really hope you do by either coming along to our events or by joining one of the open meetings. All events are published on our social media and in the Upcoming Events- section of this newsletter. 

Follow ESN Joensuu on Instagram:
And on Facebook: 
ESN Joensuu




SYKETTÄ includes sport services for the students and staff members at the University of Eastern Finland and Karelia University of Applied Sciences. You can see the prices for each sticker on the SYKETTÄ website and you can buy your sticker online or from the ISYY office. Remember to create a user account with your uef email before you try to buy a sticker or enroll to classes. Physical stickers are available to purchase at the ISYY office. Please follow our hygiene and safety instructions

Youtube: SYKETTÄ Sports   |   Instagram: @syketta_jns   |   Facebook: Sykettä

  sykettä website  

Free trial period 9.-22.1.2023

At the start of the autumn and spring semesters, you have a chance to try out SYKETTÄ sports services without a valid SYKETTÄ sticker. This spring, the free trial period is held 9.-22.1.2023.

  • During the free trial period, users can participate in the classes and turns available on the sports calendar without a valid sports sticker but users must enroll on each class and turn beforehand
  • New users must register on the SYKETTÄ website before they can use the services, previously registered users do not need to register again
  • After the free trial period is over, from 23.1.2023 all users must have a valid sports sticker
  • Open days at the new gym Portti54 are held during the free trial period, when you can visit the gym without a valid SYKETTÄ sticker and the doors are open from 8 am to 6 pm on Tuesday 10.1., Thursday 12.1., Tuesday 17.1. and Thursday 19.1.

Open Days at the Portti54

Welcome to visit the new gym Portti54! During these days, you can visit the gym without a valid SYKETTÄ sticker and the doors are open from 8 am to 6 pm. 

Physical activity counsellors Riina and Antti will guide in the use of the equipment and give training and technique tips especially for the beginners. SYKETTÄ instructors and physiotherapist students Juuso and Matias will give training and technique tips to both beginners and more advanced gym visitors. Physical activity counsellors / instructors at gym as follows:

  • Tue 10.1.
    at 2 pm - 4 pm Physical activity counsellor Riina
    at 4 pm - 6 pm SYKETTÄ instructor /Physiotherapist student Matias
  • Thu 12.1.
    at 10 am - 12 noon SYKETTÄ instructor / Physiotherapist student Juuso
    at 4 pm - 6 pm Physical activity counsellor Antti
  • Tue 17.1.
    at 10 am - 12 noon Physical activity counsellor Riina
    at 2 pm - 6 pm Physical activity counsellor Antti
  • Thu 19.1.
    at 2pm - 6pm Physical activity counsellor Antti

Portti54 is located in the address Tulliportinkatu 54, 80130 Joensuu. Nuorisoverstas and Combat Heaven are located in the same building. Access to the gym is from the right side of the building.



ISYY goes Ice Hockey Super month 25.1.-8.2.2023

Ice Hockey Super Month  includes four events full of real deal ice hockey! There will be a program for Jaromír Jágr of their own life as well as for the bench athlete. All events are friendly to the student's wallet - free of charge. Read more about the events at Kide.app and sign up for the action!



Greetings from the BRIDGES coordinator

Hello and happy new year from me too! I hope you have recharged your energy for the coming spring. The final year of the BRIDGES project is now starting, which means there are still two semesters of fun BRIDGES events. As usual, the information about upcoming events will be announced at ISYY's website and social media channels as well as here in Weekly Feed. So remember to follow and we'll see you at the events!



Communal walk 17.1.

Is there anything better than fresh air, activity and great company?

The first communal walk of the year is on Tuesday 17th of January at 4 pm. The departure starts from Alkukivet statue in front of Carelia. The walk lasts about one hour, after which the group heads for a warm cup of coffee or tea. 

In addition, you will receive a badge of the BRIDGES project as a memory of your participation. Please prepare for the weather with appropriate equipment. The walk is open to everyone and does not require an advance registration. 

  read more  



Remember to make the UEF annual registration for spring! 

If you have not don your registration for the spring semester, please do it this week! The period for registering for the spring term only is 1 December 2022 – 15 January 2023.

The instructions for annual registration at the university apply to students who are already enrolled at the university, i.e., they are in their second, third, etc., year of studies. Kamu.fi: Registration instructions for new students.

Undergraduate students aiming at a bachelor’s and/or a master’s degree must pay the student union membership fee (using personal Finnish bank codes or at the ISYY office) when registering as present. The Student Union membership fee for just the spring semester is 36 €. Read more about the ISYY membership fee: Membership.

Students who do not register as present or absent at the university during the registration period must apply for re-registration before they can continue their studies. In addition, a re-registration fee of 35 € is charged from students who register after the registration period has ended.

  read more  



Degree student, remember to pay the health care service fee to Kela!

Students attending a traditional university or a university of applied sciences must pay a healthcare fee to Kela. The fee must be paid for each term. Kela does not send a bill for the fee, so students must make sure to pay it on their own initiative. 

If you are completing a higher education degree and are registered as attending, you have the right to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS).

The amount of the healthcare fee for students in higher education is adjusted annually. The 2023 rate of the student healthcare fee is EUR 36.80 per term. For the spring term, the due date is 31 January provided that you have registered as attending by then. If you register as attending for the spring term on or after 1 February, the due date is 31 July.

If you do not pay the healthcare fee by the due date, Kela will send you a reminder. If you pay the fee after the due date, Kela will charge a fixed late-payment fee of EUR 5. Read more about the payment of the healthcare fee: How to pay the healthcare fee in higher education.

  kela website  

Do I need to pay the healthcare fee?

You do not have to pay the healthcare fee if you have social security coverage from another EU/EEA country, from Switzerland, or from Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Even if you do not have to pay the fee, you can still use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service. Howewer, be prepared to show your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or your Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) when visiting FSHS. 

  read more  



JoY choir auditions 

The representative choir of UEF is looking for new members! UEF choir Joy holds its annual auditions on January 16th, klo 15-18.

More info can be found in our Facebook event JOY-kuoron pääsykokeet 

Welcome to our choir!

Auditioning requires a sign-up beforehand. You can fill out the sign-up form from the link below! 

  sign up form  


ESN Joensuu General Meeting (19.1.2023 at 5pm in AU202)

In January, ESN Joensuu starts recruiting new members for its new board (and active members) so if you are interested in joining ESN, or would like to help by voting to elect the new board and also know a bit more about our beloved ESN section (while eating snacks), you are more than welcome to join us in the General Meeting on Thursday 19th of January 2023 at 5pm in AU202 (Aurora building on campus)!

ESN Joensuu is made up of the board, the active members and the regular members. We are all equally as important, but it is the board that makes the big decisions and together with the active members gets the ball rolling to make student life fun for everyone!

Board positions are open to all those who are interested (and there’s something for everyone)! You can also sign up as an active member and help out whenever you have the time.

Don't be scared if you feel that you don't know anything about ESN! We'll have training and a hangout soon after the general meeting so all of us could get-to-know each other better and have the best time this semester.

Remember to take your ESNCard or student card (Frank) with you if you want to vote or apply to become a board member! 

Check out the Facebook event for more information! 

  facebook event  


Meet International House Joensuu’s Integration Adviser at Luotsi! 

We are there on Wednesdays, starting on the 11th of January 2023, from 10:00-12:00. (18th of January unfortunately is canceled.) You don’t need an appointment.

We can help you, if you have moved to Joensuu from abroad and you have questions related to:

  • general information and guidance on day-to-day life in Joensuu
  • you need information about the services in Joensuu
  • residence permits and applying for Finnish citizenship.

If necessary, we can book an appointment to our office at Malmikatu 5b, 4th floor.

  facebook event  



UEF students, develop your study and working-life skills in online trainings!

“Keys to Well-being – 5 Steps towards Future Work Skills” online trainings are designed to improve self-management skills, which are increasingly important in the changing world of work and study. Transformation of work requires new skills and competences: time and self-management skills, resilience and adaptability, collaboration skills, new ways of thinking, taking care of well-being and finding meaning in our work.

The online trainings consist of short videos as well as in-depth trainings. The trainings can be accessed flexibly at any time that suits you. They are free of charge to UEF staff and students, and they are available until January 31, 2023. The trainings can be accessed by logging into Moodle with your UEF-account: Keys to Wellbeing – 5 Steps towards Future Work Skills.

  read more  


TalentHub Joensuu

TalentHub Joensuu brings together international talents and companies in the Joensuu region.

As a part of the employment services of Joensuu city, TalentHub Joensuu aims to promote the integration of international talent into the Joensuu area, offer and develop personalized employment services for international professionals and work together with educational institutions and local companies to attract and keep international talents in the Joensuu region.

As an international talent, you can create your Talent Profile to introduce yourself to potential employers. As a company, you can look for the international skills your company needs with the Talent Profile search tool or by posting your own job ad.


JobTeaser job portal

New job and traineeship offers for university students and graduates are advertised in the JobTeaser job portal. In the JobTeaser service, it is possible to sort job advertisements with numerous parameters.

Read more »


Jobs in Finland

Welcome to explore open job opportunities in Finland. On our website, you can find jobs targeted at English speaking professionals. You don't have to be able to speak Finnish or Swedish.

Read more»



An employment service website covering North Karelia and North Savo regions. The service is created and maintained by the Student’s Eastern-Finland association.

Students can leave their profiles anonymously for employers to find and also seek employers’ job advertisements.

Read more »


Available grants for students of UEF and UEF's Open positions

There is a listing of grants availbale for students of the University of Eastern Finland at UEF's webpage.

You'll find a list of Open Positions at UEF HERE.




Are you an aspiring future entrepreneur? Do you have a business idea but don't know where to start?

Join Startup Refugees Entrepreneurship Course organized online 15.02.–26.04.2023 to learn what it takes to become an entrepreneur in Finland and to get advice on your business idea.

The course is free and tailored for immigrants based in Finland - you don’t need to be a refugee to apply!


15.2.–27.3: Online workshops on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 17:00-20:00.
29.3.–26.4: 2nd phase for the participants with high motivation to take their business idea forward. Opportunity for business mentoring.

The course is interactive and includes group and individual exercises, therefore we can only take a limited number of participants to the course. The participants will be selected based on the applications and phone interviews.

You don't need to have a clear business idea to join the course but you need high motivation to learn what it takes to become an entrepreneur! The course suits also for early-stage entrepreneurs who have challenges in running their business due to lack of business knowledge. 

Apply by 4.2.2023 from the link below! 

Questions about the course? Contact: Mia Hyvärinen, mia@startuprefugees.com, p. 044 9740420


Information about Weekly Feed

This is an issue of Weekly Feed at Joensuu campus. Weekly Feed is the English language newsletter of the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY). You are receiving this letter on your email because you are a member of ISYY and are studying at Joensuu campus or because you have joined the mailing list yourself. 

Weekly Feed provides you with current information on matters related to the Student Union, UEF or other organisations close to students, such as FSHS. In addition, the newsletter provides you with information on events taking place at campus or the campus city.

Weekly Feed is published on Tuesdays during the academic year, with the exception of holidays and a few other days. If you do not want to receive the newsletter anymore, you can unsubscribe the letter via the link (Click here to unsubscribe) located on the bottom of the letter. 

You will find more information on ISYY's newsletters  and privacy protection on ISYY's website.


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If you would like to have something featured in the Weekly Feed, please send a short (max. 500 characters including spaces), informative advertisement of the event/activity in English to kv.joensuu@isyy.fi.

Please include at least the following information: date, time, place, admission fee and the event website/facebook page and a short description of the event. If you want to include pictures, the optimal size is 270 x 270 px.



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