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

Tue 10 Jan 2023 12:45:30 PM EET

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


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

10. - 16.1.2023

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And Happy New Year! 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,



Loan winter sports equipment from ISYY office!

As an ISYY member you are entitled to loan sports equipment from our offices for free for 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 to 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 both campus offices.

Winter sports equipment in Kuopio:

  • Plastic sleds (pulkka)
  • Snow gliders (liukuri)
  • UFO snow gliders
  • Snow shoes
  • Ice skates
  • Touring skates

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

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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 observations 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 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.
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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.

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


  • 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.
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ISYY’s club ESN Kuopio is looking for board members

Do you have awesome ideas for free time activities? Become an ESN Kuopio Board Member and make them happen! ESN Kuopio is an international club operating under ISYY and it is also a part of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN).

You do not need to worry about money since ISYY provides all the funding for the club so you can just focus on organising fun activities for fellow students. Additionally, ISYY staff is there to support and help you along the way. Being a Board Member is also a good addition to your CV since it is volunteer work. The club operates in English.


The club is looking for a president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, event managers and communication manager, but if you are interested in something else there is always room for other positions too.You can also join as an active member which means that you help the board organise events when it suits your schedule and you help as much or little as you want. International as well as Finnish students are warmly welcome!

Fill in the Google Forms linked below by 17 January and let us know which position you are interested in!

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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!

- Riina

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SYKETTÄ Kuopio news


Free sports trial on 9.-22.1.

During these two weeks you can try our classes for free. We have classes designed for all kinds of movers, so don’t hesitate to join us. We have taken into account the feedback and wishes from SYKETTÄ users and therefore for example there will be extra aerial yoga class and water exercise at Kuntolaakso added on the Spring sports calendar! More info can be found on the SYKETTÄ website.

SYKETTÄ appro 9.-22.1

The basic idea of SYKETTÄ Appro is that the participants pick up the appro passport from the ISYY office and collect markings from the SYKETTÄ sport events they take part in. Each sport performance is worth one marking on the passport. The participants who return their passport to the ISYY office by the end of February can take part in a lottery to win prizes and get an overall badge equivalent to their performance. Read more about the appro here.



Courses and get to know classes in January

  • Two ski courses 9.1. and 16.1. and one swimming course
  • Get to know Boxing for fitness 11.1, Escrima Concepts 10.1.  ja Wing Tsung Kung Fu 10.1.
  • Read more here.
  • Thu 12.1. at 13.00 Fascia fitness training45' (in English)
  • Fri 13.1. at 10.15 Mixed Heels class45’ (in English)

Spring 2023 sports calendar

There are more than 50 group classes per week, ball sports and access to gyms, nutrition counseling, physical activity counseling and SYKETTÄ Trainer as well as lots of different kind of benefits with your SYKETTÄ sticker. See the clendar here.

Online shop

It's so easy to buy the SYKETTÄ sticker from our 24/7 online shop. After you have bought your sticker, download the SYKETTÄ Kuopio mobile app and your electronic sports sticker is always with you where ever you go.

Finnish Student Alpine Championships 28 January 2023

Next year’s Finnish Student Alpine Championships will take place on the gorgeous slopes of Tahko. The giant slalom competition includes the following events: Slalom – skis/snowboard/telemark.

Series: Competitive series for women and men and Unisex. Read more and enroll.

At the same time there is the Student event Tahkofest 2023 (click here for more information).


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Remember to make the UEF annual registration for spring!

If you have not done 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. You can find registration instructions for new students from Kamu.

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 here.

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.

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

Degree students attending a 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. You can pay the healthcare fee via Kela’s e-service OmaKela (available in Finnish and Swedish only).

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).

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Healthcare fee for 2023 set at EUR 73.60

The healthcare fee charged from higher education students for using student healthcare services will be EUR 73.60, or EUR 36.80 per term, in 2023. The students in higher education must pay the health care fee on their own initiative to Kela for both the spring and autumn semesters. Read more.

NB! 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. The card must be obtained before coming to Finland. Read more.


Purchasing printing balance

Due to the renewal of UEF’s printing service contract, the printing balance will be free of charge for basic, Master’s Degree and exchange students for some time in the beginning of 2023. The online store for the printing balance is no longer functional and the printing balance cannot be purchased at Oppari’s service counters either. We will inform you about the payment of the print balance and the opening of the online store as soon as possible. For the sake of sustainable development, we hope that everyone prints thoughtfully and only for real needs.




Enjoy student priced concerts!

On Saturday 14 Jan, 2023 at 6 pm at the TOGETHER IN ONE SOUND concert at the Kuopio Music Centre the musicians of the KSO and British cellist and master of improvisation Matthew Barley create and improvise together. The programme includes also a favourite piece of the minimalist era, Terry Riley’s IN C which can be performed with any size of an ensemble and with any instruments. This is an adventure to both the performers and the listeners – welcome! Tickets only 4 euros, also available for purchase in advance.


Music gives wings to the mind. Come enjoy Kuopio Symphony Orhcestra’s Spring 2023 Season Concerts for a student discount price of ONLY 4 EUROS at the Kuopio Music Centre Concert Hall! Unwind after a stressful day listening to timeless music and get to know our orchestra’s musicians who represent over 10 different nationalities.

4€ student discount tickets for the following concerts:

  • Thu 2.2. Welcome Eugene!
  • Thu 9.2. Enigmas and treasures
  • Thu 23.2. Nature murmurs
  • Thu 23.3. Time for Miracles
  • Fri 14.4. Sounds of Circus
  • Thu 20.4. Poetic Rachmaninov
  • Thu 11.5. Evolving Spring
  • Sat 27.5. Rite of Spring

More information: The 4€ discount tickets can be purchased at the Kuopio Music Centre Ticket sales only on the day of the concert (open Mon-Fri 3-5 pm or until the beginning of the performance and on weekend 1 hour before the performance, open hours valid for the time being). The discount price is only valid if there are still tickets left. To access the discount price a valid student card chould be presented when purchasing the ticket.

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Would you like to sing in a choir?

UEF Kuopio University Choir is a mixed choir operating at the UEF Kuopio campus. Our singers are composed mainly of current and former students, exchange students, and employees of the University. Open rehearsals:

  • Tue 10.1.2023 6–8 PM at SN100

During the open rehearsals you can follow along our normal rehearsal, and afterwards auditions are held to test your vocal range from a song of your choosing.


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The shortest way to work - Pondi

Pondi is a new Savilahti talent pond implemented by KPY and Osuma Henkilöstöpalvelut, where the growing Savilahti area is at the heart with thousands of students and jobs. Pondi connects talents and jobs easily, interestingly and flexibly.

Talent, get to know the employers in the area extensively before you go after your dream job. Pondi enables employments of different lengths so that you can get to know different employers or work tasks already during your studies. You will get good employer contacts and diverse working life skills even before you are ready to commit to a longer-term employment relationship.

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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!

Questions about the course? Contact:

  • In Finnish/English: Mia Hyvärinen, mia@startuprefugees.com, p. 044 9740420
  • In Arabic/English: Muntaser Mazen Al-Hamad, muntaser@startuprefugees.com, p. 044 236 3354

Advertise your event in ISYY's newsletter Weekly Feed

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

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


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 Kuopio 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.

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