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ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 3/2023

Tue 17 Jan 2023 03:04:22 PM EET

ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 3/2023


ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 3/2023

17. - 23.1.2023

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Many students who have visited the ISYY office have been asking where to find places meant for ice skating. If you are looking for a skating rink, you can find a list of all the available skating rinks in Kuopio from HERE. If you click the name of the skating rink, a map will open showing where the rink is. Another list of the rinks around Kuopio can be found HERE. Liikkuva Kuopio website lists also other outdoor sports venues in Kuopio and e.g. nature trails if you're looking for those.

Kind regards,



Learn new languages!

Do you want to learn new languages, brush up your old skills and meet new people or teach your native language? We have the perfect opportunity for you!

In a Language Café, your peers and friends are your teachers and at the same time, they can be your students. When participating in Language Café activities, you can also earn ECTS credits by either attending or organising a Language Café (UEF students only) and by submitting a few small assignments to Moodle.

Join the Language Café info session on Tuesday 24 January either at 9 am or at 4.15 pm on Google Meet to find out more! The content of the sessions is the same so you can choose which time suits you better. You can find the links to the meetings on ISYY’s website.

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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 Form linked below by Tuesday 17 January and let us know which position you are interested in!

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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.

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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Seven applications for the Secretary General’s vacancy

The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland received seven applications for the Secretary General's vacancy during the application period.

ISYY's Executive Board decided 12th January 2023 in its meeting to call four applicants for interviews. The interviews will be held 21st January 2023 in Joensuu.

The new Secretary General will be chosen in the Representative Councils meeting on Thursday 2nd February 2023. 

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Greetings from the BRIDGES coordinator

Hello and a wonderful start of the week from me to you! Last week, we published information about upcoming events on ISYY's website. It means that "new year, new me, but the familiar BRIDGES project" is now really starting properly. We have a couple of aces up our sleeve, but it doesn't make sense to reveal them at this stage. It's worth following ISYY's website, so you can get first-hand information about upcoming events. I wish you a great week!

- Riina

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Board game night 25.1.

The BRIDGES project and the Kärmes board game club will organise together a board game night on Wednesday 25th of January from 5pm forward in Lukema (Studentia building, door C).

During the evening, we'll play different board games. Everyone is welcome to play, were you a beginner or an expert. The games can be found on site, but you can also bring your own favorite game. Participation is free of charge and you will receive the BRIDGES project overall badge as a memory of the evening.





BRIDGES breakfast in spring 2023

Come start your day with a nutritious breakfast and get to know your fellow students, and you'll be energetic for the rest of the day!

Breakfast moments are organised in spring 2023 on four different weeks. Three breakfast sessions are organised in one week. First breakfasts are organised in week 5 between 31.1. and 2.2. in Snellmania restaurant. Breakfast starts at 8:15 am and ends at 9 am.

The registration starts in Kide.app on 17.1. at 12 pm (noon). Participation is free of charge and there are seats for 13 people at a time.

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Join us in the BRIDGES team!

Are promoting students’ wellbeing and communality spirit important to you? Do you want to be a part of organising BRIDGES projects’ events? Apply to the BRIDGES team by the 30th of January!

We are searching for 2-3 new team members for Kuopio’s team for the spring 2023. You don't have to have previous experience in ISYY – the joy of working together is enough!

Read more about the recruit for the team and fill the application today!

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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.



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.

Nutrition counseling

SYKETTÄ offers practical and evidence based nutrition services for students and personnel who have bought SYKETTÄ stickers. Available nutrition services in English are nutrition counseling, cooking classes and “Ask from Nutrition Specialist” -form. Nutrition counseling starts on Wed 25.1. Read more here.

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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SYL’s Board 2023 held its constitutive meeting

The Board of the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) for 2023 held their constitutive meeting and divided areas of responsibilities among the Board Members. Each Board Member is also appointed specific sponsored student unions, for whom they serve as a sort of godparent and contact person this year.

This year Lotta Leinonen will act as the Chair of the Board and Pauliina Ryökäs, who was in the ISYY Board 2022-2021, will be acting as the Vice Chair of the SYL Board. Also communications and this springs Parliamentary Elections will be in Pauliina's responsibility. Read all the working sectors of the new SYL Board from SYL's website.

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International Week and exchange info sessions

International Mobility Services are organizing International Week on both campuses during 23-26 January 2023. There will be info sessions on student exchange and info desks on both campuses. Please see Kamu for more information!

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Do you know what happens in our campuses in case of power outages?

Due to energy shortages resulting from the global energy crisis, locally imposed rotating power outages are possible, and they will affect the staff, students and partners working on the Joensuu and Kuopio Campus of the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). The university is preparing for possible rotating power outages, also known as rolling blackouts. The university has prepared practical instructions for power outages.

How can you prepare? What is working during the outage? Where to get information?

By saving electricity, it is possible influence electricity adequacy and avoid the worst consequences of the energy shortage.

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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.

The Executive Board of ISYY decided in its 29-2022 meeting that degree students who come from outside the EU and have to pay the healthcare fee to Kela have the option to pay the fee at the Student Union office if the student’s bank transaction fee is higher than 30 % of the payment. ISYY will forward the payment to Kela on behalf of the student. However, ISYY charges a 10 € handling fee if a student pays the healthcare fee at the ISYY office. The deadline for paying the fee at the ISYY office is Wed 25  January. Read more.


Nyyti ry chats

Chats in English from 6 to 8 pm:

  • Tue 31.1 Challenges in studying – what would help?
  • Tue 28.2. Can I find my position in working life?
  • Tue 21.3. Studying and stressing
  • Tue 25.4. How to get my motivation back?
  • Tue 23.5. Am I just a fraud with a fancy degree?
  • Tue 13.6. How can I find my strengths?
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Enjoy student priced concerts!

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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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.



Visit Finnish schools during your stay in Finland

While in Finland, would you like to visit a Finnish school? School visits can be carried out in any classes – in subjects such as languages, history, geography, sports, arts, cooking, biology, religion and student counselling. You can also take part in a theme day organised by the local school, e.g. an international day. Your school visit makes a difference to the pupils!

You don’t need to be an actual teacher, but a visitor who brings something new to the class. By visiting the school, you will encourage pupils to get to know new people from different countries and cultures. Your visit can also encourage pupils to learn about the possibilities of study abroad or international volunteering. The visit is also an opportunity for you to follow classes and see how pupils study in Finland.

How to sign up for a visit?

You can register to the Erasmus in Schools programme through the Matching Machine platform. You will receive a notification by email once you have been matched with a school. After that, you can plan your visit together with the teacher.

  • Follow us on Facebook.
  • If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: erasmusinschools@oph.fi
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International Forum by Finnish Red Cross

FRC Savo-Karelia district organizes an International Forum for 18-29 year-olds. At the event the participants will learn and discuss about international aid work and about the role of the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement in it. The event is open to everyone and it’s targeted especially to people interested in volunteer work or humanitarian operations or in building a career in international aid. At the event we’ll also discuss about the rules of war and the impacts of climate change. The program includes presentations given by our experts and workshops where the participants get to dive deeper into the topics. A FRC International Human Resource Officer will be joining the event and she’ll be able to give first-hand advice to those pursuing a career in the field.

Language skills of the participants won’t be an issue, we will organize interpretation when needed. The event will be held in Joensuu and it’s possible to book an accommodation through us by 19.1.

(NB! This year's application period for FRC Delegate Reserve is open until 23.2.2023)

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Apply for funding: Scholarship in forest seed/plant production, regeneration methods and tree breeding

Forest seed and plant production, regeneration methods and tree breeding is the focus of the SNS and NordGen Forest scholarship. Is that your focus too?

Take this chance to apply for funding for your project! The project needs to be relevant in a Nordic setting and contribute to exchange of knowledge and experiences, which is of utmost importance for the development of Nordic forestry. The scholarships are primarily intended for professionals in forest breeding, plant production or forest regeneration in the Nordic countries, students can also apply. SNS and Nordgen Forest encourages young people to apply.

Previous beneficiaries has used their grant for participating in conferences, conducting studies, building data bases, study visits and a lot more. See more here!

SNS strives for a balance (40/60) between male and female beneficiaries, and welcome persons of other gender orientations.

Between Dec 15 and Febr 15 the SNS and NordGen Forest scholarship is open for applications. Apply here!

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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.

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