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ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 35/2022

Tue 30 Aug 2022 01:17:52 PM EEST

ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 35/2022


ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 35/2022


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Hope your week has started well and welcome to all new students! Remember that the international orientation starts on Thursday. You'll see me and Salla (ISYY's International Coordinator in Joensuu) there when we introduce the Student Union to all of you (1.9. at 14:30). You can find  whole programme for the orientation HERE. Otherwise you can find me from our office in Lukema during our opening hours. If you are an ISYY member, you are entitled to pick-up a student calendar for free from our office!

Have a nice week!

Kind regards,


P.S. You are reading Weekly Feed, 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. More info and how to unsubribe if you do not wish to receive Weekly Feed at the bottom of this newsletter, you can also unsubcsribe HERE.



New Student at UEF? - Congratulations and Welcome to UEF and to the Student Union (ISYY)!

All Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students at UEF are also members of ISYY (Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland). Exchange students and post graduate students are also welcome to join ISYY.

The Student Union is YOUR union. It is there for you and works hard to look after your rights and interests. As an organisation ISYY has long-standing traditions in the field of student advocacy.  If you are unsure about how to join ISYY, order your student card or anything else related to your life and studies in Finland, please get in touch with us.


How to Make It through Your First Weeks at the Uni

Orientation week has started and ISYY wishes everyone good luck for your week and studies.

In the beginning, studying at the University can be a little overwhelming but you can do it with the right attitude and proper gear.

From our website you'll find our top 13 tips to ease you through your first weeks. Read tips, have fun and remember that ISYY is there for you during your studies:

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Campus Happening's programme and how to enroll to City Orienteering!

The Campus Happening will start the academic year of UEF’s students on Thursday 8.9.2022. All students, new and continuing, and UEF staff are welcome to attend the Campus Happening! The event gathers our university community to celebrate the beginning of the academic year with live music and different activities!

The Campus Happening works as a kick-off for the City Orienteering, which begins right after the Happening. In the Orienteering, students will go around their campus city in groups and complete different kinds of tasks given to them at different orienteering points. The evening will end with an after party. Enrollment to the City Orienteering will begin on 2nd September for freshmen groups and on 5th September for continuing students.

Check the programme and instructions from 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 at least a president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary, but if you are interested in something else, e.g. communications, 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 this Google Forms by 18 September and let us know which position you are interested in!

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Need funding for an international project?

ISYY is giving out two grants for student associations, campus organisations and clubs for international activities! The grant is for events and projects organised during autumn semester 2022 that further internationalisation. We prefer to give the grants to projects that focus on long-term goals and promotion of internationalisation among the student body.

The two best applications will receive a grant of 300 €. Application period is from August 18th to September 18th.

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ISYY's offices are also open on Fridays 2.9. and 9.9.

Exceptionally, ISYY's offices are also open on

  • Friday, September 2, 2022 from 11 to 13
  • Friday, September 9, 2022 from 11 to 13


Greetings from the Coordinator

Hello again, another week has gone by like crazy. The new academic year starts this week, so exciting! This is definitely one of the highlights of the year for me, when the university starts to have life again. I still remember my first day of university as a freshman. For many, it is probably the kind of day they will remember for the rest of their lives. If you are feeling nervous about the start of the new academic year, remember that being nervous is completely normal and remember to be kind to yourself.

Have a nice and peaceful start to the academic year!



BRIDGES teams in City Orienteering

Do you want to participate in The City Orienteering on 8.9. and get to know fellow students? Register for the BRIDGES team, where you can get to know other students over discipline boundaries in the spirit of orienteering! Registration for the teams opens in Kide.app on the 5th of September. There are two teams and one team can accommodate six students.

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BRIDGES breakfasts

BRIDGES breakfasts are relaxed and communal hangouts that are for students of the University of Eastern Finland. Breakfast includes bread, eggs, porridge, yoghurt, fresh juice, coffee and tea.

Breakfasts are held at Snellmania restaurant's cabinet. The first breakfast is on Wednesday 21st of September 8.15 am to 9.00 am. Other dates are 28.9., 12.10. and 26.10.

You have to register for these events in advance. Participation in the event is free of charge and can accommodate 13 people at a time. Please register only for one breakfast, so many people have a chance to attend the event.



Join in the Hobby Buddy service!

The Hobby Buddy service is intended for all students of the University of Eastern Finland who want to make new friends through common hobbies and interests. By filling the Hobby Buddy application, we are looking for a suitable buddy for you!

There are different hobbies - you can search for a buddy for a coffee or movie company. You can read about the searched hobbies from ISYY’s websites and fill out the application.

We’ll get in touch when the right buddy is found. We read applications and combine them together once a week.

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Autumn group classes started on Monday 29.8.

Do you wanna try SYKETTÄ Kuopio sports services before byuing a sticker? You can do that now during free sports weeks (29.8.-14.9.)!

SYKETTÄ appro 1.-14.9.

The basic idea of SYKETTÄ Appro is that the participants pick up the appro passport from ISYY office and collect markings from the SYKETTÄ sport events they take part in. The participants who return their passports to the ISYY office take part in a lottery and get an overall badge. There are a lot of extra appro classes in the sports calendar! Read more about the appro here!


Remember to register as a user if you wish to use the services

If you wish to use the SYKETTÄ Sports Services, register as a user with your UEF email here, download SYKETTÄ Kuopio mobile application and enroll to the classes via the Sports Calendar. On the Sports Calendar, you can find the name of the class instructor, number of participants and the type of sport class and more information about the class.

SYKETTÄ stickers

You can now buy the SYKETTÄ stickers for the autumn semester or for the whole academic year. You can find more information of the stickers here. The stickers can be bought online via SYKETTÄ webpage and at ISYY offices.

  • Instructed Group Class package: 35 € /semester, 66 € /academic year
  • Ball Sports package: 17 € /semester, 33 € /academic year
  • One-month sticker 15 €/month


More tips and information on




NB Pedestrians and cyclists!

Due to the roadworks at Savilahti there are some changes in routes when arriving to the Kuopio campus by foot or by bike during August and September (approximately until 18th September). The roadwork affects also to the routes between the campus and the bus stops.

The information can be found only in Finnish, but from UEF Kamu, you can see the map with the temporary routes. 



Student2Student counselling

Feeling confused, exhausted, or anxious? Needing a shoulder to lean on? Student2Student peer counsellors are here to support you in all situations.

Starting or returning to your studies can sometimes be overwhelming. If you feel you want to talk to someone, anonymously if you wish, Student2Student is the place to go. The trained peer counsellors can help you find further support or the answer to a question on your mind. Discussions are confidential and free of charge.

You can reach Student2Student from Thursday the 1st of September onwards via telephone (+358 29 445 8580) or via the chat in Kamu. The service is open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. You can leave a callback request by calling the line anytime, and a peer counsellor will call you when the service is next open.

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Opening ceremony of the Academic Year 2022-2023

The Opening Ceremony of the Academic Year 2022–2023 will be held on Kuopio campus on Thursday, 8 September 2022, at 1.15 p.m. in the Great Lecture Hall, Snellmania building. Before the Opening Seremony, there is a Opening Ceremony Service in the Great Lecture Hall at 12.15–12.45 p.m.


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Register to Language Centre courses!

Registration for Language Centre’s autumn semester courses opens on 1.8.2022 in Peppi. If the course starts before 11.9.2022, registration ends two workdays before the course starts. If the course begins on 12.9.2022 or later in the first period, registration ends on Thu 8 September. For courses in the second period, registration ends 10 days before the course starts.

For degree students (Bachelor, Master and PhD), we offer degree courses in English and in Finnish as well as optional courses. For exchange students, we offer the courses Finnish 1A and Chinese 1. Exchange students can join other Finnish courses if there is room in the group. Both degree students and exchange students can choose courses from the KiVANET network.

If you are new to Finnish language, start with our beginner’s course, Finnish 1A. Finnish 1A is a self-study module. Registration is open throughout the academic year, and you can start this course as soon as you register in Peppi.

Students register for degree courses in Peppi through their personal study plan (PSP). Students may also register for courses that are not included in their PSP by searching these courses in Peppi.

NB! In case you have started your studies before Autumn 2022 and the new curriculum 2022–2025, please remember to add the new equivalent courses to your personal study plan (PSP).

For course catalogue and registration, see Peppi.

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UEF Students, get to know your campus!

Do you know where to find the ISYY office or the Student and Learning Services’ customer service desk? Are you feeling lost strolling around the campus?

Now you can familiarise yourself with your campus in advance! With the help of the Campus Orienteering mobile game, you get to navigate around the campus using an informative map. You can find the campus’ buildings, services, restaurants and many other places of interest marked on the map as checkpoints. You can play the Campus Orienteering game by yourself or as a group with your friends. The game is available to play until 30 September.

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Degree student remember to pay the FSHS fee!

You can use FSHS (Finnish Student Health Service) services in the spring semester if you are studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and you have registered as an attending student at the UEF.

Degree students pay the university student's health care fee to Kela. Note that Kela won't send you an invoice! The amount for the autumn semester is 35.80 €. Read more about the payment and how to pay it via the link below.

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NB! If you have social security coverage in another EU/EEA country or in Switzerland or the United Kingdom, you do not have to pay the healthcare fee to Kela. However, you can to use the FSHS’s services.

Send Kela a copy of your valid European Health Insurance Card or other document showing that you have social security coverage in one of the above countries. Send it well in advance of the due date for the fee (30 September).

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Nyyti’s Chat

Nyyti’s Chat is a place for sharing thoughts, feelings and experiences. Chats will cover subjects surrounding issues that affect student’s daily lives. Chat is also anonymous and free of charge. There will always be Nyyti’s volunteers or employees at the chat with you.

Chats in English from 6 to 8 pm:

  • Tue 30.8. How to find friends at the beginning of studies?
  • Tue 27.9. Studying with Learning Disabilities
  • Tue 25.10. Feeling tired all the time?
  • Tue 22.11. Living with roomies?
  • Tue 13.12. Racism and mental health
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Student associations at UEF

Student associations are independent, subject-specific associations. They gather together students who study the same subject, which allows for them to get to know their peers and work together in the field of student advocacy. It's a great way to meet new people and attend a variety of activities and events with people studying the same subject as you!

Each Student association has their own overalls colour, they are listed in ISYY's student calendars! You can watch this Youtube video to learn more about the Finnish higher education overall tradition.  See the list below to find your own Student associations on Kuopio campus.


Dentina ry
Dentina ry came back to life in October 2010 as dentistry studies re-started in Kuopio, and a new generation of students arrived. Dentina attends to its members’ interests, organises all kinds of fun activities and brings dentistry students together to strengthen collegiality. You may recognise us from our black overalls that have a white pocket or our subject organisation's unique socks!
Contact information: hallitus(at)dentina.fi
More information: Facebook, Instagram

Fortis ry
Fortis ry is the student organisation of pharmacy students in UEF, Kuopio campus. You’ll recognise us from our dark green overalls. In addition to taking all our students’ interests into account while making decisions concerning studies, Fortis offers a chance for our international students to get to know their Finnish peers in different events such as sitsit, sports events, parties and hangout events. We also organise educational events regarding our profession throughout the year. As an exchange student you’ll get our membership for free during your stay and are welcome to grab free coffee as well as hang out at the Fortis office. You’ll find the office at Canthia, ground floor, room 1112. Don’t be shy, come join us!
More information: Website, Facebook, Instagram

Hyeena ry
Hyeena ry is the student organisation for the students of environmental science and applied physics in University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio campus. For its members Hyeena ry arranges events like sitsit, parties, excursions, hangout-evenings and sport events. Hyeena also helps students in integrating to academic lifestyle and protects its members rights at the university. Members of Hyeena wear red overalls with a picture of a hyena in the back. You can visit our coffee room in Melania, lowest floor. Welcome to join the pack of red-furred hyenas!
More information: Facebook, Instagram

Kulti ry
Kulti ry is the student organisation of biomedicine students in UEF who carry red overalls with white pockets. We advocate the interests of our students, e.g. in matters concerning studies. Around the year we organise educational and entertaining events, such as working life events and parties. We bring our students together with the working life in the field of biomedicine. Our clubroom (aka Kultihuone) is located in the 2nd floor of Snellmania, near Café Hav a Java at the bomb shelter (SN2064). Come and join us for coffee!
Contact Information: kultihallitus(at)lists.uef.fi
More information: Website, Facebook, Instagram

Kuopion lääketieteen opiskelijat KuoLO ry
KuoLO ry is a student organisation for medical students in Kuopio. You can recognise med students from black overalls and good atmosphere! In addition to supervising and promoting the interests of students we arrange many different kinds of events from which the toga party is the most traditional one. Interdisciplinary events are hosted by the third year students and our sitsi-club KuoSi. You can join many different kinds of clubs, sport teams, sing in a med student's own choir, join our international events, do charity or join the musical "Speksi"! Follow us on social media, @kuolory!
Contact information: pj(at)kuolo.fi

Preemio ry
Preemio ry is a student organisation for Business students of the University of Eastern Finland on Kuopio campus. Preemio offers its members services and interest advocacy with studies and free time activities. During the semester Preemio arranges various theme parties, but also sport activities, where it’s possible to network with other Preemio members and students.
Contact information: pj(at)preemio.fi
More information: Website, Facebook, Instagram

Retikka ry
Retikka ry is the student organisation of nutrition students in the University of Eastern Finland. Association looks after the interests of its members and offers leisure activities for them as well. In autumn nutrition students traditionally have events like “baptising” event for the freshmen students as well as pre-Christmas party. In spring you can find nutrition students with their bright green overalls for example selling delicious brownies at the University. Nutrition students are famous for their food (and appetite) at their parties – both are almost endless.
Contact information: retikka-hallitus(at)lists.uef.fi
More information: Website, Facebook, Instagram

Serveri ry
Serveri ry is the student organisation for students of Computing on the Kuopio campus of UEF.
More information: Website, Facebook

Socius ry
Socius ry is the student organisation for students of Social Sciences on the Kuopio campus of UEF.
Contact information: hallitus(at)sociusry.com
More information: Facebook, Instagram

TERHO ry is a subject association for UEF students in nursing science, health economics,  Health and Social Management Sciences, Health and Human Services Informatics and Health Promotion. Terho promotes the interests of the students and organizes events during the year. Terho has blue overalls. Our TERHOroom can be found in Canthia's basement.
Contact information: terhonhallitus(at)lists.uef.fi
More information: Facebook, Instagram




Wanna cross a visit to Lapland off your bucket list?

Join ESN Kuopio and ISYY as we are going far beyond the Arctic Circle to experience the real Finnish winter in the northernmost ski resort of Europe in Saariselkä, the place which has ski slopes open sometimes even in June! The trip is organised from Thu 24.11.2022 till Tue 29.11.2022.

Visit the real Santa in the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, take selfies with the reindeers at a farm hosted by Sami people, enjoy the beautiful Arctic landscape and if you are lucky, the mesmerizing Northern lights! There is also a wide range of winter sports you can try – everything from adventurous snowshoeing and skiing to husky sledding, and even swimming in the Arctic Ocean. The group will be accommodated in atmospheric cottages on the slope of the Kaunispää-mountain, which is a perfect place for spotting the Aurora Borealis!

Where can you sign up?

The sign up will begin on Thursday 1 September at 12 pm on Timetravels' website! Find more information and sign up via the link in the blue box below.

The price of the trip starts from 339 €. What is included in the price:

  • A round trip by bus to Rovaniemi & Saariselkä
  • Accommodation in 3-14 person cabins with sauna for 4 nights
  • Visit of the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi
  • Kemi SnowCastle visit
  • Tour guide services in the destination

For questions and other information contact Timetravels Customer service for assistance via Helpdesk or customerservice@timetravels.fi or via phone +358 10 421 8990, during office hours Mon-Fri 10.00-16.00. Cost of the phone call is 0,09 €/call + 0,17 €/min + international call charge (for calls outside Finland).

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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 and auditions are held as follows:

  • Tue 20.9. 6–8 PM at SN100
  • Tue 27.9. 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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Boost up your job seeking skills!

This service is especially for international students that want guidance in order to find work or traineeship in Kuopio region. During the service participants get help in identifying their competences and interests and ideas how to use that information in writing a CV and job application. The training also includes information on the local labour market.

More info:

Merja Kuusela
044 7182 016

Henni Kuikka
044 7183 985


New courses in career & job seeking skills

The UEF Career Services offers courses on career planning and job seeking. They are open to all bachelor’s and master’s degree students. Starting from spring 2023, each 1-ECTS course will be available in English twice a year. This academic year, they will belaunched as follows:

Autumn 2022

  • Basics of Finnish Working Life – self-study course

Spring 2023

  • Career-planning – self-study course
  • Job seeking – self-study course
  • Career planning – practical exercises
  • Job seeking – practical exercises

Descriptions and registering: Peppi


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.




Music gives wings to the mind!

Come enjoy Kuopio Symphony Orhcestra’s 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:

  • 29.9. The Secret Songs of Women
  • 6.10. Storm of Emotions
  • 27.10. Myths and legends
  • 3.11. ¡Viva Guitarra!
  • 17.11. Mesmerized by the Winds
  • 24.11. Our own star
  • 8.12. Celebration of Finnish Music
  • 15.12. The Nutcracker

11€ student discount tickets for the following concerts:

  • 17.9. Samuli Edelmann & Kuopio Symphony Orhcestra
  • 13.10. Arja Koriseva & Mikael Konttinen with Kuopio Symphony Orhcestra

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. 11€ discount tickets are available for purchase in advance at Music Centre and www.lippu.fi.

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Test your business idea with Draft funding!

Do you have a business ideawhich you would like to test? Present your idea to our program experts and you can get funding for the idea up to 4 000 €. Participation is free of charge.

Apply for the program by September 19, 2022. The program will be carried out online.

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Get to know new international people in Kuopio via Kompassi

Kompassi is an international meeting point situated in the city center. It is a part Settlement Puijola ry of Kuopio.

Kompassi organizes multicultural activities all through the year with the help of our visitors and partners.  Kompassi promotes building of an equal society and offers activities supporting integration and participation, and advice and guidance in everyday life.

Kompassi’s activities emphasize community, peer-support, utilizing people’s own resources and supporting them in moving forward in life. Finns and immigrants confluence through volunteer work.

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Hello all of our students!

The City of Kuopio is developing the CultureKuopio-program. This program is based on your wishes, so help us out and let your voice be heard and fill out the survey below by 15 September. Together, we can make sure Kuopio has something nice to offer you in the future, just right for you!


Follow the City of Kuopio on social media

Follow your campus city on Instagram @kuopionkaupunki to find out about current news, events and other information about the city. NB! You can also follow the hashtag #kpoweek for more exclusive information about the city of Kuopio in English.

Check out also the Facebook page Kuopio International where the city publishes news about Kuopio in English: events, services and all sorts of current issues!



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.

You will find more information on ISYY's newsletters (Weekly Feed) and data protection on ISYY's website.



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