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ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 36/2022

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ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 36/2022


ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 36/2022


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Hopefully you have had some time to settle into your new campus city. City Orienteering is a great opportunity to get to know your city even better while completing fun assignments with your peers! Read more here and sign-up in Kide.app here.  

Have a nice week!

Kind regards,
Ada / ISYY Communications

ISYY Coordinator of International Affairs
Elina Pitkänen


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.




Secretary Generals autumn letter to ISYY members

ISYY's new Secretary General Antti Natunen welcomes all the new and continuing students to our campuses with an autumn letter.  

"I hope that your summer has been filled with relaxing moments and sunshine. Whether you are a freshman or continuing student, I congratulate you at the beginning of this academic year", writes Antti. 

"Don’t hesitate to take contact to us! We advocate your interests, so that you can focus on studying (and to student life)."

Read the whole letter from Antti to ISYY members from our websites. Maybe you'll find out something new for your free-time.


Welcome to 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.


Freshman Bingo

ISYY organises a ‘fuksibingo’ aka Freshman Bingo to kick-start the academic year for new students.By completing a bingo you will get a unique ISYY Fuksi 2022 overall badge. The Freshman Bingo helps new students to familiarise themselves with student life and to find new communities.

Read the rules for Freshman Bingo and download the bingo sheet from ISYY websites.

The bingo sheet can also be collected from ISYY offices.


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Improve your language skills!

ISYY’s Language Cafés are starting again! 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 20 September either at 9 am or at 4.15 pm on Google Meet to find out more! You can find the links to the meetings from the 'Read more' section below.

If you are interested in teaching a Language Café, fill in the Google Forms linked here and let us know which languages you would be interested in teaching! You can sign up in Google Forms until Thursday 22nd of September 12 pm (noon).

Leader training is on Thursday 22 September at 4.15pm on Google Meet so see you there! (We will send the link to the leader training via email to those who filled in the Google Forms.) Note that participating in the leader training does not bind you to anything! You can just attend the training and decide after that whether you want to become a leader or not.

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This week we are going to kick-start the new academic year!

It is finally the week when we are going to kick-off the new academic year with the traditional Campus Happening and City Orienteering in our both Campuses. On Thursday 8th September the Campus Happening will begin 3.30 pm and during the event the City Orienteering teams will sign up their teams at the registration desk.

The programme of the Campus Happening includes e.g. live music, glitter make ups and different outdoor activities. The event gathers our whole university community together to celebrate the new academic year. You are warmly welcome to join! 

In Kuopio City Orienteering there is still some tickets left for continuing students groups and to the BRIDGES-teams.

If you wish, it is also possible to buy tickets only to the after party from the Albatrossi door when the after party has started.

Please, read the City Orienteering instructions beforehand when coming to the event on Thursday.

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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.

  read more  



ISYY's offices are also open on Friday 9.9.

Exceptionally, ISYY's offices are also open on Friday, September 9, 2022 from 11 to 13



Greetings from the Coordinator

Hello dear reader, hopefully the start of the academic year has been peaceful! Last Saturday we were on a day trip in New Valamo with students and we sure had a blast. Psst! The next trip is behind the corner, we are going for a day trip to Tahko mountain. More information about the trip is below. In addition ISYY’s annual Wellbeing Week is celebrated on 3.-7.10. The purpose of the Wellbeing Week is to offer UEF's students and staff activities that promote wellbeing. The program will be published next Monday, so stay tuned! Have a nice week!

- Riina


Upcoming events

Tue 13.9. is a trip to the Kuhasalo nature trail. The Kuhasalo nature trail is located near the center of Joensuu, about three kilometers from the centrum. In addition there will also be a barbecue.

Thu 15.9. is board game night upstairs at Bar Play. During the evening we play various board games and enjoy Bar Play's tasty french fries. You can also participate in the evening without participating in the games, you can also come hang out.

Thu 22.9. The Joensuu City Theater welcomes students as an audition audience for the audition of the musical My Fair Lady. The show is in Finnish and lasts 2h 40min, including a 20min intermission. There are limited places.

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BRIDGES goes bowling

Welcome to BRIDGES' bowling event at Keilakukko bowling hall on Tue 20th of September 5pm-6pm. We have rented 4 tracks and max 6 people to accommodate one track. Your skill level doesn't matter, let's just have a fun time together!

The participation is free, but you need to pay the shoe rent (1 €). You need to have the student card with you. The registration ends on the 13th of September.


Day trip to Tahko mountain

Transportations from Kuopio campus leaves at 11 am. We'll arrive to Tahko at about 12 pm. You can move around Tahko freely or you can go on a tour of Huutavanholma with ISYY’s staff. Transportation back to the campuses leaves at 5 pm. We recommend weather-appropriate equipment.

Register in advance via Kide.app between September 2nd to September 18th. Transportation to Tahko and back is free of charge, but a deposit of 10 € + 0.5 € service fee must be paid upon registration. The deposit will be returned after you have porticipated in the event, the service fee will not be refunded.

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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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You can try SYKETTÄ-services for free until 14th September

IMPORTANT: Remember to register and enroll via SYKETTÄ websites

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.

During the free trial period, enrollment on classes and turns is not possible via the mobile application without a valid SYKETTÄ sticker. You must enroll in classes and turns via the sports calendar on the website. If  you have a valid SYKETTÄ sticker, you can enroll in classes normally via the mobile app.

Get to know classes:
Wing Tsung Kung Fu Tuesday 6th of September at 18-19 at Snellmania mirror hall
Escrima Concepts Tuesday 6th of September at 19-20 at Snellmania mirror hall COURSE: Basic of Golf at Tarinagolf -enroll before 7th of September
Golf at beautiful scene at Tarina!

  • 10-13 pitch, chip, put and range training

  • 13-14 little break and you can buy lunch form Tarinagolf Club restaurant

  • 14-17 playing Golf and diplomas


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.

  read more  

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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International student, register for Finnish courses now!

If you are new to Finnish language, start with our beginner’s course, Finnish 1A. Finnish 1A is a MOOC-style self-study course and open for all international UEF students. Registration is open throughout the academic year, and you can start this course as soon as you register in Peppi. If you have studied Finnish before, check out our Finnish 1B – Finnish 4 courses to find a course suitable for your skill level!

  • KK00CK91 Suomi 1A / Finnish 1A: Introduction to the Finnish language, 2 ECTS
  • KK00CK92 Suomi 1B / Finnish 1B, 2 ECTS
  • KK00CK93 Suomi 2A / Finnish 2A, 2 ECTS
  • KK00CK94 Suomi 2B / Finnish 2 B, 2 ECTS
  • KK00CK95 Suomi 3 / Finnish 3, 4 ECTS (Autumn term 2022)
  • KK00CK96 Suomi 4 / Finnish 4, 4 ECTS (Spring term 2023)

For all course schedules and detailed descriptions, please see your PSP or study guide 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! Continuing students, please remember to update your PSP! 

If you have any questions, please contact Finnish teacher Katri Niemi. Don't hesitate to ask! 

Read more about our Finnish courses here. Learn more about other courses Language Centre offers for international degree and exchange students in Language Centre Study community

Welcome to study Finnish!


Studies for Sustainable Future now available as a minor!

Starting from the academic year 2022–2023, the University of Eastern Finland offers a diverse and multidisciplinary minor on sustainable development, known as Studies for Sustainable Future. The minor brings together courses on sustainability from different disciplines, focusing on environmental issues and natural resources. The minor is available for all regardless of your minor.

The minor is highly topical, since the various sustainability challenges we are facing require rapid solutions that can be found through multidisciplinary collaboration. Furthermore, multidisciplinary expertise in sustainability-related issues is also in high demand on the labour market.

Studies for Sustainable Future can be completed as basic and subject studies. The broad selection of courses is divided into thematic modules offered in Finnish, and there is also one module available in English.

More detailed information about the course selection is available in Peppi. To learn more about Studies for Sustainable Future, please see the YouTube video linked below.


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.

  read more  



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.

  read more  

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).

  read more  

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 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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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).

  read more  

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.


  read more  




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.

  read more  

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.

  read more  

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.




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.

  read more  


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.

  read more  

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.

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