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ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 38/2022

Tue 20 Sep 2022 01:02:26 PM EEST

ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 38/2022


ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 38/2022


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This week we are starting our Language Café activities so join us for an info session today at 4.15 pm via Google Meet if you didn't attend the info at 9 am! Language Cafés are a great way to learn basics of a new language and meet other students.

The idea of the Cafés is that your fellow students teach you their mother tongue in small groups and in a relaxed environment. UEF students can get ECTS credits (1 ECTS/participant and 2 ECTS/teacher) for participating and completing a few small assignment! Read more about the Language Cafés on ISYY's website here.

Have a nice week!

Kind regards,



Improve your language skills!

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 since ISYY’s Language Cafés are starting again!

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 today at 4.15 pm on Google Meet to find out more! You can find the link to the meeting from the 'Read more' button 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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Give us feedback about the Campus Happening and City Orienteering

Thanks to everyone who joined the Campus Happening and City Orienteering last Thursday in Joensuu and Kuopio! We hope that everyone's evening was joyful and safe.

We are now collecting feedback to improve our events in future. By filling the form you can participate in a raffle where we give out UEF canvas bags.

The form will close on Friday 23rd September at 12 pm.


See you in October at ISYY Association Days!

ISYY organises the Association Days on 11th and 12th October in Joensuu (both days) and in Kuopio (Wednesday 12th). The event will be held in Joensuu at Carelia Lobby and in Kuopio at Snellmania Lobby (1st floor).

At the Association Days Student Associations, Campus Associations will be presenting their activities and selling overall patches.

Attend the event and get to know student associations in UEF and maybe you'll find something new for your free-time.

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Welcome to ISYY’s 12th Anniversary Celebration on 29th October 2022 in Kuopio!

We warmly welcome all ISYY members to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) on Saturday, 29th October 2022 in Kuopio! The Annual Celebration will be held in Hotel IsoValkeinen.

Registration for the Annual Celebration will begin on Wednesday 14th September 2022 at 12 pm and the registration is open until 30th September 2022. All the information about the event will be updated to isyy.fi/annualcelebration.

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Exceptions to ISYY office's opening hours

  • Because of the sports afternoon, ISYY offices are closed on Wednesday 5th of October 2022
  • ISYY offices are closed from 17th to 21st of October (week 42)


Greetings from the Coordinator

Hello again!
It feels like autumn is going really fast now and I've got the feeling that now is the moment to take the foot off the gas pedal, slow down and stop. It's not always easy, but the most important thing is to try. Is it easy for you to stop when you feel that life is too hectic? Luckily, you can practice it and the internet is full of different ways. I personally recommend Nyyti ry’s website, which is full of material for promoting your wellbeing. Have a relaxing new week!


Opening of the Wellbeing Week 3.10.

The Wellbeing Week of ISYY and UEF is celebrated on October 3rd-7th 2022. This time the theme of the week is brain’s wellbeing. The week starts with the arrival of the Finnish Kennel Club's care dogs to the campuses, at Alkukivet in Joensuu and in front of Lukema in Kuopio between 12 noon and 2 pm. According to Yle's article, pets reduce stress and relax, even if the pet is not one's own. In addition to petting the dogs, coffee and chocolate are served.


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Movie night 6.10.

The Wellbeing Week’s Thursday evening will be crowned with a movie night, during which we will watch C'mon C'mon (2021), starring Joaquin Phoenix, who won an Oscar from Joker (2019). The theme of the film is a sensitive drama that deals with the wellbeing of the mind and emotional skills. C’mon C’mon makes you laugh and cry and sometimes both at the same time. The movie is in English. Movie night is organised at Kino Kuvakukko (address Vuorikatu 27, 70100) from 5.30 pm forward with Hyvät Kuvat movie club and the entrance is free. Welcome to have fun (and maybe cry a little)!

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Polar night “kaamos” survival lecture 7.10.

At the end of the Wellbeing week, study psychologist Katri Ruth holds a polar night lecture called "Kaamos survival" in English from 2 pm to 3 pm on Zoom. People may be negatively affected by kaamos, and darkness can trigger depression or cause extra tiredness. The effects of polar night time on the body and mind are discussed, and ways to cope with polar night are reviewed. Note! The lecture starts exactly at 2 pm. You can find the link to Zoom from the Wellbeing week’s program, the link is below.

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Sports afternoon is on 5th of October

The programme is out and you can find it here. The sports afternoon is lecture-free from 12:15 pm onwards! Enrollment for the classes opens on 21 September. Be quick since the places fill up fast!

SYKETTÄ Sports Services organises the sports afternoon programme, but no SYKETTÄ sticker is required to participate. It is still required to register to SYKETTÄ websites (Joensuu or Kuopio) to be able to enroll to the classes and turns. The sports afternoon programme also includes all the classes on the SYKETTÄ sports calendar that day!


During the sports afternoon, a wide variety of different exercise options are available both indoors and outdoors, and arranged by external partners. Some of them are free of charge, while others include a separate fee.


Problems with veryfying your SYKETTÄ account?

If you have problems with the registration or you couldn't verify your email for the SYKETTÄ account or you didn’t get the email verification link, please contact  liikuntasuunnittelija.kuopio@isyy.fi.


Return your appro passport and get your overall badge

  • You can return your appro passport to the ISYY office, to Cafe SAVOTTA or Bar&Cafe SAVOTTA till the end of September. Please check the opening hours of the office you want to return the passport to!
  • Remember that you have to have the valid SYKETTÄ sticker now if you want to use the SYKETTÄ Sports Services. You can read more info about the different sticker and where to buy them here.

Physical activity and nutrition counseling

  • Physical activity counseling. Do you feel you are not getting enough exercise for your health and well-being? Would you like to promote your own health and well-being through physical activity? Do you want more physical activity in your daily life, but don’t know where and how to start? Do you need professional support on your journey towards a more active lifestyle?
  • Nutrition counseling starts on 21st of September. SYKETTÄ Nutrition Services offer nutrition counseling every Wednesday at 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm. If you have anything food and nutrition related you would like to discuss with a specialist and you have a valid sports sticker, you can book a 30 minute appointment through the SYKETTÄ Sports calendar to come and discuss with our SYKETTÄ nutrition specialist. Enroll via sports calender.

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Welcome to respond to a survey!

The aim of the survey is to obtain diverse information on students’ experiences and views on learning and studying in higher education. We hope that every higher education student will respond to the survey based on their own experiences of studying. Everyone’s answer is important. The deadline for responding is 7.10.2022. Responding takes around 20-25 minutes.

The survey is here.

The survey is part of the Evaluation of the state and reform of higher education pedagogy, which is implemented by the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC). Some of the answers may be used in the Evaluation of Government’s key projects for higher education 2017–2022. Once the evaluation has been completed, the responses will be archived, and they can be handed over for research use. The answers that will be archived will be anonymised. The results of the survey will be reported in a way that makes it impossible to identify individual respondents.

For more information on the evaluation, visit the project website. I am happy to provide more information about the evaluation and the implementation of survey.

Thank you for participating in the evaluation!


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:

  • 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


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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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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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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Useful websites and social media

Social media




Retikka's Bake Sale
27 September

Retikka, the student association of Clinical Nutrition, is hosting an autumn bake sale on Tuesday 27th September at 10.30–14.00 @Canthia. We are selling homemade carrot cake, coffee, tea and overall patches. Vegan and gluten free options available. Payment methods are cash and MobilePay. Bring a container to take a few slices home too!

Carrot cake can also be purchased by trays for 25 €/tray. To order a tray please place an order by 23.9. at pj.retikka@gmail.com.

Welcome to enjoy!

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Red Cross hang out evening 21.9: Board games

Red Cross hang out evenings continue as usual in the autumn! Red Cross Kuopio department organizes hang out evenings for students and young people. At the hang out evenings you can meet your old friends and make new ones while having supper and taking part to different monthly

The events are free of charge and take place once in a month. The theme of the first hang out evening is board games. Some games will be available but you can also bring your own favourite games with you. The event will take place at Red Cross (Puijonkatu 9) on 21.9. at 18-21. Welcome!

More information via email hengailu@sprkuopio.fi.


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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Guided mushroom tour

Kompassi organises a guided mushroom tour on Tuesday 27 September together with Luonnon Ystäväin yhdistys:

  • Departure from Kompassi (Kauppakatu 40-42) at 10.30 and return to Kompassi at 14.30
  • Tour destination: Vuorilampi/Neulamäki
  • The tour guides are: Luonnon Ystäväin yhdistys Kirsti & Pekka
  • Weather caution: the trip is cancelled if it rains
  • We offer coffee on a tour
  • Max. 20 ppl
  • Registration & more info: varsha.shurpali@puijola.net

Sign up and welcome to join with us for a tour.


Board game club Kärmes

ISYY's Board game club Kärmes aims to offer students and other enthusiasts a chance to enjoy board, card and strategy games. The club gathers to play at ISYY's office (Lukema) nearly every week. You're welcome to join them!




Film club Hyvät Kuvat

Our film club comes back with brilliant movies! We again have free tickets for exchange students: you can get them from Lukema during ISYY's opening hours!

  • 22.9. Tytöt tytöt tytöt
  • 6.10. C'mon C'mon
  • 13.10. Belle
  • 27.10. Drive My Car
  • 3.11. Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • 10.11. Sokea mies, joka ei halunnut nähdä Titanicia
  • 17.11. Maastamuuttajat
  • 24.11. Licorice Pizza
  • 1.12. Cow
  • 8.12. Memoria

Screenings are in Kino Kuvakukko (Vuorikatu 27) on Thursdays, 17:30. NB! The movies are subtitled only in Finnish (or in Finnish and Swedish), which means that the Finnish movies or movies with different languages are not accessible in English.

Season ticket's price is 25 euros for students, 30 euros normally. The tickets are sold from ISYY offices (card or cash) or from the Cinema Kinokuvakukko (only cash) before every act. The tickets are also sold from Kide.app (the ticket must be collected from Kino Kuvakukko before the act). The season ticket provides access for every movie in the autumn season. We don't sell separate tickets.

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Pirates of the Baltic Sea -cruise (14.-16.11.)

AHOY ye landlubberrr! Time to step aboard and find your place amongst the seadogs! We are happy to welcome you onboard the Pirates of the Baltic Sea! The biggest and baddest cruise on the Baltic Sea is calling you to hoist the masts and sail from Helsinki to Stockholm!

Experience two nights full of fun and partying with fellow international students in the beautiful archipelago and one day of visiting Stockholm. International students from all over the world are joining the cruise! Ticket sales are open! Read more from Facebook & get your tickets from Timetravels website.

Pirates of the Baltic Sea is the biannual national event of ESN Finland. Over 1000 international students from all over Finland, Estonia and Latvia get on board our pirate ship and sail across to Baltic Sea to visit the beautiful city of Stockholm, Sweden.

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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).

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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.

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.




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 and check the contact information of each Student association from the 'Read more' link.

  • Dentina ry - Dentistry students
  • Fortis ry - Pharmacy students
  • Hyeena ry - Students of environmental science and applied physics
  • Kulti ry - Biomedicine students
  • Kuopion lääketieteen opiskelijat KuoLO ry - Medical students
  • Preemio ry - Business students
  • Retikka ry - Nutrition students
  • Serveri ry - Students of Computing
  • Socius ry - Students of Social Sciences
  • TERHO ry - Students in nursing science, health economics,  Health and Social Management Sciences, Health and Human Services Informatics and Health Promotion
  read more  

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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