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ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 4/2023

Tue 24 Jan 2023 01:20:18 PM EET

ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 4/2023


ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Week 4/2023

24. - 30.1.2023

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If you're passionate about languages, join ISYY's second online Language Café info today at 4.15 pm and learn about the Language Café activities.

Language Cafés are informal language classes taught by students for students in an informal and friendly environment. The Cafés are based on volunteer work and they give students an opportunity to learn a language they are interested in. For UEF students, it is possible to earn ECTS credits by being a participant (1 ECTS) or a leader (2 ECTS).

Have a nice week!

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 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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Apply for study points from the 2022 positions of trust

The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) has opened the application period for study points for the positions of trust 2022. According to the accepted education plan of UEF, a student can be given study points for participating in student association or ISYY club work, for acting in the administrative body or working groups of the Student Union, University or in another body of a cooperating organisation or for participating in international association or ISYY club work.

A student can be given no more than 5 study points for participating in student association or ISYY club work and no more than 10 study points for acting in an administrative body or a working group. However, a student can get a maximum of 10 study points (including the international association or club work) altogether from association or club work and administrative bodies or working groups.

Read more about the study points and apply no later than 21st February 2023 at 23.59!

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The parliamentary election campaign of students has begun!

Every student in higher education must be guaranteed the opportunity to study without income insecurity or scarcity. Investing in students' success is an investment in our future.

Many students live below the poverty line, even if they are taking out full student loans or working while studying. Since 2017, student loan debt has doubled and the purchasing power of study grant has weakened by around 100 euros. The rising cost of living and brutally rising interest rates are still eating into students' livelihoods.

This is unsustainable. Having an appropriate income is essential for future professionals to be able to cope, survive at work and have a good mental well-being. Student incomes must be strengthened. This benefits the whole country and the future.

A 100 euro increase in study grant is needed. Let's raise students above the poverty line!

Follow the higher education students' parliamentary election campaign on Instagram @poiskoyhyysrajalta or in other social media channels #PoisKöyhyysrajalta.

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Greetings from the BRIDGES coordinator

Hello and a wonderful start of the week from me to you! In this section you can get information about the upcoming events of the BRIDGES project. Do you have event wishes or ideas that the BRIDGES could organize this spring? I'm happy to get some feedback and suggestions, because this project is for students! You can send me an email to riina.paakkonen@isyy.fi.

- 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.





Welcome to Kuopio's "Coffee & Friends" events!

Save the date ‘cause 7.2. 4pm-6pm the first “Coffee & Friends” of the spring will be held!

“Coffee & Friends” as a meeting place opens up the opportunity to get to know other students in a relaxed atmosphere. This is the students' living room, where you can rest and enjoy coffee and a snack. You can come to “Coffee & Friends” alone or with a friend.

During the spring, the cafe meets every Tuesday 4pm-6pm in Studentia’s chapel. There will be a changing program, but above all, fun company. Welcome!


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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Student, want to make new friends?

Would you prefer a new friend for studying, hobby or exercise? Welcome to "Find a Friend" service!

ISYY, Student2Student and SYKETTÄ's service gives you the opportunity to find a friend/friends for active study, hobbies or exercise. The service brings together three different areas: ISYY's hobby buddy, SYKETTÄ's sports buddy and completely new study buddy of Student2Student. You can fill out and search for friends from all areas. Note! If you have already filled an application to a hobby buddy or a sports buddy, you don't have to fill a new one.

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SYKETTÄ Kuopio news

The free sports trial has ended and starting from 23th of February all users of SYKETTÄ services must have a valid SYKETTÄ sticker. You can buy a sticker easily from our webshop or one of our selling points. 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.

Group classes on our partners sports facilities start on the 1st of February and enrolling for these classes begins one week earlier via SYKETTÄ sports calendar. These classes includes e.g. spinning, LesMills BodyCombat and pilates.


Return your appro passport

Return your appro passport to the ISYY office, to Cafe SAVOTTA or Bar&Cafe SAVOTTA by the end of January. Please check the opening hours of the office you want to return the passport to! By returning your passport you take part in lottery and get an overall badge equivalent to your performance. Check out the prizes here!

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.

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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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Student Tutors Needed for Next Autumn Semester!

Would You Like to Be a Student Tutor?

If you study in a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree programme at UEF and you are interested in helping the new students, you can apply as a student tutor. The student tutor helps the new students to have a smooth start for their studies. All the new students have a student tutor. And each tutor has a group of tutees.

Tutoring offers many opportunities to learn, for exeample to develop your communication and coordinating skills.

The tutors will be trained for the job and they will receive credits and a certificate on tutoring. The application period is 24 Jan – 5 Feb 2023.

More information: kirsi.konttinen@uef.fi

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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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Fair at the market square

The traditional winter fair in Kuopio called "Tammimarkkinat" is held from Friday to Saturday this week at the city centre's market square. The merchants are present as follows:

Friday 27.1. at 9-16
Saturday 28.1. at 9-15

The Kuopio's winter fair has been organised since 1800. You can find delicious treats, warm clothes and crafts at the fair. Welcome!

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Neulamäki Library Language Café 31.1. at 5 pm

Welcome to Neulamäki Library Language Café: You can grab some coffee, get to know your neighbours and have a casual chat with them in Finnish or, if necessary, in English.

Neulamäki Library Language Café is an open, relaxed event where you can practice speaking Finnish in a comfortable atmosphere. When you strike up a conversation, it’s easy to get to know new people and cultures. Of course you can also participate just by listening!

The Language Café will launch on Tuesday, Jan 31 at 5 pm at Neulamäki Library, Juontotie 6, 70150 Kuopio. Library staff will also take part in the conversations and collect ideas for future gatherings.

So come along, bring a relaxed attitude and a smile! You can take your whole family with you if you like! The event is free of charge. No registration needed.

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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.

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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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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