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ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Weeks 41-42/2021

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ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Weeks 41-42/2021


ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Kuopio Weeks 41-42/2021


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The Representative Council Elections are coming up and it's your time to vote who you want to represent your opinions in the Council! The advance voting takes place between 25 and 29 October. The Actual voting day is 3 November. You can choose your candidate with the help of our Voting Aid which is published on Friday. Also, attend our Election panel discussions on 25.10. in Joensuu and 26.10. in Kuopio if you want to hear more opinions of the candidates!

There are still free season tickets for the Hyvät Kuvat movie club so come and get yours from the ISYY office if you're an exchange student at the UEF. The tickets are offered on first come, first served basis. Please note that the ISYY office is closed next week (18.-24.10.).

Have a relaxing week!

Kind regards,




The Voting Aid for the Representative Council Elections opens on Friday!

Don’t know who to vote for in ISYY’s Representative Council Elections? Would you like to know more about the candidates? Voting Aid is there to help you!

The Voting Aid will open to voters on Friday 15.10 on ISYY’s website. Find out which candidate’s views are closest to yours and pick who you’re going to vote for.

Advance voting for the Elections will take place on 25.10.-29.10.2021 and the actual voting day is 3.11.2021. All students who have registered as attending students to the University of Eastern Finland by 18.10.2021 and who are members of the Student Union are entitled to vote. Those entitled to vote will receive a link to their email through which voting will take place.

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Representative Council Elections Panel Discussions on week 43

ISYY will hold a Panel Discussion for Representative Council Election candidates in Joensuu on Monday 25th of October and in Kuopio on Tuesday 26th of October. During the panel discussion, candidates will answer questions concerning different themes either in Finnish or English. Also, the audience can ask their questions during the event. Additionally, you can send your questions beforehand via this Google Forms.

  • Panel Discussion in Joensuu: Monday 25th of October at 14-16 in Carelia lobby.
  • Panel Discussion in Kuopio: Tuesday 26th of October at 14-16 in Snellmania lobby.

Come to the panel discussion and learn more about the candidates - because you decide who decides. Coffee and candies will be served and you can get an overall badge if you come and listen!

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128 candidates for ISYY's Representative Council elections

This year, a total of 128 candidates from 10 different candidate lists are nominated in the Representative Council Elections of the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY).

ISYY's Representative Council Elections will be held this autumn on both campuses in Joensuu and Kuopio. The advance voting for the Representative Council Elections takes place from 25 October to 29 October 2021 and the actual voting date is 3 November 2021.

Check out the Candidates on ISYY's webpage.

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ISYY Representative Council meeting 5/2021 on the 13th of October at 5 pm!

In the meeting, the Representative Council will decide, for example, the amount of the ISYY membership fee for the academic year 2022–2023 and elect Student Representatives.

The meeting will be held at campuses in rooms AU100 (Joensuu) and SN201 (Kuopio). It can be followed live or online. The link to the online broadcast will be updated on ISYY’s website closer to the meeting.

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Answer the Student Livelihood Survey and Win a Gift Card of 150 Euros!

The student unions’ livelihood survey will examine students’ livelihood, employment and housing, as well as any changes regarding them. The survey generates relevant and up-to-date information on the financial status of university students across Finland.

The survey responses will be utilised for the livelihood survey and in student representation. Your responses are valuable and will contribute to fact-based advocacy.

It takes about 15 minutes to complete the survey and you can answer until October 31st. Responding to the survey is voluntary and can be done anonymously. Responses will be processed confidentially, and individual respondents will not be identifiable in the results.

ISYY will choose one student among their respondents who will win an S Group gift card valued at 150 euros. 

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ISYY Association Days on 26. and 27.10.2021

Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) organizes Association Days on 27.10.2021 on Kuopio campus and on 26.-27.10.2021 at Joensuu campus. Come and find out what ISYY and associations close to it have to offer. It’s also possible that you’ll find some new activities from Association Days! ISYY Association Days are open for everybody and there’s no entrance fee.

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The ISYY offices are closed on week 42

Please note that the ISYY offices are closed on week 42 (18.-24.10.) due to the autumn holiday.

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What is BRIDGES?

The University of Eastern Finland has received a special grant from the Ministry of Education and Culture for the years 2021-2022 to promote the well-being of students and prevent exclusion. With the special grant, the University of Eastern Finland is implementing the BRIDGES project to increase well-being and communality. The project has several subcontractors, one of which is ISYY.

The aim of the project is to reduce the experience of loneliness and to prevent exclusion through activities that increase students' community and well-being.

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Kuopio’s BRIDGES breakfasts: There’s still tickets left for the 27th of October and 10th of November!

There is still room for a few in Kuopio breakfasts 27.10. and 10.11. Breakfast will be held at the Studentia’s Chapel from 10am-11am. We will let you know if any tickets become available.

More information and registration:

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Give feedback about this year's Wellbeing Week!

With feedback we will develop the event for the next year. Every answer is valuable! The form will be closed on the 25th of October. Link to feedback form:


The Hobby Buddy: Here are hobby buddies we're looking for right now!

The service is on around the year and at this moment one or more hobby buddies are currently being searched for these hobbies:

  • Kuopio: Figure skating, badminton, Kpop dance, geocatching
  • Joensuu: band, role-playing D&D, winter swimming, riding, nature photographing

By filling out the Hobby Buddy application, we are looking for a suitable buddy for you. 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.

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Student, write to ISYY's blog!

Have you wanted to write about something important to you or take a stand on a conversation around you?  The topic of your writing may be related to, for example, studying, student well-being and mental health, as well as other current topics affecting students. Right now we are especially looking for texts related to students' financial situation, importance of communality, and thoughts related to mental health.

Read more and send your finished writing through our website:

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Thank you for participating in the Sport afternoon!

We did see a lot of happy faces! :)

Bottoms Up Ambassadors

The idea of Bottoms Up is to decrease sitting time and increase physical activity among the students and staff members on Kuopio campuses. We strive to improve study and work capabilities and improve on-campus culture, attitude and activity. Our goal is an active and healthy university community. Order the ambassadors to a lecture or a meeting.

Changes to the Sport schedule

  • Instructed group classes are on a break during the autumn holiday 18.-24.10.
  • During the autumn break, look at the offers with your SYKETTÄ sticker
  • Water exercise at Rauhalahti is this week on Wed 13.10. and next time on Wed 3.11. (two weeks break)
  • Jazzdance is this week on Thu 14.10. at 20:00 and next time on Tue 26.10. same place at 18:30-19:30
  • Gym and ball sports are in your use normally during week 42 at Studentia. Some ball sport turns in  the Kuopio school’s sports halls are cancelled

Upcoming course

Introduction course to ashtanga yoga 6.-7.11.2021. The course has been implemented in cooperation with Kuopio astangajooga. Price is 40 euros.

Are you looking for peace of mind and a flexible body? This is an introduction course to ashtanga yoga. You will learn the yoga breathing technique and the fundamental postures (asanas) of ashtanga yoga. Former experience in yoga is not required, and the course is suitable for everyone regardless of age or physical condition.

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Dear international degree student,

The Regional Council of North Savo – Pohjois-Savon Liitto wants to know your opinion about the North-Savo area as a study place and if it could be the place for you to build your future!

The Regional Council is organizing an after work meeting with some refreshments for students both from UEF and Savonia at their premises in Kuopio city center during the first week of November. The Regional Council is an important policy maker in North-Savo, and now you have an opportunity to make an impact!

If you are interested, then please send an email to marko.pietila@uef.fi


Kompassi (Settlement Puijola ry) seeks volunteers

Kompassi (Settlement Puijola ry) seeks volunteers to work in their international meeting point situated in the Kuopio city center. Settlement Puijola is a YUFE partner, and thus, you can use the work done in Kompassi to your YUFE studies or you can start your YUFE journey with this activity, and get your first YUFE star. You can find this activity from the YUFE course catalogue, with the heading “Volunteering work with refugees/migrants in Kuopio”

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Apply now for the YUFE Student Journey!

Students, many of you signalled that due to the obligations at the start of the Academic Year you needed more time to apply for the #YUFE #StudentJourney, so we have decided to prolong the call. Therefore, you can still apply to join our YUFE Student Journey until 20 October 2021!


UEF's International Week 26–29 October!

International Mobility Services is organizing an International Week on 26-29 Oct. During the week, we’ll host info sessions about exchange destinations, how to apply, and a Q&A session. During the week you’ll also find us on campus meet&greets – come chat about student exchange!

Find out more about the schedule on Kamu’s Study Abroad Events page. Welcome along!



OLVI-säätiö NeuroChallenge 5.11. at 4 pm till 7.11. 4 pm Online

OLVI-säätiö NeuroChallenge is a 48h long innovation competition that promotes better brain health and general wellbeing by solving challenges related to LIFELONG LEARNING & CREATIVITY.

Three (3) best teams will be awarded by the Grand Jury. The Grand Prize Money is 20.000 €. All the solutions must be related to OLVI-säätiö NeuroChallenge mission on promoting better brain health and wellbeing on ageing and elderly population.

The NeuroChallenge is structured like a hackathon - it’s an innovation event where entrepreneurially-minded people come together to create solutions for a real-life challenge within a limited time. You will be working hands-on. A team of mentors and facilitators helps you to ideate and prototype your solution. Register here!

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Grants of Teollisuusneuvos Heikki Väänänen Fund for 2022

Application period: 11 October – 11 November 2021

Teollisuusneuvos Heikki Väänänen Fund awards grants for wood-related scientific research at the University of Eastern Finland. Grants may be awarded for research projects that increase research-based knowledge of wood and promote the development of novel wood products or enhance the use and usability of wood for the needs of humanity.

In 2022, grants can be awarded for basic or applied research supporting these purposes with the following criteria:

  1. One-year grants of a maximum of 23,000 euros for a doctoral dissertation project or for post doc research. The grant includes the cost required by the MYEL pension insurance. The university does not collect the so-called “university compensation” from recipients of this one-year grant.
  2. Grants of a maximum of 6,000 euros for advancing a sub-project of a doctoral dissertation
  3. Additionally, grants of 1,000–2,000 euros may be awarded for master’s thesis work.

The grants awarded for doctoral dissertations or for post doc research are personal work grants intended for full-time work on a doctoral dissertation, free from other gainful employment. No travel grants will be awarded. The fund’s one-year grant may only be awarded to the same applicant once. The grant recipient must report on the use of the grant according to separate instruction. The application is filled out here. The grants must be used during 2022. The grantees will be announced at the Karelia Symposium on 7 April 2022.

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Student2Student – support and guidance, from students to students

We peer counsellors are soon-to-graduate students from the fields of psychology, social psychology and counselling. We are there to support you when for example:

  • something is bothering you and you want to talk to someone,
  • it feels hard to get a grip on your studies,
  • remote studies are exhausting you or
  • you have a problem and don’t know who to ask advice from.

Whatever is on your mind, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to listen to you and help you find the support that is best tailored for your situation. Conversations with us are free of charge and confidential.

Where? Phone us on (+358) 0294458580 or use the anonymous chat in Kamu.

When? Tuesday to Thursday from 2pm to 5pm, or leave a question or callback request or a message through the chat at any time.

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Registration for the Language Centre’s spring 2022 semester courses is open in WebOodi until mid-October

This year, students must register for the Language Centre’s spring 2022 courses by mid-October. Registration is open in WebOodi.

The registration period for the spring semester courses is as follows:

  • 13 Sep–15 Oct (prioritized)
  • 14 Sep–16 Oct (non-prioritized)

If needed, registration will be open in Peppi in December. Registration for the spring semester 2022 exemption tests as well as retake exams will continue in Peppi.


Good news for exercising people in Kuopio!

City of Kuopio opens an exercise advice phone service for you. It's meant to help citizens with physical exercise questions. If you want to know about sport hobbies, exercise places etc. please call us! We will do our best to help you.

The exercise advice phone service/Liikuntaluuri is open on Thursdays at 12-14 o'clock. Just call the number +358 44 7182505.

You can also leave us a WhatsApp message. Talk to you later!




Come and enjoy Kuopio Symphony Orchestra’s concerts safely at the Kuopio Music Centre!

Unwind after a stressful day listening to timeless music and get to know our orchestra’s musicians who represent 12 different nationalities.

Tickets only 4 euros for students for the following concerts:
14.10. Jukka Eskola
28.10. Temperaments and Folk Sounds
11.11. New interpretations
2.12. Hidden treasure


Discounts and benefit concerts for the rest of the autumn season will be informed at the end of September.

More information: The discount ticket should be purchased at the Kuopio Music Centre Ticket sales on the day of the concert (open Mon-Fri 3-5 pm or until the beginning of the performance and on weekend 1 hour before the performance, open hours valid for the time being). The discount price is only valid if there are still tickets left. To access the discount price a valid student card chould be presented when purchasing the ticket.

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The new student data system Peppi will be deployed at UEF in three stages in October and November 2021 which also means saying goodbye to WebOodi. Peppi is an information system wherein different features are organized into virtual desktops based on user roles. Peppi comprises education planning, facility and resource reservations, and the student and study register.



On the student's desktop, you can plan your studies, view your timetable, track your progress, schedule appointments, register for studies, obtain a certificate of student status and a transcript of records, apply for courses completed at another institution to be registered at UEF (recognition of prior learning), and view and edit your own contact information.

Info sessions, user training and question times!

You can find more information on the deployment and learn how to use Peppi by taking part in the info sessions and user training sessions for students. Welcome! Check out Peppi Yammer Group as well for more information.

The Peppi Road Show takes over different campus buildings during the week of the deployment (week 48). Come along and ask about Peppi and try your luck spinning the wheel of Peppi.

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Library opening hours from the 1st of September 2021

Kuopio Campus Library

  • Mon–Fri 8am–6pm (Customer service 9am–6pm)
  • Sat 10am–2pm
  • 24/7 Working spaces open later of autumn, at the earliest 1st October

KUH Medical Library

  • Mon 12 noon–5pm
  • Tue–Thu 10am–3pm
  • Fri Closed         

For more information: library(at)uef.fi



Nyyti ry - supporting students’ mental health

  • Nyyti has created in cooperation with Haaga-Helia a booklet Well-being skills. Training for the students. It is ideally suited to the independent strengthening of everyday well-being skills, as well as support and background material for conducting life skills courses. Check out the booklet HERE.
  • Nyyti’s group chat is meant for all students. You don’t have to register or sign up to the chat. Conversation will be held via usernames. The chats are focused on one specific topic.The chats are also attended by employees and volunteers of Nyyti and occasionally by experts from different fields.
    • 26.10. from 6 to 8 p.m: Self-criticism and sense of insuffiency
    • 23.11. from 6 to 8 p.m: I’m different – can I belong in my community?
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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!




Read the latest information related to COVID-19 on the website of the Finnish institute of health and welfare. Also, check out ISYY's post about corona and Kuopio City's website.


  • The regional coronavirus steering group recommends to wear a mask actively, particularly indoors when distancing recommendations cannot be effectively observed. Examples of such situations are all public transport as well as public interior premises and public events. Masks are also strongly recommended for schools and other learning institutions.
  • The University of Eastern Finland recommends the use of masks on campus! Also, UEF provides face masks for its staff and students working and studying on campus free of charge. Face masks are available in the main lobbies of the campus buildings. The face masks provided by the university are to be used on campus, i.e. they are not for personal use.
  • UEF recommends the use of the Koronavilkku app to its students and staff. Remember to download it to your phone!
  • If you have any flu symptoms and suspect that you might have been infected with Covid-19, here is what you can do: 
    • You should take Omaolo symptom assessment online. (Available in Finnish and English.)
    • If you think you have coronavirus, you can call Kuopio City Corona Help Line and book an appointment for a test: +358 44 704 6700. The line may be very busy at the moment because of the number of cases and exposures, but please wait patiently or call them again. The help line is open weekdays Mon-Thu from 8am to 3pm, Friday from 8am to 2pm and on weekend Fri-Sun from 8am to 12 noon.
    • You can also call the Medical Helpline 116117, which is open 24/7. Your situation will be assessed over the phone and you will get instructions.
    • Check the symptoms for coronavirus here.



Retikka's bake sale 28.10.

Retikka, the student association of Clinical nutrition, is hosting an annual autumn bake sale on Thursday 28th of October at 10.30-14.00 @Canthia. We are selling homemade carrot cake 2€/piece and 5€/3 pieces. 10 % of the profit will be used to Nenäpäivä-fund-raising. Payment methods are cash and MobilePay.

Welcome to enjoy!


Hyvät Kuvat movie club

Hello Kuopio! Do you like movies or do you want to switch your brains off after you have studied the whole day? ISYY's movie club called Hyvät Kuvat are starting their autumn season this week

Hyvät Kuvat -movies can be seen in a movie theatre Kino Kuvakukko in Kuopio every Thursday at 17:30 and 20:00. With the season ticket for autumn 2021 you can attend to every 12 movies during this autumn. The price of the season ticket is 25€ for students and other discount groups and 30€ for others. You can get your ticket from ISYY's office or from Kino Kuvakukko -movie theatre before the act every Thursday.

You can see the movies of this autumn from @hyvatkuvatisyy -profile or their websites!

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Free season tickets for exchange students

Hyvät Kuvat movie club offers 49 exchange students a free season ticket! You can pick up your ticket from the ISYY office during opening hours. The tickets are offered on first come, first served basis and you cannot reserve a ticket.



Kärmes Gaming Evening
@ Lukema

ISYY's game club Kärmes arranges gaming evenings in Kuopio that are free of charge and open for everyone. You're welcome to join us to play board games, card games and strategy games!

NB! Remember the current safety guidelines when attending the gaming evening. Do not attend the events if you have flu symptoms.

  • Fri 15.10. 5pm - 8pm
  • Wed 20.10. 5pm - 8pm
  • Fri 29.10. 5pm - 8pm
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Non-stop Finnish language courses by Komapssi

Kompassi offers non-stop Finnish language courses three days in a week. These courses are open and free for all and they are held at Kompassi (Kauppakatu 40-42). You do not need to register / sign-up for these courses.

Kompassi offers two different levels of language learning (for beginners and for little advanced levels), through which you can learn grammar and language structure. Apart from this, you can practice speaking Finnish language in two different levels (beginners and for little advanced). Students are encouraged to speak more Finnish in these interactive groups.

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Kompassi's Cultural Café

Come and get to know a new culture in Kompassi's Cultural Café, which showcases Bangladesh this time!

The event is held on Wednesday 13.10. from 4pm to 5pm.

You are warmly welcome!




Webinar: Workers’ rights in Finland

  • On Thursday 11.11.2021 at 17-18
  • Target audience: Non-Finnish speaking employees and job seekers. Professionals and volunteers working with immigrants.
  • The webinar is in English.
  • Organizer: Regional State Administrative Agencies, the divisions for occupational safety and health

The webinar gives you basic knowledge of workers’ rights. We will also tell you what to do if you face problems at work. The aim of the webinar is to help workers and job seekers to make sure that they will be treated right and equally in Finnish work life. For those who work with immigrants, the webinar will give know-how to guide immigrants in work-related situations. The webinar is free of charge and open to everyone. Welcome!


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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Pitch Challenge presented by Genelec on November 4th and 5th

Pondi, the Savilahti talent pond experts, are excited to announce Discovery Event, a unique and exciting recruitment initiative in which career seekers, entrepreneurs and students have an opportunity to apply their unique skills and experience to real-world business challenges.

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Job and Traineeship offers in UEF to a new job portal

The New JobTeaser-service provides:

  • Europe-wide job market: with nearly 17 000 job and traineeship offers. The service has opended to Finnish employers 25.11. and positions previously advertised on the Aarresaari.net-platform are now directed to JobTeaser.
  • Events: Now mainly online events in Central Europe. In the future, Finnish and UEF events as well.
  • Employer profiles: Now mostly international employers. In the future, Finnish organizations, too.
  • Guidance and messaging to support job seeking and career planning: Materials to support students, now produced by JobTeaser. In the future, targeted to Finnish labor market as well.

Further information and detailed instructions on how to sign in JobTeaser for the first time in Kamu.


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. You can search by region, job category or use the keyword search.

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Opiskelijatöihin.fi  is 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.




Remember to attach lights to your bicycle!

As the evenings are getting darker quicker, remember to wear reflectors and start using lights on your bicycle. When riding at dusk or in the dark, the Finnish law requires that a bicycle has a white or light yellow headlight and a red rear light. If you don't have these, you can be fined by the police. You can increase your visibility in the dark by wearing a reflector tag or a reflector vest.




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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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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