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ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Joensuu Week 19/2020

Tue 05 May 2020 01:36:52 PM EEST

ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Joensuu Week 19/2020 5.-11.5.2020


ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Joensuu Week 19/2020


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I hope you all had a great online vappu! Finnish spring has shown its true colors in the past few weeks as we've had rain, sunshine, and snow. We have a Finnish word for the unwanted return of winter in Finland; we call it 'takatalvi'. Let's hope it's just sunshine from here on out!

We have collected our last tips for free time for this newsletter. Hopefully you have found them useful!

Have a nice week!

Kind regards,

P.S. If you need to contact our staff, the contact information can be found here and our services are available by email and phone during office hours.





Learn languages

  • Do you want to learn Finnish outside your classroom? Try a free online course by University of Helsinki or find another useful course from this website. If Finnish feels impossible to learn and you need some motivation, watch YouTuber Dave Cad’s videos! Dave is from England and lives in Helsinki now. He is learning Finnish and his new challenge is to make videos in Finnish and test his knowledge.
  • Are you tired of learning Finnish or got excited about learning a new language? Why not learn more languages with Duolingo? This works also if you want to refresh your memory on a language you learnt earlier.

  • Would you like to learn about different varieties of English? Search eWAVE for Jamaican creole, Kenyan English, Tok Pisin, Chicano English or Philippine English and many other varieties.

  • Do you want to sound British or American when you’re speaking in English? Practice with this (BrE) and this (AmE) video.

  • Improve your pronunciation by practicing the most common English words either with a British accent, an American accent or an Australian accent.

  • Do you know what “bring owls to Athens”, “head in the clouds”, “make ends meet”, “Elvis has left the building” or “uncle Tom Cobley and all” mean? Learn about idioms!



Food assistance for students

Students of the UEF, Karelia UAS and Savonia UAS who are in financial distress due to the coronavirus epidemic have now access to food assistance in Joensuu and Kuopio. Funds donated by the educational institutions are used to purchase food vouchers, allowing students in urgent need to buy food from grocery stores.

The UEF, Karelia UAS, Savonia UAS, ISYY and the student associations Poka and Savotta are donating a total of 140 food vouchers to students in urgent need of assistance. The food vouchers will be purchased and distributed via student chaplaincy and diaconal work carried out by the Evangelical Lutheran parishes of Joensuu and Kuopio.

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What kind of issues should ISYY promote in its municipal influencing? – Answer the survey!

Citizen survey for ISYY members in Joensuu:

This survey will be used to determine what kind of issues ISYY should promote in its municipal influencing and especially in the municipal elections of 2021. The survey includes the following topics: housing, health care, traffic, recreation activities, cultural services, other services, employment, climate and environmental actions, equality, internationality, finance, and communications.

Two grocery store gift cards (valued 30€ each) will be drawn among all respondents. Contact information submitted for the raffle will not be processed along with the responses. Answering the questionnaire takes about 15 minutes.

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ISYYn Kahvitauko -virtual café and virtual pub Raekaelae!

ISYY virtual café and virtual pub are recurring online meeting places meant to act as platforms for anyone to come and share news and socialize online in Zoom.

The café is online in Zoom twice a week for an hour. Come share your joys and worries with your peers! A more informal option for the virtual café is our virtual pub, open every Friday night. Join us at the online afterwork!

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COVID-19 info

City of Joensuu has compiled a website about everything related to the Coronavirus. You'll find there the most up-to-date information about how the virus affects Joensuu and services offered by the city. The information is available currently in English, Russian, Arabic, Somali, Kurdish and Persian.

You can also read the latest information related to COVID-19 from the website of the Finnish institute of health and welfare. The ISYY website has an information package too.

You can find instructions for how to return ISYY's survival package and/or ISYY's sports equipment here.


Welcome to a UEF info session on 7 May 2020, at 10-11

The topic of the UEF info session is the coronavirus situation and the university’s guidelines on gradual lifting of restrictions. Attending the info session will be Rector Jukka Mönkkönen, Academic Rector Tapio Määttä and Director of Administration Tuomo Meriläinen.

Comments and questions can be presented during the info session via this chat.

  Follow the info session  

UEF campus pastors offer support during COVID-19

You can visit the campus pastor to talk about anything concerning your personal life: personal relationships, coping, a sudden turn of events in your life, a crisis, or sorrow. You can feel safe talking with the campus pastor, and you are not required to be a member of the church or possess a certain view of the world. You can come and talk simply as yourself and about your issues. The conversations are free of charge and absolutely confidential. E-mail is the best way of arranging a suitable time for the conversation.

Joensuu campus
Campus pastor Tiina Belov
Office: Penttilänkatu 1 E
tel. +358 50 590 6527

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Because SYKETTÄ University Sports service is closed, we decided to publish exercise videos, hints, and workout programmes on our social media (Instagram, Facebook and YouTube) on weekdays. The workouts are created by our group exercise instructors.  Please follow us! (You do not necessarily need to be registered to the social media servers to see the videos.)

We publish every Monday morning the virtual exercise schedule of the current week so stay tuned!

Facebook: Sykettä - Joensuun korkeakoululiikunta
Instagram: syketta_jns
YouTube: Sykettä Susirajalla



Keys to Tikkarinne gym

You can return the keyfob for Tikkarinne gym to the  "key return" mailbox in the University Aurora building, Entrance B  (same as YTHS building). Door is open Mon-Thu at 7.45 - 15 and Fri 7.45 - 14. You will find the mailbox in the hall.

Put your information on a piece of paper and the key fob into an envelope. Write clearly the following info if you wish to get back your deposit:

  • If you live in the EU: your name, IBAN and BIC
  • If you live outside the EU: your name, IBAN, BIC, your bank’s name and address as well as your address in your home country
  • If you have a Finnish bank account: your name and your Finnish account number

Please close the envelope well. It is very important to address the envelope correctly by using the  following text:  "Heli Aalto / SYKETTÄ University sports, ISYY office".

We will check the mail 1-4 times per month so it is more than possible that your deposit is not on your  account immediately, but don't worry it is on its way.



Nyyti ry hosts chats and talks during spring and summer


NyytiTalk deals with themes related to, for example, student life and wellbeing, relationships, studying and coping with everyday life.

Thursday 7th of May from 18.00 to 20.00: Effects of racism on mental health

Nyyti's Chat

Nyyti’s Chat is a place for sharing ideas and experiences. Group chat is about different topics that affect the student’s everyday life.

Tuesday 19th of May from 15.00 to 17.00: Are you demanding too much from yourself?
Tuesday 16th of June from 15.00 to 17.00: How to recover while studying during the summer?


Finnish Student Health Service

FSHS is open. Entrance to the FSHS service unit is exceptionally through the Aurora-building B-entrance while the university is closed. Aurora building’s B-entrance is open from Monday to Thursday from 7.45 to 3 pm, on Friday from 7.45 am to 2 pm

Starting from Monday 30.3. customer service is open from 10am till 11am.





Share your experiences during the COVID19-pandemic

Dear international student studying in Finland,

We would like to invite you to fill in a short online survey focusing on your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participation in this study will provide us with valuable information on how situations like these affect the international student lives. The approximate time for completing the survey is 5-10 minutes.

The survey will be open till 15th of May 2020 with a possibility for extension. We would like to inform you that participation in this survey is voluntary and all the data gathered is confidential. We highly appreciate your answers to this survey and we hope you are all in good health.

Best wishes,
Suvi Jokila & Kalypso Filippou
Department of Education
University of Turku



Looking for a summer job?

Are you interested in seasonwork on the Finnish countryside?

Farms around Finland are struggling to get enough workforce in these difficult times due to the pandemic. Crucial workforce from abroad cannot offer their helping hands due to the coronavirus, and this means the countryside is in desperate need of spring and summer season workers. Every available pair of hands is needed in order to secure domestic food on Finnish dinner tables, and this is where you can step in and help!

Read more from here and here.




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 - employment service website

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.


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.


Aarresaari - Jobs, internships and thesis offers

Aarresaari is a network of Academic Career Services representing 13 Finnish Universities.
The network offers services for university students, graduates and employers, as well as for the universities themselves. At the same time the network builds brigdes between students and employers.

Aarresaari webpage is maintained by Suomen Akateemiset rekrytointipalvelut and you can find internship, job and thesis offer postings here.



Information about Weekly Feed

This is an issue of Weekly Feed at Joensuu campus. 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 Joensuu 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  and data protection on ISYY's website.


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 advertisement of the event/activity in English to either kv.joensuu@isyy.fi (Joensuu events) or kv.kuopio@isyy.fi (Kuopio events).

Please include at least the following information: date, time, place, admission fee and the event website/facebook page and a short description of the event. If you want to include pictures, the optimal size is 270 x 270 px.



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