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ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Joensuu Week 36/2019

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ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Joensuu Week 36/2019 4.-9.9.


ISYY's newsletter: Weekly Feed Joensuu Week 36/2019


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It's beginning to look a bit like autumn is making its way to Joensuu, at least the campus is once again full of life and students.

Enjoy the beginning of the semester and don't worry if you're feeling a little bit overwhelmed. ISYY has picked up 13 tips how to ease your way through the first weeks, you can read more about the tips below.

Kind regards,




New Student at UEF? - Congratulations and Welcome Joensuu and to the Student Union (ISYY)!

All undergraduate degree students completing a Bachelor's or Master's degree at the UEF are also members of the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY for short), exchange students and post graduate students are welcome to join us as well.

The Student Union is here to support you throughout your studies – we are your Student Union and represent your interests at UEF and with other stakeholders. 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. We are here to help!  Find out more about ISYY on our website and be sure to check out the page "For New Students".




ISYY tips: How to Make It through Your First Weeks at the University

In the beginning, studying at the University can be a little overwhelming but you can do it with the right attitude and proper gear. We at ISYY (the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland), have picked up top 13 tips for you to ease you through your first weeks.

Follow also ISYY’s social media channels during the upcoming weeks, we will publish more tips on how to start your studies with the hashtag #isyyvinkkaa.

1.) Don’t be worried if you’re a bit nervous, so is everyone else. Most of the new students are as clueless about everything as you are.

Read more of the tips from the link below!


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SYKETTÄ Sports calendar for autumn season 2019 is published

SYKETTÄ sports calendar for autumn season 2019 is published! As a novelty, the selection is divided into 1) instructed group exercise selection and 2) other selection, including instructed and open ball sports turns, regular turns, gym turns and other turns (will be published in week 34). All the classes and turns will start 2 September. SYKETTÄ reserves the right to change classes and turns.

Check out our group exercise selection HERE

Free trial period

During the first two weeks of September (2.-15.9.) SYKETTÄ have free trial period when you have a chance to try out SYKETTÄ sports services free of charge, without a valid sports sticker. Users must enroll on each class beforehand during the free trial period. All new users must register on the SYKETTÄ website before they can use the services. Previously registered users do not need to register again. More information about free trial period HERE.

New user?

Getting started with SYKETTÄ sports services is easy! Check out SYKETTÄ ABC where you can find instructions on how to register, buy a sports sticker and enroll on classes.



ISYY Members Can Now Also Start Using the Digital Student Card on Pivo!

As a member of ISYY, you can now also start using the digital student card on Pivo mobile payment app in addition or instead of Frank student card!
With Pivo’s digital student card you can get student priced train and bus tickets, student lunches as well as other student benefits!
You can also make sure that your student card is always with you wherever you go. 

NB: In order to use Pivo, you need to have online bank user identifiers from a Finnish bank.



Finnish Student Health Service informs:

Dear new international student! 

During your studies you can turn to the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) for issues related to health and ill health. FSHS provides general, mental and oral health care services. Read more and see FSHS's presentation video for new student in Youtube.

Self at your service 24/7! 

Do you use Self yet? It’s students own online service at FSHS for easy and fast communication: manage your bookings, fill in preliminary information forms, view your investigation results or communicate secure with FSHS professionals. You can find also chat in Self service, you can register for Self HERE.

Health information

Our health information site contains a variety of articles on matters related to student-age adults’ health, medical conditions, mental health and oral health. Visit our health information site.



The Booking for ESN Joensuu's Trips Autumn Semester 2019 is open!


02.-06.10.2019 ESN Joensuu's Trip to Lofoten, Norway

Welcome to the Arctic student adventure to breathtaking scenery of the Norwegian Lofoten! Explore the magical fjords and amazing nature scenarios with Timetravels, old and new friends. Lofoten is not only landscapes. You will also visit fisherman villages and find out more about the mighty Vikings!

Prices starting from 355€



16.-20.10.2019 ESN Joensuu's visa-free cruise to St.Petersburg

Explore the beauty of St.Petersburg on a visa-free ferry trip! Experience top quality culture, get on tours to outstanding palaces and sights, have great parties and a lot of fun in Russian style! Available for all nationalities, guided in English.

IMPORTANT: a passport valid at least 6 months after the end of the trip is required!

Prices starting from 325€



02.-07.12.2019 ESN Joensuu's trip to Lapland, Saariselkä

Explore and discover magical Saariselkä with your friends and Timetravels. Even better, find out new things about Lapland and about yourself. Visit Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi and meet the real Santa. Ride with huskies in the winter wonderland, practice your cross-country skills in UKK National park, drive with snowmobiles and adventure into the Arctic landscapes. Swim in the Arctic Ocean, feel the nature around...

Prices staring from 339€



All bookings online at Timetravels.fi

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 10.00-17.00.
Cost of the phone call is 0,09 €/call + 0,17 €/min + international call charge (for calls outside Finland).




2.-15.9.2019 SYKETTÄ Appro

What Is the SYKETTÄ Appro?

Complete sports classes, get to know SYKETTÄ sports services, enjoy exercising and win fabulous prizes!

SYKETTÄ Appro is a sports appro for university students in Joensuu and Kuopio. The appro is organized by SYKETTÄ sports services in cooperation with the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), the Student Union POKA of the Karelia University of Applied Sciences, and the Student Union of the Savonia University of Applied Sciences. SYKETTÄ Appro is held in the beginning of the fall semester as part of the free trial period of SYKETTÄ sports services.


4.9.2019 Chamber Music Concert at Joensuu Art Museum Onni (Kirkkokatu 23) at 6 pm

Joensuu City Orchestra musicians' discoveries from the treasure chest of chamber music:

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio Op. 9 No. 1 G major
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 7 in F minor Op. 108
  • Vincent d'Indy: Suite dans le style ancien D major op. 24

Tickets: 15 / 13 / 5 euros from Carelicum or one hour before the concert from the venue

  READ MORE (in finnish)  

5.-6.9.2019 Autumn Market at the market place

Enjoy the market atmosphere and buy yourself e.g. viipurinrinkeli (Vyborg pretzel 🥨) a traditional sweet pastry (similar to the Finnish pulla) originating from the former Finnish city of Vyborg and usually only sold at the market a few times a year.

Thursday 5.9.. 7 am - 7 pm (7-19)
Friday 6.9.  7 am - 5 pm (7-17)



5.9.2019 The Opening Ceremony of the Academic Year at UEF Joensuu campus, AU100 at 2:15 pm

Opening Ceremony of the Academic Year 2019–2020 of the University of Eastern Finland will be held on Thursday 5 September, 2019 at 2.15 pm
Aurora building, auditorium AU100, in the address Yliopistokatu 2, entrance B, Joensuu campus


12 noon Opening Ceremony Time of Prayer
St Nicholas Church, Kirkkokatu 32
Ceremony led by Metropolitan of Kuopio and Karelia, Arseni
Choir with Cantor Aleksi Suikkanen as the Conductor



Academic Procession
Opening Address: Rector Jukka Mönkkönen

Speech: Member of Parliament Anu Vehviläinen

Music: University of Eastern Finland Choir Joy with Mari-Annika Heikkilä as the Conductor

Address by the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland: Chair of the Executive Board of the Student Union Aleksi Kinnunen

The Finnish National Anthem: "Maamme"




5.9.2019 Campus Crash and City Orienteering

The campus happening Campus Crash (Kampusrysäys) will start the academic year of UEF’s new students for the eighth time. The event will be held in Joensuu and Kuopio on Thursday 5.9.2019. The City Orienteering (kaupunkisuunnistus), an event, where students will go around their campus city in groups and complete different kinds of tasks given to them, will also begin at the event.
Come and mingle with other new students, have your team photo taken, try your rodeo skills on a mechanical bull and listen to good music! You can also bring your picnic snacks with you.

Continuing students are also warmly welcomed to participate in the event!

The Campus Crash is organized by the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY).

Time: 5.9. at 15.30–18.00
Carelia yard (Yliopistokatu 4)



Information about Joensuu's City Orienteering:

The City Orienteering (kaupunkisuunnistus) is an event, where students will go around their campus city in groups and complete different kinds of tasks given to them. The starting point for the orienteering is at Carelia’s backyard on 5.9. at 17.45. The orienteering ends at 10 pm. The City Orienteering is free of charge for first year students: be in contact with your tutor.

Also other than first year students can participate. Price for a whole group (from 6 to 10 people) is 25 €. You can buy a pass for the Orienteering at Kampusrysäys on 5.9. (backyard of Carelia) during the event. The entry fee covers the whole orientation and its after party in Kimmel. You will also get an overall badge!
When a group has visited at least six checkpoints and turns in the pass at the after party, they will participate in a competition, the prize of which will be announced later.

After party tickets will be sold in Kimmel for 3 euros, coat check not included. In Kimmel’s after party, you will be entertained by DJ MISTA S and TEMPER2. The party will be hosted by MATTI 8.


6.9.2019 Jomoni New Volunteers Meetup at Helmi (Rantakatu 23, basement) at 5:30 pm

Looking for volunteer works?
Begin you adventure with us

Jomoni is a multicultural organization in Joensuu. http://jomoni.fi.

We create events to gather people from different ethnic backgrounds in Joensuu and have good moments together.

  read more  


6.9.2019 ESN Joensuu "Get to Know Each Other" at Bepop (Siltakatu 8) at 9 pm

It’s time for the first event of the semester! And what better way to get started with your journey in Joensuu than by getting to know everyone! ESN Joensuu is happy to invite you to the “Get to Know Each Other Party”. This is your chance to meet new people and make lifelong friendships to help make your time here in Joensuu a breeze. There will be games and awesome prizes so you shouldn’t miss this ;) See you there!

- What? ESN Joensuu "Get to Know Each Other Party"
- When? 6th of September at 21:00-23:00 (9pm-11pm)
- Where? Bepop, Siltakatu 8, Joensuu
- Price? FREE entrance if you arrive at 9pm, only c. 2,5€ cloakroom fee
- Age limit 18 years, bring an official photo ID (e.g. passport) with you


11.9.2019 ESN Joensuu "General Meeting Autumn 2019" at Aurora (Yliopistokatu 2) at 6 pm

ESN Joensuu is an INTERNATIONAL CLUB for anyone and everyone who lives in Joensuu and likes to hang out with people from around the world - both Finnish and international students are very welcome to join us!

In September, ESN Joensuu starts recruiting new members for its new board (and active members) so if you are interested in joining ESN, or would like to help by voting to elect the new board and also know a bit more about our beloved ESN section, you are more than welcome to join us at Aurora AU205! (Don't forget your ISYY student card/ESNcard/UEF student certificate, you need it for voting!)

  read more  


Salsa del Este's autumn program


Are you looking for a new hobby?

Salsa beginner’s class will start on Thursday 12.9. and classes will be held on Thursdays 19-20 at Las Palmas. Participating in the classes doesn't require any previous experience and you can come to the classes with or without a partner. In addition, we have social dance evening every Thursday after beginner’s class. And if you are more experienced, you are welcome to join our intermediate classes, starting on Tuesday, 17.9, and every Tuesday from 18-19 at Gloria.

Welcome to the enjoy joy of dance and good company, see you there!

Membership fee: 10€
Seasonal fee: 50/35*€
Seasonal fee + Membership fee: 60/45*
You may also pay the classes separately: 6/4*€

*Students, pensioners


Indira & Yunier 21.-22.9.2019: Afro-Cuban weekend

Boooom! Exclusive offer now in Joensuu! Indira & Yunier, experienced Cuban teachers will arrive in Joensuu in September to teach authentic Afro-Cuban styled dancing! In addition to salsa, they teach e.g. son, rumba and soft (suave) Cuban rhythms.

WHO: Indira & Yunier & Salsa del Este
WHAT: Afro-Cuban intensive course
WHERE: Fittari (Teollisuuskatu 1)
WHEN: 21st and 22nd of September (Saturday & Sunday)
WHY: For the love of Latin dances

Whole weekend package offer: 80€/73€* (7h) (Note: doesn't include the ladies' styling class)
Saturday package offer: 30€/26€* (2,5h) (Note: doesn't include the ladies' styling class)
Sunday package offer: 53€/48€* (4,5h)
Ladies' styling class combined to any package offer only +7€!!!

1h = 15€/13€*
1,5h = 21€/18€*
* Salsa del Este members, students, pensioners and non-employed


2.10. Joensuu Sports Afternoon Afterparty at Kimmel (Itäranta 1) at 10 pm

The sports afternoon of autumn will be held on the 2nd of October 2019 in the University of Eastern Finland and Karelia University of Applied Sciences. As usual, the sports afternoon will offer a diverse selection of different sports activities all around Joensuu to participate in. The sports afternoon is relieved from teaching from 12.15 afternoon onwards, by a decision of the Rector.

After of having exercised for the whole afternoon, it is good time to go to the legendary Sports Afternoon After Party! Live: Ruudolf & Musta Barbaari. Ruudolf is double time finnish rap championship and Musta Barbaari is known for his megahit salil eka salil vika.

LIVE: Ruudolf & Musta Barbaari


Ticket price 5 € + cloakroom fee. The ones who buy the ticket in advance will receive a special sports afternoon overall badge (limited number)! More info about ticket sale will be coming soon.

  read more  




Lehtiä Ilosaaressa is a student friendly music festival in Joensuu. The festival is one of the musical highlights in autumn period in eastern Finland. The event will take place on 4th of October In Joensuu Areena.

The event will be started at 18.00 o'clock. First published bands are electro-dance duo Tungevaag & Raaban, Pyhimys – the most famous finnish rap -artist and well known pop singer –song writer Chisu.

Normal : 35€ / Students: 25€ / VIP: 70€
You can buy your tickets from www.tiketti.fi, www.lippu.fi, Restaurant Kerubi or ISYY and POKA offices.

Lehtiä Ilosaaressa is organized by Restaurant Kerubi.

  read more  


Test your business idea with Draft funding – Apply by September 16, 2019!

Do you have a business idea? Would you like to test its feasibility? In Draft Program, you can do
it easily without risk and can get financial support up to 4 000 €!

Read more and apply for Draft Program by September 16, 2019.

  read more  


Apply for Junction 2019, Europe's largest hackathon!

WHERE & WHEN: Väre @ Otaniemi, Espoo 15.-17.11.2019

We are glad to invite you to apply for Junction 2019, the largest hackathon in Europe! This year’s application process is currently ongoing and will close in 6.10.2019. The purpose of the event is to bring together enthusiastic developers, designers and creators and provide them with the tools and challenges of today’s cutting-edge technology. During the weekend participants have 48 hours to develop their own projects and solve pressing challenges brought us by our partner companies. The event is completely free to attend!
This year includes:

  • 10 different tracks such as: Mobility, Game Jam, Future cities, Sustainability and much more
  • Free accommodation
  • Free food and drinks
  • Prize pool of 40 000€

We have only limited places for our participants so apply now!


UEF Choir JOY is looking for new singers

Now is your chance to join the choir!

UEF choir Joy holds its annual auditions on Sept 9th from 4pm to 6pm and on Sept 10th from 4pm to 9pm. Auditioning requires a sign-up beforehand, ayou can fill out the sign-up form HERE

Choose one song beforehand to perform at the audition. Over the years we have heard songs from every possible genre, so just pick a song you know well :)

See you at the audition!

About the choir:
During the autumn term, our choir rehearses every Monday and Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm. Our choir takes part in Carmina Burana -piece at Joensuu Areena at the end of November, and in the spring our choir is headed to Norway for a choir trip. Every memeber of the choir is required to pay a member fee of 40€/year or 20€/term to cover expenses. More information about the choir: www.joykuoro.fi

You can also check out our Instagram account: joykuoro.

  read more  

Free Finnish Language Courses at Joensuu Community College


Kokeile suomea - Try out Finnish

A free of charge crash course for people with no prior knowledge of Finnish. The emphasis will be on basic expressions and phrases needed in everyday situations. After the course, the students will move on to Suomi 1.1. Taso [0] vihreä
Registration begins: 16.8.2019 9:00:00

Teacher: Maria Rämönen-Suvorova

Number of places: Maximum number of course participants 30

Name of course location: Opistotalo, lk 308, Papinkatu 3, 80110 Joensuu
Date and time: Monday: 17.00-18.30    Wednesday: 17.00-18.30

Autumn term: 2.9.2019 - 11.9.2019    (8 Lessons) 


Kertaa suomea - Refresh your Finnish

A free of charge course to get your new term off to a great start. For people with some prior knowledge of Finnish at the elementary or pre-intermediate level. After the course, the students will move on to other Finnish courses according to their level. Taso [1-2] vihreä
Registration begins: 16.8.2019 9:00:00

Teacher: Essi Puumalainen

Number of places: Maximum number of course participants 20

Name of course location: Opistotalo, lk 308, Papinkatu 3, 80110 Joensuu
Date and time: Monday: 18.30-20.00    Wednesday: 18.30-20.00

Autumn term: 2.9.2019 - 11.9.2019    (8 Lessons) 


Study Finnish Online

A free Finnish self study online course: Introductory Finnish

Would you like to learn the basics of Finnish language online? This course is free and continuously open to everybody around the world. The course provided by Aalto Open Learning. Most of the course material is accessible without a registration but to access the course exercises one needs (to create) an account.


SUOMIPASSI – Finnish Language Passport

Suomipassi is a ‘language passport’ developed at the University of Turku in 2017 and has now been published as a mobile application. The aim of Suomipassi is to encourage Finnish language learners to use Finnish more outside the classroom in daily situations and to support them in the early stages of their Finnish language learning.


More options:

A taste of Finnish - An open on­line course for ba­sic Finnish
Venla - Finnish for foreigners


Free Webinars on Studying Abroad in Asia

Asia Exchange offers free webinars for the upcoming semester about study abroad opportunities in Asia. All of the webinars last approximately 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A session at the end.

Study in Bali: September 4th, 2019 at 10am (CEST)

Study in Asia: September 5th, 2019 at 11am (EDT)

Warum in Asien Studieren: September 10th, 2019 at 10am (CEST)

Why Study in Asia: September 11th, 2019 at 10am (CEST)

Study in East Asia: October 2nd, 2019 at 10am (CEST)

Study Entrepeneurship in Bali: November 27th, 2019 at 10am (CET)



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

A list of Open Positions at UEF you'll find 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.



Event calendar

2.-15.9.2019 SYKETTÄ Appro
3.-5.9.2019 UEF International Orientation for New Students
4.9.2019 Chamber Music Concert at Joensuu Art Museum Onni (Kirkkokatu 23) at 6 pm
5.-6.9.2019 Autumn Market at the market place
5.9.2019 The Opening Ceremony of the Academic Year at UEF
5.9.2019 Campus Crash and City Orienteering
6.9.2019 ESN Joensuu "Get to Know Each Other" party at Bepop (Siltakatu 8) at 9 pm
7.9.2019 Free entrance to Joensuu's museums: Art Museum Onni (Kirkkokatu 23) and North-Carelia's museum Hilma (Koskikatu 5, Carelicum)
8.9.2019 ESN Joensuu's Trip to IKEA and Kuopio - SOLD OUT
11.9.2019 ESN Joensuu "General Meeting Autumn 2019" at Aurora (Yliopistokatu 2) at 6 pm
2.10.2019 Joensuu Sports Afternoon Afterparty at Kimmel (Itäranta 1) at 10 pm
4.10.2019 Lehtiä Ilosaaressa - music festival in Joensuu Areena (Mehtimäenaukio 2) at 6 pm


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. 

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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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