Use Your Vote in the European Elections 2019!

This spring is a good time to make a difference. We have already voted in the Finnish Parliamentary Elections, and now we have a chance to set the course of the European Parliament for the next five years!

What Elections?

The European Parliament is one of the legislative organs of the European Union. EU citizens elect members of the parliament in direct elections held in every member state every five years. The previous elections were held in 2014.

Advance voting for the European Elections is held from the 15th to 21st of May in Finland, and from the 15th to 18th of May in other countries. In Finland, the election day is Sunday the 26th of May.

A citizen of another EU Member State living in Finland may choose to vote in the European Parliamentary elections in Finland. This requires, however, that he or she has enrolled (until 7th of March) with the voting register in Finland beforehand to the local register office. If you are allowed to vote for another EU Member State in Finland, you should get the instructions to vote from your relevant authority of your home country.

Everyone who is entitled to vote may vote at a general advance polling station, regardless of their municipality of residence. Anyone who is entitled to vote may also vote abroad at Finnish embassies. On election day, you must vote at the polling station assigned to you!

ISYY’s Election Events in Joensuu and Kuopio

What are the European Elections? What does the European Parliament do? How doest the decision-making affect you? If you are unsure, no worries, ISYY organises on both of its campuses election events, where you can find out more about the European Parliament and the elections.

Both campuses will have election infos on Tuesday the 14th of May at Carelia and Snellmania lobbies from 10 am to 2 pm. We are serving some coffee and tea!

ISYY is also organising an advance voting event for all students on Wednesday the 15th of May at 2 pm both in Joensuu and Kuopio. The advance voting event in Joensuu starts in front of the Carelia building, where some coffee and tea is served. Come early, because at 2 pm we are moving on to the polling station in the Joensuu Main Library. In Kuopio Campus, the event is organised in the polling station at Lukema. Come to vote and get some coffee, tea and ISYY’s Vote! overall badge!

The events are meant for everyone!

Read More: European Elections

More Information:

Ella Partanen, the Vice Chairperson of the Executive Board, the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), tel. 044 5768 407, ella.partanen [at]

Aino Peltonen, Board Mermber of the Executive Board, the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY), tel. 044 5768 408, aino.peltonen [at]

ISYY’s Vappu Celebrations 2019

The highlight of the whole academic year, Vappu (May Day), will bring life to campuses by introducing a variety of events organised by ISYY, student organisations and clubs. Traditionally the students’ Vappu celebrations begin as early as in the middle of April and will culminate in the Vappu eve and its traditions. So put on your overalls and enjoy the spirit of Vappu!

Below, you can find a list of the Vappu activities and events in Joensuu and Kuopio organised by ISYY. Information on other events related to Vappu can be found on Facebook events: Joensuun opiskelijavappu 2019 and Kuopion opiskelijavappu 2019 (links to events below).

Vappu Events Organised by ISYY in Joensuu

29.4. Savo-Karjala excursio (organised by ISYY)
30.4. Vappu eve

  •  at 12 noon First year forestry students’ swimming at Ilosaari (organised by Joensuun Metsäylioppilaat)
  •  at 3 pm Capping of the Alkukivet stones (organised by Täky ry)
  •  at 3:15 pm Vappu parade from Carelia (Alkukivet stones) to Ilosaari and capping of the Torso (organised by ISYY)
  •  from 4 pm to 6 pm Ilosaari (organised by ISYY):
  •  at 4 pm Student Union’s speech
  •  at 4:05 pm University Choir Joy
  •  at 4:20 a dance performance by the SYKETTÄ dance group
  •  at 4:25 Rytmihäiriköt big band

1.5. Picnic at Ilosaari starting at 12 noon (organised by Rytmihäiriköt ry)

Facebook: Joensuun opiskelijavappu 2019

Vappu Events Organised by ISYY in Kuopio

29.4. Savo-Karjala excursio (organised by ISYY)
30.4. Vappu eve
Events on campus:

  • at 1 pm Cleaning of the Tooth at Studentia
  • at 2 pm Initiation to Education, SN100

Pool event at the Kuopio market square (organised by ISYY)

  • at 5:30 pm Student organizations’ greetings
  • at 5:45 Cleaning of the Velj’mies statue
  • at 6 pm Announcing of the Siskotyttö (sister girl) and the Velj’mies (brother man)
  • at 6:10 Capping of the Velj’mies statue
  • at 6:15 Speech by Aleksi Kinnunen, the Chairperson of the ISYY Executive Board
  • at 6:25 Immersing of the Professor

Afterparty in Ilona starting at 10 pm

We wish everyone a Vappu state of mind!

Facebook: Kuopion opiskelijavappu 2019

ISYY Association Days on 15.-17.4.2019

Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) organizes Association Days on 15.4.2019 at Kuopio campus and on 16.-17.4.2019 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.

Time schedule
Kuopio | Snellmania’s lobby:
Mon 15.4. at 10am-2pm: Student organizations, clubs, other organizations

Joensuu | Carelia’s lobby:
Tue 16.4. at 10am-2pm: Student organizations
Wed 17.4. at 10am-2pm: Clubs and other organizations

Exhibitors must fill the registration form below on 9.4. at 12:00 the latest. Registration forms and instructions can be found on ISYY’s website.

ISYY’s Events Related to the Parliamentary Elections 2019

The 2019 Finnish parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held in April. The election day is Sunday the 14th of April and the advance voting takes place between the 3rd and 9th of April. The Student Union (ISYY) is organising parliamentary elections themed events on both of our campuses. During the weeks 13 and 14, ISYY will arrange Election Fairs, Panel Discussions and Election Infos on both campuses.

See the detailed information on the events on ISYY’s website.

31 March Concert: The UEF Big Band RytmiHäiriköt feat. Sami Pitkämö – trip to Las Vegas!

Already have a Vegas stamp in your passport?

Yes or no, you now have the chance to experience the shimmering neon lights of Las Vegas in the joint concert of UEF Orchestra RytmiHäiriköt and versatile jazz musician Sami Pitkämö! The trip to Vegas will take you through a musical journey from Frank Sinatra to Elvis with Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Shirley Basset, Engelbert Humperdinck and many other classics as cherries on the top.

Concert will take the audience to the land of Las Vegas with lights, dancers and stylish choices of music. Live projection ensures that the audience feels to be as close to the stage as possible.

Advance ticket sales are open at Carelicum, Levy-Eskot, Kimmon soitin and office of ISYY. Leave the gamblin’ to Vegas, and get your tickets now while there’s still many to spare. You will have won yourself a fine concert to be sure.

Showtime: Sunday 31 March 2019 at 6–9 pm
Place: Carelia Hall, Yliopistokatu 4

Tickets: 20/10 €


ISYY’s Smiles and Complaints Week on 11.–15. Mar 2019

Speak Your Mind – ISYY’s Smiles and Complaints Week on 11.–15. Mar 2019

This spring’s Smiles and Complaints Week takes place on 11.–15.3.2019. During the Smiles and Complaints Week, you can send feedback via the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland to ISYY, the University, FSHS (Finnish Student Health Service), Amica or any other party involved in students’ life. You can give us feedback by post-it notes at ISYY feedback desks, by speaking your mind at the stands or by filling in our electronic feedback form.

What deserves a smile? What’s wrong? What gives you grey hair? Tell us, and we’ll take your feedback forward! The feedback is given anonymously.

You can give us feedback by filling in the online form (during week 11). The form will open on 11.3.2019 at 9 am and close on Sun 17.3.2019 at 23.59 pm.

Electronic feedback form:

Google Forms: Smiles and Complaints Week’s feedback form.


Smiles and Complaints Week in Joensuu

You’re welcome to give us your feedback at the Smiles and Complaints Week’s feedback desk at Carelia entrance hall on 12.3.2019 at 10–14.

You can also give your feedback by post-it notes during the week (11.–15.3.2019) at Agora, Borealis, Carelia, Educa, Futura, Metria and Natura halls.


Smiles and Complaints Week in Kuopio

You’re welcome to give us your feedback at Smiles and Complaints Week’s feedback desk at Snellmania entrance hall on 12.3.2019 at 10–14.

You can also give your feedback by post-it notes during the week (11.–15.3.2019) at Snellmania and Canthia entrance halls.

More Information:

Susanna Remes, Executive Board member in charge of Social Politics, Development Cooperation, Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland,<>, tel. +358 (0) 44 576 8403

Saara Tenhovuori, Executive Board member in charge of Academic Affairs,

Short term loans for UEF laptop computers are now available

There are 10 HP laptops and 2 iPads for short term loans available on both UEF campuses. The devices are meant to be borrowed only for a short term, up to 4 hours at a time.

To borrow a device, register as a user for the Optima vending machine, located in the Joensuu university library and the Kuopio Oppari facilities.  

For more information about borrowing the devices, see (eServices) or Kamu

IT Services 

Holiday season opening hours in the UEF Library

The campus libraries are open on the days around Christmas and at the turn of the year.
During this time, we will generally be open from Monday to Friday between 8am–4pm.
Exceptions in the opening hours will initiate on Saturday, December 22nd.
The normal opening hours will be resumed on Monday, January 7th, 2019.

The KUH Medical Library has limited opening hours, as it will be closed from December 21st, 2018 to January 6th, 2019.

In Joensuu campus, the Carelia 24/7 Learning Space will not be available between December 21st and 26th, 2018.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2019!

More information: library [at]

Current opening hours can be found on the UEF Library’s web page.