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C H E C K L I S T B E F O R E
Y O U S T A R T S T U D Y I N G
Become a member in Novium and order your student card at www.novium.fi
Fill out forms for receiving the study grant and housing supplement. For more information visit www.kela.fi/web/en
Get a student apartment
Get to know your new hometown!
Make sure you know where the closest grocery stores and pharmacies are etc.
Make sure to take part in the freshmen events!
Follow Novium at Instragram: noviums and Facebook:
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Turku: http://www.tys.fi Vasa: http://voas.fi
Student sports Novium products
The Organization&Election Student Associations
Student Associations at Novia
This is Novium
6 The University Experience
11 Students health
C O N T E N T
M A R I A T O K O U
E L I A S L O S I N S K I J - K O V A N K O
M A R T I N Ö S T M A N
Chair of the Board
Chair of the Council
Hello and welcome to one of the best times of your lives!
Some of you may have considered your choice of education for a long time and some of you maybe just found an education that seemed interesting. Anyway, I’m more than happy that you chose to study at Novia. The Student Union Novium is there for all students at Novia. Our duty in the world is to make sure that all of our students has an amazing time while studying. We do it by keeping track of what higher instants in our country are doing, by taking care of the student cards, by organizing events and by helping you with any problems. Don’t hesitate to pop by one of our offices if you have
any questions. By paying the membership fee, you’ll get all these benefits and we can do a better job. See you around!
Hi freshmen who is reading this text at the moment.
You have just started studying at a new school, maybe in a totally new country with strangers?
That’s awesome, congratulate yourself!
Now it’s time to take your first steps into an environment with new friends, adventures and lessons. I assume you would lie if you say you aren’t even a bit nervous? It’s normal to feel a little nervous, and remember that you’re not alone in this situation. This exciting time won’t last
forever, so take care of it. During these years you’ll develop in the subject that you’re studying and on top of that personal development. Because of that it’s important that you enjoy your time
both in school and at your spare time. The tutors are here to help you with all of this, don’t hesitate to make contact with us if there’s anything you’re wondering at.
All of the tutors and me wish you a very warm welcome!
Hello! You’re very welcome the University of applied sciences Novia! This will be the best time of your life! Many of you might be a bit nervous in the beginning, but I promise you, soon you’ll get use the study life. If you have any problems, Novium is there to help you. Novium is our student union and they make sure that all of the students feel comfortable during their study life. We have
offices in Raseborg, Åbo and Vasa where you can just pop by to say hello. Novium also provide international tutors who will help you when you arrive and during your time in Finland. In Novium
you can candidate in the election of the Council and the Board. Everyone who studies at Novia and is a member of Novium can candidate and vote.
It’s good to study hard but life is so much more than just studying, you can put on your overall and join any of Noviums events to have fun with other students. It’s a way of relaxing and get to
meet new people and friends that you can keep for a lifetime. Study life has given me a lot, and one last time I want to call you to have fun while studying! Maybe we’ll meet sometime!
Novium represents the entire student community at Novia UAS and each year new student representatives are appointed.
Everyone who has paid the membership fee, i.e. owns a student card, is allowed to take part and vote in the elections that are held at the beginning of November each year. A delegation, which is the highest decision-making body, is selected.
The delegation then selects the board of the student union. It is the board that, together with the staff, takes care of the daily activities. In addition to this there are offices with Novium staff at several campuses (Vasa, Turku, and Raasepori) that act as a support for the boards activities.
The Novium staff consists of a general secretary, tutor secretary, student affairs secretary and a secretary of information. For contact information, turn to the last page of this guide.
Novium looks after your interests as a student and makes sure that you are as comfortable as possible in your new environment and day-to-day life!
We work proactively to lobby for the student’s best when decisions are made, decisions such as student representatives in Novia’s decision-making bodies. We also help when problems arise - if the credits do not come in on time or if you feel mistreated.
We work with educational issues regarding studies at Novia UAS as well as nationally, and with social issues such as financial aid, housing, exercise and health.
"We know your rights as students, so contact us now if you have a question about your studies!"
Novium is the Student Union at Novia the University of Applied Sciences
T H I S I S N O V I U M !
The student union tries to keep you updated with interesting information directed at you as a student. For more current information, visit Noviums homepage (www.novium.fi). Here you can also order your student card, get informed about
upcoming events and find contact information.
Novium keeps you updated
Novium is there for you
You can find Novium on Facebook, Twitter (@Noviums) and Instagram (Noviums) as well. Each Monday an informational e-mail is broadcasted to all students at Novia UAS, to update on upcoming events. If you have anything of interest to other students at
Novia UAS, you can add this to the weekly mail by sending it to email@example.com.
THE TUTORS HELP YOU
TROUGH YOUR FIRST YEAR AS A
You are not alone! Every new group of students gets their own tutors, usually someone that studies the same thing you do.
Remember that the tutors are there for you, no questions is “too dumb”
and no problem is “too small”, you can always turn to your tutor.
take care of the exchange students and the international degree students at Novia UAS through organizing gatherings, events and happenings. They are also there to show how to take care of things and find things in a new and different culture.
TUTORS INTERNATIONAL TUTORS
are the ones who guide you and show you around during your first year of studies at Novia UAS. They aquint you with your new campus, the new city, your fellow students and other necessities when starting at a new university. They will also arrange events and other gatherings for you and your classmates.
The most important task the tutors have is to make you feel
comfortable with your new life - the life of a student.
Novium educate, not only tutors, but PR-tutors, international tutors and study-tutors as well.
The study tutors are helping students with courses that might be unclear or difficult. They can teach you how to think in new ways, explain difficult things or just give you some advice to help you.
A student who wants to become a study tutor doesn’t have to be some kind of extra teacher or Albert Einstein. A nurse student who is good at mathematics can give her friends some extra help with the medical counting or a student with a useful study technic maybe wants to help others to get good grades – these people should try out the study tutor education!
As a study tutor you’ll keep close contact to the teacher of the subject you want to hold a workshop in. The teacher will help you organizing the study circles.
The student is not alone!
The student tutors meet every year in April to participate in the education. You can also join the team and get to help your study friends!
A PR-tutor is a living promotionpillar for Novia the University of applied sciences.
They are participating in conferences and also visiting schools to teach the students about their options after
graduating. Since the missions can be anywhere in Finland, the PR- tutor get to explore new places and citys. The travelling isn’t a must, the PR-tutor can have the meetings in their hometown aswell.
The PR-tutors at Novia get a salary and study points – win/win situation! Beside the money and the points, a PR-tutor also learns how to keep a presentation, performance in front of a bigger audience and gets new friends.
The PR-tutor education is organized in October.
As a Novium member yu'll get the AMK-study card for free and that means discounts at VR and Matkahoulto, aswell as discount at the school lunch and in several stores and restaurants. Read more about the student card at www.novium.fi
You get a cheaper entrance fee to Novium events, among other things the BTS-party.
Upon receiving your student card each fall, you also receive a free Novium calendar to stay organized throughout the year!
For any legal advise you can turn to the schools lawyer.
The reception, located in the student union locations at the University of Turku (Rehtorinpellonkatu 4, second floor), is open every Tuesday between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
You can also reach the reception by calling 045 843 3428 during opening hours.
Although the reception is located in Turku, all students can reach the free legal advise by calling the number above.
Have you ever felt unfairly treated or maybe got indisposed treated by a teacher or a student? Do you feel discriminated or improper criticized? The delegate of harassments is there for you, who have experienced any of these.
The student affairs secretary of Novium acts as the delegate of harassments. Contact the delegate of harassments, who provides professional secrecy, by this e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't hesitate to take contact, even about smaller issues. You're allowed to be anonymous.
Noviums international businesses are in addition to the international tutors at Novium, who guide and help the international students any way possible, taken care of by the international committee of Novium.
The committee is a collection of international tutors and students who wish to work for the comfort of the international students. In addition to this the committee strives towards making it easier for and encouraging the finnish students who wish to study abroad.
M E M B E R S H I P B E N E F I T S
STUDY CARD FOR FREE
CALENDAR FOR FREE
L E G A L A D V I S I N G
H A R A S S M E N T A G E N T S
NOVIUM GOES INTERNATIONAL
CHEAPER ENTRANCE FEES
Novia UAS i co-operating with Åbo Akademi University in order to arrange sport activities for students. Information about sports activities in general can be found on the “ÅA-Motion” webpage:
When you have paid the fee you can get the sticker for your student card from the following places:
In Turku is Korkeakoululiikunta for Noviums members, visit www.campussport.fi
Contact exercise instructor Ann-Christine Stenkull-Aura at ÅA. Find information at: www.abo.fi/student/motionvasa or
Contact the exercise instructor Ann-Christine Stenkull-Aura (+358 50 3677 914 or email@example.com) for more information on what is available in Pietarsaari.
S T U D E N T S P O R T S
I N T E R E S T E D I N P A R T I C I P A T I N G I N T H E W O R K O F T H E S T U D E N T U N I O N ?
Noviums board and staff exist so you can contact them regarding anything. Don’t forget that they are there for you!
The union is nothing without its members.
Vote in the student union election that is arranged every year in November.
If you would like to you can run for election in the student union, where the delegation is elected. If that’s not for you, then the most important thing to do is to vote and make your voice heard!
Contact Novium at firstname.lastname@example.org and simply write “Candidate” in the message field and we will contact you!
The international committee, the marketing committee, the tutor committee and the event committee strive to arrange different happenings together with the members of the board. In the different committees you can make an influence and work with issues that interest you. If you would like to join any of the committees, contact Novium by sending an e-mail to email@example.com and write “Interested in committee work” in the message field and we will contact you!
Get to know new people, practice your language skills and get credits for being an active tutor. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and write “I want to become a tutor” as well as what kind of tutor in the message field and we will contact you!
Become a student body representative in any of Novias student bodies or workgroups. Keep an eye out for when Novium is searching for new student representatives and let us know that you are interested. This way, you could have the possibility to affect the work of e.g. the management group at your campus.
VOTE IN THE ELECTION
PARTICIPATE IN THE COMMITTEE WORK
BECOME A TUTOR
BECOME A STUDENT BODY REPRESENTATIVE
Song book...5 euro
Thermos mug...6 euro / 8,50 euro
Overall patch... 2 euro
Student Union ribbon... 2 euro
Hoodie... 13,50 euro / 25 euro
Sweatpants...30 euro / 50 euro
N O V I U M P R O D U C T S
S T U D E N T H E A L T H S E R V I C E S
Nyyti is a support center for students, that promotes and supports the students mental well-being and health. You can visit their web page www.nyyi.fi for information, tips and guidance regarding anything that concerns your day-to-day life as a student.
As a student at a University of applied sciences, you have the right to use the student health services at your campus, no matter where your hometown is. . (Hälso- och sjukvårdslag 30.12.2010/1326, §13, §17, §48. Folkhälsolagen 1972/66, 14 §, 1. mom., 6)
Student health services should encourage the ability to study and the student’ physical and mental health, and also offer service in sexual health and dentists.
At all campus you’ll find English speaking nurses who can help you, give you advices and if so, send you to a doctor. You find contact details for all campus here:
partying at the local club where new and old students will meet and spend
time together. A perfect opportunity to get to know new people.
E X P E R I E N C E A B U N C H O F E V E N T S A N D A C T I V I T I E S !
The election day is in the beginning of November. At this point the future of
the students is decided. If you are a Novium member you can vote or run
as a candidate for the election
You can become a tutor by participating in different educations.
You can choose between: student tutor, pr-tutor or international tutor.
There is also an education for the Board members.
is a sledging competition organized in February. The main purpose of the
event is to have fun in the snow and meet new people.
the 7th annual ball will be celebrated with a three course dinner, speeches, and dancing. The mood is set by the formal setting, the evening gowns and the suits! To end the night the
after party lets you party and celebrate Noviums birthday for as long as you want! The following day
a “silliz” takes place, for all participants to meet and share last
nights highlights. Everyone is welcome!
is a week long event in Vaasa with several different events each day.
Pampas is another word for Ostrobothnia where the national day,
“Pampas national day”, is celebrated on Friday with an olympiad during the day and a big party at night. On
the following day a “silliz” is yet again organized!
students from different schools gather, wearing their overalls and graduation caps, to welcome spring
and celebrate labour day together.
The celebrations start on the last day of April and continue on the first of
Once a month Novium invites all students to coffee at the office. You can
choose between coffee and the, and of course we have as well something
sweet to offer.
OTHER EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE DURING THE YEAR, KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN AND PARTICIPATE IN AS MANY AS YOU CAN TO MAKE THE MOST OF
YOUR STUDENT LIFE!
THE ANNUAL BALL 15.3.2019
PAMPAS WEEK 22.3.2019
VAPPEN 30.4.2019 NOVIUM COFFEE
O R G A N I Z A T I O N & T H E C O U N C I L
ELECTION AND THE COUNCIL
Everybody who is a member of Novium has the possibilty to both run for and vote in the election. The election is arranged every year in November and at that point the council of Novium is elected for the next year. The council is the highest decision-making authority in Novium and it has 15 posts, they make decisions about the business plan and the budget. The board is designated by the council.
The board takes care of the Student Union's daily activities. All the board members have their own remit, and the work is conducted by the chairman. The board makes sure that the business plan gets fulfilled.
Everybody who runs in the election has to belong to an electoral coalition ( a group of people who has the same interests). The electoral coalition doesn't need to be registrated, it's enough if you fill in the form and collect as many signatures as needed. To create an electoral coalition you need to be a Novium member and you can only found one electoral coalition a year. All electoral coalitions are founded differentiated every year.
The central administration of Novium announce the election and makes sure that there is information and entry forms available. They also make sure that the election is correctly carried out.
The board appoints committeés compared to the requirements. The committeés are there to engage the students in the planning and the implementation in the different areas of business. A board member always conduct the committeés. Right now there are seven commiitteés in Novium; the committeé of tutoring, the committeé of PR, the committeé of economy, the committeé of international business, the committeé of educational politics , the committeé of culture and the committeé of merits.
THE ELECTORAL COALITION
THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION
At a sitz you sit at long tables and sing, eat and drink. Some sitzes can be theme parties where you dress up and play games. These kinds of parties are usually arranged in the student associations clubhouses or at a bar. The price is usually pretty low and often some sort of drink is included in the price. The dresscode is always your overall if nothing else has been decided.
For the freshmen a “learn how to sitz” sitz is organized to get you started!
a more formal type of party. Men are supposed to wear a dark suit or a tuxedo while women are expected to wear an evening gown. Usually it is the student unions or associations that arrange these parties where you celebrate the unions/associations birthday. The party begins with a solenn-
akt, where the guests can bring forth their gifts or greetings. These events are a bit more expensive, but it is worth it.
A three course dinner with drinks is served, during which there are speeches and singing. After the dinner there will be dancing and a “nachspiel” for the rest of the night.
The day after there will be a “silliz” ( a sort of breakfast sitz ) to which you are supposed to wear your overall.
Almost all universities and unions/associations have their own different coloured overalls.
The student associations are the ones that see to it that the students get their overalls. You decorated your overall with patches that you can get when you participate in different events of sitzes.
At all units there are student associations that arrange parties (“sitz”) and other events during the year. Many of the student associations have clubhouses or offices where legendary events have been arranged. The student associations are the ones that put together the
“Gulisintagning” (an event arranged only for college freshmen), they are the ones that make sure that you get an overall and overall badges. Contact your own student associations when you begin your studies and you will have friends for life.
S T U D E N T A S S O C I A T I O N S
The Annual Ball
is the student association at Novias campus in Raseborg, located in “Kårken”. Visit EKA at www.ekenaskaravdelning.fi
The student association for Novias maritime management students at Hertig Johans parkgatan in Turku.
Visit ENÅ at www.enå.fi
The student association FILICIA is an association that was founded in 1974. We are active so the
engineer- and business students at Wolffskavägen can enjoy their lives as college students as much as possible. We are very fun to be around, don’t believe everything you hear about us engineers! Our overall colour is yellow (but don’t mistake us for the economy students in Turku!).
Spiritus Forstis is the student association for those who study to become forestry engineers at Campus Raseborg.
ÅKA is the student association for Novia students in Turku. The associations office and space is located at Nunnegatan. A member of ÅKA is recognized by their happy mood and their pink overalls. Visit our blog at aka.ratata.fi
S T U D E N T A S S O C I A T I O N S A T N O V I A
We are N.U.D. and are located in Vaasa on Seriegatan. Here at Seriegatan there are nurse- students, public health nurse- students, midwife-students, social work - students as well as stylist and beautician students. Those who study welfare wear white overalls, while the rest wear green overalls. Visit N.U.D. on Facebook or in our blog at
Skuffis is the student association of the agrologists in Ekenäs. The association was founded in the beginning of the 20th century and is still going strong! Our motto is “ As a Skuffis you’re tougher”.
Contact us: email@example.com
Skruvster is the student association located at Campus Allegro in Pietarsaari. As a fresh and new student association, in the most creative of surroundings, we deliver a new look on the student life in Pietarsaari! You recognize all Novia students from Pietarsaari in our light blue overalls and with our creative and somewhat crazy ideas!
Contact us by Facebook or through e-mail at
See you in Campus Allegro!
Vita Hjälmen är Vita hjälmen is the student association for the construction students in Raseborg.
Contact Vita hjälmen at vitahjälmen@novia.fi
Maria Tokou +358 400 87 6367 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wolffskavägen 33 65200 Vasa
Jonas Sandberg +358 50 527 2284 email@example.com
Julia Dahlkvist +358 50 527 2355 firstname.lastname@example.org Raasepori
Raseborgsvägen 9 10600 Ekenäs
Ellen Westerlund +358 44 762 3690 email@example.com Turku
Henriksgatan 7 20500 Åbo
Mikaela Lindeman +358 44 780 5092
C O N T A C T D E T A I L S
CHAIR OF THE BOARD
NOVIUM HAS THREE OFFICES:
STUDENT AFFAIRS SECRETARY
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