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Contents Tamko - Your Students’ Union


Student Card, PIVO - mobile student card


Solu & Contact information


Rental Spaces


Student Council


Student Board


Educational Affairs, SAMOK


Social Affairs






Affiliates and Services


TAMK Events




Survival Kits


Contact informatio for Tamko


Disturbance Contacts


Student’s Sport Services


Living in Tampere


Student Health Care


Student Restaurants in Tampere


TAMK - Briefing to Student Services


Student’s Alphabets


Tamko - Your Students’ Union Tamko is the Students’ Union for students of Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK). Tamko’s main tasks consist of representing students within the TAMK administration, promoting their educational affairs, wellbeing and social conditions. Tamko also organizes tutoring, sports services and other leisure activities. We all work for students – to develop the quality of higher education and make your studentship stress-free and memorable! Tamko members have the right to vote and become a candidate in students’ council elections. Council of representatives holds the highest authority in the Students’ Union, and it elects the board. The board is responsible for the activities of Tamko together with the staff. Student card is the clearest sign of Tamko’s membership. It is nationally recognized and entitles you to hundreds of benefits and discounts including student-priced meals, cheaper sport services and public transport with trains and buses. Tamko organizes culture and leisure activities for students. There are several clubs related to different hobbies and study fields. All the student tutors you will meet are trained by Tamko. Take a step towards active student life and join us online. You are the most welcome to join – there’s more than 7000 of us already!

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Student Card As a member of the Students’ Union Tamko you get a Finnish student card. It is the key to hundreds of local and national student benefits, including many public transport discounts and student-priced meals. You will also have a fair discount on the services and activities of Tamko. Please note that these benefits are not available with international student cards. Also many national benefits require you to have a valid Finnish student card. You will get the benefits and discounts by showing the student card with a valid academic year sticker: - 2017-2018 sticker is valid until 30th of September 2018 (09/2018) - Autumn 2018 sticker is valid until 31st of January 2019 (01/2019) Your student card can also be used as a library and printing card in TAMK and as a value card at Campusravita restaurants in Kuntokatu campus. Campusravita grants extra discount when buying the lunch with the student card. As a member you also have the possibility to run for positions and vote in the annual elections of the Students’ Union. You may also apply for grants for excursions, projects and student clubs. PIVO mobile student card PIVO mobile student card is available for Tamko members. It works just like regular student card – by showing the mobile app you enjoy all the same benefits. Download PIVO from app store (Google Play or AppStore). Activate student card from loyalty programs. You need your TAMK username and password for activation.


Solu & Contact Information Solu, that’s what we all call Tamko’s office, is located at TAMK Main Campus, in L-building. The living room-like office welcomes you with comfortable sofas and relaxed atmosphere to have a cup of coffee and to socialize with fellow students. Solu’s services for Tamko members include for example lending sports equipment, buying tickets to various student events, meetings with board and council members. At Tamko’s office students can order and pick up their new student card, validate their student card’s semester sticker and pay the Unipoli Sport gym membership fee. Feel free to come and say hello, we are happy to help! Address & Contact Information

Follow us on social media:

Kuntokatu 3, L-building TAMK FI-33520 TAMPERE

Facebook / opiskelijakuntatamko

office(at) +358 44 382 6561

Instagram / opiskelijakuntatamko Twitter /_tamko

Rental Spaces

Tamko’s office Solu has sauna and conference facilities available for rent. The space is big enough to hold a meeting with 35 people. The facilities consist of sauna, conference room with audio equipment, projector for laptop and a fully-equipped kitchen. The rent does not include towels or cleaning, so bring your own towels and please clean before leaving. The meeting room can be used for free by members of the Students’ Union during Solu’s opening hours on weekdays. For renting the facilities in the evening or weekends, check the price list: • Tamko members: Sun - Thu 130 € / Fri - Sat 170 € • Other TAMK community: Sun - Thu 155 € / Fri - Sat 195 € • Others: Sun - Thu 240 € / Fri - Sat 280 € Check our online calendar for sauna reservations Reservations and further information


Student Council 21-member Student Council is the highest decision maker of the Students’ Union. Council members are selected every year by elections. Every member of Tamko can vote and stand for election. In the recent years, the council has been active in municipal policies, forming restaurant committee as well as giving instructions and advice to the board of Tamko. All students can give their ideas and suggestions for the council to process and take forward.

Student Board The board of Tamko is responsible for the daily operations of the Students’ Union. Operations are guided by the resolutions of the council and Students’ Union’s members. The easiest way to influence is to keep in touch with the board and the council members. Everyone in the board and the council are students of Tamk, just like you. In Tamko, there is something for everyone – whether you are interested in sports, municipal politics or organizing parties and events. Since there is such wide variety of matters under Tamko’s wings, the practical operations of the Union are divided to smaller sectors: the supervision of interests, events and member services. These sectors are taken care by the chairperson, the vice chairperson and the board members responsible for educational affairs, social affairs, student services and sports, culture & clubs, international affairs and tutoring. The board meets up regularly, and its members are involved in many different types of working groups, committees, meetings and events. This is the daily life of the board. The new board is elected every autumn after the council elections – every member of Tamko can stand for a position in the board. If you have any questions about the Students’ Union or you are interested in joining the group of actives who run the show, you are more than welcome to come to the Tamko office to grill the current actives.


Educational Affairs Educational affairs stands for taking care of students’ interests in TAMK. Educational affairs include all efforts and goals that aim to develop education at TAMK. Student representatives in the most important working groups will assure that students are heard also in administrative levels. The administration of TAMK is cooperative and interested in hearing students’ opinion. In addition to representation duties, solving various problems students may have is an important part of educational affairs. Students can ask for Tamko’s help if things don’t go as planned or promised or someone isn’t treated fairly. Tamko can also help you to find answers to tricky questions such as “When am I supposed to get my credits?” Ask for more information, tell your ideas and improvement suggestions to Education Affairs representative. Feel free to contact us any time if you have any questions or problems! SAMOK – University of Applied Sciences Students in Finland The educational affairs at a national level are carried out by SAMOK, the Union of University of Applied Sciences Students in Finland. SAMOK aims to develop the contents of education to fulfill the needs of an individual and the society. Education Affairs representative


Social Affairs Promotion of social affairs consists of improving housing, living, health care, leisure activities, equality and general well-being of students. To promote students’ social conditions, the Students’ Union takes part in social policy debate and operates for example in different working groups. It also organizes events easily accessible, free-of-charge and open for everyone in our school. The Students’ Union is also in contact with the city administration and members of the parliament alongside with the members of the Student Union of Tampere University (TREY). Social Affairs representative


Tampere3 In 2019, a new higher education community will take place, as University of Tampere (UTA) and Tampere University of Technology (TUT) will merge into a one new university, which will be called Tampere University. TAMK is owned by this new university, so there will be close, but independent, cooperation. During 2018, Tamko has a Tampere3 expert to make sure the voice of TAMK students is heard in the building process of the new community.

Tutoring Tutors are here to help other students to settle down in new environment. All tutors are students themselves and have already gone through at least one year of studying and student life in TAMK before becoming a tutor. Tamko trains and coordinates all student tutoring in TAMK: degree, international and active tutors. You can always turn to any tutor, no matter the degree programme. They are here to help! They may not know answers to all questions, but at least they can show where to get the answers. Tutoring representative


Degree tutoring Tutors make sure that every new student gets along in Tampere University of Applied Sciences starting from the very first day. Degree tutors are an important factor in making foreign degree students feel comfortable and start their studies at TAMK. Degree tutors familiarize students with TAMK procedures and degree programmes, Finland, Finnish culture and student life. Degree tutor training is available for all foreign students in English Degree Programmes. The language of tutor training is English as well. International tutoring International tutor is often the first connection exchange student has with Finland. They take care that exchange students adapt to TAMK, Tampere and Finland. International tutoring is a great way of making friends and networking around the world. In addition, it offers new experiences and improves your language skills. International tutor trainings are organized twice a year. Both Finnish and foreign degree students are welcomed to be international tutors. Tutoring representative Tamko also trains active tutors. They are students who are eager to give feedback and, thus, influence the development of the education.


Affiliates and Services Tamko organizes wide range of events, cultural and leisure activities. One of the biggest annual event is Tursajaiset, initiation party for the new students. This year the event will be held on 12th of September 2018. Tickets to Tursajaiset and various other events can be bought from Tamko’s office. Events and sports representative There are multiple clubs organizing activities for similar-minded people in TAMK, e.g. whisky club TAWIS, pub culture club Bubiklubi, Club International Tampere CLINT, theater club Ääriraja and Tolu sports club. The purpose of these clubs is that people can gather and enjoy their favorite activities together. Tamko offers assistance in establishing and running student clubs and associations. The Students’ Union offers email addresses, information regarding administration, and general information on how to run the club and maintain activity. Learning groups and class teams may also form clubs if they wish to. Students can also apply for fund for different study-related trips, publications, events and such. Project needs to have a clear goal, ending point, and a project plan or a budget. Affiliates and Services representative

TAMK Events TAMK Events is a mobile application showcasing all events held by Tamko or other student organizations and clubs. Download the free app from app store. TAMK Events is available for Android and iOS.


International International Affairs The central focuses of international affairs in Tamko are international tutoring and representing the international point of view when supervising students’ interests. The Students’ Union also works to advance domestic internationalization of Finnish students as well as helps foreign students to adapt to Finland. Tamko, together with TAMK’s Language services, organizes Each One Teach One course where students can come to learn foreign language from other students as well as teach them your own mother tongue in a relaxed atmosphere. International Affairs representative CLINT Club International Tampere (CLINT) is a sub-organization of Tamko. It organizes a variety of events, trips and other activities in an international atmosphere. In cooperation with Tamko, CLINT also rents Survival Kits to exchange students.


Survival Kits Survival Kits contain basic items such as kitchen utensils and bed linen for the exchange period. The purpose of the Kit is to support exchange students to settle in Tampere. Kit Contents Coffee mug (2), drinking glass (2), dinner plate (2), bread plate (2), soup plate (2), fork (2), knife (2), spoon (2), teaspoon (2), bread knife, spatula, ladle, frying pan, cooking pot, pot lid, kitchen towel, plastic bowl, potholder (2), cutting board, pillow, pillowcase, duvet, duvet cover, bed sheet and storage box. Price is 75 € for Tamko members 80 € for others. The price includes a deposit of 55€. The deposit will be refunded after the Survival Kit, with unbroken and clean contents, is returned back to Tamko’s office. If something is missing, broken or dirty when returning the Kit, the deposit won’t be refunded.


Contact Information for Tamko Board



Roope Paasonen Chairperson puheenjohtaja(at) +358 44 082 6560

Vesa-Pekka Tuomaala Chairperson edustajisto.pj(at)

Tomi Hyppänen Executive Director toiminnanjohtaja(at) +358 44 382 6560

Kalle Kairistola Vice Chairperson / Affiliates and Services vpj(at) +358 44 082 6561

Arttu Myllys Vice Chairperson edustajisto.vpj(at)

Nelli Jokelainen Member Services office(at) +358 44 382 6561

Virve Pekkanen Social Affairs sopo(at) +358 44 082 6564

Katriina Kaikkonen Communications Officer tiedottaja(at) +358 44 082 6562

Joel Haataja Educational Affairs kopo(at) +358 44 082 6563

Verna Rantala Expert, Tampere3 tampere3(at) +358 44 082 6570

Heta Ylä-Nojonen Events and Sports tapahtumat(at) +358 44 082 6569

Hannastiina Ruismäki Expert

Miska Rantala Tutoring tuutorointi(at) +358 44 082 6565 Anna Laurila International Affairs international(at) +358 44 082 6566

Satu Hiltunen Expert, Tutoring asiantuntija(at) +358 44 082 6567

Ilona Uusitalo Expert, Educational & Social Affairs


Disturbance Contacts Tamko disturbance contact support and give advice to students who have experienced disturbance or harassment of any form. Disturbance contacts do not document names and they have full professional confidentiality. They are all TAMK students, just like you. Feel free to contact Tamko’s disturbance contact in any matter you wish to have advice for. Ms. Iina Hänninen, Ms. Ella Helenius, Mr. Santeri Autio, You can send email to all disturbance contact persons via

Student’s Sport Services Sports and sport-related activities are important for students’ health and well-being. Tamko encourages students to seek sporty ways to keep up their health and social life! Events and sports representative


Unipoli Sport Students’ sport services are produced in cooperation with Unipoli Sport. It provides high-quality, versatile and equal sports services for both students and staff of universities in Tampere. The use of Unipoli Sports facilities and services requires paying a Unipoli Sport membership fee, which, as a member of Tamko, you will get with an affordable price. Membership fee for Tamko members is 72 euros for the academic year of 2018-2019. In Unipoli Sport of Kuntokatu campus you can find various sports facilities including gym, a sports hall, table tennis, climbing wall and sauna/shower facilities. You can also lend wide variety of sport equipment from Tamko office for free. By paying the Unipoli Sport membership fee, you get access to Unipoli Sport services provided by universities in Tampere – services of three campuses for the price of one! The fee is paid in the Tamko office (members of Tamko) or at the info desk of TAMK Main Campus (other TAMK students). After payment, the access rights to sports facilities are added to your access key. Find out more about Unipoli Sport services and facilities Tolu Tolu (The emerging muscles of Tampere) is a sports club operating in TAMK. It provides non-competitive leisure and sports activities for students. Tolu organizes various events and a weekly sport shift where you can try different kind of sports. Find Tolu from Facebook TAMK Sport friend TAMK Sport friend is a Facebook group where all TAMK students are welcome to join. It helps you to find new friends to start exercising with. Join here


Living in Tampere Living in Tampere is fun! Tampere is the 3rd largest city in Finland and rewarded as the most popular Finnish city according to several surveys considering living and studying. Located in the southern Finland, Tampere is well connected to other cities and towns by public transportation, including its own international airport. With over 35,000 students, Tampere is one of the biggest university cities in Finland. There are many activities for students ranging from sports activities to different student events around the year. Tampere tourist information Public Transportation Tampere Regional Transport develops its services to meet the needs of all residents in Tampere. The goal is to provide a public transportation service which is easy and comfortable to use for commuting to work, school, hobbies, or to other places during free time. As a TAMK student you are entitled to cheaper bus tickets. You can purchase a Tampere Travel Card from the office of Tampere Regional Transport. Bus tickets can be purchased with either stored value, season tickets or single tickets. You can load value to your Tampere Travel Card in multiples of 10 â‚Ź. Single ticket bought from the bus driver costs 3â‚Ź. Local Journey Planner provides you advice on the best public transport connection to your destination.


Student Health Care For those seeking for medical attention, Tampere City Student Health Care provides health services for TAMK students studying for more than four months. Health care services of nurses and psychologists are free of charge. Contact information: Tampere City Student Health Care Hammareninkatu 7, 4th floor 33100 Tampere Service hours: Monday-Thursday 8.00am to 3.30pm. Friday 8.00am to 3.00pm. Phone advice and booking appointments with nurse or a doctor: Monday-Thursday 8.15am-3.00pm, Friday 8.15am-1.00pm. Tel. +358 40 806 2454 (Engineering, Media & Arts, Forestry students) Tel. +358 40 806 2459 (Nursing, health care, Hospitality management, tourism students) Tel. +358 40 806 2455 (International Business, Music, Social services students) Dental care Booking appointment to dentist: Monday-Friday 8.00am-5.00pm. Tel. +358 3 5657 0100 Emergency First aid unit Acuta (24 hours) takes care of emergencies which cannot be treated in health care centers. Information and advice: +358 3 311 611 Teiskontie 35 33520 Tampere


Student Restaurants in Tampere By presenting a valid student card or a meal subsidy card issued by Kela, you can have a student discount in subsidized student restaurants. Kela pays the difference between the full price and the discount price to the operator of the restaurant. The meal subsidy applies to all TAMK students. TAMK Kuntokatu 3 (main campus) Campusravita TAYS Kuntokatu 4 Medica Bio, Medica Arvo TAMK Mediapolis Ravintola Live


TAMK - Briefing to Student Services Schedule 2018-2019 1st period: 1.8. - 21.10.2018 2nd period: 22.10. - 31.12.2018 3rd period: 1.1. - 3.3.2019 4th period: 4.3. - 31.7.2019 Summer studies from May to August according to a separate timetable. You need your TAMK username and password to log into TAMK online services. Study Guide provides you necessary information of all degree programmes and courses.

TAMK INTRA Study Services You can turn to Study Services in almost all study-related matters. Study Affairs Coordinators take care of for example student benefit guidance, student admissions matters, transcripts of records, degree certificates and study certificates. Students can turn to any student services office or Study Affairs Coordinator regardless of their own degree programme or campus. Library Services TAMK library operates in all TAMK campuses. Opening hours, contact information and search services can be found from here.


PAKKI Student’s Desktop PAKKI is your online access to the details of your courses, credits and grades – your school achievements. Log in with your TAMK username and password. Tuudo A modern mobile app for your student life is available for all TAMK students. It offers you the most important information and services related to your studies such as PAKKI – and all in one place. Download the app from app store and log in. Tuudo is available for Android and iOS. Tuudo is updated about every two weeks. Make sure that you have automatic updates turned on, so that you’ll get access to new features and services.


Student’s Alphabets Academic year sticker = Academic year sticker validates the student card. The sticker is valid either for the whole academic year or only for the autumn or spring term.

TAMK, and therefore facilitate their adaptation to the Finnish culture Council = Council has the highest power to make decisions related to the Students’ Union. It consists of 21 representatives, and its term lasts for one calendar year. A new council is elected annually in November. All Tamko members have the right to vote in the council election

Affiliate = Affiliates or clubs are sub-organizations of Tamko. All students of TAMK can found or join affiliates. Tamko offers assistance in establishing and running student clubs and associations.There are multiple clubs organizing activities for similar-minded people in TAMK. The purpose of these clubs is that people can gather and enjoy their favorite activities together.

Disturbance contact = Tamko disturbance contacts support and give advice to students who have experienced disturbance of any form. Harassment can be for example flirting that is going too far, racist, homophobic or sexist behavior, unwelcome sexual or hostile messages, phone calls or emails. The disturbance contacts do not document names and they have full professional confidentiality

Alkumetri = Tamko’s party on 5.9.2018 for launching the start of the academic year Board = The board of Tamko is responsible for the daily operations of the Students’ Union. New board is selected annually after council elections. Every Tamko member can stand for a position in the board

Degree tutors = Degree tutors help students during their first year of studies. They are all students themselves and trained by Tamko. Degree tutors familiarize students with TAMK procedures and degree programmes, Finland, Finnish culture and student life

Campusravita Oy = Restaurant company that maintains the student restaurant, cafeteria, and bookshop at Kuntokatu campus. Tamko members enjoy an additional student lunch discount when paid with the stored value of the student card CLINT = Club International Tampere is a sub-organization of Tamko. The main mission of CLINT is to enhance the cooperation between Finnish students and exchange students who come to study at

ECTS = European credit transfer system. Finnish universities of applied sciences use the European ECTS system. One credit requires approximately 27,5 hours of studying


Student’s Alphabets International tutor = Student who guides and helps foreign exchange students at TAMK. They are all students themselves and trained by Tamko

Opiskelijan Tampere = Opiskelijan Tampere gathers all student benefits, apartments, events, sports, marketplace, and city information on one website. Check all the services. = is an online employment service of Finnish universities of applied sciences

PISTOT = Student party organized monthly by student associations TTO, TIRO and PIRATE

Kuntokatu = TAMK’s main campus is located on both sides of Kuntokatu street. Health care students can be found from Kuntokatu 4 whereas engineering, tourism, catering, domestic services, social services and business administration students at Kuntokatu 3

PIVO = Application by Pivo Wallet. You can active a mobile student card in Pivo. By showing the mobile card, you get all the same benefits than with regular student card POAS = POAS stands for Pirkan Opiskelija-asunnot, a student housing company owned by the city of Tampere. POAS rents affordable flats to students of Tampere and Pirkanmaa region, as well as to working people under 30 years of age. POAS offers flats near the colleges and universities around Tampere, close to good traffic connections.

Master’s degree = The Master’s degree awarded by a university of applied sciences is 60-90 credits in scope, and requires 1-2 years of study. The prerequisites for applying to a Master’s degree programme in a university of applied sciences are a Bachelor’s degree and three years of work experience Mediapolis = Campus for Media & Arts students. Located in Tohlopinranta 31, 33270 Tampere

Project = Students can create projects under Tamko and apply for funding. This kind of fundable projects include for example excursions, publications, and events that are directly related to studies

Meal subsidy = By presenting a valid Tamko student card or a meal subsidy card issued by Kela, you can have a student discount in subsidized student restaurants Musiikkiakatemia ( = music academy) = TAMK campus for music students. Located in F.E. Sillanpään katu 9.

½Q (= puolikuu = half-moon) is a part of Campusravita’s restaurant at Kuntokatu campus. It was named after its shape


Student’s Alphabets SAMOK = The Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences. SAMOK is a national, politically independent organization for students at universities of applied sciences (UAS). The organization is led by students and works to promote students’ interests

Subject association = Students of different degree programmes have established subject associations that organize activities for their members. The most important subject associations for TAMK’s English speaking students are TIRO (engineering students), PIRATE (health care students), TTO (business administration students), SOPU (social services students) and TARINA (media & arts students)

Solu = Tamko’s office which is located at Kuntokatu 3, L-building. Besides Tamko, Solu is inhabited by TIRO’s, SOPU’s and TTO’s board members

TAMK Events = A mobile application showcasing all events held by Tamko or other student associations

Student card = When you apply for a membership of Tamko, you receive a student card that provides hundreds of student benefits nationally. The card also works as a library card, printing card, and payment card at Campusravita’s restaurants and shop at Kuntokatu campus

Tamko = Tamko is the students’ union of Tampere University of Applied Sciences Tamko Topics = A weekly bulletin which is sent via email to all Tamko members on Mondays

Student health care = Tampere City Student Health Care provides health services for students studying in Tampere for more than four months. The student health care in Tampere is located at Tullinkulma, Hammareninkatu 7, 4th floor

TOAS = TOAS provides affordable and student-friendly homes for the entire period of study. TOAS homes are located in the city center close to the educational institutions. The TOAS delegation has student representatives chosen by Tamko

Student union = According to law every university of applied sciences must have its own student union. Tamko is the student union for TAMK students. The basic duties of Tamko is to represent the students within TAMK administration and develop their studies as well as social conditions

Tursajaiset = A must-see ritual-like event for all new TAMK students held every autumn Tuudo = mobile application for TAMK students’ information and services


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Tamko's Student's Guide 2018 - 2019  

All the essential information you need in order to survive at TAMK

Tamko's Student's Guide 2018 - 2019  

All the essential information you need in order to survive at TAMK