Newsletter 16/2011

This is the AYY newsletter 16/2011

The first week of May is a good time to start the ice cream season! Have you already chosen your favourite flavour of the summer?

1. This week’s events
2. Apply for Baltech student exchange by 13 May
3. Student: apply for student financial aid for summer now!
4. Comedy Wave @ Smökki at 7pm on 11 May

1. This week’s events

Wednesday, 4 May: Aaltoes: Let’s Get Physical!
Wednesday, 4 May: OtaKoppi’s opening of the baseball season
Thursday, 5 May: Open day of Otaniemi Billiard Club
Friday, 6 May: Ahvenisto autodrome day
Friday, 6 May: From Yyteri to Ähtäri, Teekkarispex party
Saturday, 7 May: Treasure Market
Saturday, 7 May: Concert of Polytechnic Orchestra
Sunday, 8 May: Concert of Polytechnic Orchestra

2. Apply for Baltech student exchange by 13 May

Aalto students have the opportunity to apply for student exchange for a few days through Baltech network probably for the last time. Baltech is a network of 8 universities around the Baltic Sea, which purpose is to develop the cooperation of the universities in this region and improve research and education in this way.

You can apply for student exchange with a group of 4–8 people. The purpose is that hosts will visit the groups in Finland after the exchange. The student exchange is organised among students with the same major subject. One group can receive a maximum aid of €700 for the exchange. The application deadline is 13 May and the exchange will be organised in early autumn.

Read more about the exchange opportunity here

The required application forms and further information on Baltech network are available here

3. Student: Apply for student financial aid for summer now!

Students may receive financial aid for the summer if they complete studies which are included in their degree. Summer financial aid also includes the study grant, housing supplement and the loan guarantee.

You can apply for the summer financial aid online through Kela’s electronic services

( or with the notification of changes form (OTm).

Access to electronic services requires authentication with an electronic identity card or an online bank user ID. The service is only available in Finnish and Swedish. A student must usually attach to the application a school certificate or a statement by the Financial Aid Committee on one’s studies or a statement by one’s thesis instructor.

In order to receive financial aid for the summer, a student must study full-time which means one must gain enough study credits. In higher education institutions, the average credit limit is at least 4.8 per one supported month.

The link to Kela’s press release on summer income (in Finnish)

4. Comedy Wave @ Smökki at 7pm on 11 May

The laughter riot is here again! This time the main performer is Ismo Leikola, who has also previously entertained students at Smökki. Other performers include Zaani and Robert Petterson. The bar is open during the break.

Get your ticket on time as the place will certainly be full like in previous years! Ticket sales will be organised at Otakaari service point and the main building on weeks 18&19. Tickets in advance cost 10 euro and at the entrance 12 euro.

Further information: Hannes Kallioinen,, 0505463779

The link of the week

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