Congratulations CISSI Board 2016 !

Cissi Board 2015 + 2016 after the Annual General Meeting at the New Student House. ©Ran Goren
Cissi Board 2015 + 2016 after the Annual General Meeting at the New Student House. © Ran Goren

CISSI Board of 2016 will consist of:

  • Chair: Keshia D’Silva
  • Treasurer: Mohsen Hadianpour
  • Secretary:  Svenja Scholz
  • Other board members:
    • Marguerite Beattie – Equality and Environment Rep
    • Andre Buscariolli – Study Affairs Rep
    • Mong Han Chau- Communications
    • Maria Luhtaniemi – Integration Rep
    • Sarah Ni Mhairtin – Cultural Events Rep
    • Huishan Guo – Events Rep
    • Valeriya Kushchuk – Corporate Affairs Rep
    • Jola Llozhi – Tutoring Rep
  • Deputy members: Tugce Coskun & Walid Hasbi

At the Annual General Meeting we also revised CISSI’s rules and decided to start publishing the minutes of the meetings to the blog. Links to be created soon.

Best of luck and strength for the new board of CISSI 2016 !

CISSI is ready for the new board 2016 – YOU can be part of it

Some of CISSI Board 2015 with our curator Keijo Rahkonen at the Annual Ball of Kannunvalajat © Iida Tulokas
Some of CISSI Board 2015 and 2014 with our curator Keijo Rahkonen at the Annual Ball of Kannunvalajat © Iida Tulokas

CISSI was established in 2014 to represent the Social Sciences students enrolled in the International programmes. CISSI is for both international and internationally-minded social scientists at the University of Helsinki. CISSI has proved to be a very important player in the integration of international students and also a channel for the student’s voices. Having the Vice-Dean, Keijo Rahkonen, as the curator has kept CISSI aware of what’s going on in our Faculty and in the university as a whole.

As a member of the board, you can work on your strengths and interests. Being it communication, student politics, event planning, networking, career connections, or study affairs; your strength and interest is welcome!

Becoming a board member of CISSI is not only important for the students, but also fun! Staying active in the university opens up many possibilities for making new friends, connections, learning, and giving back to the community. By joining the board, you can learn how the university works and make the university a more enjoyable learning environment for yourself and also for other students. CISSI definitely made our integration as international students much smoother and continued to provide its benefits when we joined the board.

Being a part of a board can, at times be challenging but it is a very rewarding experience, not to mention a great addition for your CV!

The mandatory positions are: Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary. However, CISSI since its establishment has other positions too. Its the board’s decision on how to organise itself.

Currently, besides the mandatory positions we also have: University and Corporate Affairs Representative,Equality Representative, Environmental Representative, Cultural Events Representative, Events Representative, Study Affairs Representative, Communications, Tutoring.

See the descriptions for the board positions here: 

Any student member can run for the board regardless of year of enrolment or nationality. Add to your experiences and your student life at the University of Helsinki and run for the CISSI board!

Elections will be held this Wednesday at 17:00 in The New Student House, 3rd floor.
The agenda can be found here

Hello everyone!

Look out for Keshia's lovely smile during Orientation week.
Look out for Keshia’s lovely smile during Orientation week.

We’re Keshia and Tugce, the two CISSI tutors. Tugce is originally from Turkey and moved to Helsinki in August last year to start her Master’s degree in Media and Global Communication. Keshia comes from Bangalore, India and is a Research Master’s student in Social Psychology. Our main role is to make your transition into university life in Helsinki as smooth as possible which means you can always approach us whether you need some questions about student life answered or just an informal chat. Settling in can be hard but we both felt at home very quickly as we became good friends with the CISSI soldiers and because of CISSI’s events in the beginning of the Fall semester.

At this point, you’re probably wondering what CISSI is. On paper, we have been described as a committee for international social science students under Kannuvalajat ry. Our main aim is to promote integration between Finnish and international social science students and encourage diversity. In reality we do so much more than that.

In the past, we have organised delicious international food events, infamous parties and sitsits, picnics and freshmen activities to name a few of our many projects. We plan to make a tradition of these events for the upcoming academic year as they were such a success.

New exchange and degree students, prepare to be wooed by the myriad activities that we have planned for you. Our tutors will make sure that you do not feel like a fish out of water in your first weeks in Helsinki but instead take a long soak in the incredible bathtub that is Finnish student culture.

With our international newsletters, orientations and weekly updates, we try to bridge the gap that the language barrier might create for new international students. Through our intensive communication with other Finnish student organizations and faculties we strive to keep ourselves on top of things so do not fear, CISSI is here for all your University of Helsinki needs.

So, impressed with what you’ve read and want to join the team? Find us on Facebook: CISSI , follow us on Instagram: instacissi, email us at or approach any one of us for more information, we would be happy to hear from you!” We would also love to see you at our first party of the semester this Friday, the 28th of August, 7pm onwards at Kuppala.

Tugce expects to see you all in Kuppala this Friday!