For New Students

Dear international student, you are warmly welcomed to Finland, the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and the Student Union (ISYY)!

In this section, you will find useful information targeted at new students about the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY). In the end of this page, you will find links to other related pages. Also, feel free to find out more about ISYY by browsing through our website. 

We are here for you and work hard to ensure you are happy with your life and studies during your time in Eastern Finland. We sincerely hope you will make yourself at home at the Student Union (ISYY) by joining the activities, organisations and clubs. You only have one (student) life – make the most of it!

ISYY in a Nutshell

The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (Itä-Suomen yliopiston ylioppilaskunta - ISYY for short) is an independent organisation, although closely linked with the University. The purpose of the Student Union (ISYY) is to look after the rights and interests of both Finnish and international students at the University through interest advocacy.

Student unions around Finland are working towards making the daily life of students better and negotiating better rights and benefits for all students. In addition, the Student Union (ISYY) arranges a variety of social activities and events on the campus and provides students with affordable sports services (Sykettä).

The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland

Your Student Union, your interests

  • 13,300 members
  • 2 campuses
  • 1.6 million euro revenue
  • 17 staff members
  • 39 Representative Council members
  • 7–10 Executive Board members
  • 2 Anti-Harassment Contact Persons
  • Promoting the rights of students in 13 different fields of study
  • Several Sections, dozens of student clubs
  • Dozens of events annually


Under the Universities Act, all degree students (completing either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at the University of Eastern Finland) are required to join the Student Union (ISYY). Therefore, if your aim is to complete your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at UEF, you are ‘one of us’ and it is worth making the most of your ISYY membership.

Exchange students and international postgraduate students are also welcome to join the Student Union, if they wish. As a member of ISYY, you are entitled to all the services provided by ISYY and to participate in all of the events and activities organised by ISYY, ESN Joensuu, ESN KISA and other ISYY Clubs.

ISYY membership will give you access to noticeable discounts in restaurants, bars, cinemas and shops all across Finland, as well as online.

You can join the Student Union (ISYY) by paying the membership fee. Membership How to join (degree students) How to join (exchange students)

Contact Information

Street address of the Student Union (ISYY) Offices:

Joensuu Campus
Haltia Building, 2nd Floor, Yliopistokatu 7

Contact Numbers:
+358 (0) 44 576 8449 (office)
+358 (0) 44 576 8456 (international)

Kuopio Campus
Studentia Building, entrance through door C, Yliopistonranta 3

Contact Numbers:
+358 (0) 44 576 8419 (office)
+358 (0) 44 576 8413 (international) Contact Us

Check our opening hours from our website: Offices and the Kiosk

Read More: Services for New Students How New Students Can Get Involved