How New Students Can Get Involved

The Student Union (ISYY) culture in Joensuu and Kuopio is rich and diverse, and there are several ways to get involved. If you are interested in student politics and would like to influence the way things are for students, the Student Union (ISYY) is here to lead the way.

But it is not just about politics - there are so many ways to have fun and fill your free time! Why don’t you start by joining some of the organisations and/or clubs available on campuses. Recreation Make an Impact

Student Organisations

One highly visible dimension of student life is the organisation culture, as most students belong to their very own student organisation. Student organisations are usually subject specific. For instance, if you study chemistry in Joensuu you are invited to join Bunsen Ry, the organisation for chemistry students in Joensuu. Or if you are studying biomedicine in Kuopio, Kulti ry is your organisation.

These organisations (more than 40 of them in total) are the link between the student and their department, and also organise a lot of activities and events for their members. Student Organisations

Student Union (ISYY) Clubs

Student Union Clubs come in various shapes and sizes. The clubs are run by students for students, and they organise various activities for their members. Joining a club is another great way to get involved in student life and to make new friends.

Some of our popular clubs are the Board Games Clubs in Kuopio and Joensuu, the Debate Society Club and JOOJAKU (Japanese culture club) in Joensuu, to mention a few.

If you cannot find anything that inspires you, you can also start up your own club. The Student Union (ISYY) staff will help you with all the practical matters and you may also apply for funding in order to organise club activities and events for fellow students! ISYY Clubs

ESN Joensuu & ESN KISA – The International Clubs

ESN Joensuu in Joensuu and ESN KISA in Kuopio are Student Union (ISYY) clubs dedicated to serve the interests of the international students.

The most important task of the clubs is to introduce Finnish culture and lifestyle to international students and to give Finnish students an opportunity to gain international experiences in Joensuu and Kuopio by organising diverse events and activities. In addition, ESN clubs are active in promoting intercultural understanding on campus and in the campus cities.

ESN activities include: Get to Know Each Other-party at the beginning of the semester, sports events (sledging, cycling, frisbee golf etc.), cultural events (international dinner, charity events, music evenings) and trips to Lapland, Russia, Sweden and Norway.

All members of the Student Union (ISYY) are automatically members of ESN Joensuu and ESN KISA. Most of our events and activities are free of charge - all you need is a valid student card. 

We warmly invite everyone to join ESN clubs, regardless of your field of study or background – we are here to make your stay in Finland more meaningful and more fun!

ESN Joensuu

Facebook: ESN Joensuu (Facebook page) ESN Joensuu (website)

Befriend ESN Joensuu’s mascot Susi Van Wolf in facebook to keep up to date with ESN Joensuu’s activities and news:

Facebook: Susi Van Wolf


Facebook: ESN KISA (Facebook page) ESN KISA (website)

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