In this section, you will learn how to become an ISYY member, whether you are an international Bachelor’s or Master’s degree student, an exchange student or a postgraduate student.
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 exploring the services and benefits included in your ISYY membership.
As a member you are entitled to use ISYY’s services in both Joensuu and Kuopio, no matter which one your ‘home campus’ is. In addition to the services provided by ISYY, our membership gives you access to noticeable discounts in student canteens, public transport, restaurants, bars and shops all across Finland, as well as online.
If you are not a degree student and would like to become an ISYY member and enjoy student benefits, below is a list of students who can join ISYY. However, please note that the below mentioned students are not entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS).
UEF students who may voluntarily join ISYY with the degree students’ membership fee are:
UEF students who may voluntarily join ISYY with the post-graduate students’ membership fee are:
Under the Universities Act, all degree students completing Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at a Finnish university are required to join one of the Finnish student unions. The Representative Council, which is a body of students who have been elected to their position by other students, determines the amount of the membership fee.
The ISYY membership fee comprises of the following components:
Students can apply for a refund of their membership fee if they do not plan to study and change their status from present to absent. NB! Changing the status is only possible during the registration period. Also, the change has to be visible in Peppi so please ask the UEF staff at the Student and Learning Services to make this change for you. In addition, a refund can be made if a student renounces their right to study.
You can apply for a refund with the electronic form found below. The form has to be signed electronically so you will need a user ID for online banking services. If you do not have online banking codes, you can print the refund application form, found under Documents, and return it to the ISYY office. Please note that autumn semester refund must be applied for by 30 September and spring semester refund by 31 January. We will not process applications sent after the deadline.
After you have applied for a refund, please come to the ISYY office so that we can remove your term sticker from your student card. The digital student card will stop working by itself.
For more information, please contact toimisto.joensuu(at)isyy.fi.
VismaSignForms.com, opens in new tab: Membership fee refund application
Isyy.fi, opens in new tab: Membership fee refund application (PDF)
Kamu.uef.fi, opens in new tab: Forgot to register?
Kamu.uef.fi, opens in new tab: Renouncement of right to study