Services

Membership

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.

As a member you are entitled to use ISYY’s services in both Joensuu and Kuopio, no matter what 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.

UEF students who may join ISYY (but who are not required to do so by law) are:

  • Postgraduate students
  • Students of the Certificate Programme for Special Education Teachers
  • Students of the Certificate Programme for Kindergarten Special Education Teachers
  • Students of the Qualification Studies Module for Career Counsellors

However, the above mentioned students are not entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS), and, hence, their membership fee will be smaller than the standard membership fee.

International postgraduate students  and exchange students are also welcome to join the Student Union, if they wish.

What Is Included in the ISYY Membership Fee?

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 level of the membership fee is determined by the Representative Council, a body of students who have been elected to their position by other students.

The ISYY membership fee comprises of the following components:

  • The Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) fee. Student unions pay a health care fee to the FSHS for each of their members, which is similar to an insurance contribution.
  • The ISYY services made available to our members, such as student advocacy, recreational activities and the opportunity to participate in decision-making

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.