The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) is an organisation that provides various services to students. ISYY operates on both campuses of the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) - Joensuu and Kuopio.
All Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students at UEF are members of ISYY. At present, there are approximately 13,300 members. Student union membership is mandated by the Finnish law.
The objectives of the student unions are outlined in the Universities Act. One of ISYY’s key objectives is to unite its members and, in addition, ISYY endeavors to improve students’ standing in the society and provide high-quality services to its members.
ISYY is part of the Finnish student union network and a member of the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL).
To implement its objectives, ISYY is divided into three Sections:
ISYY’s key principles are:
Student Union membership is mandated by the Universities Act. If a student is completing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at the University, they must join the Student Union. Members can either pay the Student Union membership fee for the entire academic year or a single semester.
The Student Union Representative Council determines the level of the membership fee. The Representative Council consists of, and is elected by, students. All Student Union members may run for and vote in the elections, participate in decision-making processes and influence the level of the membership fee.
The collection of membership fees allows the Student Union to offer various services to its members. Student advocacy is the most comprehensive of these services, as it encompasses the entire organisation and all its operations. The purpose of student advocacy is to promote the interests of students at the University, in the campus cities and in the society in general. Student advocacy is a continuous process of influencing and negotiating with decision-making bodies.
The Student Union is YOUR union. It is there for you and works hard to look after your rights and interests. Together we are stronger! As an organisation ISYY has long-standing traditions in the field of student advocacy. The Student Union is the expert in student life that both the local and national authorities listen to.
Due to its stable position, the Student Union has the means to provide its members with high-quality services that help to make your time at University run smoothly.
In addition to the services provided by the Student Union, as a member of ISYY you are able to access national and local student benefits. These include the use of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS), as well as discounts on public transport and many shops and restaurants. Student Union members are also entitled to eat student priced meals at the canteens that are dotted around the campuses. You can always turn to the Student Union if you have any questions or concerns related to your studies, it is there for you!
Among the services ISYY offers for its members are specialist consultation, sports and recreation services as well as means to influence the way things are run at the University. For organisations, we offer counselling, training and the opportunity to apply for grants.
ISYY’s primary services are:
You can read more about the services provided by ISYY on the Services page.
Remember to Enroll for the Academic Year and Pay the Student Union Membership Fee!
Elina Pitkänen ISYY’s New Coordinator of International Affairs and Administration
Campus Orienteering and Campus Crash in September 2020