The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland is an independent organisation, although closely linked with the university. It looks after the students' rights and interests. The purpose of the Student Union is to promote the rights of both Finnish and international students at the university. Student unions around Finland are always working towards making the daily life of a student better. In addition to negotiating better rights and benefits to students, the Student Union also arranges a lot of social activities and events around campuses in Joensuu, Kuopio and Savonlinna. The Student Union also publishes the student newspaper Uljas.
The Student Union offices are located as follows:
Joensuu: Yliopistokatu 7 (Haltia building, 2nd floor), 80100 Joensuu, tel. +358 50 346 9159
Kuopio: Yliopistonranta 3, 70211 Kuopio, tel. +358 44 576 8413
Savonlinna: Kuninkaankartanonkatu 7, 57101 Savonlinna, tel. +358 44 576 8430
Membership and student card
The Student Union provides various services for university students. Under the student union act, all undergraduate degree students (completing Bachelor's or Master's degree at the University of Eastern Finland) are required to join the Student Union. Exchange students studying in Finland for longer than three months are welcome to join the Student Union, but are not obliged to do so. If the exchange student's study period at the University of Eastern Finland lasts less than three months, it is not possible for them to join the Student Union. To become a member, one must pay the membership fee. It entitles students to the services of Student Health Service, discounts on meal prices in the cafeterias on campus and at a number of shops, stores and restaurants, and to 45-55% discount on long distance train and bus fares.
For postgraduate (Doctoral) students, who have already completed their Master's degree, the Student Union membership is voluntary. They are entitled only to the local discounts the Student Union has negotiated with some of the local shops. Postgraduate students are not entitled to subsidised meals, travel discounts or Student Health Services.
The membership fees for the academic year 2014-2015 are for Bachelor's or Master's degree students €114/full year and €59/semester and for Doctoral students €56/full year and €30/semester. Memberships of less than one semester will not be considered. Only members of Student Union can get a student card.
After paying the membership fee and registering at Student Services of the University, students can order a Student Card (€15.10) online from the following website: myfrank.fi. If the student does not have a credit card or a Finnish bank account and e-banking, they will need to pay the card fare in the Student Union office. The card can be collected from the Student Union office approximately 2-3 weeks after placing the order.
The most important membership benefits are:
- 45-55% discount on trains (basic ticket) and long distance buses nation-wide
- health care at Student Health Service
- cheap lunch at student restaurants in the campus
- discounts in various shops, swimming hall and gym fees, youth hostels, museums, theatres, cinemas, concerts, etc.
Please note that the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) or other cards do not entitle students to the above mentioned benefits.
Members of the Student Union can rent a survival package which includes several things that are needed in everyday life. The idea is recycling, so most of the items are second-hand. The package content is different in Joensuu, Kuopio and Savonlinna.
Survival Package Joensuu
Content: Bed sheet, pillow case, duvet cover, kitchen towel, bath towel, plate, bowl, 2 glasses, 2 mugs, 2 forks, 2 knives, 2 table spoons, 2 tea spoons, 1 wooden/plastic spatula, frying pan, sauce pan.
Price: The renting fee of the Survival Package is 35€ which includes the deposit of 20€. Once the package is returned to the Student Union clean and complete, the deposit of 20€ will be returned to the student.
Survival Package Kuopio
Content: sheet, pillow case, duvet cover, kettle, frying pan, two plates, mug, cutlery, bowl, scoop, kitchen knife, spatula, can opener
Price: The renting fee of the Survival Package is 35€. Once the package is returned to the Student Union clean and in good condition, 25€ will be returned to the student.
Survival Package Savonlinna
More information toimisto.savonlinna[at]isyy.fi
International students' associations in the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland
ESN Joensuu brings Finnish and international students together in Joensuu. ESN Joensuu maintains active relations with similar organisations in Finland and abroad. The purpose of the section is to promote an international atmosphere on campus through organising different activities and campaigns together with the international students. Every year the ESN Joensuu organises events such as Welcoming parties, a Halloween party, Pub nights, Finnish Link and many trips.
KISA – Kuopio International Students' Association
KISA is an official association of the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland, functioning in the Kuopio campus. KISA is both for international students staying in Finland and Finnish students interested in internationalisation. The purpose of the association is to organise events for international and Finnish students and act as a link between them.
Every semester KISA organises trips to e.g. Lapland, St. Petersburg and Stockholm. In Kuopio, KISA organises events such as international food festivals, game nights, country presentations, sauna evenings, and other parties.
To find out more, please join the mailing lists of the Kuopio International Students Association (KISA) . Subscribe to the list through the web page. You can also join KISA's Facebook group (Facebook registration is required).