Student Union membership
The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) 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
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 2015-2016 are for Bachelor's or Master's degree students €126/full year and €65/semester and for Doctoral students €56/full year and €30,5/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. 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.