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The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (www.isyy.fi) 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
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 on-cacafeterias on campus and at a number of shops, stores and restaurants, and to 50% 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 most important membership benefits are:
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 Kuopio and Joensuu.
Survival Package Joensuu
Content: Blanket, pillow, sheets, plates, cups, cutlery, kettle, kitchen towel, frying pan and some other cooking utensils.
Price: The renting fee of the Survival Package is 40€ for one semester, 46€ for the academic year. Once the package is returned to the Student Union clean and in good condition, 16€ 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.
International Students' Associations in the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland
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 https://lists.uef.fi/mailman/listinfo/kisa-list. You can also find KISA's Facebook group at: www.facebook.com/groups/8342834133/ (Facebook registration is required).