Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY)
ISYY is an independent organisation, although closely linked with the university. All Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students of the University of Eastern Finland automatically are required to join ISYY. Additionally, doctoral students and exchange students may join the ISYY on a voluntary basis.
Kamu Student Handbook: Student Union Membership fees
ISYY looks after the rights and interests of both Finnish and international students. The purpose of the Student Union is to promote the rights of its members (i.e. UEF students) and to negotiate better benefits. Student unions around Finland are always working towards making the daily life of students better. ISYY also arranges a lot of social activities and events around campuses in Joensuu and in Kuopio and provides students with affordable sports services.
The Student Union also publishes Weekly Feed (opens in a new tab), the weekly newsletter in English that you may subscribe to your email. Weekly newsletter is the best way to keep up with what’s happening on the campus as well as with local events, news and anything that might be relevant to international students – all in one place.
For more information (links open in a new tab):
News and information in English can be found both at http://www.isyy.fi/en. ISYY also has a Facebook page for news and information and you can follow their Instagram @isyyuef. You may also ask ISYY’s Coordinator of International Affairs to be your friend on Facebook and follow her posts about life and studying on our campuses. Search for “International-Joensuu Isyy” or “International-Kuopio Isyy”on Facebook.
The Student Union is also a member of SYL, the National Union of Students in Finland.
Exchange students who are members of the Student Union can rent a survival package which includes several things that are needed in everyday life. The idea is reusing, so most of the items are second-hand. The package content is different in Joensuu and in Kuopio.
For more information: ISYY survival package (opens in a new tab)
ISYY clubs and ESN sections
ESN Joensuu (Joensuu campus) and ESN KISA (Kuopio campus)
ESN Joensuu and ESN KISA are Student Union (ISYY) clubs dedicated to organising fun free time activities, events, and trips (to for example Lapland, Russia, Norway and Sweden) for international and homecoming students.
The most important task of ESN Joensuu and ESN KISA is to introduce Finnish culture and lifestyle to international students and to give Finnish students an opportunity to gain international experiences in Joensuu and Kuopio by organising diverse events and activities. In addition, ESN Joensuu and ESN KISA are active in promoting intercultural understanding on campus and in Joensuu and Kuopio.
For more information: ISYY International clubs (opens in a new tab)
Are you interested in theather or music? What about politics? Or do you want to join our choirs?
For more information: ISYY Campus Organisations (opens in a new tab)
University of Eastern Finland has a wide range of Student Organisations. They gather together students who study the same subject, which allows them to get to know their peers and work together with ISYY in the field of student advocacy. The Student Organisations are run by students, for students.
For more information: ISYY Student organisations (opens in a new tab)