The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) is an independent organisation, although closely linked with the university. All the BSc and MSc degree students of the University of Eastern Finland automatically are members of the ISYY. Additionally, doctoral students and exchange students may join the ISYY on voluntary basis.
Kamu Student Handbook: Student Union Membership fees
ISYY looks after the students’ rights and interests. The purpose of the Student Union is to promote the rights of all the degree 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 (in Finnish) and Weekly Feed, the weekly newsletter that you may subscribe to your email.
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.
For more information: ISYY survival package
ISYY clubs and student organisations
ESN Joensuu (Joensuu campus) and ESN KISA (Kuopio campus)
ESN Joensuu and ESN KISA are a Student Union (ISYY) clubs dedicated to serve the interests of the international 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
Student associations and organisations
University of Eastern Finland has a wide range of student associations. They are run by students, for students. Student organisations engage in work that promotes the Student Union’s objectives: they are involved in student advocacy work in the faculty and subject department level, act as a practice field for societal activities and provide well-being services for their members. In student organisations, you can learn many things which are not included in the actual university curriculum but are an integral part of university studies and growth into an educated individual.
For more information: ISYY Student organisations