The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland, ISYY, looks after the students’ rights and interests. ISYY operates on both the Joensuu and Kuopio campus.
Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students
Under the student union act, all Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students are required to join the Student Union. Student Union membership entitles students to the services of Finnish Student Health Service. Members of Student Union can get a student card and are entitled to various membership benefits such as discounts in student cafeterias on campus and long distance train and bus fares.
Student Union membership fee
Academic year 2020-2021 (1.8.2020-31.7.2021): The Student Union membership fee for the entire academic year is 100 EUR (including the Finnish Student Health Service fee for the autumn 2020, which is 28,50 EUR); or 64 EUR for autumn semester only (including the Finnish Student Health Service fee for the autumn 2020, which is 28,50 EUR); or 36 EUR (NOT including the Finnish Student Health Service fee) for spring semester only.
Kela (the Social Insurance Institution of Finland) to take over collecting the Finnish Student Health Service fee 1.1.2021 onwards
The law on health services of higher education students (695/2019) will come to effect on 1.1.2021. On account of the law, overseeing student health services and collecting the health care fee will be taken over by Kela (the Social Insurance Institution of Finland). Consequently, the health care fee is no longer collected with the student union membership fee 1.1. 2021 onwards. Read more about the healthcare fee for higher education students.
Only undergraduate students aiming at a Bachelor’s and/or a Master’s degree and registered as attending are entitled to student health services 1.1.2021 onwards (no longer exchange students).
Exchange students studying at the UEF for longer than three months are welcome to join the Student Union, but are not obliged to do so. To become a member, you must pay the membership fee similar to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree student.
If the exchange study period at the University of Eastern Finland lasts less than three months, it is not possible to join the Student Union.
NOTE! International exchange students are no longer entitled to student health services after 31.12.2020.
Licentiate and doctoral students
For licentiate and doctoral students, who have already completed their Master’s degree, the Student Union membership is voluntary. The voluntary membership fee is 56 EUR for the full academic year, and 28 EUR for autumn or spring semester and can be paid upon annual registration. Licentiate and doctoral students students are not entitled to subsidised meals, travel discounts or Student Health Services. Instead, the membership entitles you to join events organised by the Student Union and get student discounts on e.g. various shops, theatres, hotels and restaurants.
Sykettä sports services are at your disposal after paying the sports fee at the ISYY office or on the SYKETTÄ webpage.
If you would like to support the development activities of the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL), you can do this by transferring a sum of your choice to SYL’s fundraising account. Furthermore, Sykettä students’ sports services are at your disposal after paying the sports fee at the ISYY office.
Study right in another university
If you are a degree student in another Finnish university and you have paid the full student union membership fee, register normally at the University of Eastern Finland and pay the ISYY membership fee in full.
To claim the refund you must contact the Student Union and provide them with your bank account number and receipts of both the paid membership fees. The claim must be addressed to the Student Union where you have last paid the membership fee. The refund must be claimed by the end of September. If you have paid for spring semester registration only, the refund must be claimed by the end of January. Fill the form of Membership fee refund application (https://www.isyy.fi/en/documents.html -> Forms -> Membership Fee -> Membership Fee Refund Application).