ISYY, the Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (opens in a new tab), 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 and must therefore pay the student union membership fee. Members of the Student Union can get a student card (opens in a new tab) and are entitled to various membership benefits (opens in a new tab) such as discounts in student cafeterias on campus and long distance train and bus fares. NB! If you are a first-year master’s degree student, you are obliged to pay the Student Union membership fee for the whole academic year.
Read Registration instructions for new students.
Read Annual Registration – enrolled students.
The Student Union membership fee amount in the 2021-2022 academic year (1 August 2021 – 31 July 2022) for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students:
Full academic year 2021-2022: 71,50 EUR
Only the autumn 2021 semester: 35,50 EUR
Only the spring 2022 semester: 36,00 EUR
Student healthcare services for students in higher education
University students who are entitled to use the services of the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) (opens in a new tab) have been required since January 2021 to pay a student healthcare fee to Kela for each academic term. All students who are registered as attending for the current term and are studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree are entitled to FSHS services.
If you are entitled to FSHS services, you must pay the student healthcare fee. You cannot get an exemption for example for using occupational health services instead of FSHS, or for not receiving any financial aid for students.
You are not billed for the student healthcare fee but must make sure to pay it in OmaKela for each academic term. How to pay the student healthcare fee (opens in a new tab)
The due date for paying the student healthcare fee is determined based on the date on which you register as attending.
- For the autumn term, the due date is 30 September provided you have registered as attending by then. If you register as attending for the autumn term on or after 1 October, the due date is 31 December.
- For the spring term, the due date is 31 January provided you have registered as attending by then. If you register as attending for the spring term on or after 1 February, the due date is 31 July.
Find answers to frequently asked questions about the healthcare fee (opens in a new tab) on the Kela website.
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 not entitled to student healthcare services.
Read Registration instructions for new students.
For 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 the autumn or spring semester. The fee can be paid upon annual registration.
Licentiate and doctoral students are not entitled to subsidised meals, travel discounts or Student Health Services. The membership entitles you to use the services of the student union and to join events organised by the Student Union. You can also get student discounts in, e.g., various shops, theatres, hotels and restaurants. For more information, please contact the Student Union (opens in a new tab).
Read Registration instructions for Doctoral students.
Students completing non-degree studies (e.g. training for a specialization in medicine, flexible study right) cannot join the Student Union. However, the Student Union may choose to accept non-degree students as its members with an official decision. The Student Union has decided to allow the following student groups as its members, and students in these groups may join the student union if they so choose:
- Full-time students enrolled in the certificate programme for special education teachers, certificate programme for kindergarten special education teachers, qualification studies for career counsellors or students who have a separate study right in the multidisciplinary study programme in basic education. These students are not entitled to use the services of the FSHS but are entitled to the Kela meal subsidy and student discounts from VR and Matkahuolto.
- Students who have activated the continued study right after graduation. These students are not entitled to the Kela meal subsidy or students discounts from VR and Matkahuolto, nor are they entitled to use the services of the FSHS.
Because students in these groups are not entitled to use the services of the FSHS, they do not pay the healthcare fee for students in higher education to Kela.
If you wish to join the Student Union, please contact the Student and Learning Services for payment instructions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sykettä sports services (opens in a new tab) 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) (opens in a new tab), you can do this by transferring a sum of your choice to SYL’s fundraising account.
Study right at 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.