All students in Finland undertaking a Bachelor or Master’s degree (excluding MBA), and who have registered their attendance at the University are required by Finnish law to be members of their student union – in this case OYY. The principle behind this law is that students need a representative body to safeguard the needs of current and future students. As a result we have a voice 11 000 strong in Oulu alone and a range of great benefits.
There is a fee to join the student union. The Representative Council of the Student Union determines the membership fee annually when it prepares the budget. The membership fee is made up of two parts: the health care payment for Finnish Student Health Service and the Student Union’s membership fee.
Advice service by our specialists
You can have personal advising from our advocacy specialists in OYY. You can contact them by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legal advice service
As a member of OYY you can use our cost free legal advice service which is paid by the Student Union. Legal advice service is given by:
Law office Marja-Riitta Immonen
Pakkahuoneenkatu 5 A 1, 90100 Oulu (entrance is on the inside yard).
You don’t need to book a time – you can just go and ask guidance in appointed times. Unfortunately it is not possible to have the service by email or by phone.
Legal advice service days during autumn semester 2019:
17 Sept, 8 Oct, 12 Nov, and 10 Dec.
The consulting hours are between 2:30pm and 4:00pm.
There is free of charge legal advice service at Oulu main library by Finnish Bar Association. See the times and dates here (the page is in Finnish only).
Money shortage? No worries! OYY will grant loans of 200 euros to members without interest (you only need to pay the handling fee of 8,40 euros). The payback time is four months. You can have the loan once in every semester. To get the loan you need two guarantors for your loan.
Give your loan application to OYY’s front office during office hours. Usually you will get the loan decision immediately. Application forms for the loan are in OYY’s office. Remember that for the loan you need to fill the loan application from and the guarantor form. You can print them here or you can get them from OYY’s office.
57 € Autumn semester 2019
57 € Spring semester 2020
Out of the 114 euros 57 euros goes to healthcare.
International degree students and exchange students
In the case of international students, this requirement by law applies only to international degree students. For exchange students joining is optional, but so highly recommended by both us and the University – the benefits really are that good that membership pays for itself within your first few weeks here.
PhD-students can apply for postgraduate membership as long as they do not have withstanding study rights at graduate level. This comes with all the benefits excluding healthcare, lunch and travel, which are nationally negotiated up to graduate-level only. The price of postgraduate membership excludes healthcare costs.
OYY coordinates a network of a doctorate students’ section (DSS) which is a section for doctorate students to voice out their opinions and needs in the University of Oulu. As the Student Union’s postgraduate member you can join to the DSS.
Students of MBA programme
Students of MBA programmes are exempt from student union membership. An MBA does not meet the legal requirements to constitute an official Masters degree in Finland. This means that MBA students are not eligible for student benefits.
Registration and the payment of OYY’s membership fee
You can find information for registration and how to pay OYY’s membership fee on the University of Oulu webpages. You can download mobile app Tuudo which has a build-in valid student card in Finland from the beginning August. It is also possible to order physical student card but it is not compulsory. The student card is valid with academic year/semester sticker. Stickers for next academic year can be get at OYY’s office from the beginning of August.
Once you’ve paid your membership fee you are entitled to enjoy all the benefits entailed in the membership.
Attending / Absent
Only those students who have registered as “attending” to the University can be members of the Student Union. Students who register themselves as absent at any point in their studies, do not have access to student benefits during that time. This is controlled by student card mobile app or academic year/semester stickers.
Remember to re-validate your student card
After each year, your student card needs to be re-validated (with a sticker) for the next academic year/ semester. It is easy to re-new your membership and re-validate your card by paying the membership fee with Finnish online banking codes on the University’s WebOodi-student interface (with your student log-in), or by card or cash at the OYY Office. After you have paid the membership fee, you can use Tuudo app as a student card or get a new academic year /semester sticker for your student card from the beginning of August.
If you are not able to pay membership fee on Weboodi or Oili (for new students), here are a few different payment methods:
Online banking (SEPA-payment within the EU/EEA are usually free of charge).
- Payee: “Oulun yliopiston ylioppilaskunta” or “The Student Union of the University of Oulu”
- IBAN: FI20 5741 3620 0141 31
- Bank: Osuuspankki
- SWIFT/BIC: OKOYFIHH
- Sum: 114 € for the academic term, 57,00 € per for a semester.
- Payments must be made in euros.
- The payer must cover any possible transaction costs.
- Reference: instead of using reference number write your name to the message box.
- Remember to print the receipt for your records and bring it to Oulu!
Payment by card or cash at the student union office
- You’ll find us at Erkki Koiso-Kanttilan katu 1, Door 2T, 1st floor (Linnanmaa campus).
- We accept Visa, Visa Electron, V-Pay, MasterCard and Maestro.
- OYY has a payment service point during the University’s International Student Orientation.
On the Kontinkangas campus (Faculty of Medicine), there will be a Student Union service point on the first week of September, where you can pay the membership fee with cash (only).