All students studying for bachelor's or master's degree (basic-degree students) at the University of Helsinki are members of the Student Union (HYY) and therefore bound to pay the membership fee of the student union. To enrol at the University of Helsinki, you have to pay the Student Union (HYY) membership fee. Membership fee is paid when registering for the academic year in the OILI-system. Registration period is 1 May to 31 August 2018, during which the membership fee has to be paid. Membership fee for basic-degree students (Bachelor's or Master's students) is 100 euros for the entire academic year 2018-2019. For exchange students and doctoral students, membership of the Student Union is voluntary.
Academic year 2018-2019 starts 1 August 2018.
OILI registration system is also in use for the spring term nowadays. After that, see instructions on university's webpage.
Doctoral students (those completing a doctoral or licentiate degree) can join the student union whenever during the academic year. Doctoral students' benefits are more limited than those of the undergraduate students. Doctoral students are not entitled to use the services of Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) or travel discounts. However, other discounts, benefits and services are numerous. Membership fee for doctoral students is 45 euros for 2018-2019. If you have a study right for both basic-degree and a doctoral degree, you have to pay a membership fee of a basic-degree student. Only as a member of the student union, you may order a student card. Instructions for doctoral students' annual registration can be found here. Annual registration for attendance (or non-attendance) is obligatory for all students.
Exchange students can voluntarily join the Student Union if they study at the University of Helsinki for at least three months. They will however be automatically enrolled as attending by the university. You have to make the decicion whether to join the Student Union at the beginning of the term (by the end of August or by the end of January, respectively) or within five days upon your arrival. Internships at the university do not usually entitle you for membership.
In case if you are not able to pay in the above-mentioned means (OILI or WebOodi), you may also pay your membership fee direcly to HYY's account using the general reference number 28 04990. Use the bank account number FI80 1573 3000 0324 57 at the Nordea Bank Ltd. and BIC code NDEAFIHH. The bank's address is: Nordea Bank Finland, Aleksanterinkatu 36 B, Helsinki FIN-00020 Nordea.In this case, your registration will not be saved automatically to the university database, and you have to bring a receipt of the payment to university's student services by visiting them or by e-mail.
IN ORDER TO GET A STUDENT CARD YOU NEED TO PAY THE MEMBERSHIP FEE OF THE STUDENT UNION. STUDENT CARD IS A MEMBERSHIP CARD OF YOUR STUDENT UNION.
Summary of the payments for the academic year 2018-2019
Payee: Helsingin yliopiston ylioppilaskunta (HYY)
Bank account options: Nordea FI80 1573 3000 0324 57
Danske Bank FI80 8000 1500 0668 82
General reference number: 28 04990
Payment (choose A or B): Entire academic Only autumn Only spring
year 2018–2019 term 2018 term 2019
A. Bachelor’s or Master’s level students (obligatory)
(including FSHS health care fee) € 100,00 € 52,00 € 48,00
B. Doctoral/PhD students (non-obligatory)
(not entitled to health care services of FSHS) € 45,00 € 24,50 € 20,50
Student nation membership fee € 12,00 [Write the acronym of the student nation to the message field while paying]
HYY’s development projects € 5,80
The funds raised for HYY’s development coordination committee are used for HYY’s development cooperation projects and global education. At the moment, there is a climate sustainability project going on in Bangladesh. The main goal of the project is to teach local communities how to adapt to and prepare for the environmental challenges brought by climate change. Also, a project expected to start in 2019 and focusing on the rights of children and youth in Mozambique, is currently being planned.
Student Nation Membership
In order to join a student nation (osakunta), pay the membership fee. Write the acronym of your student nation into the message field of the payment or onto the receipt of the payment. Your membership will not be registered automatically, so make sure that it is entered in the student register at the enrolment locations. After paying the membership fee, a new nation member (also a student changing her nation membership) must go and additionally enrol at the nation. Bear in mind that some nations require an annual enrolment at the nation in order to maintain the membership (check with your nation). Further infomation on nations on HYY's website here and also on Co-delegation of Student Nations.
A student registered for non-attendance does not pay the membership fee and is not entitled to student discounts and benefits or to the services of the Student Union such as calendar and the year tag. A student registered for non-attendance is not entitled to vote in the Representative Council elections of the Student Union. You can find the instructions to register for non-attendance on university's website.
Refunds of membership fees in the academic year 2018–2019
All refunds of fees must be applied for by:
1 October 2018 for the autumn term
31 January 2019 for the spring term
Applying for all refunds is done at HYY’s Services Office, where the applicant must present their student card and provide receipts for paid membership fees. A bank statement, Excel receipt, picture of an account transaction from a mobile bank and Paytrail’s email confirmation of payment are not considered sufficient documents. A receipt of the account transaction printed from an online banking service is considered sufficient.
Students who have registered for attendance in several Finnish Universities (and thus are a member of several student unions) may apply for a refund of the FSHS fee by the deadline from the student union to which they last paid the fee. In such cases, the student must provide receipts for both membership fees.
In other cases, too, the membership fee can be refunded either in whole or partially, if necessitated by compelling reasons. In such cases, the student must apply for a refund in writing from the Student Union’s Chief Financial Officer.
For exceptional cases, please see the official instructions on refunds.
Further Information on Enrolment
University's instructions on enrolment, e.g. enrolling as absent, neglecting the enrolment and re-enrolment, graduating in the middle of the academic year, reimbursement of membership fee here.
Instructions for doctoral students here.
Further information from University's Student Services.