You should order your student card as soon as possible after you have paid and registered your Student Union (ISYY) membership. The student card functions as a national benefit and discount card as well as the Student Union (ISYY) membership card. With the student card and valid term sticker you are entitled to thousands of student discounts all over Finland.
There are different types of student cards. If you do not have a Finnish Identity Number, you may order a regular (plain blue) student card. ISIC cards (international student cards) and student cards with a payment functionality (MasterCard) are only available to the holders of the Finnish Identity Number. ISIC card can be used to receive student discounts abroad and therefore might be handy if you travel a lot. You may apply for a Finnish Identity Number at the Local Register Office (Maistraatti).
If you have a Finnish Identity Number you can also download a digital student card (Frank App) in which case you do not necessarily need to order a plastic student card. With digital student card you are eligible to all the same student discounts as with the traditional plastic one. The difference is that your digital student card can be automatically updated without you having to retrieve any term stickers. The activation process takes less than a minute and the digital student card costs nothing. More information about the Frank App here.
How to order your student card
You can order your student card online at Frank.
Before ordering the student card, you will need the following:
1. A passport photo or a clear photo of your face in electronic format. The photo must be taken from the front so that it is similar to a passport photo. The minimum image size is 165×213 pixels. The photo must have the same dimensions as a passport photo and the image file must be saved in JPEG format (.JPG). The photo must be a recognisable image of your face. Be careful here: if your card is not delivered due to a rejected photo, the card payment will not be refunded.
2. A payment instrument to pay for the order. You can pay for the card order using Visa, VisaElectron or MasterCard or Finnish online banking. The price of the regular student card is 15.10 €.
3. Your student number (given to you by the UEF Student & Learning Services).
When to collect your student card
After you have submitted your payment and ordered your card, wait for 2-4 weeks.
Your card will be printed and can be collected from the Student Union (ISYY) Office when it is ready.
Please be patient during the autumn “rush hour” – the system has to deal with tens of thousands of card orders and the printing process might take up to 3 weeks. You can speed up the process by ordering your student card as soon as you have been given your student number, carefully filling out your details on the card order form (so that they match the details on the UEF student record) and by choosing a good, clear picture of yourself to be printed on the card.
When collecting the card, please take along an official ID (preferably your passport). We cannot give out the card without an official ID.
The term sticker
Your student card is only valid with the “term sticker” which is attached to your card and shows that you have paid the membership fee for the ongoing academic year/term. The term sticker can be collected from the Student Union (ISYY) Office.
If you have ordered the ISIC card or the card with the payment functionality, your student card will be delivered to your home address. Once your card arrives, bring it to the Student Union (ISYY) office together with your ID and we will attach the term sticker on your card.
If you have ordered the regular student card, it will be delivered to the Student Union (ISYY) Office. When collecting your card, please take along your ID and we will attach the term sticker on your card, and you can start enjoying the benefits of your new student card!
Renewal of the term sticker
Once you have ordered your student card, the same card stays with you for the rest of your studies. The validity of the card is proven by the term sticker that needs to be renewed periodically.
The term sticker is valid until the end of September. If you are continuing your studies at UEF after that, you need to pay the ISYY membership fee and register for the following year via WebOodi.
The spring term sticker is valid until the end of September, and the autumn term sticker is valid until the end of January.
The term stickers are available at the Student Union (ISYY) Office after the 1st of August.