The core of any university is their students, and the University of Helsinki is no different. All the students are members of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY), which gives them the possibility to choose between multiple student organisations to find one that suits their vision of ideal student life!
The Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) is the largest and oldest student union in Finland and the roof organisation of all student activity at the University of Helsinki. All degree students are members of the Student Union.
The main purpose of the Student Union is to promote the interests of its 26 000 members both at the university and in society. As a member, you are also entitled to various services and benefits offered directly or indirectly by the Student Union, for example, inexpensive student meals and affordable healthcare. In addition, you have access to advisory services with specialists of HYY providing help in various problem situations and more than 250 student organisations that operate within the Student Union.
Read more about the Student Union of the University of Helsinki at the HYY website.
Subject and faculty organisations are the most common and popular student organisations at the University of Helsinki. Nearly every subject and programme at the university has their own student organisation, and their activities range from cultural events, get-togethers and excursions to parties and much more. Many faculties also have their own organisations connecting the subject organisations within the faculty, and there are also many multidisciplinary student organisations.
Read more about the subject and faculty organisations at the Student Union (HYY) website.
The University of Helsinki has a wide range of international student organisations that are completely run in English or other languages other than Finnish, Swedish or English. Most of the Finnish student organisations provide some events and communication in English too and welcome international students.
Read more about the international student organisations at the Student Union (HYY) website.
Student Nations are the oldest and most culturally varied student organisations at the University of Helsinki. Their history spans to the 15th century, and originally they gathered together students coming from the same area with the aim of keeping control over students coming from all over Finland. Nowadays student nations are open to all students despite their origin, but they still promote local customs and culture from their area. There are no purely English speaking student nations, and traditionally they have been split between Swedish and Finnish speaking nations. However, this is not a problem as the English language skills of Finnish students are excellent.
Student nations have friendships with student organisations in different countries, particularly in Sweden and Estonia. The student nation members regularly visit the events of their international friendship organisations and vice versa. It is an important task to take care of the arrangements, programme and also host the representatives of these friendship organisations when they come for a visit.
Read more about the student nations at the Student Union (HYY) website.
Recreational, cultural, religious and political organisations make up a huge percentage of organisations at the university. However, especially recreational organisations might only have a handful of members. They vary from sports groups, photography clubs to arts and craft.
Read more about the social and religious organisations at the Student Union (HYY) website.
Read more about the culture organisations at the Student Union (HYY) website.
Read more about the sports and athletics organisations at the Student Union (HYY) website.
Read more about the game and other hobby organisations at the Student Union (HYY) website.