Student unions and
student culture

Each UAS has its own student union.
The role of the student union is to monitor the interests of students and to represent students both locally and sometimes at a broader level. In addition to advocacy tasks, student unions organize events and enable high-quality tutoring, among other things. Joining the student union is voluntary for students, but recommended.
Student life in Finland is unique and active, and student identity is a big part of students’ self-image.
A variety of events are organized for students, from sauna evenings to parties and various substantive programs, like seminars and trainings.

Students are proud of being students and they wear overalls in the colors of their own field of study. Student overalls are decorated to reflect their owners, with different patches and other decorations, often hanging from the overall legs.

Make the most of your study time – many lessons are learned outside the lecture halls!