To study at the university, you are required to register as an attending student. The registration period is 1 May–2 September. As a bachelor’s or master’s degree student, you are required to pay the Student Union membership fee, see the Student Union fee. The Student Union membership fee is not degree-specific. Even if you have several rights to study, you need to pay the membership fee only once.
The Student Union membership fee is voluntary for doctoral students. Please click here for payment instructions. If you have both a bachelor’s/master’s and doctoral student status, you are required to pay the Student Union fee for bachelor’s/master’s degree students.
Automatic registration in Oili
During the registration period from 1 May to 2 September 2019, you can register automatically through Oili if you have a University of Helsinki user account. In this case, both your transaction and registration are completed in real-time. You can register here. If you registered as non-attending for the previous academic year, your user account will be automatically activated to enable the annual registration. Your user account is valid until 2 September. If you do not have a university user account yet, you can activate it here.
If you register as an attending student only for the autumn semester (1 August–31 December), you will automatically be registered as non-attending for the spring semester (1 January–31 July).
If for any reason you are unable to register automatically through Oili, you can register in person at Student Services. You can pay the Student Union membership fee and register automatically through Oili only during the regular registration period. At other times, you must register in person.
Registration in person
If you have registered as non-attending for your first academic year due to a statutory reason, you do not have a valid user account. If you do not have a user account or cannot register automatically for some other reason, you can also pay the Student Union fee by using the general reference number and then send the receipt as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring the receipt to Student Services. A printout from your online bank is accepted as a receipt if it includes the Archive ID. Emails that arrive no later than 11:59 p.m. on 2 September will be accepted. You will be notified when your email has been processed.
When to register for attendance
You should register as an attending student if you intend to complete studies during the academic year. Remember to register as a non-attending student for those terms for which you have a statutory reason for your non-attendance and to submit a certificate of the reasons for your non-attendance to Student Services. By doing so, you ensure that your non-attendance will not reduce the duration of your degree studies. For further information on statutory reasons for non-attendance, please click here. You can also register as a non-attending student for a reason other than those defined as statutory reasons, but your non-attendance may reduce the duration of your degree studies.
If you have exceeded the normative duration of your study, you need to apply for an extension from your faculty before registration
If you want to register as attending for your master's studies when you are about to graduate from your bachelor's degree programme but your application for a degree diploma has not yet been processed, you can register using your bachelor's study right. Registering for attendance this way is valid for your master's studies, because your master's study right is activated once you are awarded your bachelor's degree.
If you go out as an exchange student or take courses at a different Finnish university under the JOO agreement governing flexible study rights, you must register as an attending student at the University of Helsinki.
If you are a student of medicine, dentistry or pharmacy and you temporarily practice as a licensed or authorised professional within the aforementioned fields in Finland, you have to be registered as attending at the University. The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) registers all healthcare professionals in a central register (Terhikki). If you register as non-attending, you will be removed from the Terhikki register and you will be unable to practice healthcare.