Briefly in English

OSKU Customer Service

OSKU phone and WhatsApp customer service is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 – 13:00.

Customer service will accept calls and messages through WhatsApp as well as regular calls and texts. You can call or text 045 1377 507. Outside these times, you can send an email to osku@osku.info. Emails will be responded to within 1-2 business days from when they are sent (customer service isn’t open over the weekends).

Become a member

To become a member for the first time and to order a student card, fill in this form.

If you have previously been a member and have a card already, you need to renew your membership by getting a new activation sticker. To do so, fill in this form (both forms are available in English).

We operate in the entire country, and our community is open to every vocational student. Any person who studies in a Finnish vocational secondary education institution agrees with the objective of the labor union, and pays the personal membership fee can become a member of OSKU. OSKU’s membership and student card are personal and meant just for the individual.

OSKU’s membership fee is EUR 16 for an academic year. OSKU does not utilize a term-based membership fee. The membership fee covers the price of the membership. The AMIS student card is a membership benefit, not a product that can be purchased. The AMIS student card can only be given to persons who have paid their membership fee and provided the required personal information and an approved certificate stating that the student has enrolled for studies.

Often asked questions

What is the required information for the proof of registration? The proof of registration is the document that proves that you are a student and that you are studying during the membership period. So for example, to get the 2021-2022 OSKU membership, your proof of registration needs to be dated August 2021 or after. It can be an official proof of registration or study (opiskelutodistus) or a screenshot from a student registry (such as Wilma or Intra). It needs to have your name, your place of study, and the date that either the document was signed or that the screenshot was taken. We do not accept screenshots from Opintopolku as proof of registration. Please have the attachment be either an image, PDF, or word document.

How long is the membership valid? Our membership periods of validity are determined by Kela and other student benefit resources. The stickers (that make student cards valid) are active until the end of the academic year (September). Our current membership being offered is 2022-2023, which is valid until 09/2022.

What if you lose your card? If you lose your card or want to update the information on your card, we can order a new card for you. The production and postage of the card is 6 euros, so if you want to order one, please contact our customer service via osku@osku.info and we will create an invoice for you.

What type of card to order? OSKU provides two different types of student cards, blue-yellow and green cards. The different cards show what benefits you are entitled to. With the blue-yellow card, you are able to get transportation discounts (HSL and VR) as well as use our mobile student card Pivo, while the green card doesn’t now allow access to these discounts. You are able to get all other student benefits though with the green card. You can see the card conditions below.

To get the blue-yellow card, the conditions below need to be met:

  • you study full-time and without pay (the school doesn’t pay you) in a vocational school
  • you are entitled to student allowance or are in adult education
  • studies last continuously at least eight (8) months
  • the school you study in is in public supervision
  • the studies are not performed under apprenticeship contract nor do they go under employment agency or human resources studies
  • in case you study by multiform learning, at least 60% of your whole degree time has to be contact instructed
  • you don’t receive a daily allowance or training subsidy by TE services

You are entitled to the green student card if:

  • you study in a vocational school, but don’t fulfill the requirements for the blue-yellow card

You can join OSKU by applying for membership via an electronic application form. When you’re ready to order the student card, you can click here and jump right in the application.  When applying for membership, the student must accept the terms and conditions of membership and verify the provided information. Please check which AMIS student card you are entitled to since you are responsible for selecting the correct colored card when filling in the application form.

If you have any questions, please contact us at osku@osku.info.

About us

Suomen Opiskelija-Allianssi – OSKU ry (Finnish national union for students) is a student organization that was established in 2001 for secondary school students. The organization has an over 100-year history that can be traced to the activities of two former student organizations. The aim of the organization is to increase the status of vocational education and influence society on behalf of vocational students.

In OSKU, the members have all power and responsibility, since they know the challenges and joys of studying better than anyone. Thus, in OSKU, the activities are based on strong democracy among members, under which the students make the decisions concerning the organization.

The most important decision-making body in OSKU is the annual union meeting. OSKU’s executive committee consists of vocational students studying all around Finland. The members of the executive committee have the executive authority. Their work is supported by OSKU’s employees, who are managed by the secretary-general. We regularly listen to the views of vocational students and conduct surveys to get their opinions. The organization operates independently from any political party, labor union, or religion. We think it is important that the activities of our organization correspond with the image of vocational students and are inclusive, carried out by members, and thus attractive to the students.

We are here to provide support and service

OSKU is a national interest, service, and – above all – recreational organization for vocational students. OSKU promotes the general and common interests of students and monitors the realization of those interests particularly in connection with academic, social, educational, and legal matters. OSKU makes an effort to influence the ability of its members to see the future in a positive light and provide vocational students with service and support in all life situations.

In order to promote the well-being of vocational students, we offer our members various benefits and both local and national events and training courses that are specially designed for them. The possible participation fees for events and training courses organized by OSKU will be determined separately for each event. OSKU’s members are also entitled to support and guidance in matters related to studying and interest promotion.

As a token of membership, the students are provided with an AMIS student card that is also a European Youth Card. The owners of European Youth Cards get various benefits in Finland and elsewhere in Europe.