The Student Card
The student card works as a student identification card and you are entitled to certain benefits with it.
Benefits include subsidised student lunches, cheaper train and coach tickets etc.
The National Union of Finnish Students (SYL/FSF) issues the Student Union membership card, opiskelijakortti (in Finnish) or studentkort (in Swedish). In order to obtain your student card you have to pay the student union fee (save the receipt!) and register at Åbo Akademi University. After that, the Frank card can be ordered and paid at: www.frank.fi
You will need to upload a photograph to complete the student card order. The photograph should be about the same quality and style as a passport photo.
PLEASE REMEMBER that master and bachelor degrees are graduate students, NOT post-graduate.
You can check the progress of your order via www.frank.fi or via the link you get with the confirmation e-mail. If you did not get a link to check your card-status, contact Frank immediately to figure out what might be wrong with the order.
Your card will be delivered to you via mail. Note that Frank delivers student cards only to Finnish addresses. Make sure that your address information is up to date. After you’ve recieved your card you need to take it to the student union office so that it can be validated with the sticker for this term or academic year.
The student union membership fee has to be paid every year, and you also have to validate your student card every year. This is done by getting a new sticker for the card. The card is not valid without the appropriate sticker.
There is also an app for mobile devices, Frank App. It works on Android and iOS devices. It works as the regular student card described above. Please remember to use exactly the same information for it as you have used at registration with Åbo Akademi University. If there are discrepancies, the app cannot validate your membership. Check your information with the University if you are having trouble with validation. You can check the current information at Self Service.
Student Card Sticker
You get the student card sticker from the Student Union Office in Åbo or Vasa.
If you aren’t able to come to the office, there are two options for you to get your sticker:
- You can give your student card and a letter of authorization to a friend and have them come to our office instead.
- You can send the following to our office (Kåren, Tavastgatan 22, 20500 ÅBO) via the postal services:
– your student card
– receipt over paid student union fee
– copy of ID (driver’s license is OK)
– a short letter telling us who you are and what you wish for
– an envelope with stamp and the return address you wish for your card to be mailed to
We need all of the above in order to give your student card its sticker. Without a return envelope or stamp/address, your student card will be kept at the office for your pickup.