All Karelia University of Applied Sciences degree and exchange students are recommended to join POKA. As a member of POKA you will receive a student card with a valid term tag which entitles you to various benefits both locally and nationwide. With POKA’s student card you’ll get discounts on traveling, restaurants, sports, events, culture, shopping and more! You won’t need an additional card to receive Kela’s meal subsidy on campus cafés and restaurants. POKA also offers its members a yearly planner and changing POKA items. As POKA’s member you also have the right to vote in POKA’s election of representatives, and you can run for POKA’s Council of Representatives or Board.
POKA’s membership fee for one academic year or term is 25 € and the membership fee for total study time is 70 €. The membership for total study time is only available for first year degree students and it’s valid for the normal duration of the degree program (3,5-4 years, depending on the degree program). If you’ve enrolled as absent for a semester or an academic year, please contact us beforehand so you won’t lose any time on your membership. Once paid, the membership fee is non-refundable (. Remember to write your name and student number to the email, and to attach a photo of yourself for the new student card. With all reordered student cards, a payment of 6 € will be debited to cover the card printing costs. You can pay with cash or debit/credit card when you collect your student card at the office. You student card will arrive at the POKA office on the campus of your choice in about two weeks after ordering it. You’ll receive a message to your @edu.karelia.fi email when you can come and collect your student card.