In English | HUMAKO

Humanistisen ammattikorkeakoulun opiskelijakunta HUMAKO

Ilkantie 4 | 00400 Helsinki

+358 44 257 8884

Palvelupisteet | Yhteystiedot

Student Union



What is HUMAKO?

HUMAKO is the Student Union of Humak University of Applied Sciences. It is run by students and the purpose is to promote student interests. The most visible form of activity is tutoring, which is coordinated by HUMAKO. 

HUMAKO´s activity is based on the law (Universities of Applied Sciences Act 932/2014) (link opens in a new tab) which states that student union's task is to promote students position in the society as well as look after student interests regarding studies, wellbeing and living. HUMAKO is also the link between the students and Humak University. We co-operate with Humak in order to improve students conditions during their studies and influence education and social policy. We are also a member of The Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences - SAMOK. Through SAMOK we seek to influence students affairs nationwide. 


How does HUMAKO operate?


The members of the representative council

The students are responsible for both the operative work as well as the decision making in HUMAKO.  The members of the representative council are elected by the members of HUMAKO. The council is responsible for choosing the committee of the student union and making the big decisions in HUMAKO like deciding yearly budgets.


The central election commission

The central election commission is formed of the chairman and four members. The commission is responsible for organizing the election for the representative council.


The board

The board is responsible for the operative tasks such as promoting student interests in social and educational affairs, training tutors, supporting campus trustees, marketing, communications and developing HUMAKO's operations. The board is divided into teams with different responsibilities.


The local division (a.k.a Jaosto)

The local divisions represent HUMAKO in the different campuses of Humak. The local divisions process and forward feedback from the students to the committee in order to promote change. Feedback can be about study facilities, inaccuracy in grading or dissatisfaction in teaching. The division is also responsible for organizing events and other activities.

Social medias for local divisions:


The tutors (a.k.a Tutorit)

HUMAKO is funded to provide a student tutoring service. The tutors are the support people for new and existing students. They help student get settled into student life and organize socializing events together with the local divisions. We also have international tutors that are trained to support exchange students. Tutors contact the exchange students before they arrive thus tutoring starts early in the exchange process. International tutors acts as support people for the whole exchange period. Tutors help with practical things, like finding an apartment, involving the students in free time activities, and showing around the city. It's also common for the international tutors to organize a farewell party and keep in touch after the exchange period has ended.

If you are a degree student at Humak, it is possible for you to be a tutor for other degree students. For more information you can contact The board via email at

Social medias for tutors:


Student representatives

Working groups are usually formed in order to focus on a specific issue or a cause. In Humak there are different working groups and boards that focus for example on the development of the different educational programs, student welfare issues and study attainment procedures. HUMAKO has student representatives in almost all the working groups in order to make sure that the student rights are fulfilled. The most important and direct way to get the students message to the deciding parties of Humak, is by attending working groups meetings. The different working groups´ meeting times vary from once a year to once a month. The working groups discuss, develop and decide how things are done, both in the education programs as well as in the regional centers. HUMAKO´s board chooses the student representatives for the different working groups.


Why join HUMAKO?


Even - 50 % of events and products

As a member of your Student Union, you will receive the products and events of our and ASK, Helga, Laureamko, METKA, O’Diako and TUO for the member price. So at best, it's up to half price of! Discounts are available both online and at the customer service points. You can buy products and event tickets from our web store. (link opens in a new tab)

Member is part of the student community

As a member of your Student Union you can influence decision-making concerning students. Members can vote and set oneself as a candidate in the representative council elections as well as apply for the board. Members have the possibility to be a tutor or in local division and work as student representatives in the Humak’s organs.

Amazing benefits and discounts

As a member of your Student Union HUMAKO you are entitled to several discounts. You will receive a mobile student card that will help you prove your student status easily for a variety of discounts - like local region trafic, VR, Matkahuolto and Kela’s student discounts. Also remember to check benefits from your local student price sports services!




How to become a member?

  1. Go to our web store (link opens in a new tab), scroll down to the part Jäsenyydet (memberships) and click on the box that says HUMAKOn jäsenyys / Membership of HUMAKO.

    1. New student: You need to get your Haka-tag first, check out the Welcome new student letter.​

  2. Select membership period. Membership can be bought for one semester or one academic year. Membership for one semester is valid till the end of autumn or spring semester. Membership for one academic year is valid through the whole academic year.

  3. Sign in by creating a new account (Luo käyttäjätunnus) or use your Facebook account.

  4. Select the wanted membership period and fill out the application form.

  5. After filling out the application form you can go and pay the membership that you have selected.  Before the payment you can also continue shopping in the web store and get other products such as coveralls, coverall patches or tickets to the next student event at the same time.​​

Price and duration of membership

  • Spring semester 2020 - 25 € 

  • Academic Year 2019-2020 - 42 €

Spring semesters membership ends 30.9.2020.

Academic Year in valid until 30.9.2020.

Notice that HSL (Helsinki transport services) will only accept the student membership till the end of August.

Student ID

After joining  your student union you are entitled to get a student ID. You can download digital student card to your smart phone. With student ID you can get all student discounts such as cheaper student lunches, public transport and discounts from hundreds of companies in Finland. In our web store (link opens in a new tab) you can use your own student union’s benefits right after becoming a member.

Activating your digital student ID

  1. Buy membership (link opens in a new tab) and wait 1 hour

  2. Go to (link opens in a new tab)

  3. Select Humak

  4. Fill the form to receive the activation code (your information needs to match the information you’ve given in the form to join HUMAKO, which you can check from HUMAKO´s web store in the “Memberships” -section of your profile)

  5. Download the Slice app from Google Play or App Store

  6. Check your phone’s settings to give the app permission to give notifications on important bulletins

  7. Give the app the permission to use your phone’s gallery (needed for to show student card in the app)

  8. Open the Slice app and log in

  9. Enter the username and password you received via email (activation code)

  10. Accept the terms, the app can’t be used before that

  11. You’re up to date!


How to give feedback?


You can find an electric feedback form called Äänitorvi in English. (link opens in a new tab) You can send feedback to HUMAKO, tutors, local division (Jaosto) or Humak. How did they succeed? What is good or what goes wrong? You can send feedback anonymously or we can contact you. 


Feedback cards

You can also give feedback cards to HUMAKO or your teachers. HUMAKO uses feedback cards in order to improve the educational sector in Humak. HUMAKO will anonymously send the feedback card to the recipient.

Snail card

The snail card is given to lecturers when correction work and grading are taking too long.  The degree regulations say that work needs to be graded within 4 weeks from the return date. That does not always happen though.


Yellow card

Yellow card is a time out card. You would send this card when something is not done according to rules. The yellow card gives the other party a time out so they can correct their mistake.


Parrot card

The parrot card if for giving positive feedback. If you want to thank someone for a job well done then this is the card to give. We all could use a pat on the back once in a while.

>> Send Feedback card with this form (link opens in a new tab)

Sport services for students

Check out your local sport service for students here:

Helsinki - Metropolitan area:





Harassment contact persons

Harassment can be experienced from fellow students as well as lecturers. Harassment is a form of discrimination and it includes sexual harassment. No one may be discriminated against on the basis of age, origin, nationality, language, religion, belief, opinion, political activity, trade union activity, family relationships, state of health, disability, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics. (Non-discrimination act, 1325/2014) (link opens in a new tab). Discrimination might happen for example by creating a degrading, embarrassing or threatening atmosphere, undesirable actions or inappropriate or insulting language. These are not a part of a student union nor any other part of life. The harassment contact persons of our student union support and advise the students that have experienced harassment.


Harassment contact persons are not professionals, but they do offer support for students that have experienced harassment and help with cases of harassment, if needed. Harassment contact persons have been trained by the student union. Nevertheless, the harassment contact persons will not take the cases further without the consent of the conserned. When facing harassment, it’s important not to be alone. The harassment contact persons are there for you.


Who should I contact?

If you feel like you have been harassed, please contact the harassment contact persons. They are completely bound to secrecy, and no action will be taken without the consent of the conserned. Our student union has two harassment contact persons and both of them can be contacted via email.


Adelé Nurmela

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Edi Tähtinen

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Ilkantie 4, 00400 Helsinki

+358 44 257 8884

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Opening hours

Monday to Thursday 9.30-15.00 (11-12 lunch hour)

Exception to opening hours



Executive Director

Marianna Rantanen

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+358 44 257 8884

Specialist - membership, tutors and local divisions

Krista Maarajärvi

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+358 45 182 0404



Chairperson of the board

Ilmari Kallius

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+358 45 122 5030


Vice Chairperson of the board

Tiia Impivaara

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+358 45 134 5634


Representatives council


President of the Student Union

Anna-Katariina Kinnunen

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Vice President of the Student Union

Anette Pottonen

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