Students' Parliament

The Baltic University Programme has two student representatives in the BUP International Board. The representatives are elected by democratic vote in the Students' Parliament, held annually at the student conference each spring.

Students' representative Mirjam Weituschat leading the Student Parliament 2019
Student Representative Mirjam Weituschat leading the Students' Parliament, 2019. Photo: Jozef Počil

Since the early days of The Baltic University Programme, students have been represented in The Baltic University Programme's International Board. The mandate of a student representative is two years. After being elected by the Students' Parliament, the person becomes Deputy Student Representative for their first year of their mandate and Student Representative for their second year.

With an election taking place each year, the Student Representatives always work in pairs. One being in their first year and the other one in the second year of the mandate.

The Students' Parliament

The Students' Parliament aims to increase the participation of students from participating universities in planning and decision making of The Baltic University Programme.

The parliamentary session is a chance for the students to both elect a new Student Representative to the BUP board, as well as submitting motions (proposals), that if approved will be forwarded to the BUP board. The session is also an opportunity for students to organise.

Voting during the Students' parliament 2019
Voting at the Students' Parliament session 2019. Photo: Jozef Počil

The Students' Parliament session is lead by the Deputy Student Representative and Student Representative. The members of the Students' Parliament are also participants in the BUP student conference of that year. By being accepted to the BUP's annual student conference, the participant is also selected to the Students' Parliament of that year. Members of the Students' Parliament must also have student status at one of the BUP participating universities.

The format and election of the Students' Parliament is governed by statutes.

Running as a candidate or submitting a motion

Any member of the Students' Parliament can run as a candidate for the next Student Representative and/or submit a motion that will be discussed during the session.

Presenting at the students' parliament session 2013
Presenting at the Students' Parliament session 2013. Photo: Pontus Ambros

In order to run as a candidate for the Student Representative position or submit a motion, you first need to be accepted as a member of the Students' Parliament. This will be done automatically if you are accepted to the BUP's annual student conference.

Running as a Student Representative candidate

To apply to become a Student Representative, you first need to fill out a form which should be sent to one of the current Student Representatives along with a portrait photo of you. This should be done before the announced deadline (usually a few hours before the session starts).

Download the form for running as a Student Representative.

Submitting a motion

Submitting a motion (more commonly known as a proposal), requires that the motion is first summarised in text and submitted to the Student Representatives before the announced deadline (usually a few hours before the session starts). The motion should follow the format of the provided form. Each submitter of a motion will get the opportunity to present it during the parliament session.

Download the form for motions/proposals.

Statutes for the BUP Students' Parliament

The processes of the BUP Students' parliament and selection of the BUP's Student Representatives are determined its statutes.

Read the statutes of the BUP Students' ParliamentDocreader

Past Students' Parliament sessions

Here you can find protocols from past parliament sessions

Last modified: 2022-10-31