Preparing for Your Stay

The first thing is to be well prepared to arrive in a new country, both mentally and physically. Finland is quite different from the U.S., but preparing well will save you from a number of unwanted surprises and will help you to get the most out of your experience.

Maybe one of the most important things is getting to know at least something about Finland prior to hopping on the plane. This means reading something about the country and the people, its history, nature, etc. The Orientation Guide is useful in that regard, but one’s own initiative in getting additional information is still crucial.

Try to arrive a few days to a week before the orientation so that you have some idea of what life will be like, and you can determine what questions/problems you may need help with.
U.S. student grantee 2016-2017

There are certain things that need to be taken care of months before the actual grant period, such as passport and residence permit issues. Also, academic issues such as finalizing one’s study/teaching program have to be done several months prior to the actual arrival.

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Things may seem confusing at first, but you will quickly adapt and learn. Just don't stress too much as Finland is an easy place to live.