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Pre-Departure Orientation 2018

May 16, 2018

Orientation Program (pdf) as of May 14, 2018

Program for the Award Ceremony at the Helsinki City Hall (pdf)

 

 

 

 

 

Kuntatalo, Toinen Linja 14
 
08:45 Morning Coffee
Restaurant Kalliokivi, ground floor
With Photo Collage of Fulbright Finland in Action
 
Karhu meeting room, 3rd floor
 
09:10 Practicalities of the Day
Emmi Jelekäinen, Program Coordinator, Fulbright Finland
MC for the Orientation Seminar 
 
09:15 Seminar Opening and Grantee Introductions
Terhi Mölsä, Chief Executive Officer, Fulbright Finland
 
09:55 Fulbright Finland Grantees and the Worldwide Fulbright Program
Terhi Mölsä, Chief Executive Officer, Fulbright Finland
 
10:20 Break
 
10:35 Greetings from the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association 
Kirsi Cheas, President of the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association Board 
  • The broader role of the Alumni Association in Finland
  • Benefits of being a member
  • How to get involved?
 
Emilia Holopainen, Program Coordinator, Fulbright Finland
 
10:45 How to Build Bridges and Connect with People?
 
Tools and Tips
Terhi Mölsä, Chief Executive Officer, Fulbright Finland
Maija Kettunen, Communication and Events Coordinator, Fulbright Finland
 
”I, the Ambassador” - Alumni View
Erkko Sointu, Fulbright Finland Travel Grantee 2015  
  • Be remembered
  • Make a core presentation and use Fulbright Finland logo
  • Match people
  • Brand yourself
 
11:15 Greetings from the U.S. Embassy
T.J. Grubisha, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy; Chair, Fulbright Finland Foundation Board
 
Meet Your U.S. Embassy Visa Officer
Tero Kantanen, Consular Assistant – Immigrant visas, U.S. Consulate
Jeremy Wisemiller, Consul, U.S. Consulate
  • Questions after the Fulbright webinar and reading the U.S. Embassy website?
  • 2-year requirement and waiver
  • Spouse employment possibilities
  • Visa processing time
  • Booking visa interviews
 
11:35 Lunch
 
12:25 Q&A on Grantee Taxation (excluding Travel Grantees) 
Karhu meeting room, 3rd floor
Krista Nikmo, Tax Manager, Ernst & Young Oy
 
Linja meeting room, 3rd floor
Erkko Sointu, Fulbright Finland Travel Grantee 2015 
 
12:55 Break-Out Sessions on Social Security
 
Group1: Researchers and Doctoral Students
Meri meeting room, 3rd floor
 
  • Moving to the U.S. – what do I need to know about social security?
  • The role of Mela, ETK and KELA
  • What are the benefits of MYEL coverage?
  • How and when to apply for the MYEL coverage and how is it paid?
 
12:55-13:05 
Hanna Hyttinen, Insurance Specialist, ETK
Pauliina Vaara, Insurance Clerk, Mela
Lari Papunen, Insurance Clerk, Mela 
 
13:05-13:20 Questions and Answers
 
Group 2: Bachelor’s and Master’s Students, and Professionals 
Karhu meeting room, 3rd floor
 
  • Moving to the U.S. – what do I need to know about social security?
  • How to apply for KELA student aid for studies in the U.S.?
 
12:55-13:05
Leena Ikonen, Coordinator, KELA
 
13:05-13:20 Questions and Answers
 
Group 3: Independent Assignment for Travel Grantees
Linja meeting room, 3rd floor
Erkko Sointu, Fulbright Finland Travel Grantee 2015
 
Group 4: Study of the U.S. Institutes’ Grantees
Break or join the session of your choice
 
13:20 Coffee Break
 
13:40 Group Discussion with Fulbright Finland Alumni
 
  • Tips for preparing your stay in the U.S.
  • First things to do when arriving in the U.S.
  • House hunt and housing tips, the importance of reading the small print!
  • Life on a U.S. campus and host organization matters
  • Living in the U.S.  - everyday issues (banking, health care, transportation, phone, bureaucracy, social life)
  • Questions on U.S. culture
  • Fulbright enrichment activities
  • Bringing family to the U.S.
 
Group 1: Undergraduate Students (incl. SUSI Student Leaders)
Kuja meeting room, 3rd floor
 
Inari Ahokas, Project Assistant, Fulbright Finland; SUSI Student Leader 2016
Julia Lastunen, SUSI Student Leader 2015
Elias Tuomaala, Fulbright Finland Undergraduate Grantee 2015-2016
 
Facilitator: David Yoken, Senior Lecturer, Arts Academy, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Member of the Fulbright Finland Foundation Board of Directors
 
Group 2: Graduate Students (incl. ASLA-Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Fellows) 
Karhu meeting room, 3rd floor
 
Kirsi Cheas, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2013-2014
Antti Makkonen, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2014-2015
Mika Manninen, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2016-2017
Silja Pitkänen, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2016-2017
Audrey Waits, U.S. Fulbright Fellow 2017-2018 
 
Facilitator: Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager, Fulbright Finland
 
Group 3: Fulbright Finnish Language and Culture Teaching Assistants
Linja meeting room, 3rd floor
 
Sara Kähkölä, FLTA Grantee 2016-2017
Kirsi Leskinen, FLTA Grantee 2016-2017
 
Group 4: Lecturers, Researchers, and Professionals
Meri meeting room, 3rd floor
 

Marja Pudas, MCPD 2017-2018
Miiri Kotche, U.S. Scholar 2017-2018
Leena Lindström, ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Senior Scholars 2017-2018
Pauliina Palonen, ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Senior Scholars 2016-2017
Kari Sormunen, MCPD 2016-2017

Facilitator: Emmi Jelekäinen, Program Coordinator, Fulbright Finland
 
Group 5: Teachers 
Kaiku meeting room, 3rd floor

Aulikki Pekkala-Flagan, FDAT 2017-2018
Sanna Ranta-Nilkku, FDAT 2009-2010
Mikko Rahikka, FDAT 2013-2014

Facilitator: Taru Pohtola, FDAT 2015-2016
 
Group 6: SUSI  for Secondary School Educators
Lobby, 3rd floor
 
Facilitator: Perttu Järvenpää, SUSI for Secondary Educators 2015
 
Group 7: Travel Grantees 
Join the session of your choice
 
15:00 Break 
 
15:20 Bus to the Helsinki City Hall 
Seminar Closing Words on the bus
Terhi Mölsä, Chief Executive Officer, Fulbright Finland
 
15:35 Group Photo at the Helsinki City Hall 
 
Mikko Koivumaa, Director of Communications, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment 
  • Finland’s brand
  • How the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Finnish diplomatic missions can be of assistance
  • Fulbright grantees’ role as ambassadors of Finland
 
17:00 Award Ceremony & Reception at the Helsinki City Hall
Hosts: Eevamari Laaksonen, Director, Ministry for Foreign Affairs 
Anni Sinnemäki, Deputy Mayor, City of Helsinki
 
 
19:00 Event Ends
 

Planning for the Fulbright Year Seminar

September 28, 2017

Orientation Program pdf

Plaza, 5. floor

8:30 Coffee

8:45 Welcome & Participant Introductions   
Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager, Fulbright Finland
Terhi Mölsä, Chief Executive Officer, Fulbright Finland

9:05 Fulbright Finland Foundation and Your Fulbright Network: What’s in It for You… and What Will You Bring to It?
Terhi Mölsä, Chief Executive Officer, Fulbright Finland

9:40 Panel discussion: U.S. Faculty Insights on U.S. Graduate Admissions, Tips for Finnish Candidates
Professor Daniel Cobb, Department of American Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies 2017-2018
Professor David Timberlake, Department of Epidemiology, University of California, Irvine, Fulbright-University of Tampere Scholar 2017-2018
Professor Ming Cui, Department of Family and Child Sciences, Florida State University, Fulbright Scholar 2017-2018
Professor Joshua Pearce, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Fulbright-Aalto University Distinguished Chair 2017-2018

  • How to choose the universities and graduate programs where to apply?
  • What does the graduate school application process include in addition to submitting the application, test scores and other required documents?
  • What do academic departments look for in an applicant?
  • Tips for doctoral students for finding a suitable visiting scholar position in a U.S. university – what to consider?
  • The student and mentor/research adviser relationship in a U.S. university – tips for a successful student-mentor relationship

10:50 Break

11:00 The Roles and Responsibilities of Fulbright Finland and the Grantee During theComing Year                     
Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager

11:20 Current Trends in U.S. Higher Education and in Graduate Admissions
Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager. Presentation prepared by Linda Tobash, Senior Director of Policy, Knowledge and Data, World Education Services.

11:40 Choosing the Right Institution and Admission Category for Your Situation
Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager                                                         

12:00 Lunch (Lasiranta 1. floor)                                                                      

13:00 Applying for a Degree Program, Degree & non-degree students, Plaza, 5. Floor
Anders Häggman, Engineering, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2010-2011
Antti Makkonen, Law, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2014-2015
Audrey Waits, Biology, Fulbright U.S. Student Program 2017-2018

Moderator: Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager

Connecting with Your Academic Host, Visiting student researchers, Tukholma, 5. Floor
Meri-Katriina Pyhäranta, Law, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2016-2017
Silja Pitkänen, History, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2016-2017

Stefan Baumeister, Business, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2014-2015
Petra Kuivala, Theology, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2016-2017
Moderator: Emmi Jelekäinen, Program Coordinator

14:45 Developing Your Networks through Fulbright Events 2017-2018
Maija Kettunen, Communication and Events Coordinator

14:50 Financing Your Studies in the U.S.: Additional Funding Sources
Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager

15:10 TOEFL and GRE Test Overview
Emilia Holopainen, Program Coordinator

15:30 Q&A and Evaluations                                          

16:00Fulbrighter Meetup”
Organized by the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association.

The program ends by 17:30.

Opportunity for personal discussion and feedback on the admission plan with Fulbright Finland staff during the last session and after the end of the program.


 

Previous Orientation Programs for Finnish Grantees

 

Spring 2017
Pre-departure Orientation Program and Award Ceremony and Reception at Helsinki City Hall program

Fall 2016
Planning for the Fulbright Year Seminar for the Finnish Fulbright Graduate Students program

Spring 2016
Pre-departure Orientation Program and Award Ceremony and Reception at Helsinki City Hall program

Fall 2015
Planning for the Fulbright Year Seminar for the Finnish Fulbright Graduate Students program

Spring 2015
Pre-departure Orientation Program and Award Ceremony and Reception at Helsinki City Hall program

Fall 2014
Planning for the Fulbright Year Seminar for the Finnish Fulbright Graduate Students program

Spring 2014
Pre-departure Orientation Program and Award Ceremony and Reception at Helsinki City Hall program

Fall 2013
Planning for the Fulbright Year Seminar for the Finnish Fulbright Graduate Students program

Fall 2012
Pre-Admission Orientation Program.

Spring 2012
Pre-departure Orientation Program and Award ceremony & reception at the House of the Estates Program.

Fall 2011
Pre-Admission Orientation Program.

Spring 2010
Pre-departure Orientation Program and Award ceremony & reception at the House of the Estates Program.