Orientaatiot

 

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.

 

Pre-Departure Orientation

May 17, 2017

Download the orientation program (pdf) (Updated May 12, 2017)

Download the program for the Award Ceremony at the Helsinki City Hall (updated May 16, 2017)

 

 

 

 

Pre-Departure Orientation Program

Fulbright Finland, Hakaniemenranta 6, Monitoimitila, 1st floor

08:30 Morning Coffee
With Photo Collage of Fulbright Finland in Action

08:50 Practicalities of the Day
Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager, Fulbright Finland
MC for the Orientation Seminar

            
08:55 Opening Remarks and Grantee Introductions
Terhi Mölsä, Chief Executive Officer, Fulbright Finland

09:35 Fulbright Finland Grantees and the Worldwide Fulbright Program
Terhi Mölsä, Chief Executive Officer, Fulbright Finland

10:00 Break

10:10 Greetings from the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association
Arno Tanner, Vice President of the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association  

  • The broader role of the Alumni Association in Finland
  • Benefits of being a member
  • How to get involved?

10:15 What is the Finnish Fulbright Welcome Network?
Stephen Horvath, U.S. Fulbright Fellow 2015-2016

10:20 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    

10:40 Q&A on Grantee Taxation  
Hannu Lignell, Tax Advisor, Fondia Tax, Fiscales Oy

11:05 Break-Out Sessions on Social Security

Group1: Researchers and Doctoral Students (Mela, ETK)
(Monitoimitila, 1st 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?

11:05-11:15 Sari Benford, Insurance Specialist, ETK
                      Hanna Hyttinen, Insurance Specialist, ETK
                      Minna Isoksela-Valkola, Insurance Clerk, Mela
                      Lari Papunen, Insurance Clerk, Mela

11:15-11:30 Questions and Answers

Group 2: Bachelor’s and Master’s Students, and Professionals
(Lissabon meeting room, 5th 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.?

11:05-11:20 Leena Ikonen, Coordinator, KELA

11:20-11:30 Questions and Answers

Group 3: Travel Grantees and Study of the U.S. Institutes’ Grantees
Break or join the session of your choice

11:30 Lunch
(Lasiranta, 1st floor)

12:20 Greetings from the U.S. Embassy
(Monitoimitila, 1st floor)

T.J. Grubisha, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy; Chair, Fulbright Finland Foundation Board
    
Meet Your U.S. Embassy Visa Officer
Amiee McGimpsey, Consul, U.S. Consulate
Tero Kantanen, Consular Assistant – Immigrant visas, U.S. Consulate

  • Questions after reading the U.S. Embassy website?
  • 2-year requirement and waiver
  • Spouse employment possibilities
  • Visa processing time
  • Booking visa interviews

12:40 Parallel Sessions on Program Specific Practices

1. Session for ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grantees
(Amsterdam, 5th floor)

Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager, Fulbright Finland

  • Organizations involved in the Fulbright program
  • Cooperating with IIE
  • Host university issues
  • Grant documents and grant payments
  • Reporting
  • Visa and insurance issues
  • Enrichment opportunities

2. Session for Lecturers, Researchers, ASLA-Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Fellows, and Mid-Career Professionals
(Monitoimitila, 1st floor)

Emmi Jelekäinen, Program Coordinator, Fulbright Finland

  • Organizations involved in the Fulbright program
  • Cooperating with CIES
  • Host university issues
  • Grant documents and grant payments
  • Reporting
  • Visa and insurance issues
  • Enrichment opportunities

3. Session for Teachers
(Fulbright office, 5th floor)
        
Mirka McIntire, Manager, Teacher Exchange and Education Programs, Fulbright Finland

  • Roles of the organizations involved in the FDAT program
  • Arrival procedures
  • Grant documents and grant payments
  • Reporting
  • Visa and insurance issues
  • Alumni and enrichment opportunities

4. Session for Finnish Language and Culture Teaching Assistants
(Tukholma meeting room, 5th floor)

Elina Pitkänen, FLTA 2015-2016
Elisa Räsänen, FLTA 2013-2014
Riitta Uotila, Senior Program Adviser, EDUFI

  • Host institutions
  • Duties and role of a Teaching Assistant
  • Alumni view

5. Session for Undergraduate Students
(Lasiranta, 1st floor)

Emilia Holopainen, Program Coordinator, Fulbright Finland

  • Host university issues
  • Grant documents and grant payments
  • Reporting
  • Visa issues
  • Alumni opportunities

6. Session for Study of the United States Institutes’ Grantees
(Fulbright office, 5th floor)

Pia Arola, Executive Assistant, Fulbright Finland

  • Organizations involved in administrating the program
  • Pre-departure preparations
  • Grant documents and grant information
  • Reporting
  • Visa and insurance issues
  • Alumni opportunities

7. Session for Travel Grantees
(Tallinna meeting room, 5th floor)
        
Saijaleena Rantanen, Fulbright Finland Travel Grantee 2016
Erkko Sointu, Fulbright Finland Travel Grantee 2015

        12:40-13:00    Program Practices
        13:00-13:30    Independent Assignment
        13:30-13:50    Discussion Session

13:50 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.

Refreshments Served

Group 1: Undergraduate Students (incl. SUSI Student Leaders)
(Tukholma meeting room, 5th floor)

Julia Lastunen, SUSI Student Leader 2015
Helmi Möttönen, SUSI Student Leader 2014
Saku Rimali, Undergraduate Grantee 2015-16
Ira Vainikainen, SUSI Student Leader 2015

        
Facilitators: Emilia Holopainen, Program Coordinator, Fulbright Finland
David Yoken, Fulbright Finland Foundation Board Member

Group 2: Graduate Students (incl. ASLA-Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Fellows and FLTAs)
(Monitoimitila, 1st floor)

Stephen Horvath, U.S. Fulbright Fellow 2015-2016
Hannu Laine, Fulbright-Technology Industries of Finland Grantee 2015-2016
Heidi Lehmuskumpu, Graduate Grantee 2011-2012
Mila Oiva, Graduate Grantee 2014-2105        
Elina Pitkänen, FLTA 2015-2016
Heta Pöyliö, Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow 2016-2017
Elisa Räsänen, FLTA 2013-2014

        
Facilitator: Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager, Fulbright Finland

Group 3: Lecturers, Researchers, and Professionals                  
(Lissabon, 5th floor)

Johanna Lampinen, MCPD 2013-2014
Ruby Lee, U.S. Distinguished Chair 2016-2017
Antti Miihkinen, ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Junior Scholars 2014-2015
Päivi Rannila, ASLA-Fulbright Research Grants for Senior Scholars 2014-2015
Ville Taajamaa, MCPD 2014-2015

Facilitator: Emmi Jelekäinen, Program Coordinator, Fulbright Finland

Group 4: Teachers
(Fulbright office, 5th floor)

Maija Heikkilä, FDAT 2016-2017
Taru Pohtola, FDAT 2015-2016
Susanna Soininen, FDAT 2016-2017
Nathaniel Woodruff,  FDAT 2016-2017

        
Facilitator: Mirka McIntire, Manager, Teacher Exchange and Education Programs, Fulbright Finland
    
Group 5: SUSI Scholars
(Fulbright office, 5th floor)
        
Outi Hakola, SUSI Scholar 2010
Arto Kallioniemi, SUSI Scholar 2015
Heidi Lehtovaara, SUSI Scholar 2015

Facilitator: Mirka McIntire, Manager, Teacher Exchange and  Education Programs, Fulbright Finland

Group 6: Travel Grantees
Join the session of your choice

15:05 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

16:00 Fulbright Grantees as Ambassadors of Finland and Promoters of Our Country Brand
Johanna Kotkajärvi, Director, Unit for Communications on Asia, Africa and the Americas, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

  • 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: Jouni Mölsä, Director General, Department for Communications, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Ritva Viljanen, Deputy Mayor, City of Helsinki

19:00 Event Ends


Planning for the Fulbright Year Seminar

September 28, 2016

Tukholma meeting room, 5. floor

8:30 Coffee

8:45 Welcome & Participant Introductions

9:05 Fulbright Center and Your Fulbright Network: What’s in It for You… and What Will You Bring to It?
Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director

9:40 Panel discussion: U.S. Faculty Insights on U.S. Graduate Admissions, Tips for Finnish Candidates
Professor Patrick Miller, Department of History, Northeastern Illinois University, Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies 2016-2016
John Templeton Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow Peter Miller, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program, University of Pennsylvania, Fulbright-University of Tampere Scholar 2016-2017
Professor Carol Tenopir, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, Fulbright-Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies 2016-2017

Dr. Leasa Weimer, Knowledge Development Adviser, EAIE European Association for International Education, Netherlands, Fulbright-CIMO grantee 2011-12

  • 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

Plaza, 5. floor

11:00 The Roles and Responsibilities of the Fulbright Center and the Grantee During the Coming 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

Group photo                     

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Applying for a Degree Program
Degree & non-degree students

Jyri Eskola, Architecture, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2013-14
Johanna Poutanen, Peace and Conflict Studies, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2015-16

Mauri Sumén, Film Music, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2015-16

Moderator: Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager

Connecting with Your Academic Host
Visiting student researchers

Kirsi-Mari Cheas, Communications, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2013-14
Emil Kurvinen, Engineering, Fulbright-Technology Industries of Finland Grant 2014-15
Hannu Laine, Energy, Fulbright-Technology Industries of Finland Grant 2015-16

Moderator: Sonja Kuosmanen, Program Coordinator

14:30 Coffee break

14:45 Developing Your Networks through Fulbright Events 2016-2017
Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager

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

15:10 TOEFL and GRE Test Q&A
Johanna Lahti, Deputy Director

15:30 Q&A and Evaluations                                          

16:00 Fulbrighter 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 FC staff during the last session and after the end of the program.

 


Pre-Departure Orientation

May 17, 2016

Pre-departure orientation seminar is organized for all the 2016-2017 Finnish Fulbrighters.

 

8:30    Morning coffee
In the background: Fulbright, the Man, the Mission & the Message

8:55    Practicalities of the Day
Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager, Fulbright Center, MC for the Orientation Seminar

9:00    Opening Remarks and Grantee Introductions
Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center

9:40    The Finnish Fulbright Center Grantees and the Worldwide Fulbright Program
Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center

10:05  Break

10:15  Greetings from the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association
Anna Kronlund, President of the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association

  • the broader role of the Alumni Association in Finland
  • benefits of being a member

10:20  What is the Finnish Fulbright Welcome Network?
Stephen Horvath, U.S. Student Program Grantee 2015-2016

10:25  Fulbrighters’ Role in Communications and Media
Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center
Maija Kettunen, Events Assistant, Fulbright Center

  • Your role: choosing your way
  • Tips for different media channels: digital (incl. social media, web, blogs), print (incl. Fulbright Center News), broadcast, other

10:35  Grantee Taxation
Krista Nikmo, Tax Manager, KPMG

11:05  Break-Out Sessions on Social Security

Researchers, ASLA-Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Fellows and Doctoral Students (Monitoimitila, 1st 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 MELA coverage?
  • How and when to apply for the MELA coverage and how is it paid?

11:05-11:15  Minna Isoksela-Valkola, Insurance Clerk
                       Lari Papunen, Insurance Clerk, The Farmers' Social Insurance Institution Mela
                       Sari Benford, Insurance Specialist, Finnish Centre for Pensions ETK

11:15-11:40  Questions and answers

Bachelor’s and Master’s students, incl. FLTAs and Professionals (Lissabon meeting room, 5th 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.?

11:05-11:40  Heidi Maaniittu, Coordinator,  KELA
                       Leena Ikonen, Coordinator, KELA

Travel and Study of the U.S. Institutes grantees
11:05-11:40   Break or join the session of your choice

11:40  Greetings from the U.S. Embassy
Jeffrey Reneau, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy

Meet Your U.S. Embassy Visa officer
Amiee McGimpsey, Consul, U.S. Consulate
Tero Kantanen, Consular Assistant – Immigrant visas, U.S. Consulate

  • questions after reading the U.S. Embassy website?
  • 2-year requirement and waiver
  • spouse employment possibilities
  • visa processing time
  • booking interviews

12:00      Lunch (Lasiranta, 1st floor)

12:50  Parallel Sessions on Program Practices

  • organizations involved in the Fulbright programs
  • co-operating with IIE/CIES
  • host university issues
  • grant documents and grant payments
  • reporting
  • visa issues
  • enrichment opportunities

1. Session for graduate students (Plaza, 5th floor)
Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager, Fulbright Center

2. Session for lecturers, researchers,  ASLA-Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Fellows, and mid-career professionals (Monitoimitila, 1st floor)
Sonja Kuosmanen, Program Coordinator, Fulbright Center

3. Session for teachers (FC office, 5th floor)
Mirka McIntire, Manager, Teacher Exchange and Education Programs, Fulbright Center
Tarja Mykrä, FDAT grantee 2015-2016
Taru Pohtola, FDAT grantee 2015-2016

4. Session for Finnish language and culture teaching assistants (Tukholma meeting room, 5th floor)
Riitta Uotila, Senior Program Adviser, CIMO

  • Program practices

Elisa Repo,  FLTA grantee 2014-2015
Elina Räsänen, FLTA grantee 2013-2014

  • Duties and role of a Teaching Assistant: My experience

5. Session for undergraduate students (Lissabon meeting room, 5th floor)
Johanna Lahti, Deputy Director, Fulbright Center

6. Session for Study of the United States Institutes’ grantees (FC office, 5th floor)
Maria Kivelä, Exchanges Assistant, U.S. Embassy

7. Travel grantees (Tallinna, 5th floor)
Emilia Holopainen, Exchanges Assistant, Fulbright Center
Erkko Sointu, Fulbright Center Travel Grants for Research Collaboration 2015

  • 12:40-13:00 Program Practices
  • 13:00-13:30 Independent assignment
  • 13:30-14:00 Discussion session

Refreshments served

14:00 Group Discussion with Former Grantees

  • 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 A: Undergraduate students (incl. SUSI Student Leaders) (Tukholma meeting room, 5th floor)

Helmi Möttönen, Summer Institute for European Student Leaders grantee 2014-2015
Elias Tuomaala, Undergraduate grantee 2015-2016
Jenni Viertokangas, Undergraduate grantee 2008-2009
Facilitators: Johanna Lahti, Deputy Director, FC
David Yoken, Fulbright Center Board Member

Group B: Graduate (incl. ASLA-Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Fellows and FLTA students) (Monitoimitila, 1st floor)

Mikko Aaltonen, Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow 2011-2012
Stefan Baumeister, Graduate grantee 2014-2015
Sanna Ojanperä, Graduate grantee 2011-2012
Kimmo Pyhältö, Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow 2015-2016
Elisa Repo,  FLTA grantee 2014-2015
Elisa Räsänen, FLTA grantee 2013-2014
Heikki Saxén, Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow 2015-2016
Facilitator: Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager, FC

Group C: Lecturers, researchers and professionals (incl. MCPD) (Plaza, 5th floor)

Piia Björn, Senior Scholar 2013-2014
Johanna Lampinen, MCPD 2013-2014
Ville Taajamaa, MCPD 2014-2015
Marja Vierros, Junior Scholar 2012-2013
Facilitator: Sonja Kuosmanen, Program Coordinator, FC

Group D: Teachers  (incl. SUSI Educator and Scholars) (FC office, 5th floor)

Merja Drake, Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars on Media and Journalism 2014
Petteri Granat, FDAT 2014-2015
Valdemar Kallunki, Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars on Religious Pluralism 2015
Tarja Mykrä, FDAT grantee 2015-2016
Taru Pohtola, FDAT grantee 2015-2016
Elizabeth Agro Radday, FDAT grantee 2015-2016
Facilitators: Mirka McIntire, Manager, Teacher Exchange and Education Programs, FC

Group D: Travel grantees

Join the session of your choice

15:15  Break

15:30  Bus to the Helsinki City Hall

Seminar Closing Words on the bus     
Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center

15:45  Group photo at the Helsinki City Hall

16:00 Fulbright Grantees as Ambassadors of Finland and Promoters of Our Country Brand
Petra Theman, Director of Public Diplomacy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

  • Finland’s brand
  • How can the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Finnish
  • diplomatic missions be of assistance
  • Fulbright grantees’ role as ambassadors of Finland

17:00  Award Ceremony & Reception at the Helsinki City Hall
Hosts: Jouni Mölsä, Director General, Department for Communications and Culture, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Pekka Sauri, Deputy Mayor, City of Helsinki

19:00  Event ends

 

 


Planning for the Fulbright Year Seminar

September 23, 2015

 

Planning for the Fulbright Year Seminar is organized for the Fulbright Center Finnish Graduate Student Grantees 2016-2017.

>> Orientation Program

 


 

 

Pre-Departure Orientation

May 12, 2015

 

8:30      Morning Coffee
In the background: Fulbright, the Man, the Mission & the Message

8:55      Practicalities of the Day
Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager, Fulbright Center,

9:00     Opening remarks and grantee introductions
Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center

9:40     The Finnish Fulbright Center grantees and the worldwide Fulbright program
Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center          

10:05   Break

10:15   Greetings from the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association
Anna Kronlund, President of the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association

  • the broader role of the Alumni Association in Finland
  • benefits of being a member

10:20   Greetings from the U.S. Embassy
Jeffrey Reneau, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy

Meet your U.S. Embassy visa officer
Ross McKim, Vice Consul of Consul Affairs, U.S. Embassy
Tero Kantanen,
Consular Assistant – Immigrant visas, U.S. Embassy

  • questions after reading the U.S. Embassy website?
  • 2-year requirement and waiver
  • spouse employment possibilities
  • visa processing time
  • booking interviews

10:40  Fulbrighters’ role in communications and media
Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center

10:45  Grantee taxation
Esa Johnson, Tax Manager, KPMG

11:15   Break-out sessions on social security

  •     Researchers, ASLA-Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Fellows and Doctoral Students (Siika meeting room)

11:15-11:25 Tina Björn, Insurance Clerk, Minna Isoksela-Valkola, Insurance Clerk, The Farmers' Social Insurance Institution Mela

                    Sari Benford, Insurance Specialist, Anu Salovaara, Insurance Specialist, Finnish Centre for Pensions ETK

11:25-11:45 Questions and answers

  •   Bachelor’s and Master’s students, including FLTAs (Tukholma meeting room)

11:15-11:45     Heidi Maaniittu, Coordinator, KELA

  • MCPD, Travel, Study of the U.S. Institutes, and Teacher grantees

11:15-11:45 Break or join the session of your choice

11:45   Lunch break (Lasiranta, 1st floor)

12:40   Parallel sessions on program practices

  • organizations involved in the Fulbright programs
  • co-operating with IIE/CIES
  • host university issues
  • grant documents and grant payments
  • visa issues
  • enrichment opportunities

1. Session for graduate students (incl. Fulbright-Schuman)

(Tukholma meeting room)
Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager, Fulbright Center

2. Session for lecturers, researchers,  ASLA-Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Fellows,
and mid-career professionals

(Siika meeting room)
Sonja Kuosmanen, Program Coordinator, Fulbright Center

3. Session for teachers
(FC office, 5th floor)
Emilia Holopainen, Exchanges Assistant, Fulbright Center

                        4. Session for Finnish language and culture teaching assistants

(Muikku meeting room)
Riitta Uotila, Senior Program Adviser, CIMO

  • Program practices

Katja Soikkeli, FLTA grantee 2013-2014
Veera Yliniemi, FLTA grantee 2013-2014

  • Duties and role of a Teaching Assistant: My experience

5. Session for undergraduate students
(Tallinna meeting room, 12:40-13:30)
Johanna Lahti, Deputy Director, Fulbright Center

6. Session for Study of the United States Institutes’ grantees
(FC office, 5th floor)
Maria Kivelä, Exchanges Assistant, U.S. Embassy

       7. Travel grantees
       (12:40-13:30 Independent assignment, Lasiranta.  13:30-14:00 Discussion session, Tallinna meeting room)
       Johanna Lahti, Deputy Director, Fulbright Center

Refreshments served

14:00 Group discussion with former grantees

  • living in the United States - everyday issues
  • student life on American campus
  • visiting researcher in the United States
  • visiting teachers and professionals in the United States

Group A: Undergraduate students (incl. SUSI Student Leaders) (Tallinna meeting room)

Milena Hakanpää, Undergraduate grantee 2013-2014
Hertta Lehvävirta, Summer Institute for European Student Leaders grantee, 2014-2015
Facilitators: Emilia Holopainen, Exchanges Assistant, Fulbright Center
David Yoken, Fulbright Center Board Member

Group B: Graduate (incl. ASLA-Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Fellows and Fulbright-Schuman) and FLTA students (Siika meeting room)

Kirsi Alahuhta, Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow, 2014-2015
Mikael Broas, Graduate grantee, 2013-2014
Kirsi-Mari Cheas, Graduate grantee, 2013-2014
Katja Soikkeli, FLTA grantee, 2013-2014
Tero Vanhanen, Graduate grantee, 2013-2014
Veera Yliniemi, FLTA grantee, 2013-2014
Facilitator: Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager, Fulbright Center

Group C: Lecturers, researchers and professionals (incl. MCPD and SUSI Scholar)(Tukholma meeting room)

Johanna Lampinen, MCPD grantee, 2013-2014
Miikka Pyykkönen, Senior scholar, 2012-2013
Ville Taajamaa, MCPD grantee, 2014-2015
Marja Vierros, Junior scholar, 2012-2013
Facilitator: Sonja Kuosmanen, Program Coordinator, Fulbright Center

Group D: Teachers  (incl. SUSI Educator) (Muikku meeting room)

Petteri Granat, FDAT grantee, 2014-2015
Taina Wever, FDAT grantee, 2014-2015
Facilitators: Mirka McIntire, Manager, Teacher Exchange and Education Programs, Fulbright Center
Johanna Lahti, Deputy Director, Fulbright Center

Group E: Travel grantees

Join the session of your choice

15:15   Break

15:30   Bus to the Helsinki City Hall
Seminar Closing Words on the bus                   
Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center

15:45   Group photo at the Helsinki City Hall

16:00   Fulbright grantees as ambassadors of Finland and promoters of our country brand
Jouni Mölsä, Director General, Department for  Communications and Culture, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

  • Finland’s brand
  • How can the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Finnish diplomatic missions be of assistance
  • Fulbright grantees’ role as ambassadors of Finland

17:00   Award ceremony & reception at the Helsinki City Hall
Hosts: Jouni Mölsä, Director General, Department for Communications and Culture, Ministry for Foreign Affairs Pekka Sauri, Deputy Mayor, City of Helsinki

19:00   Event ends

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Planning for the Fulbright Year Seminar

September 22, 2014

 

Orientation program for the Fulbright Center Graduate Student Grantees 2015–2016

8:45               Coffee

9:00               Welcome & Participant Introductions              

9:20               Fulbright Center and Your Fulbright Network: What’s in It for You… and What Will You Bring to It?

                      Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director

9:50               The Roles and Responsibilities of the Fulbright Center and the Grantee During the Coming Year

                       Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager

10:15             Break

10:30             Admission Categories in a U.S. University

                       Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager

10:45             Choosing the Right Institution and Program

                      Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager

10:55            Panel discussion: U.S. Faculty Insights on U.S. Graduate Admissions, Tips for Finnish Candidates

                       Mark Miller, Professor of Political Science, Clark University, Fulbright-Bicentennial Chair in American

                       Studies 2014-15

                       Alex Ruiz-Torres, Professor of Business, University of Puerto Rico, Fulbright-Aalto University

                       Distinguished Chair 2014-15

                       Moriah Bostian, Assistant Professor of Economics, Lewis and Clark College, Fulbright-University of

                       Turku Scholar Award 2014-15

                       Group photo

12:00             Lunch in three groups (Monni cabinet)

                      Table 1: Mark Miller, Table 2: Alex Ruiz-Torres, Table 3: Moriah Bostian

13:00             Applying for a Degree Program

                        Degree & non-degree students (Plaza)

                        Mikael Broas, Engineering, Fulbright-Technology Industries of Finland Grant 2013-14

                        Johanna Haapalainen, Business, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2010-11

                        Yrjö Häme, Computer Science, International Fulbright Science and Technology Award 2010-11

                        Antti Kuha, Law, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2012-13

                        Moderator: Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager

           

                        Connecting with Your Academic Host

                        Visiting student researchers (FC office)

                        Kirsi-Mari Cheas, Communication Studies, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2013-14

                        Heikki Haara, History, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2013-14

                        Joonas Hämäläinen, Economics, ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant 2013-14

                         Moderator: Sonja Kuosmanen, Program Coordinator

 

14:30             Coffee break

14:45             Developing Your Networks through Fulbright Events 2014-2015

                        Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager

14:50             Financing Your Studies in the U.S.: Additional Funding Sources

                       Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager

15:15             Q&A and Evaluations

15:45             Introduction to TOEFL, GRE and GMAT Tests

                       Johanna Lahti, Deputy Director

  

The program ends at 16:30.

Opportunity for personal discussion and feedback on the admission plan with FC staff after the end of the program.

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Pre-departure Orientation Program 2014 and Award Ceremony & Reception at the Helsinki City Hall Program.

Program

8:30    Morning coffee
In the background: Fulbright, the Man, the Mission & the Message

8:55     Practicalities of the Day
Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager, Fulbright Center
       
9:00    Opening remarks and grantee introductions
Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center

9:40    The Finnish Fulbright Center grantees and the worldwide Fulbright program
Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center
    
10:05    Break

10:15    Parallel sessions on program practices
Organizations involved in the Fulbright programs, co-operating with IIE/CIES, host university issues, grant documents and grant payments, visa issues, and enrichment opportunities.

  • Session for teachers
    Mirka McIntire, Manager, Teacher Exchange and Education Programs, Fulbright Center
  • Session for Finnish language and culture teaching assistants
    Tanja Mitchell, Communications Specialist, Fulbright Center
    Riitta Uotila, Senior Programme Adviser, CIMO
  • Session for undergraduate students
    Johanna Lahti, Deputy Director, Fulbright Center

11:40    Break-out sessions on social security  

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s students, including FLTAs
    11:40-12:10      Kela matters, Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager, Fulbright Center
  • MCPD grantees and teachers
    11:40-12:10    Break or join the session of your choice

12:10    Grantee taxation
Risto Löf, Partner, Tax Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy

12:35    Lunch break

13:20    Greetings from the U.S. Embassy
Jeffrey Reneau, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy

Meet your U.S. Embassy visa officer
Denise M. Taylor, Vice-Consul and Tero Kantanen, Consular Assistant – Immigrant visas, U.S. Embassy
Questions after reading the U.S. Embassy website? 2-year requirement and waiver, spouse employment possibilites, visa processing time, and booking interviews.
 
13:40     Fulbrighters’ role in communications and media
Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center

13:45    Greetings from the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association
Benjamin Alldritt, President of the ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association
The broader role of the Alumni Association in Finland and benefits of being a member.

Refreshments served

13:50    Group discussion with former grantees
Living in the United States - everyday issues, student life on American campus, visiting researcher in the United States, and visiting teacher in the United States.

  • Undergraduate students
    Päivi Pirhonen, Undergraduate grantee 2012-2013
    Ninni Saajola, Undergraduate grantee 2012-2013
    Facilitator: Johanna Lahti, Deputy Director, Fulbright Center
  • Graduate (incl. ASLA-Fulbright Predoctoral Fellows) and FLTA students
    Mikko Aaltonen, Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow 2011-2012
    Katri Antin, Graduate grantee 2012-2013
    Tuomas Haarnoja, Graduate grantee 2012-2013
    Hanna-Ilona Härmavaara, FLTA grantee 2012-2013
    Tiina Nevanperä, Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow 2012-2013
    Facilitator: Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager, Fulbright Center
  • Lecturers, researchers and MCPD grantees
    Raimo Ala-Korpi, MCPD grantee 2012-2013
    Teemu Mäenpää, MCPD grantee 2013-2014
    Miikka Pyykkönen, Senior scholar 2012-2013
    Marja Vierros, Junior scholar 2012-2013
    Facilitator: Sonja Kuosmanen, Program Coordinator, Fulbright Center
  • Teachers
    Maija Kallio, FDAT grantee 2013-2014
    Mikko Korhonen, FDAT grantee 2010-2011
    Mikko Rahikka, FDAT grantee 2013-2014
    Facilitator: Mirka McIntire, Manager, Teacher Exchange and Education Programs, Fulbright Center

15:20    Break

15:30    Bus to the Helsinki City Hall

Group photo at the Helsinki City Hall

16:00   Fulbright grantees as ambassadors of Finland and promoters of our country brand
Jouni Mölsä, Director General, Department for  Communications and Culture, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Finland’s brand, How can the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Finnish diplomatic missions be of assistance, and Fulbright grantees’ role as ambassadors of Finland.

17:00    Award ceremony & reception at the Helsinki City Hall
Hosts: Jouni Mölsä, Director General, Department for Communications and Culture, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Laura Räty, Deputy Mayor, City of Helsinki

19:00    Event ends

 

Previous Orientation Programs for Finnish Grantees

Fall 2013
Planning for the Fulbright Year Seminar for the Finnish Fulbright Graduate Students Program.

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

Fall 2012
Pre-Admission Orientation Program.

Fall 2011
Pre-Admission Orientation Program.

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