Arrival Orientation for U.S. Fulbright Finland Grantees

2018-2019 U.S. Fulbrighters waving at the Sibelius Monument in Helsinki

The Fulbright Finland Arrival Orientation for 2020-21 U.S. Fulbright grantees will organized on Zoom during Tuesday and Wednesday, January 26-27, 2021, and it's mandatory for all Fulbright Finland grantees arriving in Finland.

Get to know the U.S. Fulbright grantees, as well as the speakers joining the Arrival Orientation!


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

9:30-9:50 Welcome Remarks; Introductions of Grantees and the Foundation Team

9:50-10:45 U.S. Fulbrighters and the Fulbright Program in Finland: What Everyone Needs To Know
Terhi Mölsä, CEO, Fulbright Finland Foundation

10:45-11:00 Stretch Break

11:00-11:15 Your Role in Publicity and Outreach
Terhi Mölsä, CEO, Fulbright Finland Foundation
Maija Kettunen, Communication Specialist, Fulbright Finland Foundation

  • Social Media
  • Media Outreach
  • Outreach opportunities 
  • Events

11:15-11:45 Your Support Network in Finland
Emmi Jelekäinen, Program Specialist, Fulbright Finland Foundation
Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager, Fulbright Finland Foundation

  • Key Contacts During Your Fulbright Program, Host Institution and Fulbright Finland Foundation Services and Responsibilities
  • Health Care Services, What to Do in Case of Emergency
  • Additional Support: Fulbright Buddy, Fellow Fulbrighters, Outreach Ambassadors, Alumni

U.S. Citizen Services
Alexis Wolff, Consul, U.S. Embassy Helsinki

  • Registering with STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program)
  • Passport replacement
  • Emergency phone number: +358-9-616-250 (select 0)
  • Travel to neighboring countries
  • Voting
  • Other citizen services

11:45-12:45 Lunch Break

12:45-13:15 Suomi 101
Sanni Törmänen, 2019-20 Fulbright Finnish Language and Culture Teaching Assistant

13:15-13:30 Sámi Perspective
Pirita Näkkäläjärvi, M&A Director, Helen Ventures; Member of Sámi Parliament in Finland

13:30-14:00 Adventures in Intercultural Communication and Culture Shock
Leasa Weimer, Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives, Fulbright Finland Foundation

14:00-14:15 Break

14:15-14:45 Break-out sessions: Regional Breakout Rooms

14:45-15:00 Wrap-up

Wednesday, January 27

9:30 Welcome

9:45-10:30 10,000 Years of Finnish History 
Birger Holm, History and Civics Teacher, Vice Principal, Haukilahti School

10:30-10:45 Stretch Break

10:45-11:45 This is Finland - Foreign Policy, Politics, Economy
Teemu Turunen, Director, Ambassador, Center for Mediation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Ilkka Haavisto, Head of Research at Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA

11:45-13:00 Lunch Break

13:00-13:40 Finnish System of Higher Education and Research
Timo Korkeamäki, Dean, School of Business, Aalto University; Member of the Fulbright Finland Foundation Board of Directors
Teemu Kokko, President, CEO, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

  • Finnish System of Higher Education and Research
  • Differences Between Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences
  • Internationalization in Finnish Higher Education and Research

13:40-13:45 Break

13:45-14:30 Break-out Sessions for Scholars and Students

  • Scholars: Higher Education Classroom in Finland – Differences in Teaching and Studying Between U.S. and Finland and Navigating the Academic Department
    • Academic vocabulary for Finland
    • Similarities/differences between U.S. and Finnish students and HEIs
    • Practical tips for lecturers and researchers
    • Social and everyday life
  • Students: Student Life in Finland
    • How does student life in a Finnish university differ from a U.S. university?
    • Fulbright stories from student alumni
    • Social life and leisure time
    • Practical tips for everyday life and local culture

14:30-14:50 Virtual Sauna Experience and Wrap up

Past Orientation Programs

Spring Orientation 2020

The Spring Orientation for the 2019-2020 U.S. Fulbright grantees took place on January 22-24, 2020.

Fall Orientation 2019

The Fall Orientation for the 2019-2020 U.S. Fulbright grantees took place on August 19-22, 2019.

Spring Orientation 2019

The Spring Orientation for the 2018-2019 U.S. Fulbright grantees took place on January 24-25, 2019.

Fall Orientation 2018

The Fall Orientation for the 2018-2019 U.S. Fulbright grantees took place on August 27-30, 2018.