Arrival Orientation for U.S. Fulbright Finland Grantees

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2018-2019 U.S. Fulbrighters waving at the Sibelius Monument in Helsinki
The Fulbright Finland Arrival Orientation for 2021-22 U.S. Fulbright grantees will be organized on Zoom during Monday-Wednesday, August 23-25, 2021.

Program

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

Monday, August 23

13:00-16:30

13:00-14:00 Welcome and Introductions; Introductions of Grantees and the Foundation Team

14:00-14:10 Break

14:10-15:10 U.S. Fulbrighters and the Fulbright Program in Finland: What Everyone Needs To Know 
Terhi Mölsä, CEO, Fulbright Finland Foundation

15:10-15:25 Break

15:25-16:20 Your Role in Publicity and Outreach as Fulbright Finland Ambassadors
Terhi Mölsä, CEO, Fulbright Finland Foundation
Maija Kettunen, Communication Specialist, Fulbright Finland Foundation

16:20-16:30 Wrap-up

Tuesday, August 24

13:00-15:45, followed by Virtual Fulbright Buddy Event at 16:00-17:15

13:00-13:15 Reflections

13:15-14:00 10 000 Years of Finnish History
Birger Holm, History and Civics Teacher, Vice Principal, Haukilahti School

14:00-14:10 Break

14:10-14:25 Sámi Perspective
Pirita Näkkäläjärvi, Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor, EY-Parthenon; Member of the Sámi Parliament in Finland

14:25-14:50 Adventures in Intercultural Communication and Culture Shock
Leasa Weimer, Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives, Fulbright Finland Foundation

14:50-15:00 Break

15:00-15:30 Your Support Network in Finland

Key Contacts During Your Fulbright Program, Host Institution and Fulbright Finland Foundation Services and Responsibilities
Karoliina Kokko, Senior Program Manager, Fulbright Finland Foundation
Emmi Jelekäinen, Program Specialist, Fulbright Finland Foundation
 

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
  • Other citizen services

15:30-15:45 Grantee-Alumni Continuum
Leasa Weimer, Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives, Fulbright Finland Foundation
Inari Ahokas, Program and Alumni Networks Coordinator, Fulbright Finland Foundation

15:45-16:00 Break

16:00-17:15 Virtual Fulbright Buddy Event hosted by ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Association

  • You will receive more information about the event from the Association Board

Wednesday, August 25

13:00-17:00

13:00-13:10 Reflections

13:10-13:50 Finnish System of Higher Education and Research
Timo Korkeamäki, Dean, School of Business, Aalto University; Vice-Chair 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

13:50-14:00 Break

14:00-14:30 5 Trends in the Economy of Finland
Ilkka Haavisto, Head of Research at Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA

14:30-15:00 Foreign Policy
Hanna-Leena Korteniemi, Director, Unit for North America, Ministry for Foreign Affairs 

15:00-15:10 Break

15:10-15:40 Suomi 101
Sanni Törmänen, 2019-20 Fulbright Finnish Language and Culture Teaching Assistant

15:40-15:45 Break

15:45-16:30 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 (separate breakout groups for degree and non-degree students)
    • 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

16:30-17:00 Wrap up and Feedback

 

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.

Join our events
What When Where
Study in the U.S. Information Session 25 October Online
Inaugural Lecture by the Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies 5 November Main Building, University of Helsinki & Online
Fulbright Specialist Program Q&A Session for Aspiring Hosts 22 November Online
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