Orientation Guide for American Grantees

The purpose of this Orientation Guide is to help you with the many questions that will likely come to your mind and things you need to take care of before your arrival in Finland and even during your grant period. Many of the suggestions in this guide come from former grantees who have shared their experiences and ideas with us.


This checklist will help you to remember the important to-do items you need to take care of before arrival to Finland, upon arrival and before traveling back to the U.S.


Please note that many of the views in the Guide are based on the personal experience of those previous Fulbrighters who have shared their thoughts and observations with us. There are many ways to look at particularly cultural matters which are often sources of interesting debates. 

While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the material in this Guide, Fulbright Finland does not accept liability for any errors or omissions.


The Fulbright Finland handbook was a savior for me as it provided the essential information from the start to end.  Information on preparing me for leaving for Finland, surviving the first week in Finland and lasting until the end was very helpful for me.  It would have been very difficult without it. - U.S. Fulbright Scholar 2014-2015

Facts to know about Fulbright Program in Finland

Preparing for Your Stay

Bringing Your Family

Arrival in Finland

Grantee Responsibilities

Orientations and Seminars

Academic Networking in Finland

Education in Finland

Daily life in Finland

Extending your Stay in Finland

Before you start packing, read tips from previous grantees and see what they have wanted to share with future grantees when it comes to living in Finland. There are more tips from previous grantees throughout the Guide.