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, the Fulbright Finland Foundation does not accept liability for any errors or omissions.
The first step is to be well prepared to arrive in a new country, both mentally and physically. Finland is quite different from the U.S., but good preparation will save you from a number of unwanted surprises and will help you to get the most out of your experience.
Certain essential administrative tasks need to be taken care of months before the actual grant period, such as organizing your passport and residence permit. Also, academic issues such as finalizing your study/teaching program must be completed several months prior to the actual arrival.
Download a checklist (pdf) to 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.
During your first week in Finland you should:
- Register with maistraatti
- Submit a notification of move
- Open a bank account
- Set up a phone connection
- Come say hi to us at the Fulbright Finland office!
See more information about the first things to do after your arrival.
Daily Life in Finland
This section includes general and practical information about Finland, and tips on how to make the most of your Fulbright grant term in Finland.