Please note that many of the views presented in this Guide are based on the personal experiences of previous Fulbrighters who have shared their thoughts and observations with us. For example, there are many ways to look at cultural matters in particular, which are often the sources for interesting discussions and debates. While every effort has been 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 your arrival.
Download a checklist (pdf) to help you to remember the important to-do tasks you must take care of before your arrival to Finland, upon arrival, and before traveling back to the U.S.
During your first week in Finland you should:
- Visit the The Digital and Population Data Services Agency where you will be registered to the Population Register and where you can fill in the notification of move form for mailing purposes
- Open a bank account (optional for Distinguished Awards in Teaching grantees)
- 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, as well as tips for how to make the most of your Fulbright grant term in Finland.