Orientation and Reception for 2012-13 Norwegian Fulbright Grantees
On Wednesday June 6, Fulbright grantees from all over Norway gathered in Oslo to prepare for their time in the United States and to be formally recognized and congratulated int a ceremony at the Nobel Institute.
After going to the US embassy for visa interviews, the grantees assembled at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for an afternoon pre-departure orientation. A wide range of topics were covered from the history of the Fulbright program and US election issues to pragmatic information about health care when living abroad. After the presentations, grantees were split into groups based on the geographic region of the US they will be living in, to get insider tips from other grantees who have recently returned from those regions.
The day culminated with a diploma ceremony and reception at the Nobel Institute. Before receiving their diplomas, the grantees received some words of wisdom by Ministry of Education and Research State Secretary Ragnhild Setsaas, US Ambassador Barry White, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Director General Rune Resaland, and Interim Chair of the Norwegian Fulbright Alumni Association Marit Bakke. A common theme in each of their remarks was the importance of enjoying every aspect of the unique experience Fulbright has to offer, including the social dimension. The speakers emphasized that it is the interaction with other people that these grantees will recall most vividly and look back on with fond memories, and which will make them understand what Fulbright was talking about when he said that educational exchange could “turn nations into people.”
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