My Stockholm Story

What’s it really like to live and study abroad in Stockholm? We know a few people that may have some answers.

Learn more about what to expect when studying abroad with DIS in Stockholm. Former students give you a glimpse of academics at DIS, local Field Studies, housing, extracurriculars, cozy cafés, and everyday life in this stunning city, fondly known as the ‘Venice of the North’ by the locals.

Chris, Vanderbilt University

To Chris, Stockholm seemed like a hidden gem in Europe; one that often gets overlooked when compared to the more well-known and touristy cities. While abroad, he has found a change of scenery much needed, and friends that are adventurous, curious, and committed to supporting one another. 

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Read Chris’ letter of advice to future students

Christian, Whitman College

Christian picked DIS for his abroad semester because he has been interested in Swedish culture and Sweden for a very long time. As the first student from Whitman to get to be a part of DIS Stockholm, Christian is excited to bring home new experiences to share with friends.

DIS Copenhagen Blogger - Christian

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I’m excited to come back to my country and return to a place I know and love. But I love this place too, and the way people speak and think in different ways from me.

Christian, Whitman College

Olive, Macalester College

Olive found an encouraging community at the DIS Stockholm Diverse Identities Social Club. The club is an open and safe space where students can explore their personal experiences with diversity, identity, and intercultural interactions while studying abroad.


Read about Olive’s experiences on the DIS Blog

The club allows you to share, listen, and implement different strategies in your life in order to enhance your study abroad experience. It is a place where all thoughts are welcomed and real conversations are always had.

Olive, Macalester College

Calvin, Swarthmore College

Calvin combined his academic schedule with training for a half marathon. To meet the locals, he joined a table tennis club where he was matched up with Swedish players.

Read Calvin’s letter to future students on the DIS Blog

Stockholm presents a world of opportunities for you to personalize your own experience abroad.

Calvin, Swarthmore College

Mark, Ohio State University

Mark enjoyed all that Stockholm has to offer during his semester abroad. Join him as he explores the city, goes to class, and hangs with his Homestay family and their charming dog, Eskil.

Read about Mark’s unforgettable fall on the DIS Blog

Sarah, Wellesley College

Join Sarah as she explores the archipelago, goes on Study Tour, attends class, and teams up with the locals for a traditional Swedish game.

Milly, Macalester College and Isabelle, Barnard College

Isabelle and Milly walk you through their semester in Stockholm. From strolls in the old town, to local Field Studies, outdoor swimming, and traditional Swedish ‘fika,’ they enjoyed the many facets of the city.

It can be overwhelming to move to a new place, but remembering that you are surrounded by people who genuinely support and care for you is really meaningful and comforting. It will be an adventure, and such such such a special one.

Isabelle, Barnard College

Learn more about Milly and Isabelle’s semester abroad on the DIS Blog

Come as you are, learn as much as you can. I flew to this part of the world with a goal of not being a nuisance to the locals. However, I don’t have to change who I am as a person. Approaching every unfamiliar situation with kindness is what has me feeling the embrace of this city and the people in it.

Milly, Macalester College

Reed, Bates College

Follow Reed for a typical day in his life during his semester at DIS Stockholm, as he grabs a coffee around DIS, attends classes, studies at the National Library of Sweden, commutes home to Nacka, and spends time in the evening with his Homestay hosts.

Hanna, Haverford College and Chris, Lafayette College

Hanna and Chris share their experiences on what life as a DIS student in Stockholm is all about.

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