By getting involved through both DIS and local activities, you have the chance to make new friends, broaden your horizons, and develop your leadership and interpersonal skills. During your time abroad, we encourage you to challenge yourself to expand the boundaries of your comfort zone and be curious. We offer opportunities to introduce you to the locals – and the rest is up to you!
Engage with Fellow Students and Locals
Being a part of a community abroad allows you to meet classmates and locals with various backgrounds, passions, and interests, creating a semester unique to you. Past students have even said these extracurricular activities became memorable talking points for resumés and interviews.
Some of the opportunities include:
- Clubs and Activities: Connect with Stockholmers by joining a local organization or activity. At the start of your semester, you will receive more information about local sports clubs, LGBTQIA+ groups, religious communities, and more
- Create Space Workshops: From canvas painting to knitting, these workshops provide a space to relax and meet students from both DIS and local universities. Outside of the workshops, visit our creative corner located on the 5th floor in the DIS building, a place to de-stress with puzzles, drawing books, and more
- Diverse Identities Social Club: Discuss and reflect on personal experiences surrounding identity, diversity, and intercultural interactions while abroad
- New in Town Meetups: From board game nights to community dinners, New in Town meetups provide an opportunity to experience the city with other DIS students while socializing as the locals do
- Queer and Allies Club: A social meet up space for queer people and allies. All LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and faculty are welcome
- Running Club: Join on runs taking you through parts of Stockholm. Open to all, you can join for the whole run or part of the route
- Seminar Nights: Hear from local professionals about current affairs and their local perspectives; students often use this as a networking opportunity to connect with professionals in their fields of interest
- Stockholm Student Sports Union: Playing sports is a great way to get involved in the local community, as Swedes are highly interested in staying active. DIS subsidizes the cost to join group classes at the Stockholm Student Sports Union, which offers classes within a wide range of sports, providing an opportunity to meet locals your own age
- Yoga: Join fellow DIS students for yoga. Sessions are for everyone, from beginner to advanced, giving you an opportunity to slow down and reflect on your week
Find details about events, local organizations, and communities in the DIS Navigate App, which you will gain access to before the start of your semester.
Sign Up for the Visiting Host Program
If you are not living in a Homestay, sign up for the Visiting Host program! You will be matched with a local host, and you take the initiative in meeting up with them throughout the semester. The amount of times you get together is up to you and your hosts – there are no requirements except that you are genuinely interested in building a relationship with your host(s).
DIS Visiting Hosts sign up to participate mainly because they have an interest in learning about another culture and want to share their own. Visiting Hosts may or may not have children, and can be a single parent, a retired couple, families of various ethnicities, a LGBTQIA+ couple, or an individual with a tight-knit extended family.
Once you are admitted to DIS Stockholm, you can apply for the Visiting Host Program before you depart for Stockholm in DIS Student Registration.