Career Connection Homestay

Homestay FAQs

Connect with locals while developing new perspectives on your future career

Are you taking the first steps on the path to your future career, and are you curious about what it is like to work in Scandinavia?

This unique housing option has the fundamental elements of living in a Homestay, but with an added focus on learning about Scandinavian work life through sharing and exploring career aspirations with your host. This is also a more independent housing experience, with more responsibility and potentially more flexibility than a traditional Homestay.

You will be placed in the home of a local in the greater Stockholm area. When possible, we will work to match you with a host in a field relevant to your studies (ultimately, many factors go into matching, with specific occupation being just one factor). You will be encouraged to network actively and purposefully – both with fellow students in the program and with your hosts – at DIS events and in your own time.

Career Connection hosts are encouraged to take you to visit their workplace, can act as a mentor in exploring your future career, and will share insights from their own work experiences. You will also reflect together on different aspects of work life in Scandinavia and in your home country on a regular basis.

Career Connection Homestay Highlights

  • Networking and Interpersonal Skills
    You will have the opportunity to make a lasting connection with your host and will be invited to join the DIS-run Career Connection Network. By attending gatherings and events within the network, you can form a broader connection to and be inspired by like-minded students and professionals from a variety of work fields
  • Professional Development & Insight
    Gain knowledge about Swedish work culture through visiting your host’s workplace and/or attending career relevant events. You and your host(s) can share insights about the various aspects of professional life in your respective cultures. Drawing on your host as a mentor or sparring partner, you can work with clarifying what you want to accomplish with, or gain from, your future career – and use the insight you have gathered to plan your next steps. The program will also offer skill-building events such as a resumé or salary negotiation workshop
  • Unique Cross-Cultural Experiences & Personal Growth
    Living with a host provides you with a support network outside of DIS, as well as the opportunity for intercultural exchange – and the basis to continue to develop your professional goals with new perspectives on your future career

Who Are the Hosts?

Career Connection hosts come from a variety of professional backgrounds – business and entrepreneurship, science and health, education, design, and the arts. The hosts are interested in networking and professional development and sharing their professional experience and industry knowledge.

Your host can act as a mentor to you, and they are interested in your perspective as someone coming from another country. You will therefore seek to find a balance when settling into their household between spending productive time with them and being independent and cooking your own meals.

Career Connection hosts are diverse beyond their career choice. You might be matched with a family with children, single parents, couples, LGBTQIA+ households, families of various ethnicities, etc. who have all been visited by DIS and approved as Homestays.

Student Profile

You do not need a specific major or academic background to apply for this option – just a sincere interest in learning about different career paths from an international perspective.

This housing option is right for you if you are willing to:

  • Put in extra time and effort beyond your academic work to be an active participant during the career and social activities with your hosts and fellow students in the network. Some, but not all, events are mandatory, and you are expected to prioritize active participation in the program
  • Balance spending time with your hosts, hanging out with friends, and participating in events hosted by DIS for you and other students in the program
  • Live in a private house or apartment in the greater metropolitan area
  • Commute from home to DIS using the many choices of public transportation available in Stockholm
  • Have your own room or share an adequately sized room with another DIS student
  • Have your own room or share an adequately sized room with another DIS student
  • Potentially share a bathroom with other members of the household
  • Manage your own grocery shopping and cooking
    • Career Connection hosts are often busy professionals, and may not be home every night – and are not expected to cook dinners for you. You will therefore receive a partial food stipend to help cover groceries. However, we do encourage students and hosts in the family to eat together at least once a week – whether you choose to cook and eat separately the rest of the time, or eat together most days but take turns buying groceries and cooking, is up to you and your host. The most important thing is to communicate clearly and find out what works best for you both, and coordinate accordingly!
  • Prepare your own breakfast and packed lunch
  • Take responsibility for cleaning your room, tidying up after yourself and doing laundry, and sharing household chores in common areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, and living room

What This Housing Option Provides

To find out what is included in each housing option, go to Comprehensive Housing and Student Affairs Inclusions.

Application Information

You will submit your housing preferences during the registration process.

As part of your housing application, you must write a letter to your potential hosts. In addition to introducing yourself to a potential host, this letter is also an important tool used to match you with the most compatible Career Connection Homestay, so be as honest and detailed as possible.

Read more about the DIS Housing Placement Process

As with all DIS housing options, we cannot guarantee placement in the Career Connection Homestay for all applicants.