Living & Learning Community

Pursue an interest alongside other like-minded DIS students and interact in a meaningful way with the local community.

Live with Like-Minded Fellow DIS Students

A DIS Living & Learning Community is a co-curricular housing option that integrates a shared interest through the lens of exploring Stockholm and/or Swedish culture. The main objectives of this housing option are aimed at enriching your study abroad experience by planning culturally engaging experiences with Swedes, as well as bridging educational learning with daily life in the housing communities.

By living in a community based on a common interest, you are given a platform from which the community can explore, discuss, and reflect on, as well as cross-cultural experiences you encounter while studying abroad. By putting in extra time and effort, you will find out what Sweden and Stockholm have to offer within your LLC theme, as well as reflect on your own personal journey while studying abroad!

Living & Learning Community Highlights

  • Cultural Engagement
    Each LLC has a Coordinator hired to be a local expert within their field. They are excited to share their professional (and personal!) knowledge and will push you to engage and understand Swedish culture based on your LLC theme
  • Community
    Throughout the semester, your goal is to create a well-functioning community. How do you create group identity in such a short period of time? How do you make sure that all voices and personalities are heard when making a decision? You will play an active role in the governance of your community’s activities with your roommates and Coordinator
  • Reflection
    Many processes of personal growth are encountered while studying abroad in another country, so the Communities will hold guided reflection exercises to give you a space to reflect on and understand some of these changes (in behavior, knowledge, etc.) that studying abroad has given you

Student Profile

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

  • Engage fully in the Scandinavian lifestyle
  • Commit to developing and enriching the community with your fellow DIS students that share your passion for the theme of the LLC
  • Interact with the local community in various ways
  • Attend regular weekly meetings and other LLC events (Note, attendance is taken and lack of engagement will lead to removal from community)
  • Live in a residence in the city or metropolitan area
  • Commute from home to DIS using the many choices of public transportation available in Stockholm – you can use this time to do homework, take a nap, or just listen to your favorite tunes and enjoy the view. Read about Stockholm’s public transportation here
  • Share a room with other DIS students (this may mean that other DIS students unaffiliated with the LLC may be living in the same building)
  • Share and clean a bathroom on your floor or your own private bathroom
  • Do your own grocery shopping and cook for yourself or your community
  • Share cleaning responsibilities for not only your own room, but also common areas on your floor such as the kitchen, bathroom, and living room

What this Housing Option Provides

Refer to the Comprehensive Housing and Student Affairs Inclusions to see what is included under this housing option.

Application Information

You preference your housing choices during the registration process.

Please note that applying to living in a LLC is competitive. LLCs require an additional application and admission decisions are based on the strength of the application. We cannot guarantee placement in a LLC for all applicants. LLCs are not meant to be an extension of your formal education as such. Pursuing a major at your home university within your topic of interest does not guarantee you admission into a LLC. Our LLCs should be perceived as great possibilities of lifelong learning and students within all of our communities come from diverse backgrounds, which we believe lays a foundation for great discussions within your chosen topic of interest.

Read more about the DIS Housing Placement Process