Visiting Host Program

Experience Life with Stockholmers

Gain insight to the traditions, mentality, and values of Stockholmers by signing up for the Visiting Host Program, where DIS will match you with hosts with whom you can meet up with several times throughout the semester.

You will be a part of a wonderful intercultural exchange, which will help you build a network of friendships and contacts in Sweden!

Who are DIS Visiting Hosts?

DIS visiting hosts sign up to participate in the program 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, an ethnic-Swedish family, a homosexual couple, or an individual with a tight-knit extended family.

How to Ensure a Great Match

We try to match you with a host that shares similar interests and want to engage in plans as often as you both indicated. Be honest in your application regarding these aspects, so we can match you as best we can.

Spending Time with Your Visiting Hosts

You can…

  • Engage in activities and day trips in Stockholm and the suburbs
  • Discuss cultural differences and ask questions
  • Meet extended family and participate in celebrations and events
  • Share cultural foods by cooking a meal together
  • Take part in various family routines
  • Visit the place of work of your host
  • Visit where you live in Sweden

What to Expect by Joining the Visiting Host Program

  • Communication is key! Once DIS has made the match and facilitated the contact, it is up to both parties to share the responsibility in meeting up
  • You have an active role in an intercultural exchange. Not only will they share their side of the world with you, but you will share yours, too!
  • Some hosts ask to be matched with two students, so the Visiting Host Program could also present a chance to get to know another DIS student
  • Time spent with your visiting host and their family can include sitting down to a meal together, as this is a strong tradition of Swedish culture. It can be difficult to accommodate students who have dietary restrictions, so you should not expect to be matched according to this. However, we encourage you to use this as an opportunity to reveal a part of who you are, and offering to help cook and share recipes!

Who Can Sign Up for the Visiting Host Program

All students that do not live in a Homestay are encouraged to sign up! If DIS is unable to find a visiting host for you, you will be placed on a waitlist. Additionally, DIS requires that all students who sign up for this Program are able to commit to seeing their visiting host at least once a month.

Finding Out Who Your Visiting Host Is

We strive to inform you who your visiting host is before your arrival to Stockholm.

Transporting to Your Visiting Host’s Home

From your home in Stockholm to your visiting host’s home, you can expect to commute from around 30 minutes to an hour. DIS will give you a transportation stipend to help cover the cost.