Arrival and Orientation

Information for Admitted and Arriving Students

When you arrive for your semester in Stockholm, we think it’s important for you to get an immediate feel for your new home and surroundings. From greeting you at the airport to orienting you to DIS, Stockholm, and the Swedes, we spend several days between your arrival day and the first day of classes to make sure you are empowered to make the most of your semester!

Arrival Day in Stockholm

DIS staff will greet you at Stockholm Arlanda airport on the official start date of your program, and you will be transported to your housing. The rest of your day will be spent in your new home, where you will get settled, become oriented in your surroundings, familiarize yourself with the itinerary for the coming days in your Arrival Workshop booklet, and conclude the day with a welcome dinner.

Arrival Workshop in Stockholm

To help you make a smooth transition, DIS holds a mandatory four-day Arrival Workshop during your first week that will prepare you to navigate cross-cultural experiences, get a sense of Stockholm, and meet DIS staff and your classmates. We will also guide you through DIS services and set you up with practical matters.


  • Housing Session
    Hear how your housing choice can positively contribute to your overall study abroad experience. We will discuss various topics of living in and around Stockholm specific to where you are living, including how to build community amongst your housing network and with your DIS peers, public transportation, navigating Swedish culture, and the services available to you at the DIS Housing department. This session will either take place in your housing or at DIS.
  • Find out how you can engage with the local culture
    How can you involve yourself both at DIS and in Stockholm? How do you plan to interact with locals during your semester abroad? During the first days, you receive information about sports clubs, LGBTQ groups, volunteer opportunities, religious communities, and so forth. Some organizations might come to DIS to talk with students, and other organizations might be shared through lectures or sessions for students that discuss how to get involved in a local community. To jumpstart your research: