Preparing Your Technology

Before leaving for Stockholm, we have a few suggestions of how to prepare your technology for your time abroad!

Keep DIS Emails Out of Your Spam Folder

Make sure you are successfully receiving emails from DIS, so you can stay informed about any necessary steps before arriving! If you do not receive emails from DIS:

  • Check your Junk Mail folder and set emails from ‘’ and ‘’ as ‘Safe Senders’ in your email options
  • If using a school-issued email address, contact your home university to see if they have blocked ‘’ or ‘’ email addresses
  • If you are currently at DIS, contact IT Support at to make sure the correct email is on file

Technology to Consider Bringing to Sweden

  • Laptop, charger, operating system installation discs
  • Phone, tablet, eBook, and their chargers
  • Camera, extra memory card, extra battery, and charger
  • USB flash drive or external hard drive

How to Prepare Your Technology to Go Abroad

  • Check voltage requirements on your appliances to see if they need a voltage converter. Most laptop chargers and other technological devices do not require a voltage converter. Hairdryers and electric hair trimmers often do require a voltage converter. Regardless of whether or not your device requires a voltage converter, all American electronics will require a European plug adapter. You can borrow electrical plug adapters (3 prong compatible) at the DIS Student Hub
  • Update your computer’s programs and drivers (wireless, sound, mouse, etc.)
  • Back up your computer’s documents and files

How to Back Up Your Computer

We strongly suggest regularly backing up your computer to ensure that your personal files are secure.

Find the backup program for Windows operating systems by searching ‘Backup and Restore.’  The backup program for Apple operating systems is called ‘Time Machine.’

Recommended web-based programs

  • Dropbox
    A service which lets you store and synchronize files across any computer/device from anywhere in the world with access to internet. Also includes an option to recover a previous version of a file. In addition, allows collaboration and sharing with others who use Dropbox. Storage space depends on your account type (free or paid). Refer to the website for details regarding Dropbox plans and pricing.
  • iCloud
    A paid subscription service created for Apple computers, but is also compatible with PCs. Allows synchronization of files and folders across multiple platforms, similarly to Dropbox. Storage space depends on your subscription. Refer to the website for details regarding iCloud plans and pricing.
  • OneDrive
    A cloud storage option made by Microsoft. OneDrive comes preinstalled on most Windows 10 computers but requires an Office 365 subscription to be operational. If you already use Microsoft Office with your laptop, check your Microsoft account to see if you are eligible for OneDrive storage. Buying OneDrive storage also comes with use of Microsoft Office programs. There are different storage plans depending on your needs – refer to the website for more details.

Recommended physical storage options

  • External Hard Drive: Will provide the most space for the cheapest price per GB. Will work on either MACs or PCs but may have problems across platforms. Very fast and flexible option of backing up all of your data. However, Hard Drives are susceptible to physical damage, being lost, and being stolen.
  • Memory Stick: A relatively cheap and very fast option of backing up data. Usually very portable and will work across many platforms/computers without problems. However, small physical size makes these prone to getting lost, and a smaller capacity means that not as much data can be stored on a single device as with a hard drive.