Using Your Phone Abroad

Getting a Cellphone

How to Get a Phone Plan Abroad

All students must have an active cell phone while at DIS, including a data plan so that your phone is fully operational when away from WIFI. You are required to submit your phone number to DIS in your Registration once you arrive.

DIS works with local carrier Tele2, one of Sweden’s largest mobile phone companies, to offer convenient and affordable physical SIM and eSIM options — the vast majority of DIS students use Tele2, as other international plans can be limited and costly. Having a local phone number means easier access to local medical resources as well as meal delivery, restaurant reservations, and smoother communication with DIS students/faculty/staff, particularly during Study Tours. While we highly recommend using Tele2, you are free to choose any provider.

Note: By signing up Tele2, you’ll receive instructions in your DIS arrival packet to set up your new SIM and activate your account — you’ll have a new Swedish phone number to use in Sweden and across Europe but your photos, contacts, apps, etc, should remain the same.

It is critical that your phone is unlocked in order to use Tele2 — check with your current phone carrier if unsure. 

You must sign up for this plan by the deadline posted in your Registration.

Inclusions & Cost

  • 100 GB data per month throughout the EU (and United Kingdom)
  • Unlimited calls and texts to Swedish numbers throughout the EU

Cost of plan: $140 (one time payment)

Note: To avoid incurring any extra charges, we recommend that students text and call non-Swedish numbers using iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or other chat services.

Find additional plan information and fine print here.

Review the Tele2 Plan FAQs here.