Evan, Ohio State University, spent his summer studying abroad with DIS. He started his studies at DIS Stockholm for Session 1, then traveled to DIS Copenhagen for Session 2 and 3. During his summer, he passed on advice for creating a unique study abroad experience.
Evan’s letter is shared here:
I believe that everybody who has the opportunity to study abroad should branch out of their comfort zone at home and consider giving it a try. I sit here in a café during my own summer abroad knowing that there is no possible way to tell you exactly how studying abroad will impact you as a person. Just know that it’s okay to be unsure and nervous about it. Even though I was passionate about taking the opportunity to study abroad myself, I still had no idea what to expect as I boarded the plane to fly across the world to somewhere I had never been before!
Studying abroad in Scandinavia has opened my eyes to tons of new things. I chose to study at DIS for three sessions this summer between Stockholm and Copenhagen, and as I write this, I am finishing my second session here. The courses I have completed so far have easily been two of my favorite classes that I have ever taken. The faculty have been amazing – knowing their subjects extremely well, connecting with students, giving great recommendations about the city, and listening to our class feedback. There are also countless reasons outside of the classroom as to why I’ll never forget this summer. To name a few – the friendliness of locals in both cities, exploring the various islands of Stockholm and the bike lanes of Copenhagen with friends, jumping off the Kastrup sea baths platforms, and trying every Swedish meatball place I could find in Stockholm. All of these unforgettable experiences have given me a new perspective on life.
I believe that everybody who has the opportunity to study abroad should branch out of their comfort zone at home and consider giving it a try.”
DIS has done a fantastic job of making me feel welcome here in Scandinavia. They give us such a wide variety of options. You will get out of study abroad experience whatever you put in and I strongly encourage you to try all kinds of new things and do as much as you can in your time here because it will be over before you know it! Try some traditional Scandinavian food, play a game of Kubb with new friends in your local park, and go on adventures around the city with no plan except to explore.
If you do decide to spend your summer abroad, please come with an open mind to engage yourself in the local culture here wherever you can, as it can be the experience of a lifetime!