Using Your Phone Abroad

Summer study tour to Vienna, Human Health and Disease, DIS Copenhagen

How to Get a Phone Plan Abroad

DIS is first and foremost committed to your safety and security, therefore it is obligatory that you have an active cell phone plan while enrolled at DIS. You are required to submit your phone number to DIS in your Student Registration once you arrive. Find Student Registration here

Students Studying at DIS Copenhagen:

All students will receive a Lebara SIM card upon arrival; it is up to you whether you use that SIM card or use your own international plan for the entirety of your summer with DIS. You can not solely rely on wifi while abroad; your number will need to be able to receive calls.  

You have two options:

Option 1: Use your current U.S. plan

You may use a U.S. cell plan, however, DIS recommends that you check with your provider about price and plan inclusions. The majority of DIS students find that their U.S. providers have expensive and limited international plans.

Option 2 (recommended): Use the Lebara plan (local carrier)

With this option, you will unlock your own phone before you depart and insert the Danish SIM card upon arrival. You will need to call your phone carrier before you depart to discuss unlocking your phone. This will enable your phone to work with a Danish SIM card. Once you arrive in Copenhagen, you can take out your current SIM card and put in the Danish one, and then use your own phone throughout the summer (note: you will not lose apps/photos/etc. when you unlock your phone and insert a new SIM card).

If you have an old phone that’s not being used, sometimes carriers will unlock that phone for free. Call your phone carrier to ask.

Read more here about locked vs. unlocked phones

Once you insert the Danish SIM card, you will pick a plan with the phone carrier Lebara. Plans range from 99-199 DKK ($15-30) per month. If you run out, top up your plan online through your Lebara account or at any grocery or convenience store in Denmark.

You’ll be able to text and call any Danish phone number for free. You can also call U.S. numbers for free. Texts to non-Danish phone numbers will incur a small roaming rate (usually 30 cents per text) that will be deducted from the cash balance that you load on to your account. To avoid these charges, use iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or other chat services, which use Wi-Fi or data.

Read more about phone plan options here on Lebara’s site

Read Common FAQs for DIS Students about the Lebara Plan here

Read the fine print and terms here

Students Studying at DIS Stockholm:

You have two options:

Option 1: Use your current U.S. plan

You may use a U.S. cell plan, however, DIS recommends that you check with your provider about price and plan inclusions. The majority of DIS students find that their U.S. providers have expensive and limited international plans.

Option 2 (recommended): Use a local plan

DIS has a partnership with Tele2; you will receive a SIM card upon arrival (you must have an unlocked phone to use this plan, so check with your current provider to confirm your phone is unlocked). Simply insert this SIM card into your existing phone and your plan will begin.

Read more here about locked vs. unlocked phones

There is a flat fee of $50. You’ll be able to text and call any Swedish phone number for free when calling from anywhere within the European Union. You will also receive 7 GB/month of 4G-speed data in the entire European Union.

Please note that calls to non-Swedish numbers are subject to a different tariff system, which means that they are not included in this package. To see the latest pricing list, please refer to the Tele2 Price list here.

Read the fine print and terms here

Read Common FAQs for DIS Students about the Tele2 Plan here (PDF)