Vad Intressant January 03, 2020

By (University of Hartford) - abroad from 08/16/2019 to 12/14/2019 with

DIS Stockholm Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes I learned that I need to live in a city. There is no way I could enjoy my life living in the suburbs, it's so boring.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Extremely hard courses considering you're in a different country

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Honestly it was pretty embarrassingly bad

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I had the best housing option so it was fun

* Food:

Able to cook your own food and they supply food cards so you don't spend any out of pocket money, only problem is that it was a community kitchen and people don't clean up after themselves

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The people of Sweden would be considered socially awkward in the United States but that's just how they are.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Never once did I feel unsafe even alone walking the city at 3 AM

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I really did like the program. My only problem was that I'm a guy that likes to go out and have fun, the people that I was with outside of a single girl would do something on Friday night than not want to do anything till the following week. I don't mind going on a bender while all these people are boring.


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Depends on how much you went out a beer is $5-7

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150~ But only because I went out often
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you don't have a lot of spending money don't go here. Most of the kids in the program are in the top quarter % (aka they're disgustingly wealthy)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

Everyone speaks english and learning Swedish is impossible in a single semester

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Learn it before you go or don't take the class the language professors are horrible plus Swedish outside of Sweden is worthless

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Sweden
  • The Study Tours
  • Professors
* What could be improved?
  • Administration
  • Scheduling
  • Promoting talking to different people in other housing options
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Swedish people are very keep to themselves like, and that I need at least one person to do something with.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.