Swedish Experience January 04, 2023

By (Psychology, Brandeis University) - abroad from 08/15/2022 to 12/15/2022 with

DIS Stockholm Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

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.

DIS focused on discussion as a tool to learn in classes which is different at Brandeis because it is more lecture base. The classwork was very easy. There are limited resources available for a tutor for example.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

If you enjoy cooking I would not recommend shared kitchen space. It is constantly dirty and interferes with cooking. I would recommend housing with a kitchen in the room, inviting friends, and cooking a meal together.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

It was tough to get an appointment because I did not have a Swedish social security number. I kept getting the run-around and eventually did not see a doctor. However, the pharmacies are beneficial and friendly

* Safety:

I felt completely safe at night traveling alone or with one other person. Did not experience any catcalling or any other forms of harassment.

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

I enjoyed the culture, the history, and overall country because of the progression in gender equality


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? around 150


* 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

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? you could find a local and try speaking with them. Also, practice ordering your food in the native language

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • travel
  • fika
* What could be improved?
  • providing tutors
  • being clear about housing description
  • having mental health professionals , also some form of screening before going on the trip
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? that the program is only with other Americans and you'll only be interacting with the locals depending on your accommodations