An incredible experience that will influence my future choices June 28, 2023

By (Psychology, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/14/2023 to 05/13/2023 with

DIS Stockholm Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to give myself what I need and that I enjoy spending time with myself

Review Photos

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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.

I felt like it was a great balance of academics with ability to explore the surrounding areas. I was never too stressed but I felt engaged in my academics

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They did a great job and supported anything that was needed

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Exactly what was needed but it did not blow me away. Great location

* Food:

Food was great but hard -- we were on our own for meals but given many options

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?


* Safety:

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

DIS provides everything you need and I have never felt so supported by an institution


* 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? $150 when I did not travel and closer to $400 when I did travel
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Find activities that you don't need to spend money on. They are just as fun


* 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, did not even know how to say hi
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? Talk to your other friends who are learning it in that language

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • The interactions with The Royal College of Music
  • The independence
  • Maria Carlsson
* What could be improved?
  • More integration with Swedes
  • More integration with people in other residences
  • Musical instruments in the housing sites
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing - it is important to go into abroad with no expectations

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Swedish Pop Music: Songwriting

Course Department: Music
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This course made my experience in Sweden. I was given the opportunity to explore my own musicality as well as learn from an incredible teacher. This course really changed the trajectory of my life and my individual choices. I could not be happier haven taken this course.
Credit Transfer Issues: N/a