Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the country’s hub for industry, fashion, and politics. While the oldest parts of the city date back to its founding in the 13th century, modern Stockholm is a fascinating place where old and new, traditional and cutting-edge, meet. Comprised of fourteen islands, with a public transit system that travels across waterways, the city is well connected. While some areas of Stockholm are very urban, others are natural landscapes – making outdoor activities like cross-country skiing or kayaking all within easy reach.
While rich in history and culture, Sweden prides itself on progressive thinking, openness, diversity, and equality. As home to the Nobel Prize and an array of prestigious universities, institutions, and leading innovators, Stockholm offers the context of a capital led by forward-looking decision-makers and scholars.
About the Program
Hobart and William Smith Colleges have affiliated with DIS Stockholm to offer an off-campus program in Stockholm, Sweden, capital of one of the most socially progressive countries in Europe. At DIS students can take classes taught in English by an outstanding group of faculty and can participate in study tours to other European countries (Germany, Greece, France, and other parts of Northern Europe and Scandinavia).
Students on the program may choose to live either with a Swedish host family or in a ‘studentboende’ (as arranged by DIS), each offering a different cultural immersion experience. A challenging academic environment, coupled with Stockholm’s urban appeal creates an opportunity for a unique off-campus experience.
Students who participate in this program can select courses from gender and sexuality studies, literature, medical policy and practice, psychology and neuroscience, and public health. For specific information about courses and the program, please pick up a copy of the DIS Catalog from the Center for Global Education or click here.
Due to the wide range of courses offered through DIS, this program can accommodate students from a variety of disciplines. It will be of particular interest to those studying comparative or English literature, gender and sexuality studies, pre-health, public policy, psychology, international relations, and social justice.
This program is open to all juniors and seniors in good academic and social standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Please note that this is a highly competitive program with limited program spots. Due to the challenging nature of study abroad, student academic and disciplinary records will be carefully screened.
Housing options include: 1) a homestay with a local Swedish family, carefully chosen for their interest in hosting an international student or 2) a studentboende—a residence hall integrated with Swedish and other international students. Option 2 is self-catering and students will need to plan to do their own food shopping and to share a kitchen and must budget an additional $1600-1900 for food. Other non-integrated housing options are not available to HWS students.
DIS offers a variety of excursion opportunities. Many courses include study tours to relevant sites in and around Stockholm while longer excursions to other parts of Sweden and throughout Europe (England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Scotland or Switzerland) are offered. Please note that all academic programs include excursions that are covered as part of the cost of the program; other excursions are optional and are at the student’s expense.
Students will be charged standard HWS tuition and fees, room and board fees, and a $600 administrative fee. This will cover tuition for a four-course semester, health insurance, rental of a complete set of textbooks, all designated field study events, complete use of DIS facilities including library and computer lab, and housing. Students selecting the homestay option will also receive a full meal plan while those who select the Studentboende will receive students a $600 stipend to help cover meals and will need to budget additional funds for food expenses—approximately $1600–1900 for the semester, above and beyond the meal stipend.
Additional expenses not covered include airfare, visa, optional study tours, other course-related materials and personal expenses (laundry, entertainment, ground transportation and independent travel). We estimate airfare for this program at $1100-$1200 from the East Coast, visa at $300, and course-related materials at $150. It is difficult to give an accurate estimate of personal expenses because student spending habits differ considerably. We would suggest a minimum of $1,500 (for those who do not choose the homestay option, this $1,500 is above and beyond meal expenses). However, students on a tight budget should be able to manage with less. You will also have a two-week break during the semester so you may want to budget an additional amount for travel. If you are concerned about finances, we encourage you to talk to the CGE staff who can offer information and advice based on your specific situation.
HWS students must complete all components of the Global Education application in order to be considered for admission to this program.
- This program is offered every semester
- All components of the application must be submitted online by the published deadline. Specific deadline dates are set each semester and typically will be in October (for Fall programs) and March (for Spring programs).
IMPORTANT: The handbook(s) below is/are the most recent handbook(s) published for this program. A new version, with updated information, will be made available each semester. Program participants will receive their updated handbook approximately 2-3 months prior to their program’s start date.
FALL HANDBOOK / SPRING HANDBOOK
Handbooks Coming Soon
Please DO NOT MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS until you have received final confirmation of the program start/finish dates for the specific semester you are attending. Dates included in versions of the program handbook intended for previous semesters do not necessarily apply to future programs.
NOTE: The information above is subject to change. Please see the CGE for more information.
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