Study Abroad

DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia

  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Class Eligibility: Second semester sophomores, juniors, and seniors


Immerse yourself in European history and culture in one of the most politically and environmentally progressive cities in the world. Stockholm is perfect for students who want the experience of living in the city with plenty of opportunities to spend time in nature. Stockholm is the epicenter of Swedish politics and innovation which lends itself handsomely to the field study component of the DIS Stockholm program. While rich in history, Sweden prides itself on progressive thinking, with openness and equality as values held close by the Swedes.

  • Visa:

    Required. Students must apply for residence permit at least 2 months before departure or if they are an international student from outside the EU/EEA they must apply at least 3 months before departure. 

    Non-US citizens should consult with DIS Stockholm and Denise Allison, Director of International Student Services, before applying to the program.

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  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition only to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program. Students pay room and board fees directly to DIS.

Specific prerequisites exist for some courses – check the full course list. Students are required to enroll in an appropriate-level Swedish language course. Only the intensive Swedish language course (Swedish Language & Culture I-II) will fulfill the language requirement. 

Academic Credit

Semester students take 15 credits and most courses carry 3 credits. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


Students will choose a core course which corresponds to a program of study and will then choose elective courses from a broad range of disciplines

Course Highlights

Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Bio medicine/Biotechnology, Communication, Creative Writing, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Educational Studies, Ethics, Ethnic Studies, Film Studies, Finance, Gender Studies, History, Human Development, Human Rights, International Relations, Journalism, Language, Leadership Studies, Legal Studies, Literature, Media Studies, Music, Neuroscience, Organizational Behavior, Philosophy, Photography, Political Science, Pre-Medicine/Health Science, Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy, Religious Studies, Sociology, Visual Arts

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad


There will be a required orientation week upon arrival in Stockholm, before the academic program begins. During this time the students will learn about the program, the city, and all important information for their time studying abroad.

Number of Students

About 150 students attend the program every semester.

Housing/Meal Plans

DIS offers 3 housing options:
1. Homestay: 2 meals a day are included and students get a discount at the cafe in the lobby of the DIS building for lunch.
2. Living and Learning Community (LLC): Shared kitchen. Students are responsible for all of their own meals.
3. Studentboende: Co-ed dorm-style residential buildings located throughout the city. Students will get the opportunity to meet Swedish and international students studying diverse disciplines for varying lengths of time. Students will have access to a shared kitchen and are responsible for all of their own meals.

The International Academic Programs Faculty Advisory Board believes that living with a family provides the best opportunity to learn a language and experience full cultural immersion.  Due to this educational benefit, all students are encouraged to choose a homestay and all cost estimates for room and board are based on the cost of a homestay. All students (whether on financial aid or not) who do not plan to live with a family should consult the program website for estimates of non-homestay living costs, and should plan accordingly.

Haverford students may not opt for independent off-campus housing – that is, housing not arranged by the program and approved by Haverford.

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Apply to Study Abroad!

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  • Program List


  • Semester
  • Science/Math/Pre-Health/CompSci Approved
  • Fulfills Language Requirement


  • Semester I: Mid-August to mid-December
  • Semester II: Early January to Early May

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: October 1

Faculty Contact

Karin Akerfeldt