Stockholm, Sweden


The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Study Abroad Center offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study for the fall or spring semester, or for a full academic year in Stockholm, Sweden. On-site, the program is coordinated by DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia.

The period of study is August through December for the Fall semester and January through May for the Spring semester.

This program is open to all majors, but is particularly ideal for students who are pursuing degrees, minors and/or certificates in the following fields of study:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Ethnic Studies
  • History
  • Medicine
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Sociology

Fall 2017 program dates: arrive Aug. 19, depart Dec. 12

Students may choose from a wide variety of courses offered at DIS.

Informational meeting:

  • Thursday, March 15  |  3:00-4:00  |  Moore 205

Fall 2018 application deadline: Monday, April 2

Host Institution

DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia, formerly known as Danish Institute for Study Abroad, founded in 1959, is a specialized institution of higher education affiliated with the University of Copenhagen and financially supported and approved by the Danish Ministry of Education. The courses are taught in English by Danish professors from the University of Copenhagen or the Royal Academy of Arts, School of Architecture; or are professional experts employed in the central government, industry or research institutions.


The UHM Semester in Stockholm program provides students an opportunity to fulfill UHM major, minor, elective, focus, foundations, diversification and foreign language requirements for graduation. Students on the program must be enrolled full-time and may earn up to 15 credits.

The program runs from late August until mid-December for the Fall semester, and late January until mid-May for the Spring semester. The program includes mandatory study tours which are included in the instructional fees. Tour locations, which depend on students’ field of study, may include southern Sweden, Germany, England, and Scotland.

Optional tours, available to all students at an additional cost, enable students to travel to France and Poland.


Students can earn UHM credits for a variety of courses, including Gender & Sexuality Studies, Medical Practice & Policy, and Psychology.

See the Semester Course Finder for the complete list of courses offered at DIS Stockholm. Click here for a list of DIS courses & UHM course credit equivalencies. Course offerings are subject to availability and may change without prior notice.


Course offerings are subject to availability and may change without prior notice.

Courses taken at DIS Stockholm will appear on UHM transcripts as UHM credits.


Allison Yap

Current as of Sep. 5, 2017


DIS Stockholm is located in the cultural, media, political, and economic center of Sweden. Stockholm became a modern, technologically advanced, and ethnically diverse city in the latter half of the 20th century. Throughout the century, many industries shifted away from work-intensive activities into more high-tech and service industry areas. While rich in history, Sweden prides itself on progressive thinking, with openness and equality as values held close by the Swedes. As home to the Nobel Prize and a list of prestigious universities, institutions, and leading innovators, studying in Stockholm will offer the context of a capital led by forward-looking decision-makers and scholars.

Stockholm is one of the most crowded museum-cities in the world with around 100 museums and has a vibrant art scene with a number of internationally recognized art centers and commercial galleries.

The city is easy to get around in — even without a car. The public transportation system, a highly developed network of trains and buses, reaches into the suburbs where the majority of DIS students live.


The following housing options are available:

1. Family homestay

Students who live with Swedish host families generally take morning and evening meals at home throughout their stay. A major value of the homestay is that it provides students with the opportunity to closely interact with and learn from host country nationals.

2. Living & Learning Community (LLC)

A DIS Living & Learning Community (LLC) is a co-curricular housing option that integrates a shared interest through the lens of exploring Stockholm and/or Swedish culture. The main objectives of this housing option are aimed at enriching your study abroad experience by planning culturally engaging experiences with Swedes, as well as bridging educational learning with daily life in the housing communities.


Stockholm has much to offer, from one of Europe’s most renowned theaters, The Royal Dramatic Theatre, and the Royal Swedish opera, to art galleries and museums. Stockholm also has an amusement park, Gröna Lund, located on the island of Djurgården. It has over 30 attractions and is open from the end of April to the middle of September.

DIS also offers optional DIScovery Trips which are not embedded in a course and do not yield any credits. These trips are suitable for a variety of athletic abilities.



Program Cost

Approximately $26,159 (Fall 2016)

Cost includes DIS tuition and housing fees, textbooks, study tours, all meals, accommodation, medical, accident and limited liability insurance, orientation, local transportation, and UHM Study Abroad and other fees. Programs that require additional travel will incur additional fees.

Roundtrip airfare between Honolulu and Stockholm is not included; students have the option of taking the flight arranged by Third Eye Travel or making their own travel arrangements.


Students participating in the Stockholm semester program must obtain a student visa/residence permit.


FOR UHM STUDENTS ONLY: In order to receive financial aid, please ensure that either: a) you are receiving financial aid during the current semester, or b) that you complete the Financial Aid application during the current semester.

NON-UHM STUDENTS (those attending other colleges and universities during the regular school year) must apply for financial aid at their home institutions.


DIS offers several scholarships based on financial need. For information and application, go to:

See also the Money Matters & Resources page for a list of possible scholarships.

Admission Requirements

The program is designed primarily for undergraduate students interested in studying in English in Stockholm. The minimum requirements are a cumulative GPA of 3.0, strong English writing skills, absolute fluency in English and successful completion of course prerequisites. However, students with a lower GPA may be considered. Non-native English-speaking students must have taken the TOEFL exam within the last two years and earned a composite score of 600+ or have taken the UHM ELI placement exam.

Admission to the program is selective. All applicants for the program will be judged on their academic performance, reasons for wishing to attend the program, flexibility, and sensitivity to other cultures, and ability to adjust to a new cultural setting.

Upon acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is due immediately to ensure a place in the program. The deposit will be applied toward the cost of the program.

Please note that students accepted into the program are required to attend three mandatory orientation sessions totaling 12 hours. Failure to attend these orientations will result in students being withdrawn from the program.


A completed Study Abroad Center application and three academic references must be received by the Study Abroad Center by the following dates to receive consideration. Students from outside the UH System must also submit official transcripts from every college attended.


Fall semester: April 1*
Spring semester: October 15*

*The Study Abroad Center is closed on weekends, and Federal and State holidays.