Going abroad does not mean you have to leave your extracurricular activities or passions behind. In fact, going the extra mile and finding out how you can play a sport, tutor, practice your religion, pursue an interest, or try something new in your host city can be a natural way to meet locals.
At the beginning of the semester, DIS gives you tools and information about clubs and communities that want you to join them. Get inspired by past students who took the dive and signed up for an activity:
1. Join a local sports team! Stay in shape and even learn Danish or Swedish sports terminology at the same time. Mike, University of Scranton, played on the Copenhagen Business School rugby team while studying with DIS in Denmark. Practicing with the team made him feel “so much more comfortable in Denmark” and allowed him to meet students from all over the world who were studying at CBS.
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2. Get involved in an activity at DIS. The Diverse Identities Social Club (D.I.S. Club), is a group offered at both DIS Copenhagen and DIS Stockholm. Chloe, DIS alumna and leader of the D.I.S. Club, said that the organization “… is a place where students can come and bring their experiences and talk about things going on [in their lives].”
3. Volunteer! Giving your time and knowledge to causes you care about can be personally fulfilling and open doors to new experiences abroad. Rebecca, Georgetown University, volunteered at the Swedish Society of Medicine. Her experience turned out to be an amazing networking opportunity with professionals in the public health field and local students studying health and medicine.
4. Join a local arts group. Natachi, Columbia University, joined a community of dancers and found opportunities to practice slam poetry while studying in Copenhagen. The people she met in these activities became “pillars of [her] study abroad experience.”
5. Become a DJ! Anna, Oberlin College, had the opportunity to host her own radio program called Smörgåsbord on Stockholm College Radio. Anna joined a new circle of Swedish students by working at the station.
6. Hangout with your Visiting Hosts. If you aren’t living in a Homestay this semester, you may have been matched with a Visiting Host – a great opportunity for a unique intercultural exchange! You take the initiative and meet up with a local host throughout the semester.
Salmaan, University of Illinois at Chicago, had a Swedish Visiting Host Family while studying at DIS Stockholm. This allowed him to “…continue to live in [his] housing in the Residential Community that was comfortable for [him], but still be culturally enriched by being involved with a local family…”
Want to get involved while abroad?