Dalarna university is located in Sweden, one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It offers numerous programs, including a Master’s program in Tourism Destination Development, which I’m currently taking. On this website I will be posting about my experience here, as well as information about Sweden, Dalarna University, studies, activities, and so on. So, stay in touch and I will try to make it an exciting adventure for you!

Also check the DIARY section above to go through this university journey with me and feel the atmosphere! 

Feel free to leave your questions and comments.

36 responses to “WELCOME!

  1. Is there any intake in jan or february in masters in tourism destination

  2. Dear Olga,

    Your job here is amazing ! Thank very much for that !
    I have already sent you a message on facebook for asking you some information related to the master program.

    Hope to here from you soon

    Thank you very much !
    Best, Matina

    • Hi Matina! I’ve never got a message from you on FB, it might have gone to sb else. Feel free to ask all questions here as well.

  3. Dear Olya,
    I was searching for some information regarding TDD program and it was a real gift for me to find such valuable website especially managed by the fellow 😉
    How could i contact you, could we chat by email?
    Thanks in advance)

    • Good! I’m glad it was helpful 🙂 It would be easiest via FB if you have an account, just add me Olga Gladkih. Let me know if you can’t find me.

  4. Hi Olga! Thank you first of all for providing all this information about the University and the TDD program. I applied for this program and HOPE to come there in autumn. I would like to ask if you have to buy the books for this program or you can find them for free in the library? And also, if they check your bank balance that you are able to cover your monthly expenses (I m a EU citizen). 800 euro a month is enough ?

    • Hi Susan! Sorry for a delayed reply. I studied in 2013 and I don’t remember using any books. The professors posted the texts that we needed to read online and for many tasks we needed to find scholarly articles ourselves.

      I’m non-EU and nobody checked my bank account except for the migrations when I applied for the residence permit.
      I think 800 euros per month is enough.

      Hope you will make it to Sweden!

  5. hi olga! looks like you had a great time there. i want to ask about the dorm, are the school going to provide dorm for exchange student? and pls tell me more about borlange. is the living cost very expensive? bcs i cant find anything in the internet :< looking forward to read you reply! 😉

    • Hi Grace! When I studied in 2013 we lived in the student dorm Locus as well as shared apartments. The accommodation doesn’t belong to the university, it’s a company called Tunabyggen that provides it, so you can check http://www.tunabyggen.se/sv/Student/Internationel-student/ and contact them with questions. It should be the same for regular program students and exchange students.
      As for the living costs per month, the accommodation will cost around 2500-3500 sek and food around 2000 sek. Plus you might need some clothes, etc., so I would suggest a monthly budget of at least 5000 sek (530 euros).

  6. Hi olga,you have done a wonderful job.Thank you for providing such a great information about the university. I want to know about the food available in the city ,so I can prepare myself before coming there. Are there any part time jobs available for students, while studying?Where can I find more information about the university?
    Thank you

    • Hi! I’m glad the information has been useful to you! The food is quite diverse and you will probably find all you need. There are 2 big supermarkets Willy’s and ICA, as well as smaller food stores like Lidle and Hemkop. In Sweden you can buy most of the classic products for making international dishes. If there is anything specific you are interested in, let me know and I will check if it is available in the stores and what is the price.
      Part time jobs may be available at the university, you can talk about it with the internationl coordinator Michael Oppenheimer mom@du.se You can also ask him any other questions about the university, he’s very knowledgeable and helpful. It is a little hard to find a job in the town, because they usually require knowledge of Swedish. But you can try, you never know.
      You can find more info on the website http://www.du.se and can also check the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DUSweden
      Let me know if you have more questions and good luck!

  7. Hi Olga,

    Thank you for your dedication with this website!

    I’ve been admitted for the TDD program and applied for housing at Tunabyggen. I have emailed them again and asked for reply as the courses will start soon and the notification of selection results was quite short notice for me… now they have replied that all rooms are booked right now and they can’t tell me when and if I will get a room.

    Do you have any advice for me what to do next and where to find a room?

    Thanks in advance!



  8. Hi
    Can I also enroll for PhD.D programme in Tourism after completing my 1 year masters in TDD.


    • Hi Arun, you can as far as I know, but there’s selection for a PhD position depending on your master’s results (at least that’s what I’ve heard). Try to contact the university staff to make sure.

  9. ManishKumar Sharma


    Can you pls give me information for requirement for admission and visa processing.

    I just finish my postgraduate diploma in hospitality and tourism at London UK, but I want to join master course, Recently I am in India, So let me know what is process from India and what requirement for english.

    But i finish my postgraduate diploma in hospitality and tourism at London UK, So You want English proficiency test certificate like, IELTS/ TOEFL/ or ETS TOEIC B2

    I have TOEIC B2 certificate for English proficiency .

    Pls give me rply asap.


  10. hello olga, this website is very useful. I hope you are having a wonderful time in the program. I would like to ask you some questions:

    1. can Tourism destination development’s students learn swedish at dalarna university? free swedish courses?

    2. are there many jobs opportunities in tourism industry in sweden?

    3. if students receive a job offer in tourism industry, could they stay in sweden?

    4. how about the SI scholarships? do they give you a monthly salary?


    • Hi Carlos!
      If you are an EU student, you don’t have to pay for any courses including the Swedish ones. Otherwise, you can take the Swedish courses, but you will need to pay for them. If you stay in Sweden longer than 1 year, you may sign up for a Swedish course from SFI (Swedish for Immigrants), which is provided by the government for free. You will need to obtain a Swedish personal number for that, though.
      There are some job opportunities, but in most cases they require the knowledge of Swedish.
      I think you can stay in Sweden if your income from the job is sufficient. It will be up to the migration office to decide after you submit the application proving that you can provide for yourself in Sweden.
      With a SI scholarship you will get a monthly payment. You can read more about it here: http://studyinsweden.se/scholarships/swedish-institute-scholarships/
      Hope it’s helpful!

  11. Your blog is sooooo informative. It feels like I know a bit of Sweden and its people already. I too applied to the TDD programme, hoping to get admitted, and soon experience the beauty of Sweden. Sending warm regards from Namibia.

  12. Dear Olga,
    this blog is really a good initiative of yours!
    I am also considering TDD and I have a few questions:
    1. Are there any side-job opportunities for foreign students?
    2. What are the average living costs for students living in this region?
    3. What are the nearest airports?
    4. What kind of fun stuff is there to do?
    5. How many students has Hogskolan Dalarna?

    Thank you so much in advance! 🙂

    • Hi Sanne!
      Thank you and it would be great to have you in Sweden for the program 🙂
      Well, theoretically you can get a job, but it may be hard because most employers require knowledge of Swedish. I would say, the living costs would be around 5,000 – 7,000 SEK ($800-$1,100) per month, around 2,500 SEK for the accommodation on average, and the rest for food, etc. This is to cover the basic things you need for life.
      The airport where most people arrive is Arlanda in Stockholm. Some cheaper airlines, such as RyanAir have flights to Skavsta, about an hour from Stockholm. There’s an airport near Borlange, but I’m not sure whether it serves international flights.
      I go to the gym a lot, meet with friends, travel around, and I really like walking in the nature, which is beautiful here. There are also some cafes and clubs to go out, it depends on what activities you like.
      Our website says there are 16,000 students, but that’s probably on both campuses, in Borlange and Falun: http://www.du.se/en/about-dalarna-university/
      Feel free to ask if you have any further questions!

  13. Thank you for your insight in to Dalarna University!
    I have applied for the course, along with a couple of others in Sweden, so fingers crossed 🙂

  14. Hi!
    I’m interested in TDD master’s and thinking of applying for it in the university of Dalarna.I would like to know more though,about the cost of living there.For example,are there any dorms for the students of the university and if so,how much approximately do these cost per month?In any other case that there aren’t any,what about the rents in Borlange?

    • Hi Mira!
      It’s great to hear you are considering the TDD program at Dalarna!
      The accommodation includes shared apartments and a student dorm. The price depends on what kind of room you will be renting, its size, etc. The prices usually range from 2000 to 3000 sek (300-500 USD).
      It is an external organization Tunabyggen that provides the accommodation, so you can check their website to get a better idea: http://tunabyggen.se/sv/Student/Internationel-student/
      As for other expenses, food here is more expensive than in other countries. For example, a 700 loaf of bread would cost around $4, a liter of milk $1.5. A kg of lentils, rice and the similar would be around $4 as well. As for clothes, you can find them both expensive and cheap, cause there are often discounts and special offers.
      Feel free to ask me if you have more questions!


    I’d like to study at Dalarna university
    What is a conditions???

  16. Wrdan Alassafen

    I want to inquire about the registry in your university respected in the field of hotel management
    And what are the costs
    I have a certificate of graduation from Syria in the field of hotel
    Thank you

  17. olatinwo kolawole

    It affords me a great pleasure to say goodafternoon asthe time indicate I really want to study in this popular institution andbased on my status and the Financial handicap I will love to have full scholarship so as to show case my knowlegde in this popular institution am an orphan I send my self here tothe school but when I got information about this popular school I believe they will help me to showcase my knowlegde with the course I intended to do. I promise to abide by the rule and regulation of this popular institution if my Application is favourably considered and accepted.

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  19. Having a beer in the kitchen 😛

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