What is a folk high school?

The Danish folk high schools offer non-formal adult education. Most students are between 18 and 24 years old and the length of a typical stay is 4 months. You sleep, eat, study and spend your spare time at the school. There are no academic requirements for admittance and there are no exams - but you will get a diploma as a proof of your attendance.

(Film from denmark.dk, Krogerup folk high school is used as an example)

What is non-formal adult education?

The concept of "Non-formal adult education" is associated with N.F.S. Grundtvig, a Danish philosopher, poet, educational thinker and clergyman, (born in 1783 - died in 1872), and his thoughts concerning free educational opportunities. The concept arose in the 19th century and is one of the cornerstones  of the Danish educational system.

The Danish Ministry of Children and Education offer an in-depth explanation of non-formal adult education. Read it here

For more information read the english translation of the official Act on Folk High Schools

Teaching in the folk high school

Teaching is characterised by professionalism and dedication. Classes are based on dialogue and mutual learning between teachers and students. The main focus is to discover and strengthen the unique skills of each student in a challenging yet supportive social atmosphere.

Get our booklet about the Danish folk high school in English

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