Silkeborg Højskole

Are you interested in meeting young people and learning more about Danish culture? At Silkeborg Højskole we welcome students from all countries. The main language of teaching is Danish but you may also choose from a selection of subjects specifically taught in English. Furthermore, English interpretation will be provided in most common activities.

About the school

We offer courses of durations of 5, 6 or 10 months. You may choose from five different main subjects. However, if you do not speak Danish at all, we recommend you join our international programme Change Makers which is taught in English. You may also pick and choose between more than 35 different optional subjects in creating your schedule to fit your personal interests.

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Our core subjects

Outdoor Life
Kayak and Canoe
Water Sports
Study Trips (more than 2 weeks)
Youth Culture

Courses and topics

At Silkeborg Højskole we offer six main subjects of which the majority of subjects are suitable for non Danish-speaking students. However, Politics & Debate require fluency in Danish. 

  • Change Makers (Taught in English)
  • Nature and Outdoor life
  • Music
  • Arts
  • Sports and Water sports
  • Politics & Debate

We also offer common subjects such as:

  • Intercultural learning (in English)
  • Social change through art (in English)
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Ethics
  • Literature
  • Pedagogics
  • Psychology
  • Ecology

And a large variety of optional subjects within:

  • Creative workshops
  • Music workshops
  • Sports

Practical information

At Silkeborg Højskole international involvement is an important part of our DNA. In both classes and social activities we encourage dialogue and understanding between our Danish students and students from different geographical and cultural backgrounds.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

School Type

General and Grundtvigian Schools

About accommodation

Accomodations: 128


We travel to NorwayGhana, The BalkanMemphis / New OrleansNepalKenyaNorwayCanada, Colombia, India, Israel/palestine or you may choose to go Sailing or go on a gastronomical adventure in Denmark. 


If you have medical or religious reasons to request a special diet, please contact us upon registration so that we may take appropriate measures to accomodate your needs.

Disabled facilities

  • Handicap-friendly facilities.
  • Full access for wheelchair users and disabled people. 
  • Elevator.
  • Four student places (two student rooms) with a shared accessible toilet and bath.
  • Telecoil.

Contact school

Silkeborg Højskole
Platanvej 12
8600 Silkeborg

Phone number: 86 82 29 33
Manager: Claus Staal