Silkeborg Højskole

Are you interested in making new friends 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 or 6 (spring and autumn half terms). You may choose from six different main subjects as well pick and choose between several existential and elective 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)

Courses and topics

Main subjects

At Silkeborg Højskole we offer six main subjects suitable for non Danish-speaking students. 

Existential subjects

Existential subjects explore different aspects of human life and interaction. We aim for the students to reflect on and gain knowledge of the existential wonders of life. The list of existential subjects  is dynamic and updated each semester and may include:

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

Elective subjects

Elective subjects often have a practical, physical or creative scope. You may choose subjects that relate to your main subject or you can go down completely new paths exploring new talents.

The list of elective subjects is dynamic and updated each semester within a wide range of themes such as:

  • Creative workshops
  • Music workshops
  • Sports
  • Pratical skills
  • Digital learning
  • Outdoor activities

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.

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School Type

General and Grundtvigian Schools


Learn more about the cost of a semester at Silkeborg Højskole.

About accommodation

Accomodations: 128


We travel to NorwayGhana, Destination BalkansMemphis / New OrleansKenyaNorway winterlands, IndiaIsrael and Palestine or you may choose to explore Danish beer and Nordic cooking 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.

Contact school

Silkeborg Højskole
Platanvej 12
8600 Silkeborg

Phone number: 86 82 29 33
Manager: Claus Staal