Danish folk high school system

What is a Danish Folk High School?

Welcome to an introduction to what some call folk high schools, while others call it folk schools, people’s colleges, residential schooling, or people’s high schools.

Despite the variety of names, they all refer to the special type of non-formal adult education that has its origin in Denmark in the mid-1800s with the educational ideas of folk high school pioneer N.F.S. Grundtvig.

Today there are about 70 independent folk high schools located all over Denmark, all with the same purpose: to provide life enlightenment, public enlightenment and democratic education. Or in other words, the folk high schools aim at an education that enables the individual not just to make a living, but to live a life.

Folk high schools are residential schools for everybody who is 17 ½ years or older – there is no upper age limit. You don’t need specific qualifications to attend a folk high school. There is no fixed curriculum, no exams and no grades.

Students can freely choose from a wide variety of different subjects and classes. In this way, they can broadly challenge themselves and try new things in a supportive environment thus clarifying important personal questions such as: What am I good at? What makes me happy? What could be my future path in life? The teaching is based on positive motivation, dialogue and the equal and friendly relations between students and teachers.

At ISI Sports Folk High School we love sports. We challenge you - physically and mentally: You can look forward to exciting experiences. We pique your curiosity and open your eyes to aspects of life you may not have thought of before.

You will meet many different people - different cultures and ways of thinking. This stimulates dialogue, discussion, openness and outlook: About grand ideas like democracy, terrorism or the monarchy - or about more modest subjects like game tactics or what activities should take place in the common room.

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