Folkehøjskole A Danish Education For Life
Imagine living on the rural campus of a small liberal arts college with a population of about 80 students, and you will begin to understand life at a Folkehøjskole, a unique Danish learning and living tradition dating back 150 years. Danish and international students live at the school and participate in a wide spectrum of courses and extracurricular activities that are not graded but meant to give resident students an ‘education for life’. While you will not participate in all aspects of the Folkehøjskole’s courses and activities, you will get a taste for this special living environment and enjoy this truly unique Danish experience!
The Folkehøjskole option is known for its great social environment, with lots of planned events and daily meals, where all students eat together. The social environment is enhanced by the fact that all students arrive at essentially the same time, meaning everyone is eager to meet new people! Although it is a Danish tradition, not all students at the Folkehøjskole will be Danes. Due to the unique concept, young people from all over the world are travelling to Denmark to experience the life of a Folkehøjskole.
The Folkehøjskole Option Is Right For You If You Are Willing To:
- Be outgoing and social and are interested in a unique communal living experience with young Danish and international students between the ages of 19 and 25 years
- Have your own room or share a double with another DIS student in a fully furnished apartment or dorm-style accommodation
- Live in rural or metropolitan outskirts of Copenhagen within a 70 minute commute to DIS on public transportation (commute is based on door-to-door during rush hour and can vary at night or on weekends)
- Join your hallmates for dinners and breakfast, as well as lunch on the weekends in a dining hall, and do your own grocery shopping for lunch during the week
- Share a small kitchenette with your apartment of floor
- Share a bathroom on your floor or maintain or have your own private bathroom (if shared, bathroom facilities might be shared with members of the opposite sex)
- Share cleaning responsibilities both common areas and own room
- You will have dinners and breakfast every day with your hall mates in the dining hall, as well as lunch on the weekends. Lunch during the week is not provided, but you will have a shared kitchenette to store and cook your own food or pack a lunch
- Laundry facilities and internet access are available
- Counseling and emergency support from the DIS Housing & Student Affairs Team and insurance are included
- You will receive a transportation pass that covers the length of your daily commute from your Folkehøjskole to DIS
- Arrival Day pick up and a three-day Arrivals Workshop to ensure you are prepared well for living in Copenhagen
Frequently Asked Questions
- How does the meal plan work?
- How much interaction will I have with the Danish residents on the Folkehøjskole?
- Is the commute always this long?
You will be part of a mandatory dinner meal plan (every night at 18:00), and you will be dining alongside the rest of the Folkehøjskole. Within the meal plan you will be asked to assist in the kitchen once every-other week according to the particular staff plan. This is easy work and something all residents at the Folkehøjskole are required to take part in. Breakfast and lunch during the weekend are also included.
The meal plan will not be in effect during your travel breaks. Lunch during the week is not available, but you will have a shared kitchenette to store and cook your own food at those times.
By choosing this housing option you will be living and dining alongside the students living at the Folkehøjskole, but they attend their own classes onsite while you will be attending DIS classes and be part of the DIS academic program. So be friendly and engaging from the start in order to meet your neighbors. Folkehøjskole has a lot to offer such as film nights, concerts, theme parties, and more!
Yes… but once you get adjusted to it, you will start enjoying the beautiful ride and be able to use the peace and quiet on a train for doing your homework or relaxing.