What is Folk High School?
Folk high schools in brief
Folk high schools are one-year boarding schools offering a variety of exciting non-traditional and non-academic subjects, as well as academic subjects. The idea of folk high schools is learning for life, an opportunity to grow both individually, socially, and academically in small learning communities. All students live on campus in close contact with staff and their fellow students. One important part of the folk high school experience is to form a community, in and out of class.
The whole person
The folk high schools do not grant degrees or conduct exams. They are a supplement to the regular education system, with the aim of nurturing "the whole person".You develop knowledge in a subject you will make use of every day for the rest of your life: yourself. By taking away the pressure of grades and exams, you learn to motivate yourself. You choose the topics that interest you, for instance outdoor life activities, theatre, sports, music, creative arts, media and communications, just to mention a few.
77 schools and many courses
You will have many choices about where to study; there are 77 folk high schools spread throughout Norway. Each school offers a unique curriculum, a program of subjects in keeping with the profile of the school and the qualifications of the staff. Students come from all parts of Norway as well. Diversity in the student body is highly valued. To find a list of all Norwegian folk high schools choose "velg skole" in the left column at this page.
Folk high schools that offers Norwegian language and culture as major subject
The folk high schools are private schools, but also receive government funding. The consensus is that a year at a folk high school is beneficial to both the individual and to society. Therefore, there is no tuition fee, not even for international students. Everyone pays for room, board, study trips, and teaching materials.
What a year at folk high school does cost
To apply on a Norwegian folk high school you have to send an application form directly to each of the folk high schools you are interested in.
Read more about how to apply to a Norwegian folk high school.
After having finished a year at folk high school you are most likely to be glad you grasped this opportunity to experience a year unlike anything else. A year with learning through motivation, challenging yourself in different ways, cooperating with different persons, getting new friends, learning a new language and particularly learning more about yourself.
Take a look at A day at Folk High School