Are you looking for a way to study in Norway? A way to learn Norwegian? And a way to live with Norwegians and make friends for life? The Norwegian Folk High Schools may be the answer you’re looking for.
Folk High Schools are colleges, not high schools. Most of our students are between 18 and 25. Most of our students are from Norway, but we welcome students from all over the world.
Most of our courses are from August to May, but we also have some shorter courses from August to December or from January to May. Our international students can choose between applying for one of our courses in Norwegian language and culture or one of the 700 courses given in Norwegian. If you choose the latter, the teachers will speak English to you in the beginning, but they’ll expect you to learn how to understand Norwegian quickly, even if you choose to reply in English throughout the school year.
Folk High Schools are very popular in the Nordic countries but are almost unknown in the rest of the world.
Folk High Schools are one-year boarding schools offering a variety of exciting non-traditional and non-academic classes, as well as academic classes. 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 the staff and their fellow students. One important part of the Folk High School experience is to form a community, in and out of class.
There are 86 folk high schools in Norway–from Svalbard in the north to Mandal in the south. Some schools are in major cities, but most of them are situated in smaller towns or in the countryside. They’re small schools with 40 to 180 students.
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.
For many of our international students, the Folk High Schools are a great way to start their student life in Norway. They learn Norwegian, get Norwegian friends, and they experience the Norwegian way of life. This is a great stepping stone when they, later on, want to study at one of the Norwegian universities and colleges.
Most education is free in Norway, even to students from other countries. You have to pay tuition at the Folk High Schools, but it’s not the classes you pay for. You pay for your room and food, student trips, and for materials you use at the school. The price varies from school to school, but since the Folk High Schools are non-profit, the prices are generally low compared to the price of rent and food in Norway.
You can apply now. It’s generally recommended to apply early if you come from a country where you need a student visa to come to Norway. Student visas can take some time to process.
The application process for the Folk High Schools is easy: You click on the link that says «søk på linjen» on the course you want to apply to, fill in your personal information, write a little about yourself and why you want to come to Norway, and you’re good to go.
Do you have questions about the school or the classes? Don’t hesitate to ask. There’s an email adress on all the courses so you can ask directly to the school you’re interested in.