Do you want to learn Norwegian in Norway?
Has it been your life long dream to learn a language spoken by five million people? To experience the dark Norwegian winter? To live and learn among Norwegian students?
Folk high school – a Nordic type of schools
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 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.
There are 86 folk high schools in Norway – from the Russian border in the north, to Mandal in the south. Some schools are in the major cities but most of them are situated in smaller towns or in the countryside.
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.
Schools for all people
The term «folk high school» is a literal translation of the Norwegian word folkehøgskole. However, this translation may give you the wrong idea.
Folk high schools are not «high schools» in the sense of upper secondary school institutions designed to prepare students for college or work through exams. Folk high schools are separate from the rest of Norway’s educational system.
Students can be any age and can have any level of educational experience. Indeed, these are schools for all people, all «folk«. However, almost all students who attend folk high schools are young adults between the ages of 18 and 25. And in most of the schools, you have to be 18 years old before you start.
What classes can you take?
Most of our foreign students pick one of the Norwegian language and culture classes. But if you already know some Norwegian – or if you’re a fast learner – you’re welcome to choose one of the other 800 types of classes that we offer.
The schools are in themselves free but you have to pay for room and board and for school trips and things you need for classes. The price varies from school to school and class to class but the average price is 125,000 Norwegian kroner for a full year.
Who are our foreign students?
The foreign students at our schools are:
- People who want to learn more about the country their greatgreatgrandparents emigrated from
- People who are interested in mountain climbing, skiing, Aurora Borealis or just Norwegian nature in general
- People who are interested in the Norwegian society and politics
- People who love Vikings and Norwegian history
- People who love Norwegian black metal music or pop music
- Or people who just want to have a great learning experience in a different country
If you need a student visa to be able to study in Norway you should apply now as it might take some time for you to get the visa. We generally recommend that students apply before February 1st. We don’t have a deadline for our applications but the folk high schools have become very popular and we usually admit students by «first come, first served.»
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