Join a unique Danish living experience with local and international students in a tight-knit community within a tradition reaching
back 150 years.

What is a Folkehøjskole?

Are you eager to meet young local students your own age? Living at a Folkehøjskole gives you that option in a tight-knit community with about 100 local students. You share this truly unique opportunity with 10-15 like-minded DIS students.

The concept of a Folkehøjskole is a unique Danish learning and living tradition dating back 150 years, which encapsulates the vibrant heritage of Scandinavian education. Danish and international students live at the school and participate in academics and extracurricular activities. With no prerequisites, exams, or grades, a Folkehøjskole education aims to give resident students an ‘education for life.’ Typically, young locals attend a Folkehøjskole as part of a gap year. It is about exploring curiosities and interests, answering big life questions, and self-development – rather than about getting a degree.

As a resident of a Folkehøjskole, you will have plenty of opportunities to meet local and international students, while becoming part of a tradition that continues to be an influential component of Danish culture. You will live and dine alongside the students living at the Folkehøjskole, as they attend classes onsite and you attend DIS classes and are a part of the DIS academic program. Your hallmates will be between the ages of 19 and 25 years. Although it is a Danish tradition, not all students at the Folkehøjskole will be Danes. Since the concept is so unique, young people from all over the world travel to Denmark to experience life at a Folkehøjskole, giving you the opportunity to get to know
Danes and international students alike.

Folkehøjskole Highlights

  • A vibrant social environment with many planned events enhanced by the fact that all students arrive at essentially the same time, meaning everyone is eager to meet new people
  • A community to return to after classes at the end of each day
  • The opportunity to meet and make connections with locals, international students, and other DIS students
  • Daily dinners and breakfasts where all students eat together during weeks where DIS classes are in session (note: students with 8:30 classes, who have to leave the Folkehøjskole before the communal breakfast, can stock a DIS kitchenette with a limited amount of breakfast choices from the Folkehøjskole kitchen). On the weekends, all meals are provided in a dining hall
  • A special environment and taste of a truly unique Danish tradition

Taking the train back to the folkehøjskole for dinner from DIS, I felt that I was coming home to a close-knit community of Danes and DIS students. We had so many conversations that I would never have had otherwise. I even joined a choir (we sang in Danish!). It really challenged me to get out of my own bubble and put myself out there to meet new people.

Misako, Tufts University

Student Profile

This housing option is right for you if, you are willing to:

  • Be outgoing and social, and are interested in contributing to a unique co-ed communal living experience
  • Eat communal dinners every day at a fixed time with your DIS and Højskole housemates
  • Do your own grocery shopping for lunch during the week
  • Live in rural or metropolitan outskirts of Copenhagen
  • Commute from home to DIS using the many choices of public transportation available in Copenhagen – you can use this time to do homework, take a nap, or just listen to your favorite tunes and enjoy the view. Read about the transportation system here
  • Be responsible for cleaning your own room
  • Share a bathroom
  • Have your own room or share a room with another DIS student

Two Distinct Options

DIS students can live in one of two Folkehøjskole options. If you have a preference, you can indicate this in your housing application essay.

Grundtvigs Højskole

Grundtvigs Højskole was founded in 1856. Named after Frederik Severin Grundtvig, the famous Danish poet, priest, and founder of the Folkehøjskole concept, Grundtvigs Højskole was established on Grundtvig’s ideas of enlightenment and freedom.

The Folkehøjskole has its own unique traditions and activities, including morning assemblies, sporting events, cultural discussions, themed parties, and community singing. Live with local students who are studying a wide array of subjects, from philosophy to ceramics, politics, music, and photography.

Tucked away between the woods and Frederiksborg Castle, Grundtvigs Højskole is located in an idyllic environment, surrounded by gardens and nature. As a resident, you become a part of this uniquely Danish tradition, while joining a community of students who have chosen to make the Folkehøjskole their home.

Roskilde Festival Højskole

Roskilde Festival Højskole is Denmark’s new Folkehøjskole located in Roskilde, a historic city just west of Copenhagen. It takes the best from the Danish Folkehøjskole tradition and combines it with the ideals behind Roskilde Festival, the largest non-profit music festival in Northern Europe, founded on the principles of music, art, sustainability, and community.

While you take classes at DIS, you will live among residents at the Folkehøjskole who are studying music, management, media, politics, and art.

As a resident, you become part of this community at the newly built Folkehøjskole in a creative, urban environment, still very much in the making.

What this Housing Option Provides

To find out what is included in each housing option, go to Comprehensive Housing and Student Affairs Inclusions.

Application Information

You will preference your housing choices during the registration process.

If you are placed in a Folkehøjskole, DIS will find the best fit for you by using your housing application essay, potential housing comments, and other information you have listed in Student Registration.

Read more about the DIS Housing Placement Process