Folkhögskola

The Folkhögskola is a unique living and learning tradition, dating back 150 years, which encapsulates the vibrant heritage of Scandinavian education.

Imagine living on the quiet campus of a small liberal arts college with 50-70 local and international students ages 20-30. You spend your days in class at DIS, and your nights and weekends at the Folkhögskola, studying alongside fellow residents or exploring the surrounding nature. International and local students typically attend this school as a gap year to experience something different before traditional university.

Folkhögskola Highlights

  • An independent housing option where you take charge of your own schedule, meals, and social life
  • Live like a local among Swedish and international students
  • Unique and picturesque locations on forested, serene nature surrounded by water

Student Profile

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

  • Be self-sufficient and independent
  • Live in rural or metropolitan outskirts of Stockholm where you have access to beautiful nature
  • Commute from home to DIS using the many choices of public transportation available – you can use this time to do homework, take a nap, or just listen to your favorite tunes and enjoy the view. Read about Stockholm’s public transportation system here
  • Do your own grocery shopping and cook for yourself
  • Share cleaning responsibilities for your own room, as well as common areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, and living room
  • Share a kitchenette and/or a communal kitchen, as well as bathroom
  • Live in a single room

Preference Two Distinct Folkhögskola Communities

Tollare Folkhögskola

  • Live in a space rich with history: The Folkhögskola building was once the summer house of one of Stockholm’s castle architects and has a picturesque lake in its backyard
  • The school has a focus on social pedagogy and could be a great fit for you if interested in journalism, NGO work, and leadership
  • The school’s small size makes it a fairly close-knit community
  • The surrounding area is quiet, filled with nature and lakes
  • Cook and eat in a kitchen shared with six residents (great if you want to be independent)
  • A completely substance-free environment

Bosön Folkhögskola

  • The Folkhögskola is located on the beautiful forested island of Bosön
  • Hosts students who are training for a career in sports and the school is run by the national sports association of Sweden; therefore, you have access to on-site training facilities such as outdoor fields, indoor swimming pool, gym, and track space
  • Located right on the water with nearby forests
  • Stay in an apartment with your own bedroom and a shared bathroom with one other DIS student
  • Cook and eat in a kitchen shared with your housemate (great if you want to be independent)

Application Information

You preference your housing choices during the registration process.

If you are placed in a Folkhögskola, DIS finds 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