The Folk High Schools belong to a school tradition in Denmark that dates back more than 150 years. They were founded on the ideas and writings of the Danish philosopher, poet, politician and educational thinker N.F.S. Grundtvig (1783-1872) as boarding schools for young adults. The aim was to enable ordinary people to become independent, enlightened citizens capable of participating in the forming of society.

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A broad variety of subjects are taught in the Folk High Schools today. One key focus is to discover and strengthen the unique skills, courage and passion of each student in a challenging yet supportive atmosphere. Another key focus is to nourish the students’ sense of being global citizens with the inherent responsibilities and critical perspective on present society this entails. The active involvement in the shared community is a core ingredient in a Folk High school stay. The schools offer a safe setting that encourages curiosity and creativity, building of relationships and participation in the development of society.

The students of today come with different backgrounds and are usually between 18 and 30 years, and the length of a typical stay is 4-10 months. By far, most of the folk high schools today are boarding schools. You eat, sleep, study and spend your spare time at the school. The interaction with the teachers happen both within and outside taught subjects and the classes are based on reciprocity, dialogue and mutual learning between staff and students and between students. There are no academic requirements for admission and there are no exams. Motivation and engagement are the drivers.

Improve your skills in project management, team development, communication, leadership and innovation together with students from all over the world.

Create your own music and sound in a dynamic and ambitious music scene, where genre dogmas are dissolved and diversity in music meet and come together.

Plan and conduct expeditions with your team and develop your skills in kayaking, mountain biking, tree climbing and more.

Only for Danish-speaking students.
Rediscover your particular core and qualify your choices in life. Develop better contact with your body, mind, your heart and other people.

Schedule and classes

Here you can see the weekly schedule at Brandbjerg Højskole. You should choose one of our main subjects before you arrive. The elective subjects will be presented and chosen when you arrive. All students will follow in each period:
· 1 main subject
· 2 elective subjects
· The subject ”Common subject” for everybody
The empty slots are free time for your own initiatives and projects.

Diversity and language in everyday life

Brandbjerg Højskole is a Danish folk high school with an international, global touch. You will attend the school with mainly Danish-speaking students but on all semesters we also aim to have international students and students with refugee background. This means that the main language on the school is a mix of Danish and English. We like the diversity and the joys and challenges connected with running a school with many different cultures and several languages!

We all make an effort into smoothing the double language situation (we have appointed Danish students and teachers with a specific responsibility in the language field) but please note that not everything will be translated and that you would also have to make an effort yourself to have a student or a teacher translate or switch to English. For instance if you join a group of Danish speaking students in the living room.

Please also note that not all classes are available in English (i.e. the main subject Kompas (a focus on self development. Please note that you on elective subject level can choose something Kompas-like) and i.e. the elective subject “Vejledning” (wayfinding) and “Jagttegn” (hunting license).

The 3 other main subjects (Eventlab, Soundhouse and Outdoor) are available for English speaking students and most other elective subjects too. You’re always welcome to ask us for a list of elective subjects and the language offered at

If you’re not Danish speaking it is a requirement that you speak and understand English at a reasonable level.

If you speak some Danish, you can attend our Danish class, but if you have no knowledge of Danish before you come, you should not expect to learn Danish during your stay.


Travelling with Brandbjerg Højskole provides a unique opportunity developing a sense of community whilst enjoying learning
experiences. Travelling is a vital part of a stay at Brandbjerg Højskole.

Autumn Semester
We offer 1 long trip abroad with different destinations every year. The trips have a duration of 10-11 days. As a student, you choose one of the following a free theme-week on the school together with the other students or: In the fall 2019:  South Africa and in the fall 2020: Costa Rica. All trips have a rich educatio­nal content with a focus on culture and society.

Spring Semester
All students at Brandbjerg go on a study trip to Catalonia in June. As an elective subject in February you can choose alpine skiing in Austria. During March the Outdoor students have a skiing trip as part of their curriculum.

Catalonia: Spring (9-10 days)
We use both nature and culture as a framework in which to develop cameradery and understanding. Sea kayaking, mountain bi­king, diving, trekking and guided reflection are a few of the activities you will enjoy. In addition, you can meet with our Catalan friends Pau and Olga, eat deli­cious Catalan specialties, tour the beautiful city Girona and visit the Salvador Dali Museum.

South Africa: Autumn (11-14 days)
We travel to South Africa with a focus on sustainability. South Africa is a country of great contrasts, where Africa and the West are merged into a truly unique culture. We guarantee that it is a trip where you can not avoid being moved as a human being. We will visit townships, attend a church service and work with local NGO´s in active projects.

Costa Rica: Autumn (11-14 days)
Sustainability and adventu­rous nature are the key words for this trip. Costa Rica is one of the world’s most beautiful countries. We will explore the rainforest with its colorful flora and fauna, experience mountains and volcanoes, swim and snorkel from tropical beaches, wander through rivers to roaring waterautumns and experience the country’s culture and diversity from coast to coast. We will stay at the international Earth University near Limón some of the time and meet other young people from all over the world.

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About Brandbjerg Højskole

Brandbjerg Højskole is about moving yourself in new ways and about making friends for life. We believe that your personal and professional life and opportunities depend on your growth as a person – and vice versa. We take pride in being part of that growth.

Brandbjerg is in unique surroundings at the edge of the beautiful Grejs valley – our backyard.

Søren has been a student at Soundhouse from January to June 2015. His dream was to get all the students to contribute to the song, and it has all the students participating and in their respective musical level. Esben from Eventlab collected video material and made a complementary visual. On Brandbjerg we want everyone to meet in equal dignity and respect, and that everyone must play a role in the community. We hope that you, like us, experiencing just that in Sørens beautiful tribute song.

It’s called “sharing” because our primary mission as a school is to share knowledge and experiences with our surroundings, especially about the shift to sustainable operations. And because we want to give room to and be the powerhouse of testing processes, experiences and experiments, for anyone who would like something with each other and with the world.

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