Introduction

Get ready for the European Youth Summit, which takes place in May on 10 Danish ”højskoler” and on the newly built Youth Island on Middelgrundsfortet, an old Marine Fortress outside of Copenhagen. On the International Course, you’ll meet young people from all of Europe, and you can help create a vision for the Europe of the future. At the same time, you’ll become part of a strong “højskole” community, focusing on international politics, culture and languages. We invite you to a spring season with debate, togetherness, insight and outlook.

Højskolen Østersøen has previously participated in the international summit Unleash, where 1.000 young people from the whole world were invited to Denmark to find solutions for the biggest problems of our planet.

Subjects

You can influence the schedule and can choose from societal subjects like politics, sustainability, philosophy and psychology, sports like mountainbiking, outdoor, indoor sports, sauna – you’ll be able to enjoy the fantastic facilities, both of the city, the forest and the water. You can also choose one or several language courses. You can choose from German, Danish, Russian, English, Polish and French.

On the International Course, you’ll definitely get acquainted with European politics, international relations and the culture and society of Eastern Europe.

In your room

You can choose to live either in a single or in a double room. Your room is your home, which is why we value that you and your roomie get along well. All rooms have bathroom and terrace or balcony, where you can relax and have a good time.

Being together on the school

Attending a course on Østersøen means that the “højskole” is your home. You’ll share everyday life with both teachers and staff, in and outside of classes. This provides a very special ambiance. You’ll als have the opportunity to influence the school by engaging in the bar committee, arranging student nights or other projects. The entire staff of Højskolen Østersøen is looking forward to receiving you to a fantastic spring course of 2019.

The Course takes place from 12th of January  until 17th of May.

Learn new languages

Language teaching is one of the key focus points at Højskolen Østersøen, and you can take lessons in Danish, English, German and Chinese in the fall course.

You can also immerse yourself in studies of culture and society, with topics such as philosophy, democracy, ethics, science and anthropology.

Folk high school?

The Danish folk high schools offer non-formal adult education. Most students are between 18 and 24 years old and the length of a typical stay is 4 months. You sleep, eat, study and spend your spare time at the school. There are no academic requirements for admittance and there are no exams – but you will get a diploma as a proof of your attendance.

What is non-formal adult education?

The concept of “Non-formal adult education” is associated with N.F.S. Grundtvig, a Danish philosopher, poet, educational thinker and clergyman, (born in 1783 – died in 1872), and his thoughts concerning free educational opportunities. The concept arose in the 19th century and is one of the cornerstones of the Danish educational system.

Teaching in the folk high school

Teaching is characterised by professionalism and dedication. Classes are based on dialogue and mutual learning between teachers and students. The main focus is to discover and strengthen the unique skills of each student in a challenging yet supportive social atmosphere.

Get more information about the concept by downloading the booklet from The association of Folk High Schools in Denmark.