Imagine living on the rural campus of a small liberal arts college with a population of about 80 students, and you will begin to understand life at a Folkehøjskole, a unique Danish learning and living tradition dating back 150 years. Danish and international students live at the school and participate in a wide spectrum of courses and extracurricular activities that are not graded but meant to give resident students an ‘education for life’. While DIS students do not participate in all aspects of the Folkehøjskole’s courses and activities, they do get a taste for this unique living environment and enjoy this truly unique Danish experience. There is usually a great social environment, with lots of planned events and a daily meal, where all students eat together. The social environment is enhanced by the fact all students arrive at essentially the same time, meaning everyone is eager to meet new people!
Christian Folk High School of Jämsä in Finland. Folk high schools ( Danish : Folkehøjskole; Finnish : kansanopisto and työväenopisto or kansalaisopisto; German : Volkshochschule and (uncommon) Heimvolkshochschule; Norwegian : Folkehøgskole; Swedish : Folkhögskola ) are institutions for adult education that generally do not grant academic degrees , though certain courses might exist leading to that goal. They are most commonly found in Nordic countries and in Germany and Austria . The concept originally came from the Danish writer, poet, philosopher and pastor Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig (1783–1872).