Seljord Folkehøgskule

A year at a folk high school in norway!

A school year at Seljord Folkehøgskule gives you the opportunity to get acquainted with Norwegian culture and nature, learn the language and participate in exciting activities together with other students.

What is a folk high school?

A folk high school is a one-year school with boarding facilities for young people aged 18 – 25 years. There are 84 folk high schools in Norway. Each school has its own identity, but as a whole Norwegian folk high schools offer a wide variety of courses, with themes such as music, sports, arts, crafts, outdoor activities, etc. The students live on campus for a year, from the end of August until mid-May. Both school time and leisure time are spent with fellow students and staff.

Most students have completed secondary education when they start. Education is provided in a non-traditional way, in which the dialogue between students and teachers is paramount.
Every year about 7,000 students attend folk high schools in Norway. The minimum age for Seljord Folkehøgskule is 18 (or you will turn 18 during the school year). Our students are generally between 18 and 25 years old. Most schools also accept foreign students. At Seljord Folkehøgskule we have students from the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, USA, Canada, Austria and France.

Seljord Folkehøgskule is a so-called “frilynt Folkehøgskule”, without a Christian background. The law stipulates that folk high schools do not conduct exams and do not issue diplomas, but a certificate is issued, stating which subjects you have followed. The schools are separate from the regular education system in Norway.

What will you learn at a folk high school?

As a foreign student, studying at a folk high school is probably the best way to learn the Norwegian language. At Seljord Folkehøgskule we offer a language course for foreign students. During the year, as a foreign student you normally learn to speak some Norwegian.

Folk high schools are places of self-discovery, where you are encouraged to develop your own strengths and personal growth. With your own attitude, skills and motivation, you will be encouraged to set and work towards goals. Personal growth and social skills are important.


Most teacher and staff speak english. Still, be advised to learn some Norwegian before coming to school. Many programs and classes are held in Norwegian. 

A school year at Seljord Folkehøgskule gives you the opportunity to get acquainted with Norwegian culture and nature, learn the language and participate in exciting activities together with other students.

Daily life 

Folk high schools are small communities, where all students live on campus. Contact with fellow students and staff is very important. You eat together, live with 15 other students in one of the six boarding houses at the school and have fun with your fellow students in your spare time. Each year Seljord Folkehøgskule has 75 – 90 students.

At Seljord Folkehøgskule every student has their own room. You share the shower and toilet with the rest of your housemates. The large living room, gymnasium and classrooms are also open after regular classes.

What does Seljord Folkehøgskule have to offer?

Main programs (in Norwegian)
A short summar in english below.

Become the best version of yourself.

There are six main programs:

* Backpacker Multisport :

Mountain hiking, camping, kayaking, dog sledding, skiing – if you like the outdoors, this is the perfect program for you.

  You will take your backpack with you of course, on a long trip outside Europe, during “Ticket to Ride” in Scandinavia and during your Interrail journey.

* Paragliding-Ekstremsport: 

Learn to paraglide and become an independent paragliding pilot. In addition, this program also includes downhill cycling, kite surfing, wakeboarding and skiing. Can you see yourself flying a paraglider in 

  the Dominican Republic?

* Musical-Theatre:

Do you like theater, dancing and music? Then this program is for you. Together with your classmates you put on two big shows during the school year. Join workshops on Broadway, New York.

* Musikk-Backpacker:

Write your own songs or bring your own instrument. This program is for you if you are a musician. Your backpack and instrument will of course come along with you while you are traveling through Europe.

* Viking

Go back in time and learn to live like the Vikings did. Make your own Viking clothes and tools.

* Slow Fashion:

From sheep, to wool, to spinning, to clothing. This program starts at the beginning and takes you through the whole process, with sustainability as a top priority.

2,5 Days per week you follow your own program, with your own group.

The rest of the week is filled with electives and general subjects such as singing and discussion groups.

Are you a musician, but would you also like to be outdoors? Then you can, for example, choose the Backpacker Multisport or Paragliding-Ekstremsport program, and choose choir and house-concert as electives. This way you will get the perfect mix during a school year at Seljord Folkehøgskule.3 

How much does it cost?
You pay for your room, 4 meals a day, materials and study trips, depending on which program you choose. In addition, you will need some pocket money and some money for leisure activities.
  • Backpacker Multisport : 133.000,- Norwegian kroner
  • Paragliding-Ekstremsport : 147.000,- Norwegian kroner
  • Musical-Theatre : 131.000,- Norwegian kroner
  • Musikk-Backpacker : 125.000,- Norwegian kroner
  • Viking : 113.000,- Norwegian kroner
  • Slow Fashion : 113.000 Norwegian kroner
Why choose a folk high school?
Many young people opt for a year at a folk high school to experience the unique social life and because of the diversity of things that one can learn there. There are also young people who see the folk high school as a break from the normal school system with its traditional way of teaching and exam pressure. It also offers you the opportunity to take the time to make your next school or career choice.
Interested? Please contact us:

Phone : 0047 – 3505 8040

E-mail :

  (We speak English.)