Brandbjerg Højskole is a modern folk high school, situated in the beautiful countryside of Denmark. We offer a vibrant and supportive community that can provide the environment to experience some of the most unforgettable months of your life. A stay at Brandbjerg Folk High School is a unique introduction to Denmark and Danish culture and, who knows, perhaps a stepping stone to further studying in Denmark.
You will meet teachers with an extraordinary passion for what they do, and a genuine interest in you and your fellow students. You will make close friends and develop yourself in many ways. We treasure diversity at Brandbjerg and you will experience a campus atmosphere where everyone connects across subjects, interests and backgrounds. We offer 4 main subjects and a wide range of elective subjects and you will have access to film, music, sports and art facilities all day and night.
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.
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.
There are four main subjects, electives and travels. A folk high school stay at Brandbjerg Højskole is an investment for life. Here you will learn about yourself, the world and your dreams. Whether you immerse yourself in a particular subject area or try a bit of everything, you will encounter time and space for development. You will be involved in debates on society and work with some of the challenges of the world. During your stay, you will be part of a diverse community and create life long friendships.
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.
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.
Brandbjerg Højskole is a Danish school, but we speak both Danish and English. You will attend the school with mainly Danish-speaking students. This means that the main language on the school is Danish, but all major information and lectures are either in English or translated into English.
Most group-work will be in English. 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
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 3 trips abroad with different destinations and at different prices. The trips take place at the same time and have a duration of 11-14 days. As a student, you choose one of the following trips: Berlin and Lisbon, South Africa or 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.
Berlin/Lisbon: Autumn (11-14 days) In Berlin you will enjoy a variety of cultural activities ranging from a historic tour of the city to experiencing visual installation art, electronic music as well as visits to inspiring Danish entrepreneurs. Lisbon is surrounded by water and we will be exploring the coastline – swimming, sailing and surfing. We will experience the traditional culture and visit the old parts of town as well as meet Lisbon through the new cultural underground and enjoy the vibrant contemporary city life and meetings with the locals.
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.
Brochure for Folk High Scool Stay Request brochure
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.
Om Brandbjerg Højskole
Bliv del af et stærkt fagligt og socialt fællesskab for livet: Kom med os ud i Danmarks smukkeste natur, der omkranser højskolen ved Vejle og rejs med på studietur og oplev verden. Hvad drømmer du om? Tag første skridt på Brandbjerg Højskole i Jylland.
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