A youth folk high school is a unique and traditional Danish institution, that embraces free schooling and democratic learning. For more than 20 years our school houses a strong international community, and students from all over the world come here to spend a semester or two.

The Danish folk high school

The Danish folk high schools started back in 1842 - right at the same time that Denmark got its current constitution. A connstitution that focus on the democratic rigths of the folk, the common people of the country. 

The Danish youth folk high schools started right here at our school in 1965, and is still operating on the same basic values of freedom, democratic rights and personal responsibility and development.

The folk high schools were designed to educate the folk by teaching the history and values of the country, so that they were able to act as active, democratic citizens - or even take part in ruling the country in the parliament.

Even today the folk high schools are places where you attend courses to learn about the democratic rights, about living in society, being active and creative together and to take time to focus on yourself and your way in life.

A folk high school is a non-formal residential school offering learning opportunities in almost any subject. Our students are between 16 and 19 years old and the length of a typical stay is 6-11 months. It is a boarding school, so 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.

At a youth folk high school

To attend Ungdomshøjskolen ved Ribe you must be between the age of 16 ½ and no older than 19 when the course starts.

The number of international students vary, but normally between 15 and 30 percent of our students come from abroad.

We have had students from all over the world, like Botswana, Chile, Brazil, Guatemala, Argentina, USA, Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Slovakia and Hungary.

The Danish and the international students are at the school on even terms. Living in the same quarters, eating the same meals and attending the same classes.

All classes are taught in both Danish and English.


We live by the values of Grundtvig

"Human first" - which means that we are open to everyone, every human
A school for life - the learning you get will be helpful for you forever
Curiosity and wonder - to be openminded to people and cultures
Dialogue - living together requires respectful exchanging of ideas and points of wievs
Responsibility - here you are a young aldult, still young but also in charge of your life
The democratic citizen - meaningful interaction between the students

The educational purpose of the folk high school is wider than aiming for a specific education or career, instead it is aimed at enlightening and educating the individual to fulfill a meaningful life, to be able to take part in a free dialogue among people about the common good, and to become a responsible and active citizen in a democratic society. In the law described as: 1) Life enlightenment, 2) Public enlightenment and 3) Democratic education and training.

Grundtvig said that people should learn by talking with each other, learning that their voice counts, that they should speak up, have an opinion, and that they should be able to communicate coherently with other people in the community.

These thoughts regarding the folk high schools are just as important today as they were in the middle of the 19th century.


... or you can contact us at or +45 7544 5004, and we will help and guide you.


Our next courses start

13th of August 2022 (19 weeks)
Full year: 13th of August 2022 until 30th of June 2023
7th of January 2023 (25 weeks)

For students within the EU

Prices are:

Price for the course: €160 per week
Registration fee: First semester:€480 - Following semesters: €330
Visa: €350
For EU citizens: €75 for Residence permit

Please notice that you have to pay the total amount for the stay, before starting the course.

Countries outside the European Union 

When you live outside EU and need to apply for Visa to study at UHR, you have to pay the total amount for the stay at once, before you can apply for a Visa, which has to be done no earlier than 3 months before the course start – according to the rules of Danish Immigration Service. Further you have to pay a VISA fee, to cover the Visa the school pays for you.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any unanswered questions or need further information at

Nordic countries pay the same price as Danish students

Please NOTICE that if you are from Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Greenland, Finland or the Faroe Islands the price is the same as a Danish student, €160 per week, this also applies if you have dual citizenship, with Danish as one of them.

Prices are:  1.160 kr. Pr. Week (€160)
Registration fee: First semester: 3.500 kr. (€480) - Following semesters: 2.500 kr. (€330)

Students form Norway can apply for loan and scholarship at

The payment for the course covers:

  • Tuition
  • Meals
  • Single or double room
  • Materials for classes
  • Trips in Denmark
  • Study Trip


We recommend you to bring the following items to your stay at Ungdomshøjskolen ved Ribe:

  • Passport
  • Health insurance
  • Creditcard/Cash (Danske Kroner)
  • Cellphone
  • Alarm clock
  • Painkillers - and necessary medicine
  • Duvet and pillow
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Toiletries
  • Shoes and boots for outdoor
  • Warm clothes
  • Swimsuit/trunks
  • Sports clothes
  • Indoor sports shoes
  • Rucksack


More information about Ungdomshøjskolen ved Ribe and Danish Folk High School

Brochure about Ungdomshøjskolen ved Ribe

Booklet about Danish Folk High School

Brochure about non-formal education in Denmark





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