School type & policies

Folk Collegeñ a different type of school
Folk College is a different type of school. Each folk college decides their profile and what courses to offer, and is not bound to a central curriculum. Folk college is based on the studentsí needs, prior knowledge and experience.

Folk College characteristics
What distinguish folk college are the dialogue and the studentís active participation in the group. Folk college aims towards smaller and cohesive study groups. Subjects are often integrated in projects with both theoretical and practical focus. Many folk colleges have a dormitory where students can live and be part of a social community that will make their folk college time a unique experience. In dialogue and discussion outside of the class room, the knowledge the education provides is deepened.

Folk colleges are independent
Each folk college independently decides what courses to arrange and what profiles they have. The folk colleges are financed by government grants.

The aim of the government grants to folkbildning is to:

  • support activities that contribute to strengthening and developing democracy
  • contribute to making it possible for people to influence their life situation and create participative involvement in social development (e.g. through political, union, cultural or other voluntary work.)
  • contribute to leveling educational gaps and raising the level of education and cultural awareness in society
  • contribute to broadening the interest for and increase participation in cultural life.

There are also seven activity areas that folkbildning shall work within. Read more about these here