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Nordjyllands Idrætshøjskole

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Nordjyllands Idrætshøjskole is a Danish folk high school for physical education. At our school we welcome students from all over the world who would like to experience a Danish “idrætshøjskole”. The main language when we teach our sport lessons is danish. But we will of course translate to english. We teach a wide range of different sports. In the northern part of Jutland you will find our school in great surroundings for outdoor activities like beach volley, football, pole climbing and many others.


Our courses last 19, 25 or 44 weeks. In the autumn the semester lasts 19 weeks, and in the spring 25 weeks. A semester is divided into two periods, and for each period you can choose up to 4 sport subjects so that you can have up to 8 sports subjects in one semester.


Our teachers and a majority of the Danish students speak English, and so no previous experience with the Danish language is required. However, a fair command of the English language is required. Sports lessons are mainly in Danish, but some are to a certain degree also in English.

Some of our sports subjects

We’ve got 50+ different sports

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At Nordjyllands Idrætshøjskole you will be part of an international class where you spend around 10 lessons a week. In this class we focus on Danish culture, youth culture, pedagogics, and the special Danish tradition of democracy. We visit typical Danish institutions and visit some of the beautiful attractions in North Jutland. We will be taking part in arranging an international day at the school, where you cook your favorite meals for the Danish students to taste. We also have students from Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe islands.

International students quickly intervene with our Danish students due to the social and educational activities at the school, and the fact that you live so closely together often results in great friendships across cultural backgrounds. Our school works like an adult boarding school, and it is important for us that our students do not only achieve sports skills, but also the ability to develop your social skills.

At Nordjyllands Idrætshøjskole the teachers will be a big part of your everyday life, and they are very passionate about their subjects. This, combined with our great new sports facilities, gives you the best conditions of reaching your goal, whether it is running a marathon or learning the techniques of volleyball.

127 students

10-15 % internationals

No exams

There are no grades or exams at a Folk Highschool

The rooms

We live in 2, 3 or 4 people rooms. There is toilet and bath in every room.

Timetable (example)

You can choose freely from practically all subjects and make your own daily programme/schedule. In addition to the above timetable, we have one weekly “højskoleaften”, sports meetings, optional school trips, and various events. See it here (danish).


We have three different types of weekends – event weekends (A weekends) (special event at the school, attendance compulsory),workshop weekends and free weekends.


We serve three meals at the school every day. Morning, lunch and dinner. Lots of different food and great salats.

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