About Grundtvigs Højskole

Grundtvig‘s Folk High School is based on the same ideas about enlightenment and liberality that Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig founded back in 1856 – with a modern twist.

Grundtvigs Højskole

The folk high school was founded in 1856 but it’s current main building is from 1986.

The school is located in Hillerød – 40 km north of Copenhagen.

At Grundtvigs you create your own schedule from a variety of subjects. Midway you will choose new subjects except for your A-subject.

All courses are in Danish, and we expect that you are able to talk and understand Danish.

You are not graded in any of your subjects. Folk high school is about learning and evolving.

We have room for approx. 120 students. The average students are usually 19-27 years old.

We have 2 long courses pr. year; one that begins in January and ends in June, and one that begins in August and ends in December.

From week 26-32 we offer a variety of a week long summer courses.

Social Life

The life at Grundtvigs offers a inclusive community. You will be part of an everyday life where we sing together, go swimming, watch movies, host parties, play boardgames, go to lectures and watch concerts, relax and much more.

You can follow the everyday life at Grundtvigs at @grundtvigshojskole on instagram

The Surroundings

The folk high school is located in Hillerød, an hour north of Copenhagen by train.

The school offers single and shared rooms with and without private toilets and showers. The price varies depending on the room you choose.

The schools’ facilities are always available. We have a gym, a library, a ceramic workshop, a darkroom for analogue photo, a music studio, atelier, a jewellery workshop, a living room with a fireplace, a huge park and much more. You can see them all here


The education at Grundtvigs is founded upon curiosity, engagement, and professionalism. Our teachers are tutoring in the subjects the love and we have subjects from philosophy, choir, podcast, politics, art, sports, literature, design, film, outdoor to name a few.

You create your own schedule from a selection of approx. 30 courses.

All courses are in Danish, and we expect that you are able to talk and understand Danish.

Our teachers are still practicing their professions concurrently with their teaching at Grundtvigs. They will always give you the possibility to immerse into your work but also present new perspectives.

You are also given the opportunity to work with subjects you never thought you would work with.

The name obligates

Our history is undeniable connected to N.F.S. Grundtvig. We are standing on the shoulders of his ideas about information and freedom – And we are not a second in doubt that he is resting peacefully in his grave knowing we are running his folk high school the way he intended.

The first idea of Grundtvigs folk high school was in 1853 when Grundtvig turned 70 years old. He was given a larger amount of money which he used to build the first Grundtvigs Folk high school. The school was named Marielyst after his second wife Marie Toft and was located at Nørrebro in Copenhagen.

The school got its current location in Hillerød and the name “Grundtvigs Højskole” when Grundtvigs folk high school was merged with Frederiksborg Højskole.

We engage

At the folks high school you are able to evolve in a safe space. But we are also aware and take part in the community outside the school and leave an impact on the political agenda.

Every week we invite the outside indoor where lectures and professionals talk about politics, art, photography, literature, the world outside, mental health and a lot more that and much more that moves in society.

We also host concerts or go to other cities and attend cultural events.

We are taking responsibility

At Grundtvigs we believe in a united responsibility – both on a personal l and global level.

We have installed solar panels, and our kitchen staff is passionated about bringing down the food waste and make climate friendly food.

Right now, 30-60% of our food is organic.

We have also decided not to fly when we go on studie trips, therefore we are always traveling with bus or train.