The folk high school has a long tradition in Sweden. The first one was founded in 1868 and there are currently about 150 folk high schools, most located in the countryside.
How does folk high school work?
Courses offered at folk high school can be anything from a one year course to a summer class. You have to be over 18 years of age to study at a folk high school and you can even distance study.
There is no tuition cost at a folk high school, but you will need to pay for course literature, materials, food and housing. You can apply for financial aid from CSN.
Find out more about the Swedish folk high school
Financial aid information at CSN.
Course content can vary
Every folk high school decides what courses they'll offer and how they'll plan their teaching.
Two types of courses
You can study two types of courses, general or specific.
General courses are an alternative to komvux. You can study these courses in order to be eligible for studies at a university or university college. These courses are comparable to and give the same eligibility as secondary school or upper secondary school. After the completion of each course, the student receives a student assessment (studieomdöme).
Find out more about eligibility for bachelor's level courses
Specific courses are offered in special areas of interest or professions, such as music, art or recreational leadership. At the end of the course, the student receives a course certificate.
Page last updated 2016-05-12