The School

Molde Folkehøgskole is a Norwegian Folk High School which by definition is a boarding school offering general education through a great variety of courses and subjects. The Folk High Schools have no set curriculum and no formal examinations. Please note that the Norwegian Folk High Schools give no vocational or professional training. But you get a year of practical and theoretical education within fields that interest you, not to mention worthwhile personal experience and development. You get a leaving certificate upon completion.

A year at a folk high school in Norway is an opportunity to be part of the Norwegian culture, experience Norwegian nature, learn Norwegian, and participate in exciting social activities along with other young people.

More about Molde FHS

Molde Folkehøgskole is beautifully situated in the city of Molde overlooking the Romsdal fjord surrounded by the famous Romsdal alps. The setting is ideal for focus area courses like sports and outdoor life. Our other subjects are training instruction and computing/multimedia. The school is run by the regional chapter of the Christian organisation Indremisjonsforbundet, and the teaching is based on Christian values. Most of our students come from Norway, representing most parts of the country, as well as different walks of life and world views. The great majority are young adults (average age 19).

What is a Folk High School?

A one-year independent residential school, primarily for young adults, offering many non-traditional subjects of study.

Each school has its own profile, but as a group, the Norwegian folk high schools teach classes covering a variety of interest areas, including history, arts, crafts, music, sports, philosophy, theatre, photography etc. Students live on campus from late August to the middle of May, sharing class time and leisure time with other students and the school staff.

Most students have already finished upper secondary school (or high school) and are looking for an unconventional educational experience at a place which both informs you and trains you for participation in a democratic society. Teaching is based on dialogues, and the schools provide you with the freedom to learn in your own way, grow in self-knowledge, and explore the world. Folk high schools challenge their students to grow individually, socially and academically.

A Folk High School – what it is not:

By law, folk high schools conduct no formal examinations and issue no diplomas or degrees. The folk high schools are independent from the regular educational system in Norway. International students at the folk high schools that want to continue study in Norway do not automatically qualify to enrol as students to a Norwegian college or university after a year at a folk high school. They have to pass the same entry requirements as other international students, to get an offer to study. As a student at a folk high school you have limited possibilities for working while you attend the school, as lectures and activities are taking place also in the evenings and in the weekend. Having a part-time job while studying is not recommended. To get a residence permit you have to be a full-time student.

What Do You Gain?

Language Skills

Folk high schools are probably the single best way of gaining first-hand and practical knowledge of Norwegian. Some schools offer courses in Norwegian language and culture. You can expect that through the year you will be able to use the language on an everyday level to communicate with native speakers.

Personal Growth

Folk high schools are places of self-discovery where you are encouraged to develop your own strengths and grow as a person. With your own attitudes and motivation as a foundation, you are encouraged to set goals and keep building your life. A warm and open study environment stimulates personal growth and development in a social setting.

Learning for Life

The schools offer a variety of subjects, but their common denominator is an educational program where you focus on your own interests and abilities. The folk high school experience is meant to challenge the whole person – the complete you.

Life at a Folk High School

Small Communities

Folk high schools are small learning communities where all the students live on campus in close contact with staff and other students. Meals are taken together, and sharing a double room is common, but many schools offer singles as well. Most of the school facilities, such as gyms and computing room, are open for informal activities after class hours. In these small educational communities each student makes a difference. Students come from all parts of Norway and Scandinavia, as well as a few from other countries. Most schools are small, with a typical enrolment of 60 to 90 students.


The subjects at a folk high school usually fall into three categories: focus areas, core subjects, and electives. However, the school is free to set aside its normal schedule for hours and days, for instance to prepare for the school trip, look at an issue in depth, or to accommodate a guest speaker.

Focus Areas

Specific areas of in-depth and specialized study. The courses range from performing arts, outdoor life, mass media, computer education, crafts, international solidarity, to sports. The focus areas comprise from 10 to 20 hours of instruction per week, and each school usually offers more than one such in-depth area. To view the courses currently offered by Molde Folk High School, you can click this link.

Core Subjects

Most schools have a set of required classes for all students. An important part of folk high school life is common learning experiences and shared activities, which often means that all students attend the same lessons. Depending on the philosophy of the school, the shared learning may deal with subjects like literature, history, current issues, philosophy and/or Christianity, or students may sing in the school choir, take study trips and excursions together. Core subjects and shared activities normally occupy 8 to 10 hours of your weekly schedule.


Each folk high school offers a variety of elective subjects, and during a year at Molde Folk High School you will choose four different subjects.

Why Do Young People Go to Folk High School for a Year?

Many young people choose a folk high school year to experience the unique social life at a folk high school. They also appreciate the different subjects that the folk high schools offers. A third reason to attend a folk high school is a desire for a break from a standardized curriculum and the pressure of exams in the traditional school systems, and to consider what to do next in terms of education and occupation.

Who Attends Folk High Schools?

Folk high schools are open to all, and every year about 6000 students attend. Most schools admit students 18 years and older. By far the largest group of students is young adults, between 18 and 25 years old. There are foreign students attending almost every folk high school. However, due to the current immigration policy of the Norwegian government, only a limited number of student places are available to foreign nationals outside the European Union (EU)

Regulations and Application Procedures

What You’ll Need To Do

According to Norwegian regulations residence permit for folk high school students depend on a declaration of or a transfer of adequate funds. Adequate funds will be the total fee (see under Fees below) + NOK 16.920. The extra amount required serves as a guarantee and is, for students from outside the EU, to be disposed jointly by the student and the school to cover incidental expenses, travel expenses, day-to-day spending etc.

Applicants from outside the EU will have to transfer the adequate funds to Rauma Folk High School`s bank account as the documentation of such a transfer is to be enclosed with the application for a residence permit.

Applicants from outside the EU planning to live outside campus (private accommodation), must produce documentation that private board and lodging has been arranged. Such applicants are still responsible for transferring to our account the amount needed for covering the remaining fees + NOK 16.920. In case private board and lodging will be free of charge, this has to be guaranteed and the guarantor`s income has to be at least equal to «lønnstrinn 1» (NOK 167,500). This according to the circular UDI 14/96 JURA from the ministry of foreign affairs.

Applicants from the EU can apply for a residence permit after arriving Norway. Nevertheless, when applying you will have to declare, or produce documentation, that your funds are adquate.

Application Form

For application form, click here. You will be taken to our English application form on the shared web page of all the Norwegian Folk High Schools.

If you prefer do do it the old-fashioned way (on paper) you can send a letter to Molde Folkehøgskole, Raumaveien 2, N-6410 Molde, Norway, and ask for an application form – or send an email to admin@molde.fhs.no.


What Do We Offer?

There is no specific teaching programme as such for foreign students at Molde Folk High School. Yet the teaching programme can be accommodated to contain 1-2 lessons per week in Norwegian language and culture, and/or time for attending public classes in Norwegian. At the school you will be integrated in classes with the Norwegian students according to the focus area course (12-15 lessons per week) and the options (2-3 lessons per week) you have chosen. In additon the students spend 11 lessons per week on substantial subjects like gymnastics, current social, religious and cultural issues, project work and singing (school choir). The teaching is in Norwegian.

Focus Area Courses


Outdoor life/Backpacking

Outdoor life/Australia


Football (soccer)/Barcelona

Football (soccer)/Brazil








Offroad/Downhill cycling



Football (soccer)



Light/Sound (for stage use)

Creative arts



Photography/Photo editing

Good books

Marine sports

Film club

Paintball/other activities

Improvised theatre


Staying at the School

The school has room for 90 students. Most of the students live on campus in double rooms. It is possible to apply for a single room, which costs 15% extra.

The academic year normally starts around 20 August and ends in the middle of May. During vacations (one week in October, the Christmas holiday, two weeks in February and the Easter holiday) the boarding houses will be closed, and foreign students must make sure they have a place to stay during these periods. Normally the student’s main contact in Norway is responsible for providing board and lodging during the vacations. This is a matter to be settled upon by the student and his/her contact.

Fees for 2014-2015

The fee for board and lodging is NOK 61.000 for the academic year 2014/2015.

Other fees are

– a focus area course related fee from NOK 31.000 to NOK 44.000. This fee varies depending on your focus area course and includes study tours in Norway and abroad.

– a fee of NOK 10.000 covering common expenses.

– NOK 1.900 for registration (not refundable).

There will be additional fees for a single room and/or a room with en suite facilities.

Single room : 700 kr pr. mnd

Room with bathroom  : 300 kr pr. mnd

New room with bathroom : 500 kr pr. mnd

Exstra expenses to diet               : 300 – 1400 kr pr. mnd

Please note that if you quit school before the end of term, you have to pay for the following six weeks. This is a common rule for all Folk High Schools in Norway, and applies regardless of why you quit.