INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Stord Folk High School / Folkehøgskule 2023-24

About Stord Folk High School

Stord Folkehøgskule is open to international students. The school is situated in Stord, right in the middle of the city centre. Stord is in the heart of the west coast, right between Bergen and Stavanger, the crossroads to the fjords. 

A folk high school year starts in mid/late August, and ends in May. 

You live, eat and learn at the school. Our school is a former hotel, so we’ve got separate bathrooms in every dorm room. 

Stord folkehøgskule is a Norwegian folk high school. Folk high schools are one-year boarding schools offering a variety of exciting non-traditional and non-academic subjects, as well as academic subjects. 

The idea of folk high schools is learning for life, an opportunity to grow both individually, socially, and academically in small learning communities. All students live on campus in close contact with staff and their fellow students. One important part of the folk high school experience is to form a community, in and out of class. 

As a student at Stord Folkehøgskule, you will have the chance to experience and learn about your interests and topics of your choice, while being part of a community that will help you grow and develop not only academically, but also socially and personally. You will also learn more about the Norwegian language and culture, and experience the beauty of Norwegian nature, fjords and wilderness.  

At Stord you will meet other students with a variety of interests and backgrounds, and make friends for life. 

It is important to emphasize that, by law, folk high schools conduct no formal examinations and issue no degrees. After finishing your school year, you will receive a diploma detailing what you have participated in. The folk high school have courses that are different from the regular education system in Norway. 

International students at a folk high school who want to continue to study in Norway do not automatically qualify for enrollment as students in a Norwegian college or university; they must meet the same entry requirements as other international students. 

The school year lasts for 33 weeks and includes at least 16 Saturdays. The education includes a main subject, several optional subject, Saturday-seminars, excursions and different kinds of full meetings, concerts and cultural arrangements. 

There are no closing date for applying to Stord Folk High School. We start admitting Norwegian students on February 1st, but international students are admitted quickly after applying. The school year starts in August. Students are admitted until the school is filled up or until the beginning of the school year. 

When you apply, you get an offer of admittance. You accept our offer by paying an admission fee (of Norwegian Crowns NOK 2500,-). When your payment is confirmed by us, you have finished the admission. If you’re refused a VISA this fee is refunded,

Stord Folk High School is situated on the west coast of Norway. Right between Bergen and Stavanger, at the entrance to the fjords. There’s aproximately 19.000 inhabitants in the city, and 60.000 in the region. 

About Stord Folk High School

Stord Folk High School is a new school, first started in 2021. It’s placed in a renewed hotel, in the urban centre of the island. Surrounded by the nature. 

We want your year at Stord Folk High School to be the most important year of your life. It will be a year where you get a lot of new friends and experience personal and professional growth.

The year at the folk high school can become a milestone in your life. It may be the year that shape you who you are. 

Stord Folk high school is located on the isle of Stord, at the heart of the west coast of Norway. The city has 19.000 habitants, and all the facilities of a modern town.  

The school hosts up to 100 students each year. It is a boarding school where food and lodgings are included. The rooms are single and double occupancy rooms. You have your own key, and ofcourse spend your free time as you like. 

You have to fill 18 years of age during your start-year. Most of our students are 18-20 years of age. 

Stord Folk high school is located on the isle of Stord, at the heart of the west coast of Norway. The city has 19.000 habitants, and all the facilities of a modern town.  

The school hosts up to 100 students each year. It is a boarding school where food and lodgings are included. The rooms are single and double occupancy rooms. You have your own key, and ofcourse spend your free time as you like. 

You have to reach the age of 18 years of age during your start-year. Most of our students are 18-20 years of age. 

Alongside your main course, you will chose 6 electoral subjects as well. These range from creative subjects, sports, dancing, and a whole lot of different activities. 

such as:

  • Volleyball
  • board games
  • theatre
  • meditation/yoga
  • podcast
  • workout
  • fishing

and many more

This is a list of our electives:

When moving to a new and foreign country, a million questions arise. Do I need a visa? What is a folk high school? Do I need health insurance? How expensive are the courses? The section below will help you prepare for and make the most of your stay at Stord folk high school. 

We are currently working on translation of more information on our webpage. If you have any questions or need more information, do not hesitate to contact us. 

Stord Folk High School is a socially engaged school. There are three particular things we are passionate about and want to share with you: 

  • Our commitment to international solidarity 
  • Our work for sustainable development 
  • The value of art and culture. 

These three areas permeates both teaching and daily life at school. You will learn about the important issues of our time and have experiences that will give you new perspectives on life. 

Students from outside the EU/EEA area are required to document a financial subsistence guarantee, amounting to140 per cent of the “room-and-board minimum fee” as a condition to be granted a residence permit to attend a folk high school in Norway. 

For all students from outside the EU/EEA area the required guarantee amount for the coming school year will be NOK 98 200. 

Further information may be found on the home page of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) and the section Folk High School. 

For students from inside the EU/EEA area (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Rumania) the requirement for a subsistence guarantee does not apply. Students from the other Nordic countries are on an equal basis with Norwegian students. Consult the following web page: 

http://www.udi.no/Norwegian-Directorate-of-Immigration/Central-topics/Work-and-residence/Work-and-residence-EUEEAEFTA-citizens/Temporary-registration-system-for-EEA-citizens/ 

Start by finding out more about our courses on our website. 

Find the course that suits you best and send us an application. Please use our online application form. 

When the school receives your application, we will review it and you will have an answer in a few days to one week. If you are accepted, you will have a few weeks to consider the offer and pay a registration fee (NOK 2 500,-). We might contact you if we have any questions. 

As a EU citizen: Before starting school you have to register for residence permit at the application portal at http://www.udi.no. Here you can find a checklist for what you need for the residence permit. (You will get the confirmation for staying at school from us when you arrive.)  

Please book an appointment with the immigration police in Haugesund (Sør-Vest police) before you come to school.  

Please remember your username and password for the application portal in case you have to rebook the appointment. 

More information below. 

 

Visa and residence permit – EU/EEA/EFTA 

Students that are citizens of an EU/EEA/EFTA country no longer have to apply for a residence permit, but you must register at the police station within three months after your arrival to Norway. 

You can make a preliminary registration online. Information about the requirements and how to register online will be found by this link: 

www.udi.no/Norwegian-Directorate-of-Immigration/Central-topics/Work-and-residence/Work-and-residence-EUEEAEFTA-citizens/Temporary-registration-system-for-EEA-citizens/ 

Students from countries outside EU/EEA/EFTA need to have a visa in order to get a residence permit in Norway. The visa must be obtained before arriving in Norway. Students need to file their applications for visa as soon as possible after admission to Stord. 

You accept our offer by paying the full school fees . Students who live outside of school premises also have to deposit an amount for subsistence in our bank account. 

We will send you a letter confirming your payment, admission, room/board, and more. Please note that if you are living outside of school premises, you will need a confirmation of a place to live (a lease from your landlord or a confirmation from the people you are living with) for your visa application. 

Apply for a student residence permit at the application portal at http://www.udi.no. Here you can find a checklist for what you need for the application. You have to enclose both letters from us (offering a place at school and confirmation of payment). Please remember your username and password for the application portal, you will need it later.

The visa process takes time, so please apply as soon as possible and make sure you enclose all necessary papers. You have to go to the nearest Norwegian consulate to deliver your application in person. 

When you are granted a student visa, please let us know. 

The application should be filed with the Norwegian Embassy in your home country. You need the visa to get a residence permit in Norway. All foreign students, except those from the Nordic countries, must obtain a formal residence permit within 7 days after arrival in Norway. 

Before coming to Norway, you have to log on to the application portal (www.udi.no) with the same username/password you used when you applied for your visa. Then book an appointment with the immigration police in Haugesund (Sør-Vest police). The best time to have an appointment is the second week of the school year. 

In August we are welcoming you to school, and will help you with all the formalities of moving to a new country. 

If you are denied a visa, we will refund the money you have paid (what we have received in Norwegian currency) to the same bank account it was paid from. 

If you have questions regarding visa or residence permit, please contact your local Norwegian Embassy. 

USEFUL LINKS: 

Information from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration: www.udi.no/Norwegian-Directorate-of-Immigration/Central-topics/Studies/How-do-I-apply-for-a-residence-permit-for-students/ 

For applicants from countries outside the EU/EEA/EFTA 

When you apply for a residence permit for students, you must submit the following documents: 

  • Application form with passport-sized photograph 
  • Copy of passport 
  • Your Enrolment Document from Stord. We will send this document after you accept the admission offer. 
  • Documentation of financial support. For all students from outside the EU/EEA the required guarantee amount for the coming school year will be NOK 110.753,-
  • Documentation requirements vary from country to country and are subject to changes. For information, contact the Norwegian foreign service mission closest to you. If you are in Norway, contact the local police or the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) 

All international students (except Nordic) must carry medical insurance for their period of stay in Norway. EU-citizens need social security coverage (form E-111) and to carry medical insurance in your home country and insurance for your personal belongings. 

Students from the European Economic Area (EEA) 

Students from EU/EEA countries must have health insurance coverage from their home country. 

  • The European Health Insurance Card documents that you are entitled to necessary medical treatment during temporary stays in other EEA countries or in Switzerland. 
  • You are entitled to treatment on a par with the citizens of the country where you are staying. 
  • If you decide to use private health insurance you have to check with your insurance office as to whether your coverage applies to Norway. 
  • You must bring the European Health Insurance Card or documentation of private health insurance when you enter Norway. 

For further information about the correct card/form please check with the nearest health authority office in your home country. 

Read more about the European Health Insurance Card on the European Commission’s website. 

Students from countries outside the European Economic Area 

Students from non-EU/EEA countries can become members of the National Insurance Scheme. 

Staying in Norway between 3 and 12 months 

  • If the duration of your stay in Norway is between 3 and 12 months you can apply for voluntary membership in the National Insurance Scheme at the insurance office in the municipality in which you are staying. 
  • Please note that students who do not apply for voluntary membership should have a social security coverage from their home country. 

The Norwegian health authorities require all new international students from countries with a high occurence of tuberculosis who intend to stay in Norway for more than three months, to be tested for tuberculosis (TB).

Please note that if you have recently been tested for TB in Norway or another country, you are still required to arrange a TB test appointment. 

Persons who are exempted from TB testing must still be tested if they have been a resident in one of the countries listed below for more than 3 months, and if they will be working within health care.

Table 1. Countries with high TB occurrence – alphabetical
 A-C D-J K-M N-S T-Z

Afghanistan      

Algeria

Angola

Azerbaijan

 

Bangladesh

Benin

Bhutan

Bolivia

Botswana

Brazil

Brunei Darussalam

Burkina Faso

Burundi

 

Cabo Verde

Cambodia

Cameroon

Central African Republic

Chad

China

Congo

Côte d’Ivoire

 

 

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Djibouti

Dominican Republic

 

Ecuador

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Eswatini

Ethiopia

 

 

Fiji

 

Gabon

Gambia

Georgia

Ghana

Greenland (Denmark)

Guam

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

 

Haiti

Hong Kong SAR

 

India

Indonesia

 

 

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kiribati

Kyrgyzstan

 

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Lithuania

 

Macao SAR

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Mali

Marshall Islands

Mauritania

Micronesia

Mongolia

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar

 

 

Namibia

Nauru

Nepal

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

Northern Mariana Islands

 

Pakistan

Palau

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

 

Republic of Korea

Republic of Moldova

Romania

Russian Federation

Rwanda

 

Sao Tome and Principe

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Africa

South Sudan

Sri Lanka

Sudan



Tajikistan

Thailand

Timor-Leste

Togo

Turkmenistan

Tuvalu

 

Uganda

Ukraine

United Republic of Tanzania

Uzbekistan

 

Vanuatu

Venezuela

Viet Nam

 

Yemen

 

Zambia

Zimbabwe

  • Start of school: 19 August 2023

The specific dates below will be updated:

  • Autumn holiday: Friday 7am-4pm. October (October 7 free from 12 noon, return Sunday October 16)
  • Christmas holiday: 16 December to 4 January (16 December off from 12 noon, return on 4 January)
  • Winter holiday 24 February to 5 March. (Feb. 24 free from 12 noon, return on March 5)
  • Easter holiday 31 March to 11 April (31 March off from 12 noon, return on 11 April)
  • Closing party on 13 May

 

  • Departure on 14 May

We are staying in a former hotel that we have renovated and converted into a folk high school.

There are 64 rooms, 9 single rooms, 49 double rooms and 6 large hc/triple rooms.
When you move in, you get a great room with its own bathroom, newly built classrooms, common room and dining room.
Spacious rooms with comfortable beds and the furniture you need.

At Stord Folkehøgskule, the rooms are distributed over 3 floors, with easy access down and out to the common areas. Every single boarding room has a private bathroom and toilet.

There is also a laundry room where you can wash and dry your clothes.

You will also have access to the classroom outside of school hours, for leisure activities. We have several meeting rooms, café bar, dining room, table tennis, billiards, film room, art room, etc.

The school is located in the middle of urban Leirvik, which means that there is a lot going on both inside and outside the building. Here you are close to people, fjords, mountains and leisure activities. Forests and fields are not far away, for jogging and exercise. A large living room, where you can have concerts, parties, our own gatherings and student evenings etc.

At school or a short distance away

  • Roof terrace
  • Fitness center
  • Ballroom
  • Swimming pool
  • Social stove
  • Canoe/Boat to go out on the lake/lake. Cultural center/Cinema
  • Grocery store, parks, Boccia court, Skatepark

and much more

One of the great advantages of Stord is that it is so incredibly easy to get to and from.

Midway between Bergen and Stavanger. With E39 north and south, and E134 east.

How to get to Stord folkehøgskule:

  • Speedboat from Bergen or Bergen Airport, Flesland to Leirvik kai, Stord. (about 2 hours)
  • Express bus Kystbussen or car from Bergen/Stavanger to Stord. (about 2 hours)
  • Express bus Haukeliekspressen or car from Oslo/austlandet to Aksdal and then bus into Stord. Or car over the mountain (approx. 5-7 hours)
  • Fly to Stord Lufthamn Sørstokken (1 hour)
  • Fly to Bergen Airport/Sola Airport, and take an express bus or speedboat to Stord. (2 hours)
  • Access to the center pool in the evening.
  • The various student groups will be responsible for organizing student evenings
    We will be visited by various teams and organizations that are responsible for arranging entertainment or meeting exciting people together with us
  • The sports team invites the students to participate in their training, in ball sports, swimming, motor sports and much more.
  • Explore the islands around Stord, with our own boat and camping equipment.
  • There will be varied evening activities throughout the year, here you will be able to take part in many exciting activities outside of the teaching at the school.
  • Café-bar, access to all equipment, games and leisure activities.

Stord Folkehøgskule is a free-spirited humanist school. Free-spirited means that we welcome everyone regardless of religious, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, political views or finances.

We see it as our goal to work for the protection and strengthening of humanist values: reverence for life, love for fellow human beings, justice and freedom under responsibility. These values ​​require that the individual works to learn to know himself as best as possible, use his abilities and accept his limitations.

«Our vision is to foster joy and a belief in mastery, so that the pupils take the initiative in their own lives and the world around them.»

The purpose of the folk university is to promote general education and public information, through the dissemination of knowledge and through the value of the meeting between people with similar and different backgrounds and interests.

The core of Stord Folkehøgskule will be the idea that the year should contribute to the formation and maturation of the pupils. Our aim is to inspire and prepare the pupils to see themselves as actors in their own lives and as active participants in social life.

We hope we have provided you will most of the information you will need.

If there is anything you need and want to ask about, please contact us through:

Email: Post@Stordfhs.no

Telephone: (+47) 53 41 44 44 // 00 47 53 41 44 44

Instagram: Stord Folkehøgskule