Do i need a visa? What is a folk high school? Do I need health insurance? How expensive are the courses?
When moving to a new and foreign country, a million questions arise. This section will help you prepare for and make the most of your stay at Sund Folk College.
Sund folkehøgskole 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.
What folk high schools offer in place of a formal qualification
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 different courses 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.
We want your year at Sund Folk High School 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 folke high school can become a milestone in your life. It may be the year that shaped you who you are.
A socially engaged school
Sund 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 and 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.
A beautiful place to be
Sund Folk High School is situated in Inderøy, just a short walk from Straumen. Inderøy is a rural community surrounded by a breathtaking landscape. The community has approximately 6000 inhabitants and is situated in the inst of the Trondheim fjord.
Sund Folk High School has been an important part of Inderøy for more than 100 years. The school was founded in 1868, and is one of the most attractive folk high schools in Norway
Sport Fishing and environment
Sund Folk College in Central Norway has developed a brand new study into the art of Sport Fishing. The college is located next to the Trondheim Fjord, holding more than 110 different species. The teacher, Eskil Roekke is a fish biologist, wildlife ranger and filmmaker who has spent more than 4 years in New Zealand. He has fished the oceans, fjords, rivers and lakes of central Norway for decades.
The students will live and study at the majestic old school, but must have an interest for the outdoors as many days and nights will be spent outdoors. Sleeping in tents and under the open sky will be our “everyday” this year.
Study trip: 3 weeks in Belize. Read more about Sport Fishing
Sports, wildlife and voluntary work
Do you enjoy sports? On the course «Sports, wildlife and voluntary work» we emphasize versatility, Fair Play and the joy of sports.
Study trip: 4 weeks to South Africa and Zimbabwe
UN and international politics/FN og internasjonal politikk
The UN-course aims to give you insight into the UN’s role, possibilities and limitations. You learn about the UN’s work and how the organization work with people and communities around the world.
Study trip: 5 weeks to the southern Africa
Photo Japan/Foto Japan
Learn about photography and find out more about the world. It’s a walkabout where photography is explored, limits are pushed and life is lived.
Study trip: 2 weeks in Japan and one week in Europe.
Trough the years the jazz course have developed a learning environment where we focus on interaction, musicality and musical craftmanship.
Studytrip: 3 weeks to Brazil
Amazon Rainforest/Regnskog Amazonas
This course is exploring at the meeting between ecology, anthropology, history and politics. This interdisciplinary approach provides a unique basis for understanding the rainforest diversity.
Study: 8 weeks to Peru and the Amazon
Solidarity North-South/Solidaritet Nord-Sør
Developing countries tend to have a diverse culture and rich natural resources. At the same time many of their inhabitants are oppressed and live on less than a dollar a day. Why do a large portion of the world’s population live in poverty, while people in our part of the world consumes more and more? What does this global inequality mean for the everyday lives of people in developing countries?
Study: 8 weeks to Guatemala
- Sport Fishing New Zealand: 116 000 NOK
- Active Africa: 113 000 NOK
- Jazz: 112 000 NOK
- Photo Japan: 109 000 NOK
- UN and international politics: 114 000 NOK
- Solidarity North-South: 116 000 NOK
- Amazon Rainforest: 117 000 NOK
All prices includes room and board, study trips and other costs at the school.
- Enrollment fee: NOK 2 500 This fee is payable when you take in the place at school and not refundable.
- Deposit for key / rooms / facilities: NOK 1300
- Supplement for single room: NOK 650 per month
- Students cover the cost of personal equipment
Scholarships and grants
We don’t have any scholarships or grants available for international students at Sund Folk High School.
Subsistence Guarantee from Students outside the EU/EEA Area
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.
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:
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, you will have an answer in a few weeks. If you are accepted, you will have a few weeks to consider the offer and pay a registration fee (NOK 2 500,-).
No Closing Date for Applying
However, if you are a student from outside the European Union (EU), we accept an earlier application and give an answer within a few weeks. You will have to apply for a residence permit and the process can take several months. We recommend that you apply to the folk high school no later than May.
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:
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 Sund.
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.
If you have questions regarding visa or residence permit, please contact your local Norwegian Embassy.
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 Sund. 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 93 300.
- 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.
Mandatory Tuberculosis Chest X-Ray
Norwegian law requires all foreign nationals who will be residing in Norway more than 3 months to book an appointment to take the tuberculosis test and chest x-ray within two weeks after arrival.
- Exceptions: Students from Western Europe, Poland, Hungary, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Norway has a rich history, and provides many opportunities for exploring its towns, mountains and fjords.
Sund Folk College is situated in the middle of Norway. Trondheim is the region centre.
It’s cold in Norway during the winter season and you should expect temperature’s well below zero and plenty of snow. Please bring adequate clothing like boots, coats/ thick jackets, hats/ bibs, gloves, long underwear and in general any garments made from wool.
The following links will take you to tourist information about places that our international students are likely to visit.