You, us & we – expectations
What to expect as a student – and what we expect from you.
A school like ours is probably unlike any other school you’ve experienced before! Your teachers are a part of everyday life and are present at other times than the classes. We want you to learn a lot – but we believe the ideas of our founder, the famous Danish scholar Grundtvig, who said that learning is something that happens in many contexts, not just while you’re buried in books and focused on grades and exams. We put great emphasis on what we can achieve together as a group and a community and how our students can improve the world we live in– and if you embrace the philosophy, your stay can be rewarding and inspiring.
This, however, requires something from you – especially as an international student. Even though there are no grades and exams, we expect full attendance to classes, and your mindset must be prepared for the challenge of learning a new language and engaging with Danish-speaking students even if you’re feeling a little insecure – this is essential to the success of your stay.
For your stay to be successful, we require a reasonable level of English, so that we can introduce our classes and convey important messages to you.
How to make your stay a success:
• It will be hard work. Accept it – and work hard.
• Talk to other students – even if they speak Danish. Our Danish students are always open-minded and welcoming, but not everyone is comfortable with their level of English. Try to find common ground anyway – or play a boardgame instead. Ask them for help.
• Share yourself, your culture and your ideas. Your input is valuable and appreciated.
• Remind those who automatically turn to Danish to speak English or speak slowly when you are in attendance. Sometimes we just need a reminder.