International class is a unique way to learn about Denmark – Danish language as well as culture.

We practise the Danish language and learn about the Danish culture and society.

Danish culture at højskole in Denmark

Through sports, discussion and classroom teaching we develop an understanding of the Danish society, Danes and each other’s home countries, as we also share information about our own country.

A typical class will usually contain a Danish lesson followed by an introduction or discussion about a cultural theme. We relate to anything from politics and societal structures to leisure activities or cultural traditions/taboos.

We develop our personalities, knowledge and intercultural friendships in informal teaching processes that build upon respect and trust, where we will challenge your personal stances and your views on life.

The class usually makes excursions or visits to Denmark behind-the-scenes that tourists don’t get the chance to visit:

  • a typical Danish home 
  • a Danish high school 
  • a Danish care home
  • a Danish farm
  • a smaller Danish town


Are you interested in learning Danish during your stay? We offer classes with instruction based on your individual level. The school provides a unique environment for practising your Danish throughout the day and in your free time. The social aspect of Vejle Sports School is very important and you will have rich opportunity to speak Danish with the students at the school at all hours. 

Some Danish lessons are part of the normal weekly schedule and some lessons will add extra lessons to your time schedule.

Some students start from scratch, some student know a bit of Danish and other students speak well, but can't read or write. We work on different levels and often use texts, pictures, music and little films in class. We learn together and individually.

We get out on the floor and we nerd out the details when necessary. In class it is ok to laugh while you learn and try to pronounce a new difficult Danish word. Together, we feel the joy when cracking the code to the Danish language structure, learn a new sentence or when a student proudly announces that they have been having a conversation in Danish or given a presentation in another class.

We try to make the Danish classes fun and celebrate our successes. Most students find that learning more Danish adds a dimension to their time in Denmark.


In class we focus on:

  • Learning more words
  • Getting better at small-talking in Danish
  • Building our confidence with regards to speaking Danish
  • Improving our understanding of Danish
  • Improving our reading and writing
Ann-Britt om international class - Danish language & culture

I enjoy working with international students and we all gain a lot from exchanging knowledge about culture, religion, traditions, language, behavior and much more. In class we primarily communicate in English but we challenge ourselves with Danish language twice a week and improve!

My international interest comes from travelling a lot and from work experince in Ghana, Greece, Turkey and Spain. To have relations around the world have great value to me. The international perspective on Vejle Idrætshøjskole creates energy in my life and valuable friendships.

Mette om international class - Danish language & culture

"Min baggrund inden for internationale forhold stammer fra at have boet og arbejdet 1 år i henholdsvis Frankrig og England. Det har på egen krop givet en forståelse af, hvordan det er at flytte til et andet land og lære at navigere i en ny kultur med andre spilleregler og ikke mindst et andet sprog. Det er spændende at være med til at skabe refleksion for VIH's internationale elever ift. den udfordring, de står over for som højskoleelever i et andet land. Som lærer i international class har man mulighed for at tage eleverne med ud af huset til steder, hvor de tydeligt oplever 'den danske kultur'.

Ud over mine egne udlandsophold har jeg arbejdet med integration og sprogundervisning på en del danske virksomheder og uddannelsesinstitutioner og hjulpet medarbejdere og ansatte til at øge deres interkulturelle og sproglige kompetencer. Ved at være tæt på mange forskellige nationaliteter er jeg blevet klog på, hvordan den danske kultur ligner og adskiller sig fra andre landes - den erfaring elsker jeg at sætte i spil i forhold til VIH's internationale elever."

Asker om international class - Danish language & culture

I think International class is always interesting because of all the different nationalities and stories represented. We learn so much about life around the world just by being together, but also by exchanging opinions and experiences. We get a look into how people function when they’re out of their hometurf, and I like that we also help each other with exactly that – being (sometimes far) away from home.