The Danish school system
Denmark has a policy of 10 years’ compulsory education for children starting in August of the year they turn six. This is made up of one year in a pre-school class and nine years in primary and lower secondary education, usually completed by 15-16 years of age. Upon completion of primary and lower secondary education, children can choose between a number of general or vocational upper secondary education programmes. Upper secondary education is for students between 15 and 19 years of age, and prepares students for higher education.
Public schooling in Denmark is free of charge. Parents that choose to send their child to a private or independent school, however, are generally required to pay tuition.
Read more about the Danish school system.
Public school - Introduction classes for foreign students
Foreign children entering the public education system with little to no Danish will begin their education in an introduction class. The introduction classes are located at six different schools in Odense: Abildgårdskolen; Dalumskolen; Provstegårdskolen; Risingskolen; Tarupskolen; and Åløkkeskolen. The Department for Children and Youth determines where there is availability and which school is best suited for each individual child. Parents should contact the Department for Children and Youth, City of Odense to enroll their child/children in school.
Department for Children and Youth (Børn- og Ungeforvaltningen)
Ørbækvej 100, blok 1
5220 Odense SØ
Tel: +45 78 73 41 06
It is also possible to enroll your child in one of the two schools offering international education in the area.
Odense International School (Henriette Hørlücks School) provides internationally recognised primary and secondary education for children between the ages of five and 16. Tuition is 2 700 DKK a month for your first child and 2 500 DKK for your second. Your third child is free. Visit the Odense International School's website for further details.
Nyborg Gymnasium is an upper secondary school that offers two national secondary education programmes (the 'stx' and the 'hf') and the International Baccalaureate (IB) - an international diploma programme that is recognised by universities worldwide. The IB programme is taught in English and is open to Danes and internationals alike. Tuition is free. Learn more on Nyborg Gymnasium's website.
Download the brochure on the international education offered at Odense International School and Nyborg Gymnasium.