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There are a number of schooling options available for internationals in Odense.


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

Foreign children entering the public education system with little to no Danish will begin their education at the local school with language support. Parents should contact the local school for enrolment of their child/children.


Find a list of public schools in Odense here. View a map of public schools in Odense here.


Questions? Contact Department for Children and Youth (Børn- og Ungeforvaltningen) - School Department

Ørbækvej 100, blok 2    
5220 Odense SØ
Tel: +45 65 51 51 50 


International schools

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 5 and 16. 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.