Secondary education


Secondary education

Upon finishing primary school, Danish pupils take a nationwide test in order to clearify which steps to take in their further education.

Those with academic interests often choose a "gymnasium" (upper secondary school) or HF where they prepare for university, focusing on linguistic, scientific, artistic, social studies etc. Many gymnasiums also have an IB (international class). 

Those with craft oriented interests often prefer an "elevplads" or a "læreplads" / internship where the education switches between the work place and a "produktionsskole" / trade school. Here they can train in skills like metalworking, electrical technology, mechanics, agriculture, child care, elderly care, rehabilitation etc. Others prefer a "handelsskole" / business school where they can learn about trade, economics, accounting, software development etc.

It is relatively common for young Danes at some point to take a sabbatical year to find out who they are and what they want in their future life. Often they divide this sabbatical year into working and earning money by unskilled jobs and traveling or spending a few mounths at a "husholdningsskole" or a "højskole", that offer practical and creative subjects, such as cooking, design, music, IT, and artisan crafts.

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