International Schools in Faroe Islands

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This list contains the best option for international students in the Faroe Islands. There are few international options, but htis information can help you prepare for education beyond the Faroe Islands. Schools follow the Danish model with instruction in the local language as well as Danish.

Education in Faroe Islands

It is Faroese education policy that every child should be able to attend a primary school in his or her own village, but that is not always the case and sometimes children need to go to larger villages to find a school. Instrution is in fólkaskúli at lower levels, with Danish used in upper secondary schools.

Education is compulsory from first to ninth grade. There is an optional tenth year and some schools offer preschool. Children seeking high education attend Studentaskúli, a 3-year academically oriented upper secondary education. The system generally follows the Danish education system.

International Schools

Most institutions are funded by the state and there are few private schools in the country. There aren't exactly international schools in the Faroe Islands, but there are some schools that would be recommended for a foreign student. 

Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.


  • The CoIS (Council of International Schools) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools. 
  • The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accredits American curriculum schools abroad.
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools provides additional accreditation for American schools abroad.

International School in Torshavn

FØROYA FÓLKAHÁSKÚLI (Faroese Folk High School)
Address: Háskúlavegur 14, Tórshavn
Tel:  298311743
Tuition Rates: 14,700 Danish Krones 

The Faroese Folk High School covers all aspects of living in the Faroe Islands from the Faroese language and its history, to sewing and woodwork. Students engage in drama, singing, the arts and exploring the natural  elements of the Faroe Islands. It offers half-year courses as well as shorter courses. Boarding is required.