Adult education and training is an alternative and a supplement to the ordinary education system. The selection of programmes ranges from formal qualifying general education, continuing vocational training and adult higher education to non-formal education.
Adult courses leading to formal qualifications for further education or for the labour market include:
- Preparatory adult education (FVU);
- General adult education (AVU);
- Higher preparatory single-subject courses (HF);
- Adult vocational training (AMU);
- Vocational education and training for adults (EUV);
- Academy profession programmes;
- Diploma programmes;
- Master programmes.
For more information on the adult education and training programmes, please visit chapter 8.4
Furthermore, multiple educational institutions operate within the framework of non-formal adult education (Folkeoplysning), including evening classes, Folk High Schools, Day High Schools, and university extension courses. The purpose of non-formal education is to broaden general, social and democratic competencies. The Ministry of Culture is responsible for non-formal education.
Supportive education and training offers for adults include:
- Basic integration training programmes for refugees (IGU);
- Education for adults with dyslexia;
- Special needs education for adults with physical or psychological disabilities.
Ministry of Culture (Kulturministeriet), 2020: Non-formal adult education (Folkeoplysning) [Accessed 10 June 2022]
Ministry of Higher Education and Science, 2022: Adult education and continuing training. [Accessed 10 June 2022]
Ministry of Higher Education and Science, 2022: Adult education and training. [Accessed 10 June 2022]
Ministry of Higher Education and Science, 2022: The Danish Education System. [Accessed 10 June 2022]
The Education Guide (UddannelsesGuiden): What is adult education and training? (Hvad er voksenuddannelse?) [Accessed 10 June 2022]
Legislation and Official Policy documents
Legal Information (Retsinformation), 2017: Act on Higher Education for Adults (Bekendtgørelse af lov om videregående uddannelse (videreuddannelsessystemet) for voksne), LBK nr. 1038 af 30/08/2017. [Accessed 10 June 2022]