Current members Folkeuniversitetet Adult Education Association

Folkeuniversitetet Adult Education Association



Folkeuniversitetet is Norway’s largest organizer of adult education. Every year, approximately 70 000 people sign up for one or more of our 6 500 courses. We have over 150 years’ experience and offer practical and theoretical trade-related education, language instruction and courses in cultural and leisure activities.

Decentralized instruction

Folkeuniversitetet currently consists of 22 member organizations, 8 regional offices and 70 local departments. The nationwide organization provides courses in more than 300 of the country’s municipalities. This means that many of the course participants can study at home and therefore still meet both family and work commitments.


In addition to the benefits of decentralized instruction, Folkeuniversitetet’s flexible course programmes are based on the participants’ requirements, their geographical location and their lifestyle. Our courses are available in the evening for those who are unable to participate during the day or attend full-time instruction.

Available to everybody

Folkeuniversitetet’s courses can be attended by everybody, including adults who lack a formal educational background. However, Folkeuniversitetet also offer formal, qualifying courses for adults.

National / international impact

ICC and Cambridge

As a member of the International Certificate Conference (ICC) – an association of adult education organizations in Europe – Folkeuniversitetet has sole right in Norway to set ICC foreign language examinations.

Folkeuniversitetet is also Norway’s local representative for ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). This grants the right to hold recognized English examinations under the aegis of the university.