Prepare for Your Stay

When it’s time to pack your stuff, you will be in a state of total chaos and a million questions will soar through your head; what am I to expect? What classes should I pick?

“I see the backpack as myself, as what I carry. It is a backpack that is ready for new things, but it’s also a backpack that already has things in it.”

(Ines, Mexico, Spring Term 2014)


Below you will find a list of the most essential things you will need during your stay at our Folk High School in Denmark (Read more about Denmark here).

For Studies

  • Laptop if you have one (WIFI is available everywhere at the school)
  • Pencils (or other utensils)
  • Notebook (you might find it much handier than your laptop in class)

Weather & Clothes

During the spring term at International People’s College you will arrive in the middle of the Danish winter meaning average degrees of around 0 Celsius, but be prepared that temperature can go as low as -15C. The rooms are kept heated at 18C, but you might find it a bit cold if you are used to warmer climate than in Denmark. Later on it will get warmer and at the end of the spring term you can expect 16-25C while staying at our Danish Folk High School.

In the autumn term it will be reverse. You will arrive in fairly nice weather – you can always hope for an Indian summer – whereas come mid-September the weather is going to be windy, rainy, and colder. At the end of the autumn term you can expect snowfall and temperatures down to -15C.

  • Sweaters
  • Warm socks
  • Practical and warm shoes for walking outside
  • Sports clothes + shoes (we have a gym where you can play different kinds of sport we also offer a body pump class)
  • Warm jacket (preferably with a hood of some kind)
  • Water resistant coat (remember that it often rains in Denmark)
  • Water resistant shoes
  • Scarf + hat might come in handy
  • Swimsuit (there is a swimming pool in Helsingør. Also, you might want to go and take a swim in the sea) (check out what to do in Helsingør)
  • Slippers
  • A bag so you can bring lunch packs etc. on excursions


  • Camera (if you intend to snap photos of various attractions or take photography class)
  • A book
  • Pocket money. You can get by for approx. 750 DKK a month.
  • A big and a small towel
  • A small and handy umbrella
  • A hair dryer if you need such
  • If you are using prescription medicine remember to bring the prescription as they will check it at the airport!

Please note that duvets, blankets, pillows as well as bedlinen and sheets will be provided by the Folk High School for your stay here.

In General

Be reasonable when packing, common sense is your friend! Don’t bring your entire home with you to our Folk High School. You will most likely buy things in Denmark and will have to transport them back home again – although you should still remember that 4-6 months is a long time.

The IPC 2nd Hand Shop

Despite our many efforts to tell students what to bring along with them for their stay at our Folk High School in Denmark, we always have students that have brought too much or bought more than they can carry home. These students often leave perfectly good clothes and accessories behind. We keep these things in our IPC 2nd Hand Shop where each piece can be bought for 5-50 DKK. You might come across a cool jacket, an extra t-shirt or a nice woolen sweater for those cold winter evenings. We always have a nice stock in the 2nd Hand Shop, however we will not have everything you need!

All profit from the 2nd Hand Shop is donated to the Friends of IPC and used solely for scholarships at our Folk High School.


International People’s College is a Danish Folk High School. Read more about Denmark and our Folk High School  here.

(Photo by teacher Angel L. Vidal)


Helsingør aka Elsinore

Helsingør – the location and home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and International People’s College.



International People’s College is located near Copenhagen in Denmark, the capital of the happiest people on earth.



International People’s College
Montebello Allé 1
3000 Helsingør
CVR: 23253410
EAN: 5790002651410

+45 49 21 33 61

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