“The whole rucksack.” Annemarie Morris, the principal, has a clear idea of what is in store for students starting at Højskolen Østersøen, the internationally oriented folk high school in Aabenraa close to the Danish-German border. “You get to study, learn languages, discuss and debate international topics and meet people of all different kinds of backgrounds. Plus, you get to put your ability to immediate use in a work environment,” she explains. Ski bum in Austria International understanding and languages have been priorities at the school ever since it opened its doors in 1993 after the fall of the Berlin Wall, opening access to 16 million new Germans south of the border.

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