English is spoken from the get-go when new students arrive at The International’s brand new facilities in Vedersø. After saying goodbye to their parents, excited teenagers are welcomed – in English – into an international environment that will prepare them for a future in the globalised world. The International is part of a long Danish tradition of boarding schools – or ’efterskoler’, as they are called in Denmark. Compared to state schools, efterskoler have more independence to shape their educational approach. Because enlightenment for life is considered equally important as formal education, students are given substantial freedom in choosing their own subjects.