The school year starts at the end of August and goes until the beginning of May.
A few of the folk schools offer semester courses in the fall and spring. There is normally a week of vacation both in the fall and in the spring as well as two weeks for the December holiday break.
For the full-year program, the application deadline is March 1. However, folk schools have rolling admission and will accept applications until the beginning of the school year if they have any vacancies. Applications for the spring semester are due by October 1.
There is no formal credit offered at a folk school. In the past, students have made arrangements individually with their high school or university to earn credit for courses they have taken at a folk school.
All instruction is taught in the language of the country you are in. In some of the countries, classes focusing on international affairs and classes designed for foreigners are taught in English.
The cost of a folk school year varies depending on the country you are going to. It is typically under $15,000 per year. This includes room and board (M-F) for 33 weeks (a school year), student registration fees, and mandatory excursions. There is no tuition cost, but there are some additonal expenses for materials, books, excursions, and personal items. These usually amount to less than $1000 for the year.