The FAQ-section has been compiled by international students at Ollerup 2005-2006 and 2006-2007.
WHERE IS OLLERUP LOCATED IN DENMARK?
The small town of Ollerup is located in the southern part of the island of Fyn (Funen). The nearest city is Svendborg, approximately a 10 minute bus/car ride from Ollerup
WHAT LANGUAGE DO THEY SPEAK IN DENMARK?
Danish is their ‘native’ language, however many people know how to speak English, and all of the teachers at Ollerup speak English.
Knowing how to speak basic English is an essential, and learning some common Danish words/phrases prior to coming to Ollerup is helpful!
At the school, most information is given in Danish first and then translated into English.
WHAT KIND OF RULES AT THERE AT THE SCHOOL?
Absolutely no alcohol or drugs are allowed in or around the school. Curfew is 11pm during school days. You must be present at all classes and meals unless you are ill, injured, etc.
WHAT IS THE DANISH WEATHER LIKE?
Winter is cold and temperatures can drop below zero. However, it’s seldom that we get enough snow for skiing. Denmark gets its fair share of rain, so it’s a good idea to bring an umbrella or a raincoat. Maybe a raincoat is the best idea, because it’s also quite windy, so your umbrella might blow away..
HOW MANY PEOPLE STAY IN A ROOM? AND WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
- You will share a room with another student (2 per room)
- He/she will usually be from Denmark or another Scandinavian country
- There are separate dormitory wings for boys and girls
- The rooms are relatively small dorm rooms
HOW DO I WASH MY CLOTHES?
- There are two laundry rooms and two drying rooms
- Each load of laundry costs 12 DKK
- You have to pay for the washing powder yourself
- The tumbler costs 10 DKK per load
- It is possible to iron your clothes
HOW ARE THE TRAFFIC CONNECTIONS TO AND FROM THE SCHOOL?
The connections are quite good. Buses to and from nearby Svendborg run every half hour during daytime.
IS PUBLIC TRANSPORT EXPENSIVE?
It can be quite expensive, so if you intend to travel around the country by train, it’s a good idea to buy a Wildcard. This will give you discounts on train tickets. A single bus ticket to Svendborg costs 20 DKK, but you can buy a 10-ride card for 155 DKK.
ARE THERE ANY ALTERNATIVES TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT?
International students have access to bikes that can be used to travel around on your own. There is a lot of great sightseeing all around Fyn, so it should be easy to find an interesting destination for a bike ride. In the summer you can go to the beach which is only around 5 kilometres.
SHOULD I REMEMBER ANY SPECIAL THINGS?
- Your own cup
- Something traditional from your country
- It can be nice to read books in your own language – bring some
WHAT KIND OF FOOD DO THEY SERVE AT THE SCHOOL?
Danes eat a lot of potatoes and pork. As one of us said, they serve potatoes in a hundred and one different ways.. But generally the kitchen is pretty good so no worries
For breakfast, we eat cereal, muesli, porridge with milk, some kind of yoghurt, fruits and of course you can get bread with butter, ham and - most famously - with cheese and jam.
For lunch, we get a hot meal (potatoes, rice, pasta, pork, turkey, chicken, fish, salad). Normally the dinner is comprised of salads, vegetables, bread, ham, cheese, meat, rice, pasta and potatoes.
Of course, we have to mention “coffee and cake nights” where you can eat cakes and drink coffee or tea while enjoying the good company.
If you are a vegetarian or have any food allergies, the kitchen will meet your special needs.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO USE WIRELESS INTERNET AT THE SCHOOL?
Yes. There is a good wireless Internet connection around the school and in most of the rooms. It is a good idea to bring your own laptop/notebook, but otherwise the school has a computer room.
WHAT CAN I DO IN MY SPARE TIME?
You can use the school facilities such as the tumbling centre, indoor and outdoor swimming pools (you can also enjoy the hot sauna after swimming), climbing wall, outdoor adventure track, beach volley court, ballgames etc.
You are also allowed to use the music room, where you can play various instruments.
Most of our free time we spend in the living room where you can play board games, piano, guitar and mingle with the others. It is also possible to play table football and watch movies in the TV-room or classrooms