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The Top FAQs of Odense International School

Answers to the most common questions we receive about admissions and being a student at Odense International School. 

What ages and year levels of students do you have?

Our youngest students are those in our Preschool Programme. Students who turn 5 years old by 1st September are eligible to start in the Preschool Programme on 1st March of the same calendar year. This cohort then starts Primary 1 in mid-August. Our school year runs from mid-August through the end of June.

Our Primary School is comprised of year levels 1 through 6, and our Secondary School is comprised of year levels 7 through 11. 

Our oldest students, in Secondary 11, are 16 years old when they finish at OIS. 

How much does tuition cost and do you have boarding?

Odense International School is not a boarding school. The tuition is 3330 DKK per month from August through June (there is no tuition payment in July). For more information on school fees, please click here. If you have 3 children at OIS, the 3rd child is tuition-free.  

There is the possibility of a very limited subsidy. The application round comes only once per year, and the deadline is at the end of August. Any approved families will see a reduction of tuition by a couple of hundred DKK which goes into effect only in the spring semester. 

What about your early-morning and after-school care programme / SFO?

Our days start at 8.10 in the classroom. There is no early-morning care. Our After-School Care Programme opens at 13.05, when the youngest children are finished with lessons for the day, and it closes at 16.15.

How many students are in a class?

We aim to keep the average class size at 20 students per class, although this number may increase in Secondary year levels.

Do students have to wear a uniform?

 No. We do not have school uniforms. 

How much do books cost?

Books are included in tuition. Any other fees throughout the school year may be associated with: 

  • Daily milk subscription (voluntary) 
  • Class trips 
  • School photographs (voluntary) 
  • Sports clothing (voluntary) 
  • Odense Music School lessons for P5 and up (voluntary) 

Please note that we ask students from Primary 4 – Primary 6 to bring a mobile device – preferably a laptop – to school daily. From Secondary 7 and up we require students bring laptops daily and a scientific calculator to maths.  

Do you have a school nurse and dentistry care at the school?

We do have a nurse assigned by Odense Municipality who examines chosen year levels every year for wellbeing, hearing, vision, height and weight. To find the dental practice that your child is assigned to, please visit Odense Municipality’s website here. If your child needs emergency dental care, call your assigned dentist, who will refer you to a private dentist. Emergency dental work in a private clinic is free for children up to 18 years. 

For acute dental emergencies on weekends and holidays, the dentist on watch is open between 9.00-12.00. The phone number is 99 44 08 09 and the address is Regionstandplejen, Heden 7, 3rd floor, 5000 Odense C. 

For acute dental emergencies during the evening or at night and cannot wait to be seen until the next day, ring the Emergency Room at Odense University Hospital at 70 11 07 07. 

For acute dental emergencies during summer holiday, ring 65 51 55 10 between 9.00-12.15 for an appointment.  

If your child suddenly has a problem with their braces, ring 65 51 55 50 on weekdays between 8.00-10.00. 

Do you reimburse my child’s public transportation?

If your child takes public transportation to and from school, you will have the opportunity to be partially reimbursed at the end of the school year. In June, our bookkeeper will ask for a printout of your child’s travels from rejsekort.dk. One pool of funds is then divided amongst those who have turned in travel history from rejsekort.dk. The reimbursements are made in early July. A family might expect to receive anywhere from 50% - 70% in reimbursement.  

What can you tell me about the teaching staff?

The OIS Team is comprised of over 30 professionals from 15 countries, including Denmark. The cosmopolitan Team represents diverse ages, nationalities, subjects, and backgrounds. 

Our Primary School Teaching Team are comprised of qualified teachers who were primarily trained in their home countries of England, Ireland, the USA and Australia. 

Our Secondary School Teaching Team are comprised of qualified teachers and expert professionals in their teaching subjects.  

What foreign languages do you offer?

At Odense International School, we offer French starting in Primary 6. From Secondary 7 through Secondary 11, students have the choice between French or German. In Secondary 10 and 11, French students have the option of IGCSE French or DELF 

Students at OIS have a minimum of 3 lessons of Danish per week. Starting with the 2021-2022 academic year, every year level will offer Danish as a First Language; Danish as a Second Language; or Danish as a Foreign Language. 

In the After-Care School Programme, there have been French and German organisations that have held weekly language cafés. 

Do you have a canteen for lunch?

We do not have a canteen. Most students bring packed lunches. Students eat with their classmates in their classroom. 

We have a small food booth that sells buns, cheese slices, yogurt, and juice boxes daily. We also have a daily partnership with LeBuzz and a weekly partnership with Seaweed Sushi. Parents order the food the evening before, and students collect it at the food booth. 

We encourage a healthy packed lunch and smaller snacks for both the morning and afternoon breaks. We do not have refrigerators.  

It is also possible to order a variety of milks from skolemælk.dk

From Secondary 8, students may leave campus and go to a nearby grocery store to purchase their lunch. Unhealthy foods, such as soda, crisps, and cakes are not allowed.