Internship abroad - Experience the world

Skilled Farmer “Global Organic Farmer” is for those who want to take part of or all of your internship abroad. You can also choose to take your internship in Denmark. We encourage all students to take part of their internship abroad. The teaching will be an interplay between theory and practice.

Students from all over the EU and Nordic countries

The education is international in the sense that the students come from all over the EU and the Nordic countries and the teaching takes place in English. It is therefore an advantage to have a high school diploma, but not a requirement, but it is important that you have good English skills.

Admission requirements

We admit students with very different backgrounds, however, you must as a minimum have completed primary and lower secondary school having passed both the subject of your native language and Mathematics and have finished basic school at least 1 year ago or have completed the first basic course.

If you have not passed the mentioned subjects, you can be admitted after an entrance exam and interview. Some students have followed many relevant subjects, while others have only followed a few relevant subjects. There is room for both, but this means that your education will not necessarily be exactly the same.

Contact the school if you have questions about your specific course.

Startup

We start new classes twice a year: January and August.

The objective and structure of the education

The Skilled Farmer “Global Organic Farmer” education takes 30-47 months depending of the student’s age, educational background and relevant experience. The education gives students an opportunity to learn about organic farming at a professionally high level. This education offers you to work with agriculture and organic food production in an international and global perspective.

The main objective of the Skilled Farmer “Global Organic Farmer” education is to become a highly skilled organic farmer with practical experience and a thorough professional knowledge about organic farming, sustainability and internationalization.

This should enable you to adapt to the different changes happening in the agricultural profession around the world. Students learn about profitable sustainable food production, the economy of the niche production, from producer to consumer, and from farm to table concepts.

 

The main purpose of the education is to educate students who, in a sustainable and profitable way with internationalization and globalization in mind, can make a difference in the transformation processes that take place in the agricultural field throughout the world. From monocultures to profitable sustainable food production, from large-scale operations to niche production, from producer to consumer, from farm to fork.

The program consists of a 10-20 week basic course at the agricultural college followed by the first internship of 6-12 months.

After the first internship period, students return to school and attend the first main course (up to 16 weeks). When students have passed the exams, their second internship of 6-12 months follows to extend their practical skills even further and specialize in a production branch such as plants or livestock. The education ends with a second main course (up to 20 weeks) back at the school and a final exam.

The structure of the education

You start with a 10-week basic course, the main purpose of which is to introduce you to the profession of food production.

Admission requirements

We admit students with very different backgrounds, but you must at least have the following:

  • Completed primary school and lower secondary school having passed the subject of your native language and Mathematics and have finished basic school at least 1 year ago.
  • If you have not passed the subject of your native language and Mathematics, you can be admitted after an entrance exam and an interview.
  • If you have a high school diploma/HF with Biology and a driver’s license to car, your basic course is 10 weeks.

The teaching methods

Our form of teaching is a combination of theory and practical training. The practical training takes place in different classes with the livestock, in the fields, in the greenhouse and in the workshop. The theory is communicated through classroom teaching, group work, projects and assignments, etc.

In the practical subjects, which we call practical teaching, you will be part of the actual operation of the school farm. Including being part of the school's production of food that you yourself will be eating in the school canteen.

Livestock

Feeding pigs, cows and sheep is just one of the many exciting tasks the work with our livestock has to offer. At Kalø you also learn about the animals' behavior and how to ensure good health and well-being among the animals in the field and in the stable.

Fields and Machinery

The farmer's work with the soil requires care and traction. During the practical training you will learn how, why and when the different field implements are used and the art of maintaining a tractor.

Vegetables, Fruits and Poultry

Our greenhouse and open-air horticulture supply the school's organic kitchen and retail market in Djursland with a large selection of seasonal fruit and vegetables. You learn to cultivate the soil and care for the chickens and reap the fruits of your own labour.

The education-specific subjects are divided into the topics:

  • Livestock cattle
  • Livestock pigs
  • Work safety
  • Society and industry
  • Fields and machinery
  • Business-based teaching

In addition, there are a number of certificate subjects:

  • Working environment by welding (§17)
  • Basic fire fighting
  • First aid
  • Medicine handling etc.
  • Hygiene course – handling of pigs

You start with a basic course lasting up to 20 weeks, the main purpose of which is to introduce you to the profession of food production. Contact the school if you have questions about your specific course.

Admission requirements

We admit students with very different backgrounds, but you must at least have the following:

  • Completed primary school and lower secondary school having passed the subject of your native language and Mathematics and have finished basic school at least 1 year ago.
  • If you have not passed the subject of your native language and Mathematics, you can be admitted after an entrance exam and an interview.
  • If you have a high school diploma/HF with Biology and a driver’s license to car, your basic course is 10 weeks.

The teaching methods

Our form of teaching is a combination of theory and practical training. The practical training takes place in different classes with the livestock, in the fields, in the greenhouse and in the workshop. The theory is communicated through classroom teaching, group work, projects and assignments, etc.

In the practical subjects, which we call practical teaching, you will be part of the actual operation of the school farm. Including being part of the school's production of food that you yourself will be eating in the school canteen.

Livestock

Feeding pigs, cows and sheep is just one of the many exciting tasks the work with our livestock has to offer. At Kalø you also learn about the animals' behavior and how to ensure good health and well-being among the animals in the field and in the stable.

Fields and Machinery

The farmer's work with the soil requires care and traction. During the practical training you will learn how, why and when the different field implements are used and the art of maintaining a tractor.

Vegetables, Fruits and Poultry

Our greenhouse and open-air horticulture supply the school's organic kitchen and retail market in Djursland with a large selection of seasonal fruit and vegetables. You learn to cultivate the soil and care for the chickens and reap the fruits of your own labour.

Basic subject:

Biology F and Science F.

The education-specific subjects are divided into the topics:

  • Livestock cattle
  • Livestock pigs
  • Work safety
  • Society and industry
  • Fields and machinery
  • Business-based teaching

In addition, there are a number of certificate subjects:

  • Working environment by welding (§17)
  • Basic fire fighting
  • First aid
  • Medicine handling etc.
  • Hygiene course – handling of pigs

Electives:

Innovation F and Technology F.

Students without a high school diploma / HF.

  • The 1st internship period extends over 13 months.

Students with a high school diploma / HF.

  • The 1st internship period extends over a minimum of 6 months to 13 months.

Focus areas during the internship

During your internship, you try out the things you have learned at school, become experienced in the work and experience everyday life as a real farmer, while at the same time receiving practical training in the work areas that are part of the education.

You are responsible for finding an internship and there are different ways to complete the internship. You can find a company that covers your entire internship, or you can combine several shorter arrangements with several different ones.

How to find an internship

See the overview of approved internships in Denmark: www.praktikpladsen.dk

Internship abroad

You also have the opportunity to take your internship abroad.

Read more here: www.borger.dk/aub

Contact our study advisor if you have further questions.

NOTE: The total internship period for the entire education is for:

  • Young people (under 25 years of age at the start of the education) without a high school diploma/HF.
    • Internship months in total: 26-32 months internship in total + 1st and 2nd main course.
  • Young people (under 25 years of age at the start of the education) with a high school diploma/HF
    • Internship months in total: 20-26 months internship in total + 1st and 2nd main course.
  • Adults (+25 of age at the start of the education) without high school diploma/HF.
    • Internship months in total: 24-30 months internship in total + 1st and 2nd main course.
  • Adults (+25 of age at the start of the education) with high school diploma/HF.
    • Internship months in total: 19-25 months internship in total + 1st and 2nd main course.

The teaching itself is organized as a combination of normal classroom teaching, independent assignments and project-related work. In addition, there is practical teaching at the school's farm, stables, workshop, machine hall and in the field. Common to the teaching is that it is interdisciplinary and versatile.

Basic subject

Biology E and Mathematics F.

Compulsory education-specific subjects:

Agricultural production (plants and livestock), Basic finance, Organic principles, Sustainability, Crop protection.

Optional education-specific subjects

Special production (plant breeding and livestock), Niche production.

The second internship period lasts up to 13 months and here, just like for the first internship period, you are responsible for finding the internship.

NOTE: The total internship period for the entire education is for:

  • Young people (under 25 years of age at the start of the education) without a high school diploma/HF.
    • Internship months in total: 26-32 months internship in total + 1st and 2nd main course.
  • Young people (under 25 years of age at the start of the education) with a high school diploma/HF
    • Internship months in total: 20-26 months internship in total + 1st and 2nd main course.
  • Adults (+25 of age at the start of the education) without high school diploma/HF.
    • Internship months in total: 24-30 months internship in total + 1st and 2nd main course.
  • Adults (+25 of age at the start of the education) with high school diploma/HF.
    • Internship months in total: 19-25 months internship in total + 1st and 2nd main course.

 

This main course is the last step to obtain a degree as a skilled farmer from Kalø Organic Agricultural College. After completing the basic course, internships and 1st main course, you are well equipped to make good connections between what you have learned at school and during your internship.

During the second main course, you immerse yourself more in the areas of the subjects. The focus is on economics both nationally and internationally. At the same time, work continues on topics such as sustainability, globalization and internationalization in agriculture. It is about subtracting synergies from the various disciplines and connecting them with "real life" scenarios in agriculture.

Basic subject:

Social studies F, Business economy F and Foreign language ​​F.

Compulsory education-specific subjects:

Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Sustainability, Nature conservation and nature management.

Special subjects:

Livestock or plants.

Optional education-specific subjects:

Livestock or Technique, Organics, economy and sales, Organic production.

Read the elective catalog - click here

Examination

The first main course ends with a project where you have to prepare the plans for the operation of an organic farm, as well as an oral exam.

You can finish your education after the 1st main course as an Agricultural assistant, and after the 2nd main course as a Skilled farmer with specialty in plants or livestock.

Study trips

Visits and study trips are regularly arranged with Danish farmers and market gardens. Here you have the opportunity to hear about the companies' successes and challenges and at the same time be inspired as to which path you could take after graduating.

 

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