Schools and education


Primary and secondary schools

Skien has 19 public primary and secondary schools, schools for special needs, and adult education.

There are also some private primary/secondary schools in Skien.


Private, international school:

International School Telemark (IST) use English as the teaching medium. IST has students from Grade 1 to Grade 10.


High schools

Skien has three public high schools:

Skien videregående skole

Hjalmar Johansen videregående skole

Skogmo videregående skole


For information in English call  the administation (the county council of Telemark)  phone  0047 35917000

Use for appliance before March 1st.


There are one private high school for sports in Skien:

Telemark Toppidrettsgymnas


There are one public, international high school in neighbouring town Porsgrunn:



The region of Vestfold and Telemark has one university, divided in several campuses:

Norwegian higher education are basically for free, but there are several private colleges which require tuition fees.



Folkeuniversitetet’s activities aim to make leisure courses and further education accessible to all adults, regardless of social background. Folkeuniversitetet has a local department in Skien.