Denmark has been a popular place to study in recent years, with more than 300,000 students in the country studying on average each year, according to the OECD.
But as the country’s economy has taken off, it has struggled to fill seats in the high schools.
As a result, more than 40% of Danish high school students are not enrolled in classes, a statistic that the government has tried to address with an expansion of free tuition and a pilot program that allows students to take a class at home.
But the growth of the Internet has helped fill the gap, creating opportunities for students to get on a path to higher education.
That’s especially true for those who are poor, like a young couple in northern Norway who have enrolled in the free online high school program.
The couple have been able to graduate from the program with an undergraduate degree.
“We want to be able to get to a good university in Denmark, because we are in the middle of nowhere and we can’t get into one,” says Kristian Jensen, a 19-year-old student from the eastern city of Torp.
“It is not that we have no experience or that we can never do something with it, it is that we are stuck here.”
While some students have been lucky enough to find a university that will accept them, others have struggled.
Some have dropped out, others haven’t gotten a full-time position in the university or have fallen behind in school.
“The system is very, very hard to get into,” says Lars Vårstrup, a 27-year old student from Oslo who has taken the free college program.
“If you get the chance to apply, it’s very hard.
I think it’s a very difficult process.”
He is hoping that the new program will help ease his students’ frustration, and he hopes it will help attract more people to the program.
But his hopes are tempered by the difficulties that come with making the leap from one school to another.
“I think it is important to emphasize that it’s not about being poor or being poor-looking or whatever.
It is about how to live in Denmark,” he says.