Short Courses

UNESCO-IHE conducts a wide range of short, intensive and highly specialised courses which are aimed at upgrading and refreshing the knowledge and skills of mid-career professional and senior experts.

Short courses are meant for professionals – or groups of professionals – with a specific area of interest and a limited amount of time. The focus and content of short courses vary from specialised and technical matters to challenges and approaches in management. Didactical methods used in these short courses include lectures, individual or group exercises in the classroom, behind the computer, or in the laboratory.

Fieldwork, excursions and field visits to relevant sites often are a part of a short course, allowing the participants to come into contact with practical examples of the theory offered. Through case studies, role-plays and workshops, content is made more interactive, and experience that the participants already have is shared.

First come, first served
Please note that we have a strict first come, first served policy. It might be the case that a course is fully booked before the registration deadline at UNESCO-IHE passes. Therefore we advise you to register and pay for the course as early as possible.

NFP Fellowships

Most of our short courses are eligible for NFP fellowships, and candidates from NFP countries are always encouraged to apply for one.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The NFP Deadline of 7 October 2014 has been advanced to 25 August 2014. Please submit your application for the course of interest before 25 August 2014.

We would like to inform you that SOL does not longer exist as of the new deadline. The fellowship applications system has been replaced by ATLAS. It is no longer possible to submit your fellowship application without an individual invitation sent by UNESCO-IHE. We will make a selection of all the academically accepted applicants and if you have been selected, we will inform you between 22 and 26 September 2014 and will send you more details about how to apply for a fellowship. If you are not selected, you will also be notified within this period. 

Admission Criteria

You should at least have a Bachelor Degree in a relevant field of study, some years of working experience and a good command of the English language.


It is possible to take part in the examination of all short courses with ECTS credit points. If you obtain a passing mark for this examination and return to UNESCO-IHE within four years after completion of the short course to follow a full MSc programme, you will receive exemption for this short course/module. The exam fee is €250 and should be borne by yourself. Taking part in the examination is not compulsory.


Discounts on the tuition fee of online and short courses apply to the following:

  • 30% for UNESCO-IHE alumni
  • 30% for UNESCO-IHE G-PoWER partners
  • 10% for UN family staff members
  • 10% for groups of 5 or more (provided that the course starts at the same time and a group application has been sent)

Upcoming Short Courses


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