Short Courses

UNESCO-IHE conducts a wide range of short, intensive and highly specialized 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.

NFP or MSP Fellowships

Most of our short courses are eligible for NFP or MSP Fellowships and candidates from NFP and MSP countries are always encouraged to apply for one. 


It is no longer possible to submit your fellowship application without an individual invitation sent by UNESCO-IHE. Start with applying for a course by submitting the online application form before the NFP deadline that is mentioned on each individual course webpage. In the weeks after the deadline, UNESCO-IHE will make a selection of all the academically accepted applicants. If you have been selected, we will send you more details about how to apply for a NFP/MSP fellowship. If you are not selected, you will also be notified. 

In case you would like to be nominated for a NFP/MSP fellowship, be aware that you can apply for maximum one course per deadline.The NFP/MSP deadlines are mentioned under Dates, Fee, ECTS on each individual course webpage.

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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