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.

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.

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. 

You may register for a short course by filling out the online application form. Within 15 working days you will be notified about the outcome of your application. You will receive more details about how to apply for NFP/MSP when you are academically admitted.

You will need to have academic admission at UNESCO-IHE before you apply for an NFP/MSP scholarship. Please be aware that the UNESCO-IHE application deadline and the NFP/MSP application deadlines are different. The deadline is mentioned on the individual short course webpage.

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


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.

Tailor-made training

Tailor-made training caters directly to the needs of each client. This means that courses can be organized for groups of various sizes, from one or several organizations, sectors or regions. They can be designed to upgrade knowledge and skills, to introduce new technologies, or to strengthen sector performance, to name but a few options. Read more here.


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

  • 30% for UNESCO-IHE alumni
  • 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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