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Online Courses

UNESCO-IHE offers high-quality online courses in an increasing number of topics of interest in the water sector. The innovative delivery format makes learning exciting, flexible, interactive and effective.

Online courses allow you to learn from different locations at your convenience and to immediately apply the newly acquired knowledge to your working environment. The online courses are beneficial to professionals working in public and private institutions, NGOs, and academic institutions, and are ideal for professionals with jobs and families, who want to upgrade their skills from the comfort of their home or office.

The online course’s total study load is 140 hours, over the period in which the online course is given. A four month course thus takes around 8 hours of work per week. The guidance by lecturing staff during these online courses is intensive, and there are many opportunities to get feedback from and interact with fellow participants. The UNESCO-IHE eCampus is used to disseminate training material and for communication. It contains lecture notes and technological learning tools such as presentations, videos featuring case studies from various countries, interviews with experts, quizzes and audio material as well as a discussion area where both participants and lecturers can meet. All courses run completely via eCampus, but course materials can be sent on CD as well. In some cases lectures and question-and answer activities will be held through videoconferencing sessions. 

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 for the course as early as possible.

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.


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)

Credit Points

In most online courses passing the online course examination results in receiving 5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).


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