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Online and short courses

On-campus, intensive and highly specialized courses

Our intensive and highly specialized short courses upgrade and refresh the knowledge and skills of students, mid-career professional and senior experts. Which ones suit you? Check the list further down this page.

Short courses are meant for students or 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 include lectures, assignments, individual or group exercises in the classroom, behind the computer, or in the laboratory. It’s all about active learning: each participant is responsible for his/her learning process and achievement. 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, debate and workshops, content is made more interactive, and experience that the participants already have is shared.

Short courses in 2025

Many short courses offered in the past years are no longer advertised on our website. We are developing a new strategy to better serve our target audience. Future courses will be re-aligned with demands of organizations in the water sector, and will be linked to competencies required by water sector professionals. You can help us identify relevant training needs by sharing the capacity gaps in your organization. We are committed to exploring with you how to bridge these gaps.

3+1 reasons why to sign up

  • Intensive learning

    Immerse yourself in ten to fifteen days of active learning at the world's largest water training facility

  • Networking

    Meet the water world at the IHE Delft campus and join the network of over 25.000 water professionals word-wide

  • World class lecturers

    Learn with the no. 1 experts in water and development

  • Explore the water sector

    Field trips and excursions are an integral part of most short courses

  • Admission criteria

    You should meet the prerequisites of the short course (available on the specific course page), and furthermore you should have a Bachelor Degree in a relevant field of study, preferably some years of working experience, and a good command of the English language to be admitted to the course (although you do not need to submit results of an English test). For a successful learning experience it is also essential to have basic skills in the use of computers and Office applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  • How to apply

    You can find an apply button on the page of each short course listed below. If you decide to apply, create an account, or use your existing account to log in. After logging in, you will need to enter your personal information, and upload a scan of your passport, CV, BSc degree and transcript. Your BSc degree and transcript should be in English, French or Spanish. Your CV must be (translated) in English language.

  • Certificates

    A Certificate of participation will be issued upon active participation in all sessions and submission of all formative assignments. Academic credits (ECTS) will be issued (if applicable to the course) to those who (in addition to the above) successfully completed all summative assessments.

  • Scholarships

    Click here to read about scholarships for short courses.


  • Questions?

    Visit our Frequently asked questions section.

Upcoming Short Courses

IHE Delft offers a new range of short courses from 2023 onwards. Please check the list below for more information about each new course.