Short Courses

Short on time, but interested in a particular social protection topic? Looking for a short, in-depth, course with renowned social protection experts? Then our short courses will certainly be of interest to you. We offer high-quality specializations on current social protection topics with a great practice-orientation.

Please note: If we still have Corona regulations we will offer the short courses completely online. In this case the September sessions will be held between September 6 - 17, 2021.


Official start: July 12-23 (online) and September 8-15, 2021 (on-campus; however, if we still have Corona regulations we will offer the September sessions online and the dates will change to Septmber 6- 17, 2021)

Duration: 4 weeks online (overall 80 contact hours)

Fees: 1,300 EUR (excludes travel or accommodation expenses)

Application Deadline: May 31, 2021


Participants have the choice between 7 specializations, which will take place in parallel:

  • Climate Change
  • Health
  • Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
  • Vulnerability


Climate Change

  • Theory and Concepts of Climate Change & Adaptation
  • Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction- Policy and Practice
  • Climate Change, Disaster Risk & Social Protection - the Nexus
  • Innovative Financial Solutions to serve the Nexus (Micro Insurance- Weather Indexed Insurance Schemes)

Partners: WorldBank, Munich Re Foundation, UNFCCC, UNU



  • Health care financing
  • Controlling in the health insurance system
  • Prevention and health promotion
  • Health systems design

Partners: AOK, Witwatersrand University



  • Poverty & vulnerability analysis and targeting methods
  • Gender & social protection
  • Child protection
  • Social protection & social inclusion

Partners: IDS, OPM, ODI


Specialization in inclusion of persons with disabilities

  • Disability, inequality and inclusion
  • Inclusive social protection for empowerment or persons with disabilities
  • Disability and eligibility determination
  • Access to services and interlinkage across the life cycle

Partners: ILO, UNPRPD


An academic qualification (bachelor’s degree) or relevant professional experience is sufficient to qualify for the short courses. Interested candidates should fill in an application form. The candidate will be immediately notified once the assessment committee has screened the application as well as the available places in the course.

Application Deadline:

May 31, 2021



In terms of logistics, we would be very happy to assist. The university campus in Sankt Augustin is well located as it is close to the ICE high speed train station (40 minutes from the airport in Frankfurt), not far from the city center of Bonn (15 minutes by public transport) and close to the airport Cologne / Bonn. In Bonn and Sankt Augustin there are several guest houses, B&B or hotels.