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Shelter and Settlements in Disasters, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 2 months
University rank #33 (ARWU) Copenhagen, Denmark
The number and complexity of disasters is growing significantly. Governments and international organizations, therefore, make great effort to increase their technical, financial and organizational preparedness for addressing disasters in a predictable, timely and efficiently manner. 
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This flexible course combines part-time online learning with two weeks of full-time studies at the University of Copenhagen’s city campus in central Copenhagen.

The course will enable students to work with these shelter mandated international and national organizations in both natural disasters and complex emergencies (conflicts). They will acquire knowledge, tools and critical analytical skill to address shelter in disasters from relief to recovery.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 2 months
  • Credits
    5 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Component 1

Distance learning for 4 weeks.

  • The international humanitarian response system - organization, tools and how it responds to shelter and settlements needs in natural disasters and complex emergencies.
  • At the end of Component 1, students have solid knowledge of the humanitarian response system, the role and functioning of the shelter cluster and the various shelter and settlements typologies, tools, standards and approaches

Component 2:

Face-to face campus learning for 2 weeks.

  • Applying the theory - assessments, challenges and preparing for shelter and settlements interventions.
  • At the end of Component 2, students can identify key shelter and settlements challenges and opportunities, apply relevant shelter assessment methods and prepare sustainable shelter and settlements strategies relevant to specific intervention phases.

Component 3:

Distance learning for 2 weeks.

  • Final paper - Programming shelter and settlements interventions.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • A Bachelors degree in a relevant field (e.g. engineering, medicine, social sciences, science, journalism, etc.) or an equivalent qualification from a recognized higher education institution
  • At least two years of work experience
  • Proof of English proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2000 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 2 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1666 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1666 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 2 months.
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Reduced fee: DKK 12,500

  • For students from EU/EEA or Switzerland.

Normal fee: DKK 15,000

  • For all other students.

Living costs for Copenhagen

  • 7928 - 13460 DKK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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