About the NOHA-programme

This website has been built for students who have already done or are currently doing the NOHA-programme; an 18 month long master programme in International Humanitarian Action. The NOHA-programme consists of an Intensive Programme (IP), three semesters of studies, which includes an internship and a thesis (in some universities the thesis might not be required or be replaced by an extensive case study). During the first semester of the programme the curriculum offered is more or less the same at all the NOHA-universities, consisting of courses like anthropology, geopolitics, international law, management and public health. In the second semester, each university offers a specialisation within the field of humanitarian action. The current specialisations of the NOHA-universities are:

Université Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille III (UPCAM), France: Legal and Geopolitical Approach of Humanitarian Action

Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), Germany: International Institutions in Humanitarian Emergencies

Universidad de Deusto (UD), Spain: New Legal and Management Challenges in Humanitarian Action (special reference to Peace Operations)

University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland: Societies in Transition

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG), The Netherlands: Comprehensive Security, Circumstances of Decline, Disappearance and Reconstruction

Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium: Post-conflict Rehabilitation (emphasis on Public Health and Geopolitics)

Uppsala universitet (UU), Sweden: Conflict, Disaster and Peacebuilding

In the third semester you can either go for an internship or you can move to a university in a third country (outside Europe) with the Erasmus Mundus Programme.

The kick-off of the NOHA programme is a 10-day Intensive Programme (IP) at one of the universities in the network. This event brings together approximately 150 students, the teaching staff of the NOHA-universities, over 40 lecturers and researchers as well as a significant number of consultants, international experts, policy makers, field workers and other guest speakers from non-governmental organisations and international organisations.

This makes the IP an important event. Not only is it a good opportunity to learn about the current issues in the field of humanitarian assistance, but it also is an opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people from around the globe.