swisspeace offers trainings and postgraduate courses on different topics of civilian peacebuilding.

Which individual courses does swisspeace offer?
Annual course schedule 2016/17

  • Practice-oriented 3-day trainings on:

- Conflict Analysis
- Conflict Prevention & Early Warning
- Conflict Sensitivity
- Human Rights & Conflict Transformation
- Theories of Changes
- Business, Conflict & Human Rights

  •  Thematic 5-day courses on:

- Fragility, Conflict & Statebuilding
- Dealing with the Past & Conflict Transformation Course
- Summer School in Peace & Conflict Studies
- Gender Equality & Peacebuilding
- National Dialogue & Peace Mediation

Which postgraduated programs do swisspeace and the University of Basel offer?

  • Have a look at the modular structure
  • 4 CAS (Certificated of Advanced Studies) in Civilian Peacebuilding programs:

- CAS Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials (annual course, 20 ECTS)
- CAS Civilian Peacebuilding Specializations (modular course, 16 ECTS)
- CAS Civilian Peacebuilding Methodologies (modular course, 15 ECTS)
- CAS Religion & Conflict (annual course, 15 ECTS)

Who participates in swisspeace courses?
Practitioners with an academic background working in the fields of peacebuilding, development cooperation, human rights, media, international law, etc.

- Minimum two years of relevant professional experience
- University degree (min BA) or equivalent background
- Proficiency in English
- Keen to reflect on own practice

Application Process

How to apply?
Fill in the online registration form, upload your CV and University diploma.

When will I be informed whether I can participate?
The admission decisions are communicated two weeks after the registration deadline.

I have been admitted to course. What are the next steps?
- Settle the invoice sent together with the admission decision, your place is only guaranteed once you have paid the course fee
- The program, faculty and participant list as well as preparatory readings will be sent to you in due time prior to the start of the course
- It is the participants’ responsibility to arrange travel, accommodation and to be adequately insured.

Do I need a visa to attend the course?
- It’s the participants’ responsibility to apply for a visa if needed. swisspeace can support the visa application process with an invitation letter.

I have not been admitted to course/training. Can I apply again?
Yes, you may apply again for this and other trainings/courses.

What if I need to cancel my participation?
Cancellations need to be made in writing. See swisspeace’s Terms and Conditions for fees and deadlines.


When do I have to pay the tuition fee?
You will receive an invoice together with the notification of admission two weeks after the registration deadline. The payment has to be settled prior to the payment deadline, otherwise your place at the course can’t be guaranteed. Fees apply for cancellations after the payment deadline (see Terms and Conditions).

My employer will cover the tuition fee. How can I make sure the invoice is sent to him?
You can indicate the address the invoice should be sent to in the registration form.

Is it possible to pay the tuition fee by installments?
Yes, it is possible to pay the tuition fee by installments. Please contact for more information.

Does swisspeace provide scholarship?
No, swisspeace does not provide any scholarships.

Logistics & Admin

Do I need a visa to attend the course?
It’s the participants’ responsibility to apply for a visa if needed. swisspeace can support the visa application process with an invitation letter.

Do I need an insurance?
It’s the participants’ responsibility to be adequately insured.

Travel & accommodation: How do I get to Basel and where do I stay during the course?
Participants organize their own travel and accommodation to, from and in Basel. In the Guide to Basel you will find information on Basel and accommodation recommendations.

Where do the courses take place?
Courses and trainings take place at the University of Basel. The precise location of your training will be indicated in the course documentation. All course venues are easily accessible by public transport and approx. 15 min from the Basel SBB train station.

What is the course schedule?
Most courses follow the schedule 8h45/9h15-17h15/17h30, 1h30 lunch break anytime between 12h-14h30. Times may vary from course to course.

Will food be provided?

During the breaks, coffee, tea and snacks are provided. Lunch and dinner are not included in the tuition fee. Lunch is available at the cafeteria nearby. Numerous restaurants are located close to the training facilities. Please consult the Guide to Basel and the website of Basel Tourismus.

Course Content

Preparation: What do I need to prepare for the course?
Reading material will be provided prior to the course; participants are asked to read 1-2 texts per course day. Trainers may ask to prepare additional tasks or to bring projects/programs you work on to the course.

Are there assignments after the course?
If you take the course as part of a postgraduate program (CAS, DAS or MAS), individual assignments may apply.

Which language will be used?
Courses are taught in English. Assignments may be written in English or German.

What course methodologies are used?
Expert inputs, peer exchange, case studies, exercises, skills training and self-study.

If you pursue a postgraduate program, you will be asked to write learning portfolios, essays and a final thesis on selected courses.


Do I get a confirmation at the end of a course?
A confirmation of participation is issued upon completion of a training or course by swisspeace. Upon completion of either of the postgraduate programs, participants receive a Certificate of Advanced Studies, a Diploma of Advanced Studies or a Master of Advanced Studies diploma issued by swisspeace and the University of Basel.

I have completed a postgraduate course at a different University. Can the ECTS points acquired be counted towards swisspeace postgraduate programs?
Yes, ECTS points acquired at another University may be counted towards a swisspeace postgraduate program if they obtained in a similar thematic area and have not been used for another degree. The decision lies with swisspeace’s course directorate.

Can the ECTS points acquired at a swisspeace training/course count towards a program of another university?
ECTS awarded for a swisspeace training/course can also count towards other programs, depending on their regulations.

Participants & Alumni

Who participates in swisspeace courses?
Practitioners with a big diversity in educational and professional backgrounds – mostly from the fields of peacebuilding, development cooperation, human rights, media, international law, etc. –  age and origin.

Can I get in touch with alumni of a course?
We are happy to link you up with alumni for references on previous swisspeace trainings/courses. Please let us know in which course/topic you are interested in.

Is an alumni network being maintained?

Yes, annual alumni events are organized and job-adds, further training opportunities, publications, etc. are shared through our online course platform and newsletters. More information.
Join us also in the swisspeace alumni group on LinkedIn.

Career Counselling

Where can I find further information on career opportunities ?
To know more about potential jobs in the field of our courses and international cooperation in general please consult the website of cinf0 (Center for Information, Counselling and Training for Professions relating to International Cooperation).


Who teaches at swisspeace courses?
Academics & practitioners from all over the world; representatives from governments, civil society, international organisations and businesses, etc. See the course sites for the current faculty lists.

Can I get in touch with trainers?
Yes, if you have specific questions on the course content, we can put you in contact with trainers.