International Development

πŸ“…  Dates:

  • 20 – 25 October 2024

🏷️  Price: € 950

International Development

Are you passionate about making the world a better and more equal place for everyone? Do you want to address social injustice around the world and come up with sustainable solutions to ease it? Develop your skills in teamwork?

This course aims to give you a solid ground in the aspects of international development, it’s designed for those who are working in development-related organizations and NGOs, it will provide you with the key skills needed to analyse international problems probably and come out with sustainable solutions that make an actual change not just a temporary solution, and will open the door for you for multiple advanced training to specialize in an aspect of international development.

During this course, we will try to tackle issues related to poverty, education, sexism, inequality, politics, globalization, and capitalism. We will critically evaluate different perspectives and the offered solutions and their pros and cons to these issues and to development in general. We will map out the historical aspect of development and analyse it to understand how disciplinary perspectives shape development, which will develop your skills in teamwork, research, and analysis.


The International Development program is designed for future professionals who are interested in creating innovative solutions to tackle development challenges around the world. The program helps to understand the work of international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as well as Agencies of the United Nations.

We will focus on the following topics:

What is International Development?
Introduction to the concept of International Development, its roots, and history. We will discuss its framework and the skills necessary to analyse effectively different perspectives on international development and cooperation.

Development Fundamentals
You will be provided with a critical overview of the main aspects of development theory and paradigms, development as historical change and development institutions, as well as an understanding of how different disciplinary perspectives shape international development theory and practice and its analysis in a globalized world.

Development Research
Learn more about the key areas of international development research, related policy choices and strategies. Review a selection of methods used in international development research.

Political Economy
Understanding of political economy, both mainstream and critical perspectives. Discover the impact of economic globalization, international trade, and the emerging role of civil society and international investment in development.

Explore the different conceptualizations and characteristics of poverty. How societies overcome poverty to create healthy, wealthy and sustainable societies – and why some persistently fail to achieve this.

Gender Inequality
Gender equality matters to every dimension of International Development. Having a rich understanding of current gender issues, contemporary gender theory, and making connections to gender equality activists locally and abroad is much needed for any career path.

Politics and Development
Discover many ways that politics is critical to the success of development. Examine the ‘lived’ or ‘real’ politics in developing countries and the dynamics underpinning change.

Sunday is the arrival day. There are no activities planned on Sunday. No meals provided on Sunday. The sessions will be from Monday to Thursday. Friday is the departure day. There are no sessions planned on Friday. Breakfast will be served on Friday.Β 

Travelling after the course

We offer mini-trips with sightseeing to nearby countries after the course. Travelling is offered for an additional fee and includes tickets and one night stay. Click here to learn more. Please let us know in your application form if you are interested.

Accommodation and Meals

All the participants are provided with accommodation in Amsterdam for the whole period of the course. The type of accommodation is a shared room for 2 people. The accommodation in a single room can be arranged for an additional fee – please see the additional services section. Participants have access to the kitchen, which they can use. The accommodation is well-connected by public transport with all the tourist places in Amsterdam. During the program, sessions will be conducted in the classroom, which is within walking distance from the accommodation. Participants will be provided with a detailed description of the venue and information on how to reach it from the airport.

We offer comfortable accommodation where you can stay during the program and fully enjoy your time in Amsterdam!

Meals (breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks) are included in the price – please see the price section.

Dates and Price

1-week program€ 950

The price includes:

  • Program (including all the materials)
  • Accommodation (shared room for 2)
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and coffee-breaks)

Tickets to and from The Netherlands are not included in the price.

Prices for Additional Services:

  • Transfer from/to the airport (one-way): € 100
  • Single room: € 190 for a 1-week stay


If you want to travel to the Netherlands, you might need a visa. Here you could determine whether you require a visa. Please tick β€œ90 days or less” in the first question. Or just email us and we will advise you.

When you apply to our programs and provide mandatory pre-payment, we provide you with a visa assistance: an official visa invitation letter, which is necessary for applying for a visa. Also, we will guide you on the visa process and consult you regarding the documents that you need to prepare for the successful visa application. We will be happy to look through the package of the documents that you will prepare for the visa application, analyse it and help you to prepare all the documents correctly. Usually, visa type required to attend our courses: Short-term business visa. But it would be better to make a double check at your local Consulate / VFS Center.

Step 1

Please go to your local Consulate / VFS website and make an appointment. Sometimes you can make an appointment only 1–2 months in advance. We recommend doing that as soon as possible and then proceed to Step 2.

Step 2

Please learn more about the list of all the required documents (typically, those documents are listed on the website of your local Consulate / VFS). This list also includes the visa invitation letter that we send. Typically, we send a visa invitation letter within 1–3 days after receiving the required pre-payment from the applicant.

Step 3

With the full list of documents and completed visa application form, you have to go to the local Consulate/VFS on the appointment day and submit them. The fee for the visa might differ depending on the country where you apply. VFS might also apply an extra charge for their services.

We strongly recommend checking all the documents before the submission and make sure you provide the correct information to the Consulate and in that case, you most probably will receive a visa without any difficulties.

If you have any questions, we would be happy to assist at any stage of your application!


Just click to apply via the website:

Or, you could email the following address:

Please indicate the “International Development” in the subject and provide the following information in the body of the email:

  • Full name
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Telephone number
  • Dates of the course
  • The reasons why you would like to join the program and your expectations
  • Other wishes

Good command of English is required to attend the course.

We do not have any age or geographical limits for the applicants. A person of any age from any country is welcome to apply for the program.

Please be aware, that we confirm registration only after the receipt of a guarantee deposit in the amount of 50% of the course fee. Please learn more about payment methods here.


In case of any questions regarding the program – feel free to email us β€“ or call us + 31 85 401 89 52