International Humanitarian Action (120 EC)

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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What are the dominant issues in humanitarian action? What is the so-called aid industry? And can professionalization prevent dependence on aid? Find out in this programme.

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typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee

The 120 ECTS Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree Master in International Humanitarian Action is an inter-university multidisciplinary master. It provides high quality academic education and professional competencies for personnel working or intending to work in the area of humanitarian action. It is offered by 8 European universities in the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Malta, France and Poland. The students can follow the regional training (3rd semester) at various global universities.

Interdisciplinary, multicultural and multilingual teaching and training by interfaculty members, a combination of in-house experts and field-experienced guest lecturers. In this programme you will learn to evaluate humanitarian emergencies. You will study the causes of conflicts and different coping strategies for conflicts and disasters, assess intervention and reconstruction programmes. Also, practical skills are acquired such as management skills and cross-cultural communication skills. Graduates have the capacity to act at all levels of humanitarian relief operations and to function in a variety of ways to enhance professional delivery of assistance and substantial actions.

NB: Application through NOHA network: Applications submitted via Studielink will not be considered.

20 YEARS NOHA (International Association of Universities)
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Waarom aan de RUG?

  • Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree programme
  • Joint degree diploma of two European universities
  • Unique, multilingual, interdisciplinary and inter-university programme
  • Consortium of European and Global partner universities
  • Unique combination of hands-on practice and theory
  • Career-oriented internship in humanitarian organizations
  • Possibility to study at one of our Global partner universities


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1e jaar Semester 1 (home university): consists of the Intensive Programme and jointly developed NOHA modules providing ample opportunity to learn about and discuss the essentials of humanitarian action and its current trends.

Semester 2 (host university): allows students to obtain more advanced knowledge and competences in specific areas of humanitarian action. Each NOHA programme university offers a study programme around its unique expertise which is supplemented by a set of joint NOHA courses.
Intensive Programme in Humanitarian Action
5 EC
Social and Medical Sciences in Humanitarian Action
10 EC
World Politics and Humanitarian Action
5 EC
Legal Dimensions of Humanitarian Action
5 EC
Management in Humanitarian Action
5 EC
Humanitarian Analysis and Intervention Design (H-AID)
20 EC
Methodology and Research Methods in Humanitarian Studies
5 EC
Advanced Management in Humanitarian Action
5 EC
2e jaar Semester 3: students choose between a Regional Training Track (RTT) and a Work Placement Track (WPT).

RTT: elective courses in regional humanitarian studies at a NOHA partner university.

WPT: advanced career development training and placement at a humanitarian organisation.

Semester 4: allows students to obtain key competences that are necessary to conduct research in the humanitarian action context. Students will write a master thesis in order to demonstrate these competences.
Work Placement Track keuzevak
20 EC
Career Development Training keuzevak
10 EC
Regional Training Track keuzevak
30 EC
Master Thesis
30 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet35% zelfstudie
40% theorie
25% praktijk
instruction modes
Lectures, seminars, case studies, group and individual work, internship and Master's thesis.
Graduates have the capacity to act all levels of humanitarian relief operations and to function in a variety of ways to enhance professional delivery of assistance and sustainable actions. You develop a comprehensive vision of the humanitarian world, its actors and complexities, capacity for self-management and to inspire and provide strategic leadership. You also develop the capacity to manage high impact organisations and complex humanitarian responses.
study guidance
If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the program and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.
study abroad
The first semester is spent at the HOME university.
The second semester is spent at one of the NOHA partner universities in Europe.
During the third semester students choose between research specialization in one of the Global partner universities or a professional placement.
Free choice of location for writing the master's thesis.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 15 april 2022
collegegeld nog niet bekend

Important: Application through NOHA network: Applications submitted via Studielink will not be considered.


The programme is highly selective. Priority is given to students with better results.

Written bachelor's thesis.

Bachelor degree in law, health, psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, management, international relations or any other humanitarian action related field.

Relevant working experience is an advantage.

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


47 studenten volgen deze opleiding
81% daarvan is vrouw
10 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
50% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


Clio is the study association of International Relations and International Organization at the University of Groningen.
It has around 1000 members and is one of the largest study associations in Groningen and the largest study association at a Dutch Faculty of Arts. Clio organises numerous events including parties, workshops, excursions and offers services like high-quality summaries, the internship database and various discounts around Groningen.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Cynthia Sahan
An international and multidisciplinary academic study that promotes networking, cooperation and expertise

'The Joint Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action is a one and half year intensive programme that is advantageous for those who would like to perform in the humanitarian sector looking at the complexity and particularity of the humanitarian world.The complexity of humanitarian actions around the globe makes it indispensable to master the humanitarian principles and to be well equipped with the necessary tools for proper interventions...
Since the NOHA programme is basically rooted in a network of universities, during the second semester, students get the opportunity to specialise in a specific area of humanitarian action of their choice, which is meant to deepen and strengthen their knowledge in this particular area. The specialisation in international humanitarian action is unique and offers both theoretical and practical insights regarding the humanitarian field. On the one hand the practical facet allows you to apply the theories. And on the other hand it is an experience that gives the opportunity to shape your professional career as a humanitarian worker.'

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Koen van der West
What I liked most within my internship is that I worked with people with a different background, which gave me other perspectives on certain issues.

Within the Master International Humanitarian Action an internship is a mandatory part. Throughout my studies I have become very interested in the interaction between military and humanitarian actors, and therefore I decided to get an internship within the specific field of civil-military interaction. During my studies I got in contact with several civil-military professionals, who gave me advice on possible internship placements.My internship at the CCOE gave me the experience of working within a multi-cultural professional (military) organization...
Furthermore I gained a lot of knowledge with regards to civil-military interaction and doing research, and I learned how to work under time pressure. Although my internship was mandatory I would like to highly recommend students to do an internship, since it gives you real working experience and (hopefully) gives you more insight into your further career.What I liked most within my internship is that I worked with people with a different background, which gave me other perspectives on certain issues. Furthermore I really liked that I was given real responsibilities, which gave me an idea that I was really part of the team within the CCOE. Lastly I really liked that I could put my academic research skills into practical use. Read more

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Lars Faber
Placement at CARE India

I had already undertaken placements in Central America so I was already used to working in new environments. This placement taught me how to make decisions under pressure of time and money, based on sufficient relevant training. In addition, I learned to transfer my insights and knowledge to the organization in an accessible way...
The situation of many people in that region is deplorable, and their prospects for the future are sobering for someone from a different background. I enjoyed the conversations with people who were building new houses, the hospitality in rural areas, and the feeling of my standard frame of reference being challenged. My research into the operationalization of ‘resilience’ in CARE projects is what made life at the office in New Delhi a fun experience, besides the Indian way of eating lunch together, sharing food, celebrating Indian festivals, and talking with colleagues about cultural differences and local customs. What I would do differently next time is that I would draw up a schedule of feedback opportunities. When you are part of an Emergency Response Unit of a humanitarian organization you never know what may happen next week or whether someone is available or not. This may make drawing up and updating such a schedule a complicated task, but scheduled moments of revision and feedback are essential when you have limited time carrying out your own research and are at the same time going through a phase of personal development.

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Work experience NOHA alumna

ExperienceIn 2003, she worked on a project interviewing Brazilian soldiers who had been in the Second World War in order to build up a Digital Database for students and researchers. When that project was concluded, she took a break from university and went to England to learn English and work babysitting, gardening and waitressing.After England, she lived and worked as a volunteer in Israel during the conflict with Lebanon...
In India she gave conversation English classes to refugees from Tibet and later on she went to Australia to work as a waitress. Back to Brazil, three years later, she worked at the BBC History Magazine (Brazilian version) as an editorial assistant and after that in the website of the Ministry of Tourism, where she was a reporter and photographer. At the same time she finished university and started to work on the project of the documentary film "Beyond Madness". a film about the exclusion of people with mental disturbs. A year and a half later, the 23-minute documentary, won the category of TV's 5th edition of the Journalism Award of the ABP 2010.In the second half of 2010 she left to Asia and Middle East to work as volunteer and as a freelancer journalist. In 2012, she went to France to learn French and work as a volunteer in a spiruline (nutritious algae) farm. In the beginning of 2013, already back in Brazil, she started working as a photographer and as a volunteer teacher.
Nationality: Italian and Brazilian
Pre education: BA in Social Communication

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1/2 RUG
International Humanitarian Action (120 EC)
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
10 eerstejaars
50% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/2 RUG
Internationale Betrekkingen (120 EC)
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
10 eerstejaars
50% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Na de studie

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More than a decade of experience has proved the Network's commitment and capacity to educate and train highly committed and interdisciplinary persons who can act at all levels of humanitarian relief operations and who can function in a variety of ways to enhance the delivery of humanitarian assistance and sustainable actions.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Some 3,500 graduated professionals work in the field of humanitarian relief and international co-operation. They hold various positions of responsibility in all kinds of international and national NGOs, institutions, agencies and government both in the field and at headquarters level all around the world. Such positions include programme managers, protection officers, field/country directors, emergency team leaders, administrators, researchers, academics and consultants.

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Potentiële beroepen

emergency team leaders
field/country directors
programme managers
protection officers
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Drs. Ingrid Sennema

Programme Coordinator

Sander Ootjers

Assistant Programme Coordinator

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