Statelessness Summer Course: Global focus

The Institute convenes an annual Statelessness Summer Course during the first week of August at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. The course looks at statelessness globally and draws participants from all regions of the world. The 2018 edition of the Summer Course will be held 30 July – 3 August 2018. The application deadline for the 2018 Summer Course has now passed.

You can watch the short video to get an impression of the course. You can find further information by downloading the flyer and reading further below.

Course Information

The Statelessness Summer Course provides participants with new knowledge, tools and skills to address statelessness and realise the right to nationality. The curriculum is taught by lecturers from a variety of backgrounds, both professionally and geographically. The Course considers statelessness and the enjoyment of nationality from various angles.
Beginning with a reflection on the history and concepts of nationality and statelessness, the Course goes on to deal with a wide array of legal and policy issues associated with statelessness today. The Course addresses the status of stateless persons, their human rights and right to international protection. In addition, the Course takes an in depth look at a number of specific questions relating to statelessness, such as children’s right to a nationality, the interaction between statelessness and forced migration, the place of statelessness in the Sustainable Development Goals, UNHCR’s statelessness mandate and #ibelong campaign, and the problem of arbitrary deprivation of nationality.
The Course incorporates many case studies and group work assignments through which the participants learn how to apply the theory covered and have the chance to share their own ideas and expertise with one another. As such, the participants will benefit from the knowledge and professional experience of both the lecturers and their fellow participants. The case studies and assignments will draw on examples of statelessness situations from all around the globe.


A reader with course materials is included within the course fee and will be provided on arrival. Some reading material will be shared electronically before the commencement of the course to help participants to prepare.


As both the sessions and the course materials will be in English, applicants should have proficiency in the English language. Applicants are not required to provide proof of language proficiency, however as a rule Foreign-language English speakers should be able to obtain a score of 7.0 in ELTS/IELTS or 570 in TOEFL as a minimum in order to feel confident that they can actively participate in the course in English.


The course fee is € 950. This covers registration and tuition fees, all weekday lunches, course materials, an opening reception and closing dinner. Other evening and weekend meals are not included in the course fee.
A limited number of tuition waivers are available for applicants who are able to clearly demonstrate how their work would benefit from participation in the course, but who would otherwise be unable to participate. Note that applications who are offered a tuition waiver must still pay a non-refundable registration fee of € 100 to confirm their place on the course. Tuition waivers are highly competitive and we strongly encourage you to seek alternative funding to secure your participation in the course. All participants must cover their own costs for travel to and accommodation in Tilburg for the duration of the course.


Upon being selected for the course, we will provide participants with hotel options in Tilburg. You can expect to pay approx. € 80 per night for bed and breakfast.

Application Procedure

The deadline for applications to the 2018 Statelessness Summer Course has now passed (15 March). Those who have applied can expect to hear within a few weeks after this deadline on whether they have been accepted for the course.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions for the Statelessness Course you can find here.

Further information and questions

Questions about our Statelessness Courses can be directed to . For information about Tilburg University and its broader Summer School programme, please visit the website. For any concerns or complaints, you can find information here.

What participants from previous statelessness courses had to say...

“I’m speechless. The course was much better than I expected it to be.” Mohammed Al-Fadhly, Stateless activist

‘’A really informative and interesting course for anyone working on statelessness at any level. Great facilitators, practical and useful for my work.’’ Nina Murray, European Network on Statelessness

"This course allowed me space to get deeper understanding of law and international initiatives on reduction of statelessness. I will apply the knowledge from the lecturers and my classmates to improve laws and policies that protect and promote human rights in Kenya. Very practical knowledge, skills and case study examples." Kenneth O. Okoth, MP, Kenya

“It is a great opportunity to learn a lot and boost your expertise in statelessness. At the same time, it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet different professionals from all over the world dealing with the topic, which is hugely inspiring and enriching both on a professional and personal level” – Linda Janku, Office of the Public Defender of Rights, Czech Republic

“I have so far learned about statelessness by doing it in the field. The course gave me a very good background knowledge and theoretical information to supplement the experience, which will enable me to be more strategic about implementation of the statelessness work in the field.’’ Chizu Matsuchita, UNHCR, Central Asia

“As an anthropologist, I found the interdisciplinary nature of the course very useful. Training with practitioners and understanding their world and language was very helpful. Moreover, the explanation of legal frameworks was done simply and well.’’ Charlie Rumsby, PhD Candidate, Centre for Trust Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University