Water Cooperation & Diplomacy

IMPORTANT: The following information is regarding the application process specifically for the Water Cooperation and Diplomacy joint education programme.


The Water Cooporation and Diplomacy MA is a joint education programme with UPEACE, the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, and Oregon State University (OSU).  Although the programme encompasses elements from the three institutions, the admissions process is handled by UPEACE.

UPEACE accepts applications in electronic format only through our on-line application form.  Applicants are therefore advised to first collect all supporting documents and other required information before submitting the form. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The documentation and information provided in an application reflects on the quality of the applicant. Please be sure that it is complete and accurate and that all essays and supplementary materials are representative of the applicant’s work. It is not acceptable to misrepresent accomplishments; borrow from the works of others without proper acknowledgment; or to submit material that has been written, re-written, or heavily edited by others. Breaches of these protocols will result in immediate rejection of the application.


The on-line application form can be accessed as many times as needed with the login and password provided the first time an applicant enters the system. The form has a “save” button that allows the applicant to save the information and go back to the form at a later time.   It is imperative to collect all of the data and supporting documents before clicking the submit button. Finally, in addition to gathering the required documents it is very important to carefully read the information provided below relating to the individual sections within the on-line form.



Required Supporting Documents to be Uploaded:

Should admission be granted, the following documents will be eventually be required in official hard copy:

  • English Proficiency Test Scores Report (TOEFL, IELTS) - if applicable
  • Official Undergraduate Transcripts and Copy of Diploma
  • Six passport size photos

Upon submission of the on-line application form and supporting uploaded documents, the UPEACE Admissions system will send an automatic confirmation email. The date and time of submission will be noted in the system. Applications received after the established relevant deadline will be transferred for the subsequent academic year.

Each application received by the established deadline will be reviewed for completeness. A second acknowledgment will be sent to the applicant by the Admissions Officer informing whether or not the application is complete and able to be passed on for academic review.

We are not able to provide any information about the status of applicants over the phone or to third parties. Information will only be provided using the email entered by the applicant in the on-line application form. Please address any email inquiries to specialprogrammes@upeace.org.



An English Language Proficiency Test Report is required for all applicants from non-English-speaking countries. The following English Proficiency Tests are accepted:




Band of 7 ( good user)

Paper based TOEFL (PBT)


Computer based TOEFL (CBT)


Internet Based TOEFL (IBT)



TOEIC and TOEFL-ITP are not accepted


Tests of more than two years old are not valid. Applicants who took the English test more than two years ago must repeat the test.

Should the applicant be admitted, original hard copy English proficiency test scores will be required upon confirmation of acceptance. 

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The statement of purpose must be between 500 and 1,000 words and clearly state the applicants name, the programme to which they are applying, and clear responses to the following questions:

  • Why have you decided to apply to this programme?
  • What are your expectations from this programme?
  • What are your career plans after completing this programme?
  • What type of multicultural exchanges have you had that would inform your academic experience in this programme?

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Two letters of recommendation are required for all applicants. The letters should be from faculty or academic advisors from your academic experience or managers or other superiors from a professional work environment who are qualified to evaluate applicant's potential for graduate study. The letters need to include the referees title, their relation to and how long they've known the applicant, and should outline specific examples of applicant's work and why they feel he or she is are a fit for the programme.

Examples of valid referees or recommenders are:

  • Faculty, deans, or professors
  • Academic advisors
  • Immediate supervisors
  • Research project managers
  • Mentors in a superior position in the workplace or University setting

Letters from family members, close friends, or non-superior colleagues are not accepted. Signed letters can be uploaded directly to the online application form or the referees can email their letters directly to the admissions officer (specialprogrammes@upeace.org).

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  1. Transcripts:
    • Official undergraduate transcripts bearing the signature of the registrar and the school seal must be uploaded to the on-line application form. Please include the official grading system used by the University or country, if this is not clearly explained on the flip side of the transcript.
    • If the original transcript is not in English, an official copy in the original language and an official English translation must be sent.

    Should the applicant be admitted, official transcripts that are original and stamped with the official seal of the institutions will be required upon confirmation of acceptance.

    For exceptional cases where original transcripts are not available, a certified, authenticated or with “Apostille” copy will be required upon confirmation of acceptance. 

    Transcripts of records of MA programmes are not accepted

  2. Undergraduate Bachelor's Degree: Copy of a Bachelor's Degree (Diploma) in the original language and its official English translation must be uploaded to the on-line application form. Should the applicant be admitted, a certified, authenticated, or with “Apostille” copy of the Diploma will be required upon confirmation of acceptance.

    If unable to obtain an original and/or certified copy of Bachelor's Degree at the time of application to UPEACE, an official letter from the university's registrar's office is permitted. The official letter must include the student's anticipated graduation date. Once available, the student will need to provide original copy of their degree in order to complete this part of the application process. 

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The curriculum vitae or resume for UPEACE application must clearly state the following information:

  • Name and birth date of applicant
  • E-mail address and phone number
  • Postal address
  • Academic background (including institution name, graduation year, and degree obtained)
  • Professional work experience (including name of the institution, *start date and end date with month + year format, and basic job duties)
  • Additional relevant experience (volunteer work, etc.)
  • Multicultural exchanges
*The month + year start and end date (ex. From: June 2013 To: May 2015) is very important

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The financial form is not currently required for the Water Cooperation and Diplomacy joint education programme. Please disregard this portion of the application form.

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All applicants must upload a clear, color photocopy of their passport pages showing the following information:

  • Name
  • Photo
  • Birth date and place
  • Issuance and expiration date. This date must be 6 months after the ending of the academic programme at UPEACE (end of January of the year that follows completion of programme). This is needed to start the Costa Rican Immigration processes for the Student Temporary Residency.

It is unnecessary to attach blank pages or previous visa stamps.

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A passport size photo must be uploaded to the on-line application form with the following characteristics:

  • In color
  • 3.5 by 4.5 cm (2 x 2 inches)
  • Frontal view from head to shoulders
  • Single colour background, preferably white.

Should the applicant be admitted, six passport size photos printed on photo paper will be required upon confirmation of admission.

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* The application deadline for the 2018/2019 academic year is currently set for 31-March-2018

*Groups I and II on the Country List should submit their applications as early as possible to avoid to be able to work through the visa process in time to arrive for the programme start at the end of August 2018. Country List

Note Regarding Hard Copy Files: If admitted, specific details of what is required in hard copy will be outlined in your admissions package.