Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about IPDET? We've listed some of the most frequently asked questions in this section and hope we have anticipated some of your concerns. If you don't find the answer you need, please do not hesitate to contact us.

1. Fee Information

  1. What is covered by the "full board-option" (tuition, room and board)?
  2. What is covered by the "tuition only" option?
  3. If I choose the "full board" option, where will I be housed? Will I have a private room?
  4. Can family members stay with me?
  5. Is there a program for family members accompanying participants?
  6. Should I pay the CHF 500 deposit at the same time as I submit my application?
  7. Do you offer any discounts on program fees?
  8. What is the deadline for application submission?

2. Scholarship information

  1. Are there any scholarships available?
  2. Where does the scholarship funding come from?
  3. What expenses does the scholarship cover?
  4. Who is eligible for scholarship funds?
  5. What are the criteria for scholarship funding?
  6. Who chooses the scholarship recipients?
  7. How do I apply for a scholarship?
  8. What supporting documentation is required and how do I submit it?
  9. Is there a deadline for submitting a scholarship application?
  10. Is there a fee for submitting an application?
  11. If I’ve received a scholarship previously to attend IPDET, can I apply again for scholarship funding?
  12. Can you suggest other sources of scholarship funding?

3. Registration

  1. How do I apply?
  2. I haven't received the verifying-mail to access to my account.
  3. Are my data treated safely?

4. On-site

  1. Will my eletronic devices, i.e. Laptop, Digital Camera, cell phones etc. work in Switzerland?
  2. Can I drink the water?
  3. Can I buy additional food?
  4. Can I smoke?
  5. What are the weather conditions?
  6. How should I dress indoors?
  7. How much should I pack?
  8. How safe is living/travelling in Bern, Switzerland?
  9. How do I say "Hello"?


1. Fee information

1.1. What is covered by the "fullboard"-option (tuition, room and board)?
The full-board option (also known as the residential option) covers tuition fees, course materials, coffee breaks and meals on Course days (excluding weekends), Evening events, Excursions, local transport, and accommodation in one of the Student's Houses ("Bolligen", "Tscharnergut" or “Fellergut”).

Please see the Information about the program-fees.

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1.2. What is covered by the "tuition only"-option?
The tuition only option covers tuition fees, course materials, coffee breaks and lunch at course days (weekend excluded), evening events, and excursions.

Participants are responsible to make their accommodation arrangements and for payment of accommodation and travel. In addition, participants should budget to cover personal needs.

Please see the Information about the program-fees.

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1.3. If I choose the "fullboard"-option (tuition, room and board), where will I be housed? Will I have a private room?
The student houses provide single-rooms with shared bathroom for 2 persons or shared bathrooms on the floor, a kitchen on the floor, washing machines and internet. Each room is equipped with a single bed, a desk, and storage space, as well as bedlinen and a towel. The houses are comfortable, but not luxurious. They are a 15 minutes train ride from Bern main train station.

Please see the general Housing information.

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1.4. Can family members stay with me?
Regrettably, bringing spouses and/or children is not possible, as the student's houses do not provide suitable facilities for families.

In the rooms reserved for IPDET participants, occupancy is limited to one person per room. Participants planning to bring family members must make their own arrangements for accommodation.

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1.5. Is there a program for family members accompanying participants?
No, IPDET is unable to offer special activities or excursions to persons accompanying program participants.

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1.6. Should I pay the CHF 500 deposit at the same time as I submit my application?
There is no cost to apply to program. Only after you are accepted as a paying applicant is payment of deposit of CHF 500 required to hold a space for you at IPDET.

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1.7. Do you offer any discounts on program fees?
A 5% discount is offered to organizations that notify us in advance of their intention to send three or more individuals to IPDET in the same year and for whom one group invoice can be prepared. The discount increases to 7.5 % for organizations that inform us of their intention to sponsor 6 to 10 individuals and to 10% when organizations send 11 or more staff.

A special discount is the “Early Bird Discount”; A full payment is required before April 15, 2019, to qualify for an early bird price.

A combination of both discounts is not possible.

Please see the Information about the program-fees.

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1.8. What is the deadline for application submission?
Applications will be accepted until May 27, 2019. It is recommended that applicants interested in specific workshops apply at their earliest convenience to ensure registration in their first choice workshops.

To receive consideration for scholarship assistance complete application must be submitted by March 31, 2019. Due to the volume of funding requests received scholarship applications submitted after March 31st will not be accepted.

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2. Scholarship information

2.1. Available Scholarships.
There is a limited number of scholarships available. Please be aware that IPDET scholarships are only for those who come from, and work in a developing country.

In case your scholarship application is rejected, you can switch your application to self-payer.

Please see the Scholarship information.

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2.2. Where does the scholarship funding come from?
Scholarship grants are given to IPDET through a number of bilateral donors and development cooperation agencies.

Please see our partners and sponsors.

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2.3. What expenses does a scholarship cover?
A scholarship covers two weeks of the program, which in detail implies the following:

  • Tuition fees, and all necessary learning materials;
  • Accommodation in one of the Student Houses in Bern: basic private room with shared bathroom, the residence is a 15 min train ride from campus;
  • Board: Breakfast, lunch and dinner plus two coffee breaks daily during the week in the university cafeteria;
  • 100CHF in cash for food expenses during the weekend in between course delivery;
  • Extra-curricular events including opening reception, graduation, and a leisure activity over the weekend;
  • Public transportation ticket for Bern;
  • Health Insurance: Coverage for emergency medical care during the delivery of the program;
  • Internet access

Note: IPDET does not finance any travel costs to Bern, Switzerland.

Please see the Scholarship information.

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2.4. Who is eligible for scholarship funds?
IPDET scholarships are for those who come from, and work in, a developing country. In these countries, he/she is employed in a governmental or non-for profit organization oriented towards development, or is a representative of a national evaluation association, or is a member of the national parliament.

Employees of UN agencies, development banks or other financial institutions, as well as employees of private sector companies and private consultants are generally ineligible. Some professionals in these categories may have won scholarships through other channels.

Please see the Scholarship information.

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2.5. What are the criteria for scholarship funding?
IPDET considers multiple criteria when awarding scholarships. For a complete listing of criteria.

Please see the Scholarship information.

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2.6. Who chooses the scholarship recipients?
Each applicant is considered on a case-by-case basis.

The selection panel consists of the Head of Program and a member of the steering group.

To allow timely decisions, scholarship applications are considered in batches and early applications are highly encouraged. The last review may exclude those who need a long lead time to obtain visas.

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2.7. How do I apply for a scholarship?
There is no separate scholarship application form. You complete the online application form and upload the required additional documentation (description of your knowledge in evaluation, CV & letter of recommendation).

Please see the Scholarship information.

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2.8. What supporting documentation is required and how do I submit it?
If you request scholarship support, you have to submit the following documents:

  • Brief description of your knowledge and experience in evaluation, how long you have been involved in the evaluation field, and how attending IPDET would benefit your organization (max. one page).
  • Curriculum vitae (max. two pages), clearly indicating if and how long you have been actively involved in evaluation. (NOTE: In the instance that a CV is uploaded that is longer than two pages, only the information on the first two pages of the document will be considered).
  • Letter addressed to the program manager, Dr. Stefanie Krapp, from your employer or institution supporting your application and detailing how your participation in IPDET would assist the organization in meeting its vision and mission. Your name should be clearly indicated.

Without these additional elements, scholarship applications will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered. Submissions must be written in English. All submissions must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format and are restricted to 200 KB PER DOCUMENT.

Please see the Scholarship information.

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2.9. Is there a deadline for submitting a scholarship application?
Scholarship applications will be accepted up to and including March 31, 2019.

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2.10. Is there a fee for submitting an application?
There is no charge to submit an application.

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2.11. If I have received a scholarship previously to attend IPDET, can I apply again for scholarship funding?
Because of the very limited scholarship funds available, it is IPDET's policy that those who have already received a scholarship to IPDET are not eligible for further financial assistance. In the interest of fairness, eligible candidates who have not yet attended the program are given first priority.

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2.12. Can you suggest other sources of scholarship funding?
Regretfully we are unable to assist your search for financial aid by suggesting possible scholarship funding sources.

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3. Registration

3.1. How do I apply?
You have to first "register" to the website, in order to get access to the online application form. By filling out the form, you apply for attending the program.

Note: You will be informed whether you are accepted to attend the program via email.

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3.2. I haven't received the verifying email to get access to my account.
Please check your Spam or Junk-mail if you haven´t received the verifying-mail.

If you cannot find the mail there, please contact us at registration@ipdet.org.

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3.3. Are my data treated safely?
We respect your personal data!

In our Privacy Notice we describe how personal data is processed in the context of our web pages, functions and contents as well as external offers (such as social media). We also describe which types of personal data are processed, to what extent and for what purpose.

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4. On-site

4.1. Will my electronic devices i.e. Laptop, Digital Camera, cell phones, etc. work in Switzerland?
Participants generally need adaptors to plug their electronic devices into Swiss outlets. These adaptors are most easily purchased in your home country before you depart for IPDET. They are also available in Switzerland, but might cost more.

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4.2. Can I drink the water?
The tap water is perfectly safe in Bern.

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4.3. Can I buy additional food?
All food vendors are required to pass food health inspections on a regular basis. The food is generally very safe.

Supermarkets are readily available and have usually long operating hours (8 am – 8 pm) , especially those located in the main train station. Fresh produce, additional snacks, drinks, and basic pharmaceuticals can be purchased at these locations if you happen to forget something or require something extra.

The stores at the main-station are opened till late-night and even on Sundays.

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4.4. Can I smoke?
Smoking is prohibited in all indoor facilities in Switzerlands, including housing facilities. There are designated smoking areas across campus. At train stations are special smoking-areas too and some restaurants have a separated room for smokers.

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4.5. What are the weather conditions?
Switzerland is very warm during the summer months ranging between 20° C to 35° C. It sometimes rains in Switzerland during the summer months. Please remember to pack closed shoes and appropriate clothing.

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4.6. How should I dress indoors?
Please be aware that there is no air-conditioning in the Universities buildings.

Attire is business-casual. Participants are encouraged to bring their national dress or other dress clothes for special evening events.

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4.7. How much should I pack?
Please be aware that airlines have baggage weight requirements. Please research this before your departure. The information is generally specified on your airline ticket.

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4.8. How safe is living/travelling in Bern, Switzerland?
In general Switzerland is a very safe country and Bern is a very safe city.

  • Pickpockets are rare; nonetheless guard your personal belongings as you would in any foreign city.
  • Women should feel comfortable travelling and walking around the city alone during the day. While the city is generally safe at night, make sure to travel with a partner in unpopulated or dark areas.
  • Cabs/Taxis are readily available in all central parts of town (train station) and can be called to all other areas. Feel free to flag down a cab/taxi, it is safe, but if you feel in anyway uncomfortable, travel with a partner.
  • Nightlife closes at 2am on weekends in the city. The trains and busses stop running around 12 pm. Make sure that you have planned a safe way to get home when you go out late night.
  • Bus schedules are available online and will be provided at your accommodations.
  • Busses run throughout the city at very reasonable rates. Bus drivers can help you find your way. Feel free to ask them to alert you when you arrive at a particular stop, or just to get general directions.
  • Sitting up front in the bus will ensure that you hear the bus driver’s announcements. At night it is also a good idea for women travelling alone to sit in the front of the bus.
  • People are very friendly in general and happy to help you, if needed.

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4.9. How do I say "Hello"?
Swiss people are accustomed to saying “Grüezi” and shaking hands upon first introductions. However, Switzerland is a multi-cultural country and most Swiss are more than happy to learn a new greeting, so feel free to educate people that you meet on your customary greeting.

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