Welcome to the Country of Origin Information course. This online self-study course includes a 4-hour course and follow-up test which focuses on the role of Country of Origin Information (COI) in refugee status determination (RSD) and the application of quality standards for COI in RSD procedures. Learners will be guided through a case study that will illustrate and discuss the challenges faced when researching and using COI in RSD procedures. The assessment test has a passing score of 70%. The curriculum will show completion in the learner’s transcript once the course is completed and there is a passing score on the test.

This course was jointly developed by UNHCR and Accord, the COI Department of the Austrian Red Cross.

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Is this course for me?
This course is suitable for professionals wanted to learn more about Country of Origin information
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How will I benefit from this course?
On completion of this course you will:
  • Explain in detail the role of Country of Origin Information (COI) in Refugee Status Determination procedures
  • Apply COI research skills, in particular using online search tools and COI databases
  • Apply the principles for assessing COI sources.
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How long will it take?
 It should take you about 4 hours to complete. 

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How much does it cost?
 This course is free.

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Will I get a certificate at the end?
 Yes! You will be able to download a certificate after you have completed all the modules and the feedback form.

The word START and a question mark in a circleHow do I start?
 Click on       Join        button on this page. This will take you through to the course modules. Don't worry, if you stop a module halfway through, you can always continue later from where you left off.