Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

International School for Water Resources

International School for Water Resources


International School for Water Resources
Department of Civil Engineering
Colorado State University
B212 Engineering Building
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1372
Phone: (970) 491-5247
Fax: (970) 491-6787

Director: Dr. Darrell Fontane


The International School for Water Resources (ISWR) and the Colorado Institute for Irrigation Management (CIIM) are programs within the Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Colorado State University.

The International School for Water Resources was established in the Department of Civil Engineering in 1967 to provide advanced training for engineers and mananagers concerned with water resources engineering and technical management alternatives. Since 1967, the ISWR has provided training at Colorado State University for over 450 participants from more than 65 countries. Typical ISWR participants are water agency managers, academic faculty, engineers, and technical support staff who already hold a college degree or title, but want advanced training in a water-related field without having to complete requirements for a formal degree.

The ISWR provides a flexible structure for non-degree training. Customized training programs are developed for each participant. Previous training programs have ranged from a few weeks to two years. The ISWR provides overall program design and coordination, such that participants can attend regular graduate courses at Colorado State University, or attend formal short courses, such as those organized by CIIM. Also, individualized training programs, such as specialized short courses, with specific water resources faculty or local area water resources experts (such as the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation), can be arranged. Programs can include field trips, study tours, and partnership training arrangements with other universities, government agencies, and private industry. The ISWR can also plan, organize, and conduct training programs at other locations within the U.S. and abroad.

Example Training Programs