The IICAH curriculum is taught by expert instructors who work with the students from one to four weeks. This ensures that different subjects are taught by individuals with the highest qualifications and experience. The program also builds long-term mentoring relationships between participants and instructors to foster ongoing learning. Mentors facilitate the participation of former students in international conferences and research, and provide advice and contacts to assist them in continuing their education outside the IICAH. Mentors are also available for consultation with former students and their colleagues after they return to their home institutions. With this level of ongoing professional support and engagement, Iraqi professionals trained at the IICAH are prepared to sustain the mission and programs of the IICAH over the long term, multiplying the project's benefits through teaching and outreach over time.
The language of instruction is English, the international language of the preservation profession, with in-class interpretation. In order to ensure that IICAH graduates are able to access professional information in English as well as interact with their international peers and contribute as professionals to the field, the program includes intensive language instruction tailored to those needs. IICAH candidates are nominated by their home organization in consultation with the Academic Director. Students receive continuing education credit from the University of Delaware for each course.
Fundamentals of Conservation
This entry level course is designed for cultural heritage professionals working in all relevant disciplines, providing a grounding in international standards for the preservation of cultural heritage, documentation, agents of deterioration, preventive conservation and emergency planning and response.
The Collections Conservation Program
The Collections Conservation Program is designed to give students a broad and deep understanding of how to preserve museum collections, not just fix individual artifacts.
Architectural and Site Conservation Program
Courses in Architectural Site Conservation provide students with an education in the theoretical and practical aspects of preserving built heritage.
Archaeological Site Preservation Course
Key topics in the Archaeological Site Preservation Course include strategies for identification, evaluation, prioritization, and stabilization of archaeological sites.