Admission requirements

What's the Master's Geo-information Science and Earth Observation about?

If you are interested in joining us at ITC, check the information about admission requirements for our different programmes.

Admission requirements

  • Master's degree

    Academic level and background

    Applicants for the Master’s Programme Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (MSc) should have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized university in a discipline related to the course*, preferably combined with working experience in a relevant field.

    The following average scores apply to the Master’s programme:

    • A 3.0 or higher Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) on a 4.0 scale, or
    • Upper Second Class standing or higher 

    NOTE: a Lower Second Class standing may be accepted based on evidence of relevant professional experience and/or other further academic development.

    Documentation

    The faculty accepts transcripts, degrees, and diplomas in the following languages: Dutch, English, German, French, and Spanish. It is at the discretion of the faculty to require additional English translations of all documents in other languages as well.

    Language skills

    Success in your studies requires a high level of English proficiency. Therefore, prospective students with an international (other than Dutch) degree must meet the English language requirement. As proof that you meet this requirement, you will be asked in the application procedure to upload one of the requested language certificates:

    • IELTS (academic) with an overall band score of at least 6.0 (with a minimum sub-score of 6.0 for speaking and writing) and certificates not older than two years. 
    • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) with an overall score of 80 (with a minimum sub-score of 20 for speaking) and certificates not older than two years. Please note that the University of Twente does not accept the MyBest scores of the TOEFL test.
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced Formerly known as; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE), obtained with an A, B or C grade.
    • Cambridge C2 Proficiency Formerly known as; Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) obtained with an A, B or C grade.

    Only these internationally recognised test results are accepted. Without a valid certificate, we cannot process your application.  

    Other requirements

    • Ensure you have obtained a valid English test result before the application deadline. If your application is accompanied by a language test score report with a test date after our application deadline, we will not process it. Therefore, make sure to do the test in advance, as it will take time for you to get the official certificate.
    • When applying for a scholarship, the language requirements may be different because scholarship providers may have different requirements.
    • If you have studied in a former British or American colony, you must take one of the internationally recognised English language tests.

    Exemptions
    You are exempted from the English language requirement if you hold:

    • a relevant bachelor's degree from an accredited academic institution in the Netherlands
    • if you are a national of one of the countries in this list (PDF)
    • a three-year bachelor's degree in Australia, Canada (English-speaking part), Ireland, New Zealand, UK or USA. When your awarding institution is in one of these countries, but your teaching institution was not, you are not exempted. The same rule applies to distance (online) education.

    Online English tests during COVID-19

    We acknowledge the difficulties experienced worldwide in taking the compulsory language test, due to the Covid-19 situation. Alternative English tests can be:

    Please note that other online English language tests (i.e. IELTS Indicator test, Cambridge online test, etc.) will not be accepted.

    Computer skills

    You are expected to be familiar with basic computer skills. Basic knowledge of and skills in working with GIS and spatial data is strongly recommended.

    Notebook requirements

    When you study in an ITC programme with a duration of nine months or longer (Master’s and Postgraduate diploma programmes), you should have a notebook computer that meets  ITC's technical notebook requirements.

    If you do not own a notebook that meets the minimum requirements you could consider buying one through our Notebook Project. The Notebook Project offers discounted notebooks that meet our standards and have the peripherals needed to connect to the ITC networks.

    Technical requirements online education and assessment

    For online education, we formulated guidelines to guarantee optimal performance. For online oral exams and proctoring during online assessments, the webcam and headset requirements need to be met.

  • Online courses

    Academic level and background

    Applicants for an online course should have a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised university in a discipline related to the course, preferably combined with working experience in a relevant field.

    Documentation

    The faculty accepts transcripts, degrees and diplomas in the following languages: Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish. It is at the discretion of the faculty to require additional English translations of all documents in other languages as well.

    Language skills

    Success in your studies requires a high level of English proficiency. Therefore, prospective students with an international (other than Dutch) degree must meet the English language requirement. As proof that you meet this requirement, you will be asked in the application procedure to upload one of the requested language certificates:

    • IELTS (academic) with an overall band score of at least 6.0 (with a minimum sub-score of 6.0 for speaking and writing) and certificates not older than two years. 
    • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) with an overall score of 80 (with a minimum sub-score of 20 for speaking) and certificates not older than two years. Please note that the University of Twente does not accept the MyBest scores of the TOEFL test.
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced Formerly known as; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE), obtained with an A, B or C grade.
    • Cambridge C2 Proficiency Formerly known as; Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) obtained with an A, B or C grade.

    Only these internationally recognised test results are accepted. Without a valid certificate, we cannot process your application.  

    Other requirements

    • Ensure you have obtained a valid English test result before the application deadline. If your application is accompanied by a language test score report with a test date after our application deadline, we will not process it. Therefore, make sure to do the test in advance, as it will take time for you to get the official certificate.
    • When applying for a scholarship, the language requirements may be different because scholarship providers may have different requirements.
    • If you have studied in a former British or American colony, you must take one of the internationally recognised English language tests.

    Exemptions
    You are exempted from the English language requirement if you hold:

    • a relevant bachelor's degree from an accredited academic institution in the Netherlands
    • if you are a national of one of the countries in this list (PDF)
    • a three-year bachelor's degree in Australia, Canada (English-speaking part), Ireland, New Zealand, UK or USA. When your awarding institution is in one of these countries, but your teaching institution was not, you are not exempted. The same rule applies to distance (online) education.

    Online English tests during COVID-19

    We acknowledge the difficulties experienced worldwide in taking the compulsory language test, due to the Covid-19 situation. Alternative English tests can be:

    Please note that other online English language tests (i.e. IELTS Indicator test, Cambridge online test, etc.) will not be accepted.

    Computer skills

    To follow online education you must have basic computer experience, regular access to internet, and e-mail. For some courses, additional computer skills are required (see description of specific course).

    Technical requirements online education and assessment

    For online education, we formulated guidelines to guarantee optimal performance. For online oral exams and proctoring during online assessments, the webcam and headset requirements need to be met.

    GIS and remote sensing

    Most online courses, except for the introductory course, require knowledge of, and skills in, working with GIS and/or digital image processing of remotely sensed data.

    Candidates are asked to provide proof of identity during the registration process.

  • Postgraduate diploma

    Academic level and background

    Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma Course Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (PGD) should have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized university in a discipline related to the course*, preferably combined with working experience in a relevant field.

    The following average scores apply for the Postgraduate Diploma course:

    • A 3.0 or higher Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) on a 4.0 scale, or
    • Upper Second Class standing or higher  

    NOTE: a Lower Second Class standing may be accepted based on evidence of relevant professional experience and/or other further academic development.

    Documentation

    The faculty accepts transcripts, degrees, and diplomas in the following languages: Dutch, English, German, French, and Spanish. It is at the discretion of the faculty to require additional English translations of all documents in other languages as well.

    Language skills

    Success in your studies requires a high level of English proficiency. Therefore, prospective students with an international (other than Dutch) degree must meet the English language requirement. As proof that you meet this requirement, you will be asked in the application procedure to upload one of the requested language certificates:

    • IELTS (academic) with an overall band score of at least 6.0 (with a minimum sub-score of 6.0 for speaking and writing) and certificates not older than two years. 
    • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) with an overall score of 80 (with a minimum sub-score of 20 for speaking) and certificates not older than two years. Please note that the University of Twente does not accept the MyBest scores of the TOEFL test.
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced Formerly known as; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE), obtained with an A, B or C grade.
    • Cambridge C2 Proficiency Formerly known as; Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) obtained with an A, B or C grade.

    Only these internationally recognised test results are accepted. Without a valid certificate, we cannot process your application.  

    Other requirements

    • Ensure you have obtained a valid English test result before the application deadline. If your application is accompanied by a language test score report with a test date after our application deadline, we will not process it. Therefore, make sure to do the test in advance, as it will take time for you to get the official certificate.
    • When applying for a scholarship, the language requirements may be different because scholarship providers may have different requirements.
    • If you have studied in a former British or American colony, you must take one of the internationally recognised English language tests.

    Exemptions
    You are exempted from the English language requirement if you hold:

    • a relevant bachelor's degree from an accredited academic institution in the Netherlands
    • if you are a national of one of the countries in this list (PDF)
    • a three-year bachelor's degree in Australia, Canada (English-speaking part), Ireland, New Zealand, UK or USA. When your awarding institution is in one of these countries, but your teaching institution was not, you are not exempted. The same rule applies to distance (online) education.

    Online English tests during COVID-19

    We acknowledge the difficulties experienced worldwide in taking the compulsory language test, due to the Covid-19 situation. Alternative English tests can be:

    Please note that other online English language tests (i.e. IELTS Indicator test, Cambridge online test, etc.) will not be accepted.

    Computer skills

    You are expected to be familiar with basic computer skills. Basic knowledge of and skills in working with GIS and spatial data is strongly recommended.

    Notebook requirements

    When you study in an ITC programme with a duration of nine months or longer (Master’s and Postgraduate diploma programmes), you should have a notebook computer that meets  ITC's technical notebook requirements.

    If you do not own a notebook that meets the minimum requirements you could consider buying one through our Notebook Project. The Notebook Project offers discounted notebooks that meet our standards and have the peripherals needed to connect to the ITC networks.

    Technical requirements online education and assessment

    For online education, we formulated guidelines to guarantee optimal performance. For online oral exams and proctoring during online assessments, the webcam and headset requirements need to be met.

  • Short courses

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate which will include the name of the course. 

    Along with your Certificate you will receive a Course Record providing the name, and if applicable, all the subjects studied as part of the course. It states: the course code, subject, EC credits, exam date, location and the mark awarded.

    This certificate course is part of the accredited Master’s  Geo-information Science and earth Observation at ITC. If you decide to take the full Master’s Geo-information Science and Earth Observation at ITC, the Examination Board will give you in principle exemption from the course you followed successfully as a certificate course.

  • Short (non -accredited) courses

    Academic level and background

    Applicants for this certificate course should have completed their secondary education in a discipline related to the course specialization and have at least three years of relevant practical experience.

    Documentation

    The faculty accepts transcripts, degrees and diplomas in the following languages: Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish. It is at the discretion of the faculty to require additional English translations of all documents in other languages as well.

    English language

    As all courses are given in English, proficiency in the English language is a prerequisite.

    If you are a national of one of the countries in this list (PDF), you are exempted from an English language test.

    Please note: the requirements when applying for fellowships may vary according to the regulations of the fellowship provider.

    English language tests: minimum requirements

    Only internationally recognized test results are accepted.

    TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT)

    500

    TOEFL Internet-based Test

    61

    British Council / IELTS

    5.5

    Cambridge

    C2 Proficiency / C1 Advanced

    Online English tests during COVID-19

    We acknowledge the difficulties experienced worldwide in taking the compulsory language test, due to the Covid-19 situation. Alternative English tests can be:

    Please note that other online English language tests (i.e. IELTS Indicator test, Cambridge online test, etc.) will not be accepted.

    Computer skills
    If you lack computer experience we strongly advise you to follow basic courses in your home country.