Admission and enrollment regulations post-initial education ITC 2020-2021

Article 1. Introduction

ART. 1.1 GENERAL PROVISIONS

Academic year

The term that starts on the first September and ends on the 31st of August of the following year

Act

The Higher education and Scientific Research Act (WHW)

Additional study costs

Additional expenses which may include, but are not limited to, the living allowance (including room and board), insurance, residence permit and possible additional study costs

Admitted candidate

s/he who has been accepted by ITC and fulfilled his/her financial obligations and as a result is enrolled with ITC for a programme or course

Applicant

s/he who has applied with ITC for the postinitial Master’s programme and post-initial courses (or its derivative variances)

Application

the online UT application system (Osiris) with the required supporting documents

Candidate

s/he who has been academically accepted with ITC but has not yet fulfilled his/her financial obligations with regard to enrolling for a programme or a course

Course

Education offered by the Faculty ITC with a specific start and end date varying in duration from 3 weeks to 12 months.

Credit-bearing course

A course that involves studying parts of the post-initial Master (of Science) programme and are credit bearing. They lead to a certificate upon successful completion. Their respective European Credits (EC) can be transferred towards a degree granting programme such as the Master (of Science) as offered by the faculty ITC

Degree programmes

all programmes conducted, with the purpose of obtaining a graduate degree or diploma

Dispute

difference of opinion between ITC and the student concerning the interpretation of these course conditions and the related principles governing the student agreement, whereby, after proceeding in accordance with the complaints regulation, no agreement can be reached

EC

ECTS credits according to the European Credit Transfer System. The number of EC expresses the volume of learning based on the defined learning outcomes and their associated workload

Enrolment

A prospective student who meets the pre-education and the admission requirements can be enrolled as a student at the UT when all required documents have been handed in and the tuition fees have been paid. They are admitted for and entitled to join the programme or course during their enrolment period

Higher Education institution

An institute of higher education (a university or a university of applied sciences)

Institutional administration

The Executive Board of the University of Twente

Institutional tuition fee

The tuition fee as set by the institutional administration in accordance with Article 7.43 paragraph 1 and Article 7.46 of the Act

ITC

Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente,

ITC Admission and Enrollment Regulations 

the enrollment and admission regulation that applies to the accredited Post-initial Master’s programme Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (M-GEO) and to credit and non-credit bearing courses that are offered by ITC that are considered not funded (according to the WHW).

ITC website

ITC’s internet pages accessible via the home page at www.itc.nl

M-GEO

Accredited Post-initial Master’s programme Geo-information Science and Earth Observation

Master or Master programme

Education programme leading to Master of Science diploma

Non-credit bearing course

Course offered by ITC for which after successful completion a certificate of attendance will be issued but bear no official credits (EC)

Participation

Following the programme or course for which the student is enrolled/registered and taking part in its related activities

Postgraduate Diploma (PGD)

A special credit bearing course consisting largely of the first year of M-GEO

Premature termination

Termination of participation and course agreement before the termination of the admitted period and after the start of the programme or course

Resources

Privileges and facilities required for the successful participation and provision of information during the course, such as the (digital) library, e-mail, Blackboard, and transport concerning organised courses on offer at different locations

SAS

Student Affairs & Services of the UT

Sponsor

A person or organisation who is financing the course fees and living costs of the applicant or a group of applicants in a course

Student Agreement

A written statement provided to the master student upon arrival which outlines all enrollment information with cost of attendance and funding sources

Study recommendation

Recommendation about study given to the prospective student after participating in matching activity

UT

University of Twente

ART. 1.2 STATUS OF THE REGULATION

This chapter/section/article describes the regulation that applies to the accredited Post-initial Master’s programme Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (M-GEO) and to credit and non-credit bearing courses that are offered by ITC that are considered not funded (according to the WHW). These regulations are referred to as the ITC Admission and Enrollment Regulations   and  is formally adopted by the faculty Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente. This regulation includes the university’s and ITC web pages to which this chapter/section/article refers. These reference pages form an official part of the enrolment regulation and are leading and binding for the interpretation of this regulation.

ART. 1.3 DISTINCTION BETWEEN APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

There is an important distinction between application and enrolment. Application means that a student has informed the University of Twente by means of a registration that they wish to follow an degree programme or course at the University of Twente. The enrolment regulation concerns the rules that apply in order to come to an enrolment that entitles the student to participate in the education provided by the University of Twente and to use its educational facilities.

The admission requirements can be found in the appendix. More information on how to apply for the MSc Geo-information Science and Earth Observation can be found on the ITC website.

Article 2. Enrolment

ART. 2.1 CONDITIONS FOR ENROLMENT IN THE POST-INITIAL MSC GEO-INFORMATION SCIENCE AND EARTH OBSERVATION

Art. 2.1.1 Conditions for enrolment

Prospective students are only enrolled as students of the Master of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation if they can demonstrate having met the following conditions:

  1. The application for enrolment was made through Studielink. To find out more, please see the page How to apply for the Master of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation.
  2. They have demonstrated that they have met the prerequisites, see Articles 2.1.2 and 2.1.3 of this regulation.
  3. They have met their financial obligation in accordance with the payment procedure adopted by the faculty ITC, see Article 2.6 of this regulation.
  4. The student has a valid Visa and applied for a Residence Permit. For more information, please visit our Visa and Immigration page on our website.

Art. 2.1.2 Additional conditions for enrolment in a joint programme

Students who enrol in a Joint Educational Programme of the university will also be enrolled as students at the other university/universities;

  • Agreements made in the context of partnership agreements regarding enrolment and institutional fees made between the institutes, are observed.

Art. 2.1.3 Bachelor’s-before-Master’s rule

A student may only be enrolled in a Master's programme if they can demonstrate that they have completed their Bachelor’s programme. Subjects from the Master’s study programme may only be listed on the Master’s degree if they were passed during enrolment in the Master’s.

ART. 2.2 CONDITIONS FOR ENROLMENT IN CREDIT BEARING AND NON-CREDIT BEARING COURSES

Application for credit bearing and non-credit bearing courses at ITC is done using the ITC online course application system after selecting a course in the ITC study finder. Please go to the application website with the steps necessary to be taken before enrolment.

ART. 2.3 RESIDENTIAL LIVING

A student can only be enrolled in the accredited Post-initial Master’s programme Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (M-GEO) and to credit and non-credit bearing courses that are offered by ITC in combination with residential living.

  1. The Accredited Post-initial M Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (M-GEO) and the credit bearing courses are offered in combination with residential life.
  2. Accommodation is reserved in the ITC International Hotel (IIH) for all enrolled candidates with a stay commitment of a one year period (12 months) from official start of the course.
  3. The 12 month student stay commitment is applicable for courses with a duration of 12 months or longer. For courses less than 12 months in duration, students have a stay commitment for the duration of the course.
  4. Student who wish to stay at the ITC International Hotel (IIH) for their second year are committed to stay in the IIH for the entire duration of their second year (11 months).
  5. Students who check-out voluntarily and without written approval by the dean prior to the end of one year are committed to their one-year housing contract. Approval for early check out will only be granted in extenuating circumstances.
  6. Housing information, including student rates can be found on the ITC website at http://www.itc.nl/ITC-International-Hotel.

ART. 2.4 STARTING DATES

The Faculty ITC has fixed starting dates, i.e.:

  • One week prior to the start of the Academic Year of the Master’s programmes and Post Graduate Diploma course.
  • Students with exemptions can start at any other moment during the academic programme.
  • For courses other than the Master’s programme and Post Graduate Diploma course, the starting date of the course is the first day of the programme as mentioned on the website.

ART. 2.5 APPLICATION DEADLINES

Please visit our application deadlines website for the most updated information on application deadlines. Applications submitted after these deadlines will not be handled.

ART. 2.6 TUITION FEES AND PAYMENT

2.6.1 The levels of tuition fees are determined each academic year and cover the entire enrolment period of the degree Programme or course.

2.6.2 The tuition fees are made known to candidates in the brochures and on the ITC website.

2.6.3 The candidate is expected to pay the tuition fee and additional student costs prior to the start of the course, and following the guidelines as stated on the ITC website. Candidates enrolled in a programme or courses of 9 months or longer can opt to pay the tuition fee in two (2) installment periods by requesting this at the time of admission. Additional study costs (such as Living allowance) must be paid in compliance with the rules of the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the Ministry of Security and Justice. When making payment, the period necessary for the possible arrangement of a residence permit, or for other commitments for which proof of payment of the tuition fee is a requirement, should be taken into account.

2.6.4 After admittance, the candidate receives an invoice stating the tuition fee and the additional student costs to be paid. In the case of an agreement with a sponsor, the invoice is sent to the sponsor.

2.6.5 The candidate or, if applicable, the sponsor, is responsible for settling the tuition fee and the additional student costs in full and for the continuation of any agreed payment installments.  

2.6.6 If desired by the candidate or the sponsor, ITC handles the payment of a monthly allowance to the student. This monthly allowance must be received by ITC for the entire duration of the course before the start of the course, unless a payment plan has been arranged. The payment plan must be confirmed by ITC in writing.

2.6.7 The stipulated tuition fee includes the participation in the courses and exams and the use of required study material and software. Study books and other material and activities arising from the course are for a student’s own account.

2.6.8 Some ITC courses include an element of fieldwork or a study excursion. In the event of cancellation of planned fieldwork or study excursion ITC has no obligation to substitute other fieldwork or study excursion. If a course does not include fieldwork or study excursions then a candidate has no right to claim a refund of tuition. If applicable execution of fieldwork must be in compliance with the Rules and Regulations of the student’s sponsor. Internships are not covered by the tuition fee.

2.6.9 Enrolled candidates are required by law to hold full medical insurance. ITC arranges a comprehensive insurance cover in advance of arrival. Participants (generally from the European Union countries) holding their own medical insurance are obliged to provide coverage information and are advised to add additional coverage through ITC when the coverage of their insurance is dubious.

2.6.10  Please visit: https://www.itc.nl/education/application-financial-support/money-matters/#tuition-fees-2019-2020 for the most current tuition fees and costs.

ART. 2.7 PROOF OF ENROLMENT AND STUDENT IDENTITY CARD

  • If the enrolment of a student is complete, the student will receive a student identity card from ITC.
  • The proof of enrolment as issued by the Institutional administration states the surname and first initials of the student, date of birth, student number, the period of enrolment, the programme and the type of enrolment and is valid for the relevant academic year. Student can download this in Osiris Student or request for this document at Student Affairs.
  • The student identity card as issued by the Institutional administration states the surname and first initials of the student, a passport photo, student number and the library code and is valid till de-enrolment.
  • Students may request a duplicate of their student ID card. The student must then pay a fee of €10.

Rules for obtaining and using these documents can be found on the page https://www.utwente.nl/en/student-services/admission-enrolment/studentcard/

ART. 2.8 RENEWAL OF ENROLMENT

Enrolment is valid for one academic year. Students will be enrolled for the second academic year by ITC. Students who pay the tuition fee in two installments must pay the second installment before the deadline to be enrolled in the second academic year.   

ART. 2.9 TERMINATION OF ENROLMENT

2.9.1 Cancellation of a programme or course by ITC.

If there are insufficient enrolled candidates, ITC is entitled to call off the programme or course. The placed candidate receives written notification to this effect at least three months prior to the start of the M-GEO or the Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) programme and two weeks before the start of all other courses. Any payment already made to ITC for tuition fee and redeemable student costs is refunded. Participation in a similar ITC course can be arranged in consultation.

2.9.2 In the case of cancellation of the course, the enrolled candidate is not entitled to any compensation from ITC, other than the amounts referred to in article 2.9.1.

2.9.3 Termination of enrolment by the student

a.       Based on a written request from student for early termination of enrolment at ITC, the enrolment will be terminated on the first day of the following month.  

  • Upon early termination of enrolment in Accredited Post-initial Master’s programme Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (M-GEO) or the Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) Course of the M-GEO , the student or sponsor is entitled to a refund of one twelfth part of the paid tuition fee per year, for each full month, that was paid for and that is remaining until the end of the course. If enrolment for a programme that started in September is terminated per July or August, the student will not be entitled to a refund for these months. Refunds will be made by ITC to the party that made the payment.

Upon early termination of enrolment for a course other than mentioned under 2.9.3.a :

  • Cancellations done before two months of the start of the Programme will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellation of enrolment at within two months before the start of the Programme will be refunded for 85%.
  • Cancellation of enrolment after the start of the Programme, entitles the student or the sponsor to a pro-rata refund of the paid tuition fee for each remaining full month minus two.
  • Refunds will be made by ITC to the party that made the payment within 6 months.

b.       Tuition fee paid by sponsor is transferrable to enrolment of another candidate, before the start of the course and with the written consent of ITC.

c.       In case of termination of enrolment, an account will be drawn up with outstanding financial obligations and final settlement will take place within 6 months. In case the student has outstanding financial obligations toward the ITC, they have to be fulfilled before the student departs.

2.9.4  Students who do not pay the tuition fee prior to the first day of class will automatically be withdrawn from the Course.

2.9.5 Students who were not granted a student visa to enter the Netherlands, can be fully reimbursed if written official documentation is provided of such visa denial.

Article 3. Force majeure and liability

3.1 ITC strives to carry out the courses to the best of its understanding and ability.

3.2 If, as a result of force majeure, ITC must deviate from the course data and location stated, ITC is not liable for any resulting damage. The term “force majeure” is taken to include any unforeseen circumstances beyond ITC’s control that compels it to deviate from the course data stated.

3.3 Any liability of ITC for damage, for whatever reason, to a student or third party that has occurred in connection with the course, including damage through theft or loss and possible consequential loss or product damage, is limited to the amount that, in the case in question, has been paid by the person concerned in tuition fee and will never amount to more than the amount that ITC’s liability insurer will pay out in the case in question.

3.4 Compensation can be claimed from anyone who makes unlawful use of course resources.

Article 4. Regulation on complaints and disputes

4.1 Complaints in regards to the Enrolment regulation for post-initial education and courses of the Faculty ITC can be addressed by sending notice thereof to the Bureau of Education and Research Support (ITC-BOOZ) via education-itc@utwente.nl.

4.2 The academic appeal process is stated in the Education and Examination Regulations (EER) for the academic year 2020-2021.

Appendix 1: ITC Admission regulations

1.1 To be admitted, applicants must submit an Application for Admission via Studielink and Osiris with required supporting documentation. Supporting documents consist of following:

Official college/university transcripts. Degree or academic record must be from a college or university of recognized standing and the degree must be posted on the transcript. Students applying to a Diploma Course must submit all official secondary education transcripts.

Test of English as a Foreign Language. A minimum TOEFL or IELTS score for students having academic studies from a country where English is not the officially recognized native language. An exemption exists for citizens for certain countries. English test score requirements are found on the ITC website.

Official Proof of Identification (a passport or national ID card).  

1.2 In case of Academic Acceptance, accepted candidates receive a Provisional Letter of Acceptance and a pro forma invoice. A Provisional Letter of Acceptance remains valid for one year for the course the candidate applied for. Therefore, candidates are advised to re-apply for the next course when a new Letter of Acceptance and pro forma invoice are needed.

1.3 Non-admitted candidates receive a message by e-mail specifying the reasons for such.

1.4 Academically acceptable candidates, unable to provide official undergraduate credentials (diploma and transcripts) due to the fact that they are still completing the final undergraduate semester at the time of application, will receive a Conditional Letter of Acceptance and a pro forma invoice.

1.5 Upon confirmation of required payment/financial sponsorship, accepted candidates will receive a Letter of Admission, general arrival information and housing forms. The Letter of Admission is official proof of admission and lists the name (last name, first name) of the student, UT student number, address, the course title and enrolment period.

1.6 If applicable, ITC arranges the authorisation for temporary stay (Machtiging Voorlopig Verblijf -MVV), the residence permit (verblijfsvergunning-VVR) and a health, travel and legal liability insurance for enrolled candidates. The MVV/VVR, living allowance and health insurance are included in the additional study costs. If there is any doubt about the adequacy of the enrolled candidate’s insurance, ITC reserves the right to insure, and charge the costs involved to the admitted candidate.

1.7 All admission information and application materials are made available to applicants at the ITC website. Admission staff is the first point of contact for any questions related to admissions and enrollment.

1.8 It is the applicants’ responsibility to ensure completeness and timely submission of the application materials. Recommended deadline to ensure full admission is seven weeks prior to the start of a course shorter than 90 days and for programmes or courses longer than 90 days the recommended deadline is two and a half months prior to the start.

1.9 Enrollment is for the entire duration of the Programme and applies only to the Programme stated on the application. 

Appendix 2: Additional conditions for enrolment in Master’s Programmes

The following admission requirement applies to a first-year enrolment in a Master's programme at the Faculty ITC:

  • The institutional administration has issued a statement that the student may be admitted, finding that the student (a) is in possession of a Bachelor's degree certificate or doctoraal certificate or a Bachelor’s in combination with an obtained Pre-Master’s giving admission or is exempt from possessing a certificate giving admission, whether or not based on an assessment; (b) has met the other requirements of the relevant Master’s programme set for admission in the relevant Education and Examination Regulations.