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Principles of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation

Short course Principles of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation

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Geo-information Systems and Science (GIS) and Earth Observation by Remote Sensing (RS) are among the main focus areas at ITC. With the help of GIS and RS we increase our understanding of processes that shape our environment, predict the possible effects of changes, and provide information to support planning and policy making. In this course you will learn the principles of GIS and RS and how to apply them in the handling and processing of geospatial data. The course will take you through the main stages of a geospatial problem-solving cycle: from the identification of a geospatial problem via the exploration and analysis of map data and RS images, to the generation of relevant geospatial information.

For whom is the course relevant?

The course is especially relevant for professionals (scientists and practitioners) with an academic background who deal with geospatial data but have only a limited knowledge of GIS and earth observation principles in their field of application.

If you already know the principles of GIS and earth observation you could opt for the ten-week course Applications of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation.

What is the course content?

The course content is organized in different course components:

Course 1 -  GIS & RS for Geospatial Solutions

Course 2 - Geospatial data: concepts, acquisition and management

Course 3 - Geospatial analysis and interpretation

The course starts with an introduction of the geospatial problem-solving approach. Next, the main GIS and RS concepts relevant for the acquisition, management and exploration of geospatial data are considered. The course continues with a focus on the analysis of geo-data, including remote sensing images, and the generation of geo-information. This includes attention for quality aspects of the geo-data and the effect on the results of geospatial analysis. In the last two weeks of the course you will carry out a project, in which you apply the geospatial problem-solving approach to produce geo-information relevant for a specific geospatial problem issue. Throughout the course you will develop hands-on experience in using selected GIS and RS software tools (in 2021: QGIS). Course examination consists of two written tests and an individual project assignment.

What will be achieved?

After completion of the course you will be able to generate information from earth observation and GIS data sources, to support the study and visualization of environmental and human process. In addition, the course provides a strong theoretical basis, develops practical skills in the collection and analysis of spatial data, and in the visualization of geographic information.

Why choose this course?

By studying in an international and multicultural environment, you will become acquainted with ready-to-use GIS and earth observation tools and methods. Through the application of this knowledge and skills, you will be able to leverage informed decision making within many organizations.

The short course Principles of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation is part of the accredited Master's  Geo-information Science and Earth Observation. If you decide to take the full Master’s Geo-information Science and Earth Observation at ITC, this course counts as part of a full programme; therefore upon successful completion, you will be granted an exemption for the first quartile of the two-year Master’s programme.

About your diploma

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.

Admission requirements

Academic level and background

Applicants for the Certificate programme should have a bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognised university in a discipline related to the course, preferably combined with working experience in a relevant field.

Some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules require knowledge of, and skills in, working with GIS and/or digital image processing of remotely sensed data.

Skills in taught or related subjects are a prerequisite for some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules. Even if the applicant satisfies the overall admission requirements, acceptance is not automatic.


The faculty accepts transcripts, degrees and diplomas in the 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:

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

Other requirements

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

Computer skills

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

Notebook requirements

When you study in an ITC programme, you should have a notebook computer that meets  ITC's technical notebook requirements.

Key information

CROHO code
Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
10 weeks
100% English-taught
Starting date
2 September 2024
End date
8 November 2024
Tuition fees
Full period 2023 / 2024
full-time, non-EU/EEA
€ 3,906
full-time, EU/EEA
€ 3,906
2024 / 2025
full-time, non-EU/EEA
€ 3,962
full-time, EU/EEA
€ 3,962
Additional costs
Cost of living, full programme
€ 3.300
Insurance, full programme
€ 147
Please note
Additional costs are subject to change, depending on the duration of your stay.