Managing land use and the Earth’s resources become increasingly important due to the rising world population and economic growth. To keep pace with the demand, planners and resource managers now make considerable use of complex and powerful computerized Geographical Information Systems (GIS). GIS users such as land and urban planners, resource managers and application scientists depend on the availability of up-to-date, well-structured data.
Digital images from airborne and spaceborne sensors are often used as data sources, along with modern techniques such as laser altimetry and mobile GIS. Technical means are necessary to extract data from these sources accurately. GIS is required to analyze and manipulate the acquired spatial data, in order to deal with challenging issues like water management, food production, and health services. Results of the processed data are visualized in quality maps and disseminated through internet services. To achieve this, organizations require qualified and appropriate educated staff.
The diploma course in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Geoinformatics is designed for staff at the technological level in geo-information production organizations and application services like food production, health and water management. Their prime concern is the organization and execution of operational tasks in acquisition, analysis, processing, visualizing and dissemination of geographical data, implement work procedures, and supervise operators. These tasks demand specialists with both practical skills and in-depth knowledge of the technical processes involved.
The programme focuses on the theoretical education and concepts of digital geo-information production and the use of state-of-the-art tools in the acquisition, processing, storage, visualization and dissemination of spatial information. You acquire both practical skills and in-depth knowledge of the technical processes involved in problem-solving issues like food production, health, and water management, adapted to the chosen specialization: ‘Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing’, or ‘GIS and Geo-Visualization’.
Geographical and earth sciences are relying increasingly on digital spatial data, much of which is acquired from remotely sensed images, analyzed in GIS, and visualized on computer screens. You will be trained in the modern tools, hardware and software that are used to create and disseminate digital spatial data and information on the world for many applications. Special attention will be given to application fields like infrastructure, water management, health, and food production.
Graduates of the diploma course will be able to work in operational and technical functions related to geoinformatics. This includes functions such as survey officer, GIS specialist, GIS analyst, spatial database expert, cartographic expert, remote sensing specialist in for example governmental organizations, private sector firms, and local authorities.
Upon successful completion of this programme you will receive a (Technologist) Diploma in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation: Geoinformatics from the University of Twente.
Along with your Diploma you will receive a Course Record providing all the subjects studied as part of the course. It states for each module: the module code, number, subject, exam date, location and the mark awarded.
Academic level and background
Applicants for the Diploma course in Geoinformatics should have completed their secondary education in a discipline related to the course specialization and have at least three years of relevant practical experience.
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.
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)
TOEFL Internet-based Test
British Council / IELTS
Although introductory lessons on computer skills are scheduled in the Diploma programme, applicants lacking computer experience are strongly advised to follow basic courses in their home countries.
When you study in an ITC programme with a duration of nine months or longer (MSc, Master and Diploma programmes), you should have a notebook computer that meets ITC's 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.
To address the increasing demand for flexibility in courses, ITC has entered into partnerships with reputable qualified educational organisations for the purpose of providing joint courses in several countries. Under this arrangement, (part of) a course leading to a recognised ITC degree, diploma or certificate can be conducted in the student’s home country.