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GIS and Geovisualization

This course seamlessly blends in GIS related products with the developments in modern geo-visualization techniques based on cartographic fundamentals.

Short course GIS and Geovisualization

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GIS-derived products are increasingly used to disseminate geographical information by means of intranet, internet and multimedia applications. Static, dynamic and user-interactive maps are offered to meet the needs and demands of customers. These relatively new means of communication require their own specific approach to effectively convey the appropriate message.

This course seamlessly blends in GIS related products with the developments in modern geo-visualization techniques based on cartographic fundamentals. This is achieved in a series of consecutive modules through profound theoretical and practical training in the principles and application of spatial database creation, programming to solve complex geo-problems, performing spatial analysis and embedding geo-products in web-based services.


Are you a mid-career professional and national of -and living and working in one of the eligible countries? You might consider applying for a scholarship from the Orange Knowledge Programme (former NFP) or MENA-MSP.

For whom is the course relevant?

This course aims at staff from governmental organizations and private companies who are specialized in the field of GIS and webmap-oriented production using GIS tools, functionalities and models as a bases. An important course component is training participants to solve problems independently, preparing them to become supervisory staff in the domain of GIS and geo-visualization. Furthermore, this course provides excellent opportunities for participants to broaden and deepen their knowledge, techniques and perspectives within the geovisualization production environment.

What is the course content?

This course is organised in four modules of three weeks each.

The first module deals with assembling geo-spatial data from various sources into a format in which the data can be stored, searched, retrieved and analysed. Methods and techniques are introduced to design, create and use spatial databases.

The second module focusses on programming as part of problem solving within a GIS environment as well as programming for dissemination and visualizing of geo-data products for web-based applications.

The third module is designed to give an understanding and use of types of spatial data analysis, like: network, overlay, neighbourhood, surface, 3D and map algebra on both raster and vector data.

The final module focusses on the development of web mapping applications by means of web services and organized and visualized using web standards, like HTML, CSS and JavaScript SVG for both the interface as well as the map content.

What will be achieved?

On completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the concepts and structure of spatial databases;
  • Design and create a spatial database;
  • Apply constraints and rules to a spatial database;
  • Apply the concept of topology;
  • Create, validate and update geodatabase schemas.
  • Comprehend programming fundamentals like:
    • Python: Data types and variables; Expressions and statements; Functions; Conditionals, iterations and recursion; Strings, Lists and dictionaries; Modules.
    • JavaScript: Data types, variables, objects and methods; Functions, operators and conditions; Strings, arrays, dates and methods; Numbers and Math; Loops, switch, breaks and errors; Libraries.
    • HTML basics.
  • Understand and perform Overlay, neighborhood, surface and 3D operations;
  • Understand and perform classifications on data for analysis operations;
  • Understand and create Models for spatial analysis operations and formulate expressions using Python language and ArcGis Map Algebra tools;
  • Understand the basic elements of directed and undirected network data models;
  • Prepare data sets for network analysis and perform network analysis operations;
  • Determine user- and application-requirements;
  • Make a design for a Web mapping application;
  • Understand and use geo-Web services / web map application in a browser/server;
  • Database connection to query and display data in a web application;
  • Display and visualize geo-data by making use of web standards;
  • Design map symbology for dynamic maps and implementation by use of Style Sheets;
  • Design a web interface and implement by using HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

 Why choose this course?

This course builds on the foundations of GIS and Geovisualization knowledge acquired in the short course: Introduction to GeoInformatics and prepares the participant to think innovative in solving GIS related problems. The course has a problem-solving, hands-on approach and uses data with different topics, like health and water, from different parts of the world.

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, exam date, location and the mark awarded.

Admission requirements

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.


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)


TOEFL Internet-based Test


British Council / IELTS



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. An alternative English test can be the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test (online test). This test is accepted by UT and is available everywhere that TOEFL iBT testing is normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran.

Please note that the only online English language test that is accepted at UT is the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition. 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.

Key information

CROHO code
Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
12 weeks
100% English taught
Application deadline
15 February 2021
non EU/EEA
15 February 2021
15 February 2021
Starting date
12 April 2021
End date
2 July 2021
Tuition fees
Full period 2019 / 2020
full-time, institutional
€ 3.347
Tuition fees
Full period 2021 / 2022
full-time, institutional
€ 3.547
Additional costs
Cost of living, full programme
€ 2.390
Insurance, full programme
€ 145
Cost of living, full programme
€ 2.390
Insurance, full programme
€ 147