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Principles and Applications of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing

Short course Principles and Applications of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
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The fields of earth observation and geo-information science are gradually moving away from the traditional mapping or “inventory” type of science towards the understanding of the processes that shape our environment, predict future effects, and provide reliable information to support planning and policy making. This course focuses on solving problems with a process-oriented approach, which combines the sound basis of factual spatial data, used by scientists and/or decision makers, with the strong application-specific background of experts in the field. This approach provides the essential knowledge and tools to manage process of System Earth and to support decision making in many disciplines. 


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

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 who have only a limited knowledge of the principles of GIS and earth observation in their field of application.

What is the course content?

This course presents an overview of System Earth with its various cycles, as well as the basics of the application of GIS and earth observation methods to describe and analyse environmental and human processes. Moreover, the course gives special attention to acquiring skills in the use of GIS and earth observation software for the acquisition, processing and visualization of geospatial data.

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 and Applications of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing 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

Our goal is to get you to the right place as quickly as possible, which is why we apply the principle of a binding recommendation. All first-year students receive this at the end of the year. You will receive positive advice if you have achieved 45 or more of the 60 EC in the first year. Negative advice is binding and means that you have to quit the course. Under certain circumstances, despite a too low score, we can still give you a positive recommendation, for example, if we have sufficient confidence that you are in the right place. Do personal circumstances such as illness or problems interfere with your study performance? Student Affairs Coaching & Counselling (SACC) will help you further.

Admission requirements

Academic level and background

Applicants for the Certificate programme should have a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognized 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 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 recognised test results are accepted.

TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT)


TOEFL Internet-based Test


British Council / IELTS



C2 Proficiency / C1 Advanced

Computer skills

Applicants lacking computer experience are strongly advised to follow basic courses in their home countries.

Key information

10 weeks
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
100% English taught
Registration deadline
2 July 2020
Starting date
27 August 2020
End date
6 November 2020
Enschede, Netherlands
Tuition fees
2020 / 2021
full-time, institutional
€ 3.547