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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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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. 


This course is eligible for various scholarships like the MENA-MSP and the Orange Knowledge Programme scholarship.

You must first apply for admission to the course. This will ensure that your application for admission can be processed in time for consideration for the scholarship.

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.

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

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 of Geographic Information Systems 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 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

CROHO code
Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
10 weeks
100% English taught
Application deadline
2 July 2020
non EU/EEA
2 July 2020
Starting date
27 August 2020
End date
6 November 2020
Enschede, Netherlands
Tuition fees
Full period 2020 / 2021
full-time, institutional
€ 3.547
Additional costs
Cost of living, full programme
€ 2.124
Insurance, full programme
€ 129