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Radar Remote Sensing

Radar Remote Sensing is different from optical Remote Sensing and offers unique opportunities in observing and monitoring the Earth surface. This course provides an overview of technology and applications related to radar remote sensing. Specifically, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and advanced methods building on SAR are considered: InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar), DInSAR (Differential InSAR), Time Series InSAR, PolSAR (Polarimetric SAR) and PolInSAR. The students will learn how to choose, handle and pre-process the SAR images and apply advanced methods for information extraction from these images. Various examples of applications will be provided. The quality of obtained results will be discussed in relation to the type of SAR data and choices made during the analysis. The course offers an opportunity to specialise in one of the advanced SAR methods during a practical project.


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). 

Deadline intake 2019 passed
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1. General radar remote sensing
2. SAR
3. InSAR for elevation and deformation measurements
4. Time series InSAR and quality control
5. PolSAR decomposition for characterisation of land cover
6. PolInSAR for forest and crop height and biomass measurements

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

5 weeks
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
100% English taught
Enschede, Netherlands
Tuition fees
2019 / 2020
full-time, institutional
€ 1.116