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Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing

Short course Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing
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The task of managing land use and the Earth’s resources is becoming increasingly important owing to the rising world population and economic growth. To keep pace with demand, planners, resources managers and application scientists now make considerable use of frequently acquired high-resolution and/or multispectral images.

Sound application depends on the availability of up-to-date, reliable and well-structured information. Satellite images from various sensors and digital aerial photographs are often used as data sources, along with modern techniques such as laser altimetry. Technical means to reference and extract topographic and thematic information from these sources in semi-automated processing environments are continuously under development. It is essential to train the staff responsible for acquiring such reference data not only in established and upcoming techniques such as object-based classification but also in understanding the relevancy of the acquisition process and its reliability for current GIS specialists.

For whom is the course relevant?

The course is intended to train staff to function at the supervisory level in rapidly changing map and geo-information production environments. It focuses on state-of-the-art technology in the field of remote sensing and digital image processing for information extraction, as well as on its consequences for applications by GIS specialists. The course is targeted at staff from government agencies and private companies who have practical professional experience in remote sensing and/or photogrammetry and who wish to become familiar with state-of-the-art technology. GIS specialists who make regular use of digitally acquired spatial reference data and are interested in the source and accuracy of these data would also significantly benefit from this course.


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.

What will be achieved?

The aim of the course is to equip participants with practical knowledge of:

  • acquiring and producing geospatial information by using digital and analogue remote sensing and digital image processing
  • the positional and thematic accuracy of this information and its relevancy in GIS applications.


This course is eligible for scholarships from the OKP scholarship programme (former NFP) and MENA-MST scholarship programme.

In case you intend to apply for OKP or MENA-MST please make sure your application for the course is in the ITC system min. two weeks prior to scholarship deadline. The faculty ITC needs this time to process your academic assessment and provisional acceptance to the course, and scholarship eligibility check.

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

Computer skills

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

Key information

12 weeks
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
100% English taught
Registration deadline
16 February 2020
Starting date
14 April 2020
End date
3 July 2020
Enschede, Netherlands
Tuition fees
2019 / 2020
full-time, institutional
€ 3.347