Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) - University of Twente

Enschede, Netherlands
ITC offers degree, diploma and certificate courses in geo-information science and earth observation in eight domains: Disaster management; Earth sciences; Geoinformatics; Land administration; Natural resources; Urban planning; Water resources.


The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente is one of the worlds foremost education and research establishments in the field of geo-information science and earth observation, with a wide range of disciplines and activities in this field.

ITC offers degree, diploma and certificate courses in geo-information science and earth observation in eight domains: Disaster management; Earth sciences; Geoinformatics; Governance; Land administration; Natural resources; Urban planning; Water resources.

At the heart of ITCs activities lies capacity building and institutional development, the processes by which individuals, groups and organizations strengthen their ability to carry out their functions and pursue their goals effectively and efficiently. To date ITC has more than 20,000 alumni in all parts of the world, some of whom are taking leading positions in their respective organizations.

Master's Programmes

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Accommodation ITC provides accommodation in well-furnished rooms at the ITC International Hotel (IIH) as an integral component of a study at ITC. The hotel and its annex are located in the centre of Enschede, close to the ITC main building and close to the railway station, shopping centre and market. Additional facilities include a 24-hour reception, a self-service laundry, a bar operated by the student union, and other recreation areas. All rooms have an internet connection and the hotel lobby is equipped with an internet café with four computers. ITC course participants can use these computers to check and send e-mails. Use is free of charge. For more information www.itc.nl/iih

MealsFrom Monday to Friday, a variety of moderately priced meals and snacks are available at lunchtime from the self-service restaurant on the ground floor of the ITC building. Course participants living in single rooms at the International Hotel can make use of common kitchens; those living in apartments have small individual kitchens (crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensils to be provided by the occupant).

State-of-the-art computer facilitiesComputers play an essential role in ITCs courses, and basic lessons are offered on computer skills. Most courses also include modules on GIS, remote sensing and modelling, where the use of computers is indispensable. ITCs high-speed network (wired and wireless) ensures that accessing the ITC network and internet is easy and convenient. The computer clusters have long opening hours to ensure facilities are available when most needed. All course participants are issued with their own lifelong @itc.nl e-mail account.

ITC notebook programme ITC course participants have the opportunity to buy a state-of-the-art notebook computer at a very competitive price. The notebook comes with a three-year international warranty plus accidental damage insurance. As an extra ITC provides a set of free accessories - an external hard-disk drive, keyboard and notebook stand - for ergonomic and backup purposes.

Notebook Service CentreIf software or hardware problems are experienced during the stay at ITC Enschede, the ITC Notebook Service Centre will provide assistance. More information about the notebook programme is available at www.itc.nl, Study, ITC Notebook programme.

LibraryThe ITC faculty library supports the primary processes of the Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation by ensuring adequate provision of, and efficient end-use access to, useful scientific material. This means that the library contributes to the effectiveness of the education provided by the Faculty and the research executed at the Faculty.

The ITC faculty library creates an environment in which course participants can learn how to study and conduct research in an independent way.

World-renowned databases such as Web of Science and Scopus, in combination with large online journal platforms, offer a solid knowledge base for ITCs staff and students.

The library helps staff and students to clearly present their expertise in the form of academic publications on the ITC faculty library web pages, enabling the Faculty to present itself as a leading international education and research organization.

The aim of the library literacy lectures and workshops is to provide course participants with a body of knowledge, practice and experience in the optimal exploitation of the library and its information resource applications and tools. Information literacy competencies include recognizing the need for information, accessing information from appropriate sources, developing skills in using information technologies, critically analysing and evaluating information, organizing and processing information, applying information for effective and creative decision making, and generating and effectively communicating information and knowledge.

Next to the growing virtual side of the library, some basic facilities are available: individual and group study areas with and without multimedia PCs, and convenient opening hours for course participants. Language courses to improve English language skills are also part of our collection. Library staff are available during all business hours. Visit our library at www.itc.nl/library.

GeoScience laboratoryThe GeoScience laboratory at ITC provides services in the field of education and research activities. The laboratory is equipped with a wide range of instrumentation for the spectrometric infra-red determination of minerals, soils and vegetation, for inorganic geochemical water and soil analysis, for sample preparation, as well as for the determination of soil properties such as particle size distribution, hydraulic conductivity and bulk density.

In the laboratory, ITC students can receive hands-on training in analytical determination to help them to understand analytical procedures and the quality of their analytical data, to help them to optimalise sample collection methods and sample analysis by their team workers in the field or laboratory, and to help them to choose appropriate analytical instrumentation and procedures for their work.

Within ITCs research activities, the GeoScience laboratory can be used to validate existing analytical datasets and generate additional analytical data.

Medical facilitiesA general practitioner group is on hand to offer initial medical counselling.

Student Affairs OfficeThe Student Affairs Office is the first port of call for course participants when questions arise. The Student Affairs officers support course participants during their stay at ITC and are a veritable mine of information. They offer a comprehensive service, covering such matters as residence permits, social and cultural matters, emergencies at home, consular affairs and general student information.Extracurricular activitiesAn elected Student Association Board (SAB) represents the student body on academic and non-academic issues and organizes social activities.

Outside study hours, course participants can relax together in the Schermerhorn Lounge at the ITC International Hotel, enjoy regular social events and exchange cultural experiences. Excursions are arranged to major tourist attractions in the Netherlands and neighbouring countries.

Three yearly events that attract considerable interest and are a great deal of fun are the international cultural evening, when course participants perform traditional musical and dance routines from their home countries; the annual sports day, which brings together competitors from all the international education institutes throughout the Netherlands; and the international food festival, when course participants prepare traditional gourmet dishes for anyone within the ITC community to try.

Close to the ITC building the beautiful green park-like campus of the University of Twente offers top facilities for sports and culture. There are over 50 sports and cultural associations active on the campus.

Student Life

The City of Enschede

Enschede, a distinctive, modern and lively university town well used to welcoming international students lies on the eastern border of the Netherlands. Its immediate surroundings offer some remarkable spots of natural beauty and tranquillity, while excellent connections to Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, London and Berlin make it an ideal centre of operations.

Besides the familiar large department stores, a number of specialist shops can be found in the city centre. Every Tuesday and Saturday is market day on the spacious Van Heekplein. On Saturday, the busiest day, there are no less than 160 market stalls selling quality goods: not only fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, but also leatherware, clothes, music and Mediterranean delicacies.


The Master and Master of Science degrees awarded by the University of Twente are formally recognised by the Ministry of OCW, based on accreditation of the programmes by the Netherlands-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO), and are listed in the Central Register of Higher Education Programmes (CROHO), with number 75014 for the Master of Science and number 70043 for the Master programme.

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