Spatial Engineering

Admission / enrollment

If you are interested in joining us at ITC, check the information about admission requirements for Spatial Engineering.

Academic level

Applicants for the Master Spatial Engineering should have a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognized university or accredited academic institution in a discipline related to the Master.

If you hold a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields you can be directly admissible:

  • civil engineering
  • geo-engineering
  • geographical sciences
  • earth sciences
  • water and agriculture sciences
  • geographical information systems.

Also students from broad engineering bachelors (such as Advanced Technology or Creative Technology), students from urban (spatial) planning and governance and (technical) University Colleges and students with a relevant Bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences are invited to put in their application.

To allow students to meet the final qualifications of the Spatial Engineering programme it is necessary that incoming students have knowledge at bachelors level of a research university in at least three of the following topics:

  • Water, weather and climate (hydrology, meteorology)
  • Earth sciences (geo-engineering, geology, earth surface processes)
  • Civil engineering (infrastructure, building, hydraulics, hard interventions)
  • Spatial planning and governance (urban and or rural environments)
  • Spatial information and visualization (GIS, Remote Sensing)
  • Software engineering

Your application will be judged on the basis of an individual educational curriculum/portfolio and motivation letter. The admission board will review your application and decide based on the bachelor’s education (technical focus) if you are directly admissible, admissible under conditions (premasters) or not admissible.

Not finished yet with your bachelor's degree?

If you have yet to complete your bachelor’s programme, you can still apply for admission to the master’s Spatial Engineering.

You may be granted a conditional acceptance based on your transcripts, detailed curriculum information, relevant research and expected graduation date. However, you must submit your bachelor’s degree before you can start the master’s programme.

English language

Proficiency in the English language is a prerequisite.

Minimum requirements

Only the following internationally recognized test results are accepted and IELTS and TOEFL certificates older than two years are not considered for admission

  • Academic IELTS, overall band score of at least 6.5 
  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) with a score of at least 90
  • Cambridge CAE-C (CPE)

Please note: the requirements when applying for fellowships may vary according to the regulations of the fellowship provider.


You are exempted from the English language requirements if:

  • You are a native speaker of English from Australia, Canada (English speaking part), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America;
  • You have obtained a relevant bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution in the Netherlands;
  • You have obtained a three-year bachelor’s degree in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America.

Please note that if you are from an English-speaking country in Africa, you will have to take one of the approved university English tests.

Specific requirements for Chinese nationals

Nationals of the People’s Republic of China need to obtain a NUFFIC certificate as a validation of their qualifications, in addition to their English language test score documents. The University of Twente needs your NUFFIC certificate (formally known as ‘NESO certificate’) for your visa application (


The application period for the academic year 2019-2020 starts on 10 October 2018. All admissions related information for 2019 will be updated by the end of September. 

Need more information?

For information about admission requirements and the applications and enrollment process feel free to contact us. We will come back to you as soon as possible.

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