Application procedure


To apply for the MSc in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management, applicants should complete the online application form with the needed documents and by creating a profile (see explanations below). 

Before filling in the application form:

  1. Check if you are eligible to apply for our MSc course on this page.
  2. Choose the study track of your choice on our Programme Structure page. We evaluate applications based on your suitability for the chosen track:
    Track 1: GEM4 Urban-Rural Interactions
    Track 2: GEM4 Land-use Systems
    Track 3: GEM4 Ecosystems & Natural Resources
    Track 4: GEM4 Food Security
    It is not permitted to change track once you are accepted to the course.
  3. All applicants who submit their application before the deadline automatically apply for the Erasmus+ (EMJMD) Scholarship. Therefore you need to determine if you are a Programme or a Partner Country student. More information can be found here.
  4. We need all documents before the deadline mentioned on the home page or application page.
  5. All information contained in your application package will be shared with the EACEA and partner universities for selection purposes only and they will be treated in confidence. Please refer also to the general terms of delivery for our courses.
  6. We do not charge admission fees, applying is free of charge.
  7. We evaluate applications based on your suitability for the chosen track. We aim for a good gender balance and international balance across the whole programme.
  8. A plagiarism check is done for your motivation letter and the research proposal.
  9. Do not upload articles or study guides.

Required Documentation 

Below a summary of the documents that you will need to upload into the Application Portal when applying for the course

Make sure you have all these documents ready to upload before you apply.

  1. A bachelor’s degree certificate or an equivalent qualification certificate. GEM applicants need to have a first or upper second class (2.1) BSc honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university.
  2. An official transcript of records or preliminary transcript of records in English.
  3. A certified official translation of your bachelor’s degree certificate and transcript of records if not in English.
  4. An official English test score results according to the entry requirements which can be found here. **
  5. An additional Higher Degree certificate and transcript and official translation (if applicable).
  6. A valid international passport.
  7. A Provisional research topic – Maximum of two A4 pages. ***
  8. A Curriculum vitae (CV) – Maximum of four A4 pages.
  9. A Motivation letter - Maximum two A4 pages. ****

** Ensure you have obtained a valid English test result before the application deadline. If your application is accompanied by a language test score report with a test date after our application deadline, we will NOT process it. Therefore, make sure to do the test in advance, as it will take time for you to get the official certificate.

*** A description of your provisional research topic is used as part of the selection to process to gauge your ability to develop and describe a provisional research topic that is relevant to the GEM track you are applying to.
There is no specific format or template for the research topic. The ideas and logic in the proposal is more important than the format. Perhaps the proposal/research for your BSc study could be used.
The description of the provisional research topic is to contain a concise description of the research you propose. This should not be more than two pages of standard text.
The topic is provisional. You can change your research topic during the GEM programme.

**** On the website of the University of Twente, you can find example documents so that you can check the type of document we ask from you. Please submit these documents digitally. If any hardcopy documents are required from you, our Admission Office will notify you and tell you where to send them to.


Verification of your application
After completing your online application, the Admission Office will screen your application. If you have submitted your application correctly, the admission procedure will be started. Your application will be evaluated by the Admission Committee (consisting of staff members of the four partner universities), and the Admission Office will send the decision in a letter by e-mail.

Certified copies of your documents
Please note that European law also requires you to send certified hardcopy documents to the Admission Office by regular post. AFTER you have paid the invoice or received a scholarship, please do so. All information on how to provide these documents will be sent to you via email once you have been accepted.

The Admission Office requires the following certified hard copy documents:

(*) A certified photocopy is a hard copy with an official stamp and signature on each page (if applicable also on the reverse side) to verify that it is a true photocopy of the original document. This official stamp and signature may be from a notary, your school or university. Photocopies or scans of the documents mentioned above are not legal proof, and therefore they cannot be accepted for enrolment. All documents submitted become the property of the University of Twente and will not be returned to you.

Visa & housing

Visa Formalities
Admitted GEM students are advised to contact the 1st year host university as soon as possible after receiving the official GEM acceptance letter to the course to receive assistance with arranging visa formalities.

Admitted GEM students are advised to contact the 1st year host university as soon as possible after receiving the official GEM acceptance letter to the course to receive assistance with finding accommodation. Note that housing is not guaranteed!

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