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    Geographical information is becoming more and more important in the World’s societies. Think of physical planning, risk management, navigation systems, location based services, movement analysis, augmented reality, increasing use of maps and volunteered geographical information. GIMA is a very complete Master of Science program, which focuses on the management and application of geographical information from a scientific perspective. In addition to this specific focus, there are two more aspects which make GIMA a unique Master of Science program: the blended learning concept and the co-operation between four renowned Dutch universities.

    You will get the best from geo-information experts from four universities in the Netherlands: University of Twente/ITC Enschede, TU Delft, Utrecht University and Wageningen University. These universities have joined forces to offer GIMA, each with their own specializations related to geo-information technology, management and applications. The GIMA program offers more than advanced use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) for a variety of applications: it also covers the management of geo-information and spatial data infrastructures in organizations and management styles. Since the start of the programme in 2003, GIMA has become one of the most popular and well evaluated master programs on geo-information applications and management in the Netherlands and our community keeps growing.

    GIMA is a blended learning Master program: most of the time you are studying from the place where you think you can study best (e.g. at home). For the first part of the programme (one or two years depending on whether you are a full-time or part-time student) there are only four short contact periods per year, one at each partner university. During those contact periods (with a duration of one or two weeks only) you are supposed to be present in person but for the rest of the year you can study through our electronic learning environment from wherever you are. Obviously, the same holds for the individual thesis research project of 6 (full-time) or 12 (part-time) months duration in the last part of the programme. When doing the program’s internship with the same duration, of course you will have to be present at the geo-information company or institute you have selected for your internship.

    The internship is one of the reflections of GIMA’s links to professional geo-information organizations (governments, companies, institutes). The possibility of doing GIMA part-time (whilst working in such an organization) is another reflection. Part-time GIMA studies last 4 years and full-time studies 2 years.

    The English language GIMA Master program is also an international program. It does not only target Dutch bachelors, but surely also foreign bachelors and professionals with equivalent pre-education.

    The MSc. GIMA program is offered as blended learning. At the beginning of each module there are 3 contact days in which the lectures are being held and the assignments explained. After that there is a period of distance learning of approximately 12 weeks. At the end of the module there are two examination days at one of the four universities.


    Program requirements

    Aside from the entry requirements stated below, we are looking for students who are;Self-disciplined and show initiativeIndependent thinkers but can also be team playersInterested in both geo-information science and project-managementIs this a profile you recognize yourself in? Then read on for our entry requirements! You are eligible to be admitted to the GIMA program, if you have:already obtained a Dutch or foreign university Bachelor degree or equivalent in a discipline related to geo-information, geography or geographic information management and applicationsacademic and research skills on par with those expected at the level of a university Bachelor degreebasic computer skillsEnglish language proficiency (as GIMA is a complete English language program). English language proficiency: You are considered to be proficient in English and do not need to provide an English language test score if: you are a native English speaker;you obtained your secondary school diploma and/or Bachelor’s degree in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa, or you obtained an International Baccalaureate Diploma or European Baccalaureate Diploma (taught in English);you have completed a Bachelor’s program at a Dutch university. Other applicants applicants must provide proof of proficiency. One of the following English language tests can be accepted as proof of proficiency:TOEFL institution code for Utrecht University is 9062).Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B) FCE score : (read more) Cambridge English: First (FCE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at an upper-intermediate level (IELTS 5.5-6.5). It is an international English language exam which provides the perfect foundation for success in study and work. Take Cambridge English: First to prove your ability to use everyday written and spoken English when applying to study abroad. 60 (Grade C) TOEFL iBT® test: 93
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