National Geo Information Minor

Geo data acquisition and visualization in a nutshell

Geo information in your own field of study

The National Geo Information Minor offers the possibility to deepen your knowledge of the application of geo information within your own field of study or interests. You can choose from two specialisations at two universities and a wide range of internships at corporations and government bodies.

The use of geo information has seen a huge rise in a growing number of domains. Economy (geomarketing), ICT, policy, health care, spatial planning and urban renewal are just a few examples.

Two universities have cooperated closely with companies and government bodies to develop the National GI Minor. For more information go to

Required courses 

  • Geo-data: This course provides you with insight into the different ways of gathering geo data and teaches you a structural method of appraising its applicability. You prepare geo data to be used for geographic analysis and visualization. 
  • Geographic Analysis and Visualization: In this course you gain knowledge of spatial analysis and visualization. We will use different methodologies and tutorial assignments to understand how to go from data to information in order to support decision making. 
  • Research assignment: This has an internship format and students carry out an individual research project in the domain of spatial information at a host institution. 

The courses Geo-data and Geographic Analysis and Visualization merge into a joint assignment. These courses cannot be followed separately. The course Research Assignment can only be taken if you have followed the courses mentioned above.  

Specialisation courses

One specialisation course to deepen your knowledge. You can choose from:

  • Land Use Change (6 ECs) at the VU 
  • Advanced GIS (7.5 ECs) at UU 

Admission and registration

Third year students of universities and Applied universities in the Netherlands can apply. To register, please email Dr. Eduardo Dias ( with a list of your grades, an explanation of your previous experience with GIS and a brief motivation why you think this minor is relevant for you. 

Deadline for registration is July 1.


For more information concerning the educational program contact the study advisor. The minor is coordinated by Eduardo Dias ( and Maurice de Kleijn (, +31 (0)20 59 82307, room HG9A-89).

Skills for employment market

“There is a need for T-shaped people, people who have knowledge of two disciplines and who can make out the intersection. If geo-information is one of those disciplines, you’ll have a unique combination in your skillset.”
Jan Willem van Eck, director of strategy, Esri Nederland 

“With knowledge of geo-information you can make the information of your own area of expertise more significant by being able to recognize structures and patterns.
Theo Thewessen, director Geodan

“I expect that the demand for highly educated employees in geo-information will rise sharply. On the one hand due to the aging labor market and the other hand due to the increased call for the use geo-information to enhance corporate processes.”
Peter Hoogwerf, director Geo- and Real Estate information and Advice Kadaster

Student testimonials

“At Dutch Water Authority Rivierenland I wasn’t ‘just an intern’, even before my final presentation they were looking for ways to incorporate my research results in their organization.”
Dymphie Burger, Dutch Water Authority Rivierenland

“During my internship at Kadaster I was placed at a dynamic, internationally orientated department. I was given free reign to do an interesting research project with good guidance that taught me a lot.”
Derek van Bochove, Kadaster Internationaal 

“By taking part in the GI Minor I met a lot of passionate people; people with an infectious passion to make systems run more efficiently and provide others with a better overview.”
Monique Spruijt, FaciliDat

Paolo Tasseron

Student National Geo Information Minor

Paolo Tasseron

'The National GI Minor at the VU University allowed me to positively change my perspection of geo-information science. Having done only two preliminary GIS courses, the minor offered a significant opportunity to grasp the concepts and foundations of modern day GIS. A distinct variety of topics covered in the seminars has notably broadened my skills and thinking. Some seminars and projects were quite challenging, yet the available assistance boosted my confidence with the technical aspects, which I admired. The lecturers are friendly, open-minded and willing to discuss potential critique the students have and take this into consideration when assessing next years course structure. All in all, an insightful opportunity to get familiar, confident and experienced with GIS.'

Samenvatting National Geo Information Minor




1 semester (30 EC)


1 September