Make your own study plan

Dutch law requires that students who wish to get a double degree study at least 25% of their programme in the Netherlands. The iGEON programme has several options if you plan to study for a double degree:

  1. You start the programme with the first 3 compulsory courses fully at distance and study at your own study tempo (100%, 50%, or 25%). After completion, you come to study to UT/ITC and join the domain specific modules of the Natural Resource Management block 2 (module 5-10 of the NRM study guide, 30 ECTS).  This option has the advantage that at an early stage, the student can interact with fellow students and staff in person, and have a lot of time to discuss the chosen research topic with various staff. After completion of this block you continue with your study at a distance.
  2. You join the research skills module (5 ECTS) at UT/ITC, followed by a selection of two advanced modules (10 ECTS), module 14/15 research preparation and proposal writing (10 ECTS). See also the NRM study guide, block 3. After proposal defence, the student spends time with his/her supervisor finishing the research methodology (5 ECTS) before returning to the home country for completion of the MSc research. This option provides the student with a solid preparation for the research phase and time for exchange of ideas with the supervisor. With a coherent and fully developed research plan the student returns to the home country.
  3. You carry out your entire research project (30 ECTS) at UT/ITC. This option will be interesting for (part-time) students who wish to fully concentrate on the thesis.  AT UT/ITC you will be embedded in the research group and work closely with your supervisor.  You will work in a research ambiance and when needed, have support from fellow students.
  4. This option is especially interesting for part-time (50% and 25%) students who like to benefit from the wide range of face to face advanced courses (block 3) available at UT/ITC and cannot stay at UT/ITC for 6 modules in a row.  In year 1 you start with 2 advanced topics (10 ECTS) in UT/ITC, then return home to study on-line elective courses. In year 2 you take another two advanced courses face to face in ITC in combination with module 14/15 research preparation (20 ECTS)

Other trajectories are also possible after careful planning and in agreement with the programme coordinators.


Students who wish to study 25% of the programme at UTwente/ITC in the Netherlands should be prepared to pay for accommodation and living. The total costs are estimated to be approximatelly € 3,450. This information is meant as an indication of an average student budget for this suggested 3 month stay. The following costs are included in this budget:

  • Housing: ITC Hotel (optional): € 450/month
  • Food: € 625
  • Transportation: Students use mainly bikes for their daily commute (a second hand bike costs approximately € 50-100 to buy)
  • Other (clothing etc.): € 200
  • Insurance (optional for EU/EEA students (*)): € 480
  • Entry visa / residence permit (Non-EU/EEA students only): € 321

Check the ITC course calendar for start dates of modules and plan your study. Make sure you discuss your plan timely (at least 3 months before your intended study in the Netherlands) with the programme coordinators at UT/ITC and Lund University.

(*) Insurance costs for EU/EEA students depend on policies of insurance companies in home country. EU/EEA students can opt for additional insurance of € 10-€ 25 per month. This insurance covers costs of liability, household contents and luggage, legal aid and extra costs.