Computer Science is all about our interaction with information. That information can range from railway timetables to personal health care data or exciting new virtual games. Computer technology has given us a wealth of new opportunities, but unfortunately it has also created serious risks. The Bachelor’s in Computer Science at VU Amsterdam focuses on both aspects, with Networks and Security as two major topics in the program.
The openness and transparency that we value in the Netherlands are reflected in our educational system. You will receive a pro-active and challenging education, and our lecturers’ doors are always open for any questions you might have. Our lecturers combine teaching with top-level research. They also maintain solid relations with various businesses in the field, and projects you will work on during your program are often organized in cooperation with such companies.
Can't wait? Check out this lecture on Computer Systems by top-researcher Herbert Bos, which is part of the actual curriculum.
Upon graduation you’ll receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. You’ll be able to use your knowledge to develop state-of-the-art computer programs, evaluate potential network security weaknesses, or design a secure network. Our graduates have landed jobs as software engineers with Google, Nokia and the City of Amsterdam. Others have become Licensed Ethical Hackers at XS4ALL, consultants with Accenture or are now CEOs of their own companies (e.g. Voiceworks). Computer Science is invaluable for almost any modern industry or company, so you will have many options when it comes to finding the right job.
Even more doors will open for you if you decide to specialize further by pursuing a Master’s degree. VU Amsterdam offers six Computer Science Master’s programs, each with an excellent reputation in a decidedly international environment. Check out all our Master’s programs.
Admission criteria for international applicants
Applicants holding a pre-university school diploma from another country must meet a number of requirements:
Equivalency to a Dutch VWO diploma
See the general guide to accepted diplomas for examples of diplomas with which you are eligible for admission to Computer Science, provided that you are not deficient in Mathematics or English. Please note: this list is meant to give you an indication of admissibility; no rights can be derived from it.
Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics
Examples of diplomas that demonstrate sufficient proficiency in Mathematics are:
After you apply to the programme and upload the required documents in our student portal, the admission officer will have a look at your transcripts to determine whether your mathematics level is sufficient. If your proficiency in mathematics is considered to be insufficient, an additional certificate will be required for admission. This must be submitted before 31 August.
The following certificates (combined with a secondary school diploma) are deemed equivalent to Dutch VWO Mathematics B level and will allow admission into the Computer Science program:
Exams in the Netherlands
Proof of sufficient proficiency in English
International applicants must take an English language proficiency test and submit their scores before 1 August. Applicants who have completed their education in Canada, the USA, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia are exempt from this requirement, as are those who have obtained an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma (English-taught programs only).
We accept the following tests and minimum scores:
If you are already in the Netherlands, you can also register for a TOEFL test at VU Taalcentrum. Please note however that this test is only valid at VU Amsterdam.
VU Amsterdam only accepts language tests that have been completed max. 2 years ago. The certificate of the test may not be older than 2 years, counted from the date you start the CS program at VU Amsterdam.
Nuffic Certificate for Chinese students
Chinese students who wish to enroll in an English-taught program at a Dutch institute of higher education are required to apply for a Nuffic Certificate. Nuffic will send this certificate directly to the relevant Dutch institute of higher education once it has been issued.
Dutch WO/HBO (first-year certificate, Bachelor’s or Master’s degree)
You will be eligible for admission to the Bachelor’s in Computer Science with proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics, similar to non-Dutch students (see above).
All applicants must start the application procedure through the Studielink.nl portal. You will then receive an e-mail inviting you to complete your application in the VU student portal, where you will also be asked to submit all documentation needed for the admission procedure.
International applicants will be asked to submit:
· Transcript(s) of records (e.g. High School grade list)
· Copy of diploma (if already obtained)
· Copy of valid passport
· Curriculum Vitae (your personal details, previous education and any relevant work experience in approximately one A4 page)
Deadline: International students who require housing facilities, as well as all non-EEA students, must apply before 1 April. EEA students who do not require housing facilities must apply before 1 May. You will be informed about your admission within four weeks after the completion of your application (including all required documents).
Ready to apply?
Great! All applicants must start the application procedure through the Studielink.nl portal.
How will you be spending your time?
Our three-year Bachelor’s program will teach you to speak and understand the language of computers, from the logic that systems are built on to the various abstractions of the code used to program them. Moreover, you'll learn how computer networks share information efficiently and securely, and how users interact with systems. You'll be in the driver’s seat with key skills and expertise, ready to start working in this fascinating field.
Computer Science is a full-time program with an intensive pace. On average you will spend 14 hours a week at the university. This time will be devoted to 3-4 lectures, practical classes and group assignments. You will also spend a significant amount of time working on projects at home. You will take two courses simultaneously in any given two-month teaching period.
Language of instruction
3 years (fulltime)
1 April (non-EEA students + EEA students requiring housing) / 1 May (EEA students who do not require housing)
Computer Science, Mathematics, Business
Field of Interest
Computer Science, Mathematics and Business
I have always been fascinated by everything involving computers. So studying Computer Science seemed only logical, and VU Amsterdam was at the top of my list. Over the past three years I’ve taken fascinating courses on algorithms, programming, problem solving and database architecture, precisely what I like! In addition, the contact between the professors and students is great, which really makes me doubly glad I opted for VU Amsterdam. It’s almost a pity I’m nearly done with my Bachelor’s. I want more!