The Bachelor's programme in Artificial intelligence at the VU Amsterdam has two tracks: Intelligent Systems and Socially Aware Computing. You decide which option is best for you. The first year is the same for both tracks, the second year shares 40% of their programmes. This means you can switch very easily!
Intelligent Systems track
The Intelligent Systems track of the AI Bachelor’s degree programme focuses on building intelligent systems, i.e. on developing, applying and evaluating new intelligent algorithms. You will study how computers are able to learn automatically and how they accumulate, represent and apply knowledge on a large scale. This programme teaches you three main aspects: essential informatics skills and knowledge, such as programming, databases and algorithms; a sound foundation in mathematics in order to use and evaluate new methods, such as logic, algebra or statistics; and general AI methodology and technology, such as automatic learning and building intelligent systems.
Socially Aware Computing track
This track is unique in the Netherlands: you can only study Socially Aware Computing at VU Amsterdam. This programme focuses on helping people by using artificial intelligence. You will learn how to develop the tools and programmes that make people’s everyday lives more pleasant, safer and healthier. For example, you could develop an intelligent living environment for the elderly, smart training programmes for athletes, or intelligent sensors and devices to help deal with stress. We are seeing more and more applications of artificial intelligence in our daily lives.
Socially Aware Computing is very much a multidisciplinary programme. As well as basic knowledge about informatics and artificial intelligence, you will learn about other specialist areas, including psychology and health sciences. In addition, you will learn to investigate how people live and how to use technical skills to increase their quality of life. To this end, you will also learn how new technologies work, so that you can combine your medical and psychological knowledge and your AI and informatics expertise for application in theoretical and practical skills. This will allow you to make a difference in the future – or even during your studies, as undergraduate Fabian Dophemont did for his degree thesis on how the use of smart phones can be reduced when cycling.
Many graduates choose to further their knowledge by doing a Master’s degree. The Bachelor's programme in Artificial Intelligence provides direct access to our two-year Master’s in Artificial Intelligence. This fascinating programme offers all sorts of avenues to explore once you have graduated. You could opt to study Minor Bioinformatics and Systems Biology in your third year, then after completing your AI degree you could move up and study for a Top Master’s in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. To see what Master’s degrees are available please go to www.vu.nl/masters.
1. A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO diploma
See the Diploma Requirement List for examples of accepted diplomas per country. Please note: this list is meant to give you an indication of admissibility; no rights can be derived from it.
2. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English
See the General Admission Requirements for the English language requirement.
3. Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics
After you apply to the programme and upload the required documents in our student portal, your International Student Advisor will have a look at your transcripts to determine whether your diploma is equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma and whether your Mathematics level is sufficient. These examples of diplomas demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the subject Mathematics:
If your proficiency in this subject is considered to be insufficient, your International Student Advisor will inform you about the possibilities how to meet the requirements with additional certificates.
When advised to sit an entry exam, the following certificates are deemed equivalent to Dutch VWO Mathematics A.
Exams in the Netherlands
As a prospective student AI you will take part in the VU Matching Programme. VU Matching is part of the application procedure for all bachelor degree programmes. It consists of two parts: you must fill out the digital questionnaire on VUnet and you participate in the matching activity of the study programme. The matching activity aims to give you a realistic idea of the content of the study, so that you can determine if the study matches your expectations and whether you have chosen the right programme.
Dutch Nationals The matching activity on campus took place on Thursday June 6, 2019.
International students Some time after your conditional admittance you will be invited for the online matching activity. This activity is available until 11 August midnight, Amsterdam time.
If for some reason you missed the invitation for the matching you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for access to the online activity. Please note that you can only gain access to the activity in the digital learning environment Canvas after you have completed and confirmed the application form in VUnet (Progress 100%). The online activity is available until 11 August midnight, Amsterdam time.
You may expect a reply to your email within 5 workingdays. Keep an eye on your inbox and check your spamfolder as well.
Participation in the matching activity is not mandatory for this programme and not participating will not affect your application.
For general information about matching, please check out the website VU Matching [Dutch] or VU Matching [English]. If you have questions about the matching activity, please contact the Matching coordinator for the Faculty of Science at email@example.com.
If you have a specific question about applying with a non-Dutch diploma you can contact our International Student Advisor. The ISA will help you with practicalities about your bachelor admission and support you throughout the application process.
Kim Daamen Julia Tan
T: +31 20 59 85284 T: +31 205984212
Or email your question to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
3 years (full time)
1 April (students requiring visa and/or housing services) / 1 May (students who do not require visa and/or housing services)
BINDING STUDY ADVICE
A minimum of 42 credits
FIELD OF INTEREST
Behavioural and Social Sciences
Health and Movement
Computer Science, Mathematics and Business