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.
In addition, the VU offers students the only full-fledged academic specialization in software engineering in Amsterdam. You get your skills from researchers who are specialized in this field. During the bachelor you can opt for the engineering minor Deep Programming. After the bachelor you can go for the Master's track in Software Engineering and Green IT. This track is unique because of its focus on teaching you how to engineer energy-aware software and ICT systems, making our digital society more sustainable.
If you want to go for a top-class education in engineering of distributed computer systems, you can opt for our selective master's programme in Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems (PDCS) after your bachelor. PDCS was founded by professor Andy Tanenbaum, a world-renowned researcher in computer networks, and the creator of MINIX.
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.
The Holland International Study Centre provides preparation programmes for international students who do not quite meet the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree. The Science, Engineering and Computing International Foundation Year is designed to develop your academic and English language skills
so that, upon successful completion, you can progress to the Computer Science Bachelor’s degree at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Applicants holding a diploma from another country must meet a number of requirements:
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.
University preparation programmes
If you are an international student who does not meet the direct admission requirements for this Bachelor’s degree, you have the opportunity to apply for the Science, Engineering and Computing International Foundation Year at the Holland International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, you can progress to the Computer Science Bachelor’s degree at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
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 B.
Exams in the Netherlands
Boswell-Bèta (English). Boswell-Bèta in Utrecht (the Netherlands) provides VWO Mathematics B with exams in December, May and July.
CCVX (Dutch and English). CCVX offers VWO Mathematics B.
Please check our step-by-step application guide for more information.
International applicants will be asked to submit the following documents:
Deadline: International students who require university housing and/or a student visa must apply before 1 April. Students who do not require university housing and/or a student visa 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.
As a prospective Computer Science student at VU Amsterdam you will take part in the VU Matching programme. VU Matching is an element of the application procedure. It consists of two parts, first you fill out the digital questionnaire on VUnet and second you participate in the matching activity of the programme. The matching activity aims to give you a realistic idea of the content of the programme, so you can determine if it 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 email@example.com 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 check out the website VU Matching [Dutch] or VU Matching [English]. If you have questions about the matching activity, please contact the matching coordinator ofthe Faculty of Science: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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)
Students will have to spend approximately 200 euro per year for buying books. From 2020, new students are expected to possess a laptop computer, running either Windows 10 or mac OSX, for participating in educational activities (approx. 200 euro per academic year).
1 April (non-EEA students + EEA students requiring housing) / 1 May (EEA students who do not require housing)
BINDING STUDY ADVICE
Norm: 42 ECTS
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!