Information Sciences

Digital optimization and innovation for business

GENERATING AND USING DATA

Important information about future Information Sciences
The forthcoming academic year (2019/2020) will be the last in which VU Amsterdam is offering the Bachelor’s in Information Sciences to new students. The Master’s in Information Sciences will continue as before.

In principle, you can embark on Information Sciences bachelor's in September, but there are disadvantages to enroll in a programme that is phased out. Are you considering the Bachelor's Information Sciences? Then contact study advisor Hiltje Osinga via studyadvice.cs.beta@vu.nl or 020-5988880 to get personal advice for the right study choice.

Everyone is online. As a result, organisations have more and more opportunities to generate and use data, which is exactly what you will learn to do in the Information Sciences (previously named Information, Multimedia and Management) programme at VU Amsterdam. For example, this could involve developing and implementing a search engine, or a museum website that can predict what the visitor is interested in. As an Information Sciences student, you will study new applications and markets and create innovative and user-friendly solutions.

There will be plenty of contact with your lecturers and fellow-students, as you will work together on a range of practical assignments. All lecturers have considerable work experience in the public and commercial sectors, both on a national and an international level. Information Sciences is a dynamic programme with a focus on recent developments. You will learn both communication skills and technical skills, and – especially during the third year – you will take a more practical approach, completing a serious assignment for a representative organisation.

The Bachelor's programme in Information Sciences is taught in English in its entirety.

As an information expert, the job market is yours for the taking. In our society, technological developments happen in rapid succession, so there is increasing demand for expert ICT staff. Depending on your interests and ambitions, you could, for instance, end up as an Information Technology Architect, Data Analyst, ICT Consultant or Programmer.

Alternatively, you could choose to continue on to the one-year Master's programme in Information Sciences at VU Amsterdam, or a different Master's programme that is multi-disciplinary or related to computer science. For more information about Master's programmes at VU Amsterdam, visit: www.vu.nl/masters.

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.

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:

  • International Baccalaureate: Mathematics Standard or Higher Level.
  • British GCE A-Levels: A-level in Mathematics. At least grade A,B or C.
  • Germany: Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife, including Mathematics as Grundkurs.
  • European Baccalaureate:  Mathematics; written or oral examination, at least 4 hours during the Orientation Cycle.

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.

International Exams

  • International Baccalaureate certificate in Mathematics SL
  • Another option for obtaining a separate course certificate in Mathematics is to take A-level examinations at a registered Cambridge school. Please check here to find the nearest Cambridge school in your country.

 Exams in the Netherlands

  • Boswell-Bèta (English). Boswell-Bèta in Utrecht (the Netherlands) provides VWO Mathematics A with exams in December, May and July.
  • CCVX (Dutch and English). CCVX offers VWO Mathematics A.

Please check our step-by-step application guide for more information.

International applicants will be asked to submit the following documents:

  • Transcript(s) of records (e.g. High School grade list)
  • Curriculum Vitae (your personal details, previous education and any relevant work experience in approximately one A4 page)
  • Copy of valid passport
  • English language test results (if already obtained)

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 student you will take part in the VU Matching Programme. VU Matching is an element of the application procedure for all bachelor degree programmes. It consists of two parts: first you fill out a 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 study, so you can determine if the study matches your expectations and, whether you have chosen the right programme.

- Dutch Nationals are expected to participate in the matching activity on campus on Thursday June 6, 2019. Keep this in mind when planning your holiday(job). You can find the schedule for the day here.

- International students are expected to participate in an online digital matching activity once they are conditionally admitted. Note that this online activty is available until 11 August midnight Amsterdam time.

Keep an eye on your inbox: the email invites are sent to the email address you provided when you registered. Invitations and reminders are sent regularly between mid April and early May.

For general information about matching please visit VU Matching. If you have questions about the matching activity, please contact the matching coordinator of the Faculty of Science: matching.beta@vu.nl.

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.

Julia Tan                         Alexander Lindemans
M: bachelors.fs@vu.nl   M: bachelors.fs@vu.nl
T: +31 205984212          T: +31 205982788 

THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING

Besides the practical assignments, the first year will focus on strengthening your technical foundations, including an introduction to programming. The second year focuses more on management skills. In your third year, you will select a minor and work on a big external team assignment. As a specialist-in-training, you will be the link that connects the organisation, ICT and the end-user. This experience will prove particularly useful later on when you enter the professional field.

In your first year, you will acquire certain basic skills, including the basic principles of programming. Furthermore, you will receive an introduction to the main tracks of Information Sciences and Computer Science, which will give you a general idea of what this programme has to offer. Important courses include Introduction to IS, Web Technology, Management and Organisation, and Introduction to Programming. You will conclude your first year with an Interactive Multimedia project.

For more in-depth information on the first year, please refer to our study guide.

In your second year, you will lay the foundations necessary for a successful transition to the professional field. The second year features several mandatory subjects, including Social Psychology, Databases, and Business Intelligence and Analytics.

For more in-depth information on the second year, please refer to our study guide.

In your third year, you will start specialising by choosing a minor. For instance, you could choose the Web Data & Services minor, or the Deep Programming minor. If these don't match your interests, you can also opt to create your own 'free' minor, or choose one from a different study programme, such as the minor in Entrepreneurship. While the Bachelor's phase has no mandatory work placement, you will still gain a lot of practical experience. The final project, for instance, is an external assignment that you complete as part of a team.

For more in-depth information on the third year, please refer to our study guide.

In your first year, you will acquire certain basic skills, including the basic principles of programming. Furthermore, you will receive an introduction to the main tracks of Information Sciences and Computer Science, which will give you a general idea of what this programme has to offer. Important courses include Introduction to IS, Web Technology, Management and Organisation, and Introduction to Programming. You will conclude your first year with an Interactive Multimedia project.

For more in-depth information on the first year, please refer to our study guide.

In your second year, you will lay the foundations necessary for a successful transition to the professional field. The second year features several mandatory subjects, including Social Psychology, Databases, and Business Intelligence and Analytics.

For more in-depth information on the second year, please refer to our study guide.

In your third year, you will start specialising by choosing a minor. For instance, you could choose the Web Data & Services minor, or the Deep Programming minor. If these don't match your interests, you can also opt to create your own 'free' minor, or choose one from a different study programme, such as the minor in Entrepreneurship. While the Bachelor's phase has no mandatory work placement, you will still gain a lot of practical experience. The final project, for instance, is an external assignment that you complete as part of a team.

For more in-depth information on the third year, please refer to our study guide.

Overview Information Sciences (Information, Multimedia and Management)

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English

DURATION

3 years/full time

TUITION FEE

APPLICATION DEADLINE

1 April (non-EEA students + EEA students requiring housing) / 1 May (EEA students who do not require housing)

START DATE

1 September

STUDY TYPE

Full-time

BINDING STUDY ADVICE

norm: 42 EC

VWO Profile

NT/NG/EM/CM (met Wiskunde A of B)

FIELD OF INTEREST

Economics, Business and Law
Computer Science, Mathematics and Business
Natural Sciences

Bob van Knippenbergh

Former student

Foto Bob

Information Science students should be able to look at the big picture without losing sight of the small details. In that respect, communication skills and a wide range of interests are just as important as mathematical insight. As an ICT professional, you are the link that connects several disciplines, and are able to offer unique views on a problem and possible solutions. The fact that I am now able to provide in-depth advice is entirely thanks to this broad and interdisciplinary Bachelor's programme.

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