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Selection – Numerus Fixus
For students who want to start the bachelor's programme in Computer Science, a selection procedure (Numerus Fixus) applies. There are 400 places available at VU Amsterdam. This may mean that not everyone who wishes to study Computer Science at VU Amsterdam can be admitted. Apart from Computer Science, you can apply for one other Numerus Fixus study programme in the Netherlands. In case you have been admitted to two programmes, you can only accept one place.
What does the selection procedure look like?
You can apply for the programme between 1 October 2023 and 15 January 2024 (23.59 CET). We use two criteria to select students: the grades achieved in previous education (weighting 30%), and a selection test (weighting 70%).
1. Grades achieved in previous education
The first criterion is the grades you obtained in your previous (pre-university) education. Important: all grade lists must be validated by your educational institution before you upload them.
Dutch previous education
• Currently in 6 vwo: hand in a grade list of your grades for 5 vwo, according to the provided template. Make sure your grade list is validated by your educational institution. Mail this document to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you apply for the Computer Science programme with one of the following Dutch educational levels, please fill out this form to upload your grades and/or diploma.
• 6 vwo completed
• 5 vwo completed and other required subjects through different routes such as roc, vavo, etc.: hand in proof of the grades for 5 vwo.
• Havo completed and currently working on hbo propedeuse: hand in validated copy of havo diploma with final grade list. Please note: the following additional requirements apply: both mathematics B and English at 6 vwo level.
• Havo completed and hbo propedeuse completed: hand in validated copy of havo diploma with final grade list and hbo propedeuse grade list. Please note: the following additional requirements apply: both mathematics B and English at 6 vwo level.
• Mbo completed and currently working on hbo propedeuse: hand in validated copy of mbo diploma with final grade list. Please note: the following additional requirements apply: both mathematics B and English at 6 vwo level.
• Mbo completed and hbo propedeuse completed: hand in hbo propedeuse grade list. Please note: the following additional requirements apply: both mathematics B and English at 6 vwo level.
Non-Dutch previous education
• If you apply for the Computer Science programme with a non-Dutch previous education, you must upload the necessary documents during the application process via the VU Application Form - Bachelor.
2. Selection test
The selection test is a multiple choice test that consists of both knowledge and insight questions. The questions will be about pre-supplied study material and an online lecture. The study materials are representative for the first year of the bachelor's programme in Computer Science at VU Amsterdam. The selection test will take place on our VU campus, within the TenT. Please note that all participants are required to be present at this location. Remotely participating in the test is not possible.
Date selection test
The selection test will take place on 5 March 2024, 13.00 – 17.00 pm. You will receive an email with the invitation to the test approximately two weeks prior to the test.
Studying with a disability
In case you study with a disability and need an exam facility (for example extra time) please request this when you register for your study programme. An exam facility needs to be requested at least 4 weeks before the selection test so it can be assessed in time. Send a (medical) statement together with your request, so that it can be processed. You will receive an e-mail when the facility has been approved. In case you have any questions about requesting a facility please contact email@example.com. Make sure to include any proof (i.e. medical statement) in this email as well.
Literature and practice assignments
About two weeks in advance of the selection test you will receive access to the necessary study material by email. You will need about 6 hours to study the material.
The result of the selection is determined as follows. The average grade of your previous education counts for 30 percent. The scores based on the results on your selection test count for 70 percent. These two scores together determine your position in the ranking. On April 15, 2024 you will receive the results of the selection (your ranking number and any proof of placement). Within a week you will also receive an explanation about your given ranking number.
The programme has a total of 400 places available per year. If you are offered a place, you have two weeks to accept it. If you do not accept, you will not be admitted in the 2024-2025 academic year and your place will be offered to the next person in the ranking. If you are not offered a place on April 15 2024, there is a chance that you will still be offered a place in the following months.
- 15 January 2024, 23.59 CET: registration deadline in Studielink
- 31 January 2024, 23.59 CET (for Dutch prior education): deadline for uploading diploma and/or grading lists via Formdesk form or grading list template
- 31 January 2024, 23.59 CET (non-Dutch prior education): deadline for uploading approved Bachelor Application Form and complete application
- 31 January 2024 23.59 CET: deadline submitting your correct personal data (copy passport/ID)
- 5 March 2024, 13.00 – 17.00 (CET): take part in selection test at the VU campus
- 15 April 2024: results of the selection procedure will be announced through Studielink
- 16 – 22 April 2024: explanation of ranking number will be sent to you via email
- 15 July 2024: meet admission requirements and pay tuition fees
Do you have any questions about the selection procedure? Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applying with non-Dutch previous education
Note that for diplomas obtained outside of the Netherlands an application fee of €100 applies.
Application fee payment options and possible exemptions
- Scan of your passport or national ID card (ID for EEA students only) valid at the start date of the programme
- VU Application Form - Bachelor; please download the correct format from this page. In the document you are asked to provide further details about your previous education level.
- Proof of English language proficiency (if already obtained): upload your proof of English language proficiency or English language test results.
VU English language requirements
The application deadline for all students for 2024-2025 is 15 January 2024 (or 15 December 2023 if you are applying via the 21+ Entrance exam route). Do you have a non-Dutch nationality? Then you may be eligible for housing via the International Office Accommodation Services. An early application is then strongly recommended.
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The Bachelor's programme in Computer Science is a Numerus Fixus study programme. Have you read the information above and are you ready to apply? Great! Click here for the application procedure.
Admission requirements for non-Dutch previous education
Computer Science is a selective programme (Numerus Fixus)
Applicants holding a non-Dutch pre-university diploma apply via the International Office. We check if your previous education meets a number of requirements. If you do not yet meet the requirements but expect to do so in the future (such as obtaining your diploma), you can already apply. We will evaluate your application and inform you of our admission decision.
Requirements that apply:
1. A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO-diploma
The International Office will determine whether your diploma is equivalent to the Dutch 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
You can find all accepted tests and scores on our Language Requirements webpage. Although complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the English test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted.
3. Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics
The International Office will determine whether your mathematics level is sufficient. These are some examples of diploma subjects that demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the subject Mathematics:
- International Baccalaureate: Mathematics HL, Analysis & Approaches HL
- British GCE A-Levels: A-level in Mathematics, at least grade A, B or C
- Germany: Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife, including Mathematics on erhöhtem Anforderungsniveau (eA) or as Leistungsfach
- European Baccalaureate: Mathematics; written or oral examination, at least 5 hours during the Orientation Cycle
When advised to sit an entry exam, the following certificates are deemed equivalent to Dutch VWO Mathematics B:
Mathematics Exams (available in English and accepted by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam):
- 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.
- Online Mathematics Placement Test. The Online Mathematics Placement Test-D (OMPT-D) is an online mathematics test that you can take from home by means of online proctoring.
A positive result for the mathematics examination (5,5/10 in the mathematics B exam or 60% in the OMPT-D online exam) is compulsory for admission to the programme.
For OMPT the additional information applies: if your OMPT test result was obtained more than 1 year ago, you may be asked to re-take the test to prove your mathematics proficiency. When this applies to you, it will be communicated in your admission decision if retaking the test is needed. A maximum number of 2 attempts per admission round are allowed.
To ensure that your application is processed in time in order to study and register for the exams we ask applicants to apply for their bachelor's programme of choice before:
- 15 December if you are applying via the 21+ Entrance exam route
- 1 April for all other students
Note that in addition to these tests all applicants will need to submit proof of sufficient proficiency in English. You can find all accepted tests and scores on our Language Requirements webpage.
Admission requirements and applying with Dutch previous education
- Natuur en Gezondheid, supplemented with Mathematics B
- Natuur en Techniek
- Economie en Maatschappij, supplemented with Mathematics B
- Cultuur en Maatschappij, supplemented with Mathematics B
Higher professional education (HBO) propaedeutic year
The following certificates must be obtained additionally at 6 VWO level:
- Mathematics B
Higher professional education (HBO) completed programme
The following certificates must be obtained additionally at 6 VWO level:
- Mathematics B
*applies only for achieved HBO bachelor Dutch-taught programme
21+ applicants with a valid Dutch home address and residence permit
Do you not meet any of the above program requirements and are 21 years of age or older? Then there is the possibility of admission to the program based on the entrance examination. Please visit the "entrance examination" page for more information on the application deadline and fees.
The following certificates must be obtained at 6 VWO level:
- Mathematics B
Deficiencies at 6 VWO level
You can obtain your certificates at various institutions. Do this no later than 15 July 2024.
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Binding Study Advice (BSA)
The BSA is an advice given to all Bachelor’s students on four occasions during their first year of studies concerning their study progress. The fourth recommendation, issued at the end of the first year, is binding in nature. To continue to the second year you must have obtained a certain number of credits.
To receive a positive BSA for this study programme you must have obtained a minimum of 42 EC (credits) at the end of the first year of enrolment. Every student has access to an overview of the obtained study results and assessments are available for inspection after registration of the test result.
Student Self Check Tool
Are you curious if you meet the admission requirements for the programme? Then you can fill out the online Student Self Check tool to find out more about your chances to be admitted to the Bachelor’s programme Computer Science.
In the tool you will be asked some questions about your previous education and background. Based on your answers you will receive a personal preliminary advice on your eligibility for admission and the next steps you can take to continue your application.
Please note: no rights can be derived from the Self Check tool results. For a definite admission decision you will have to complete the official application procedure for this programme.
Bachelor students Computer Science will have to spend approximately 200 euros per year for buying books. Additionally, students are expected to possess a laptop computer, running either Windows 10 or mac OSX, for participating in educational activities.
FAQ Selection - Numerus Fixus
If I want to apply to the programme, do I also need to participate in the selection procedure?
Yes, all candidates who apply for the Bachelor Computer Science will have to participate in the selection procedure. Please know that the final registration deadline in Studielink is 15 January 2024, 23:59 CET. Without a complete registration in Studielink, you will not be able to participate in the selection procedure.
I cannot come to the test because I do not live in the Netherlands and it is not possible for me to travel to the Netherlands. Can the test be taken online?
Unfortunately, it is not possible to take the test online. You will get a 2.5 for the test if you do not take part in the test (according to the Dutch grading system). This grade will be calculated with your GPA, which in turn will affect your ranking number. With this ranking number however, there is still a fairly high chance that you will receive a placeable spot. We therefore advise you to apply anyway, even if you are not able to attend the test.
I am participating in the selection procedure with a non-Dutch (foreign) diploma. How do I upload the required documents?
If you are applying to the programme with a non-Dutch diploma, then you must complete the Bachelor Application Form and upload this form in the application section of your VU Dashboard under ‘Application File’.
Do candidates need to provide a motivation letter in order to participate in the selection procedure?
No, students who are applying to this programme do not need to write a motivation letter. Rather, candidates must upload their grading lists and diploma’s from their prior education, and must take part in the selection test.
I did not manage to meet the deadlines for application. Can I still take part in the selection procedure?
No. As the Bachelor Computer Science is a Numerus Fixus programme, the deadlines we set out for candidates are very strict.
How ‘final’ is accepting the offer to Computer Science?
If you have been offered a spot in our Computer Science bachelor programme, then you have two weeks to either accept or reject the offer. If you accept the offer, you will be guaranteed a spot as long as you also fulfill all the regular admissions requirements. If you do not accept our offer within two weeks, your application to Computer Science will automatically be rejected.
Does the selection and placement procedure also determine whether I am admissible?
No, the selection procedure does not determine whether you are admissible. You will still have to prove that you meet all the requirements necessary to partake in our bachelor programme. Some students will not yet be directly admissible when applying, for example when they have not finished high school yet. Nevertheless, you can still partake in the procedure. Please be aware that you will have to adhere to the requirements before the start of the bachelor programme in September.
I received my final ranking number, but don’t fully understand how my ranking number was calculated.
Your final ranking number is calculated on your actual prior-education GPA and your score on the selection test. It is not based on a numerical average of the two ranking numbers for your GPA and the selection test.
The ranking number of your prior-education GPA and the ranking number of your test score have been given to you to provide you with an indication of your scores compared to the rest of the cohort. Due to privacy reasons we can not share the actual scores of the selection test, as this will disclose information about the scores of others as well. Overall, what is most important is your final ranking number.
How many times can I apply to a Numerus Fixus programme?
You may participate in our Computer Science selection procedure a total of two times.
Used selection attempts
- If you have not withdrawn your application in Studielink before 15 January, you will use up a participation opportunity.
- If you did participate in the selection procedure but fail to pass your final examination, you can submit a request to have your application withdrawn. Send an email to email@example.com before 1 September. Please use 'Request to undo selection attempt’ as the subject. You will need to send along documentary evidence that you have failed to obtain your diploma. If you do not submit a request before 1 September, you will lose one participation opportunity.
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