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Make computers work for us

Are you interested in computers, programming and building applications? Are you a logical thinker and good at maths, but also creative? Would you like to contribute to the technology of tomorrow? 

Then the Computer Science programme is just the thing for you. 

The application deadline for this programme has past. You can apply for academic year 2023-2024, as from 1 October 2022.

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply

  • Admission requirements for non-Dutch previous education

    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
    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
    Although complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted. You can find all accepted tests and scores on our Language Requirements webpage.

    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 diploma subjects 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

    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:

    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-B (OMPT-B) 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 70% in the OMPT-B online exam) is compulsory for admission to the programme. 

  • 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

    Application documents:

    • Scan of your passport or national ID card (ID for EEA students only) valid at the start date of the programme
    • Diploma or Diploma Statement:
      - upload a scan of your obtained diploma
      - Not graduated yet? Ask your school to complete the Diploma Statement document
    • Curriculum Vitae; the curriculum vitae should include your personal details and list your previous education (including school name), ± 1-2 pages. 
    • Proof of English language proficiency (if already obtained): upload your proof of English language proficiency or English language test results.
      VU English language requirements
    • Transcript of records; a transcript of the grades obtained over the final two years of your high school and any further education up to the moment of your application.
      Your transcript of records can be in English, German, Dutch, French, Italian or Spanish. All other documents need be written in or translated into English. IB and A-level applicants are asked to also upload their official predicted grades if available. Applicants from the US education system are requested to include any obtained AP College Board exam scores. 

    Application deadline:

    The application deadline for this 2022-2023 programme has past. You can apply for academic year 2023-2024, as from 1 October 2022.

  • Admission requirements and applying with Dutch previous education

    VWO diploma

    • 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 

    • English at 6 VWO level
    • Mathematics B  at 6 VWO level

    Higher professional education (HBO) completed programme 

    • English at 6 VWO level
    • Mathematics B at 6 VWO level

    Aged 21 or over?  
    Dutch applicants who do not meet any of the above educational requirements and who are aged 21 or over, may be admitted by way of colloquium doctum. This requires obtaining the following modular certificates at 6 VWO level:

    • English
    • Mathematics B 

    Deficiencies at 6 VWO level
    You can obtain your certificates at various institutions.
    Do you want to prepare for obtaining VWO partial certificates? Then you can follow additional education at an evening school or at other institutions that offer education at VWO level.

    Ready to apply?
    The application deadline for this 2022-2023 programme has past. You can apply for academic year 2023-2024, as from 1 October 2022.

  • VU Study Choice Check

    Once you have made your choice of study programme, VU Study Choice Check offers you the opportunity to determine if the study programme corresponds to the image and expectations that you have and whether it suits you. VU Study Choice Check is part of the application procedure for all bachelor degree programmes. 

    For this programme, the Study Choice Check consists of completing the required questionnaire in VUweb and taking part in the Study Choice Check online activity on Canvas. After filling in the questionnaire you will receive personal advice about your choice of study.

    The Study Choice Check activity will be organized online and will be available until 1 July 2022. In order for us to be able to send you an invitation it is necessary that you log in to VUweb and complete and confirm the application form (progress 100 percent). We will start sending the invitations in the week of 18 April 2022 to the email address you entered when you registered. Check your spam folder regularly to make sure you don’t miss out on any messages from us. If you have not received an invitation, please mail to studiekeuzecheck.beta@vu.nl

    Please note: filling out the digital questionnaire and participation in the programme activity are mandatory for all Computer Science students!

    General information and frequently asked questions about the VU Study Choice Check can be found here: VU Studiekeuzecheck [Dutch] or VU Study Choice Check [English]. If you have questions about the Study Choice Check for this programme, please contact the Coordinator Study Choice Check of the Faculty of Science: studiekeuzecheck.beta@vu.nl.

  • 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.

    Check your eligibility.

  • 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.

  • Additional costs

    Bachelor students Computer Science will have to spend approximately 200 euro per year for buying books. 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).

  • 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 process look like? 
    If you have applied for the programme between 1 October 2022 and 15 January 2023 (23.59 CET), you can participate in the selection procedure. We use two criteria to select students: 

    1. Grades achieved in previous education
    The first criterion is the grades you obtained in your previous education. For this purpose, the normalized grades of your pre-university education are taken into account.

    Dutch previous education

    • Currently in 6 VWO: hand in a grade list according to the provided template for your SE grades validated by your institution on January 13th 2023. WARNING: Only documents that are correctly dated will be considered valid.

    If you applied 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, before January 15th 2023. 

    • 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, please note: the following additional requirements apply at 6 VWO level: mathematics B and English: Hand in validated copy of HAVO diploma with final grade list.
    • HAVO completed and HBO propedeuse completed, please note: the following additional requirements apply at 6 VWO level: mathematics B and English: Hand in validated copy of HAVO diploma with final grade list and HBO propedeuse grade list.
    • MBO completed and currently working on HBO propedeuse, please note: the following additional requirements apply at 6 VWO level: mathematics B and English: Hand in validated copy of MBO diploma with final grade list.
    • MBO completed and HBO propedeuse completed, please note: the following additional requirements apply at 6 VWO level: mathematics B and English: Hand in HBO propedeuse grade list.

    Non-Dutch previous education

    • If you applied for the Computer Science programme with a non-Dutch previous education, you must upload the necessary documents during the application process via the Bachelor Application File.

    2. Selection test, consisting of a combination of knowledge and insight questions

    The selection test is a self-designed multiple choice test with knowledge questions about pre-supplied study material and an online lecture (weighting 70%). The study materials are representative for the first year of the bachelor's programme in Computer Science at VU Amsterdam. The test will take you a few hours to finish so reserve enough time in your schedule.

    Date selection test
    The selection test will take place on 7 March 2023, 13.00 – 17.00 pm. If you have successfully sent us your final grades from your previous education, you will receive an email with the invitation to the test approximately two weeks prior to the test. For the successful completion of the programme, sufficient proficiency in the English language is very important.

    Literature and practice assignments 
    About two weeks in advance of the selection test you will receive access to the necessary study material by email.

    The outcome
    The result of the selection is determined as follows. The average grade of your previous education counts for 30 percent. The scores based on your results on the selection test count for 70 percent. These two scores together determine your position in the ranking. On April 15, 2023 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.

    Accept place
    The programme has a total of 400 places available per year for Dutch and international candidates. If you are offered a place, you have two weeks to accept it. If you do not accept, you will no longer be admitted in the 2023-2024 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 2023, there is a chance that you will still be offered a place in the following months.

    Important dates: 

    • 13 January 2023 (for Dutch 6 VWO students: have your grade list validated)
    • 15 January 2023, 23.59 CET: registration deadline in Studielink
    • 7 March 2023, 13.00 – 17.00 pm CET: taking the selection test 
    • 15 April 2023: results of the selection procedure will be announced through Studielink
    • 16-22 April 2023: explanation of ranking number will be sent to you via email
    • 15 July 2023: meet admission requirements and pay tuition fees

    Do you have any questions about the selection procedure? Please contact us via selection.cs.beta@vu.nl.

Want to know more?

General questions

Send an email to contact@vu.nl

Call +31 (0)20 59 85000 (on working days from 10:00 - 16.00)

Or send a Whatsapp message to +31682548367

International diploma applicants

International diploma applicants are welcome to send an email to bachelors.fs@vu.nl to get in touch with the International Student Advisors of this programme.

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