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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. 

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply

  • 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 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. You can send this completed template to selection.cs.beta@vu.nl. 

    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 - Numerus Fixus.

    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 students who are currently in 6vwo): validate grading lists by educational institution
    • 15 January 2023, 23.59 CET: registration deadline in Studielink.
    • 15 January 2023, 23.59 CET (Dutch prior education only): upload diploma and/or grading lists via Formdesk form or grading list template
    • 31 January 2023, 23.59 CET (non-Dutch prior education only): approved Bachelor Application File and completed application).
    • 31 January 2023: deadline submitting your correct personal data (copy passport/ID)
    • 7 March 2023, 13.00 – 16.30 (CET): take part in 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 onderwijsbureau.beta@vu.nl

  • Updates Selection 2023

    The selection test for BSc Computer Science will take place on 7 March 2023 between 1 pm – 5 pm. The selection test will take place on campus, within the Digitent. Online participation in the selection test is possible for candidates who live outside the Netherlands at the time of the selection test. The following conditions apply for this:

    • The candidate lives outside the Netherlands.
    • Online participation in the test is at the candidate's own risk, voluntary choice and personal responsibility. 
    • The candidate is aware of the privacy statement regarding online participation. For further information, please see VU Amsterdam Student Guide Online Proctoring
    • The candidate is responsible for a quiet room, a computer with a good stable internet connection and a webcam.
    • The candidate must register for online participation in the test no later than 2 February 2023 by sending an email to selection.cs.beta@vu.nl containing the following information; name, student number, the request to participate in the online test.

    Online Proctoring (OLP)
    The online selection test will take place with the use of online proctoring (OLP). As our candidates have such a wide variety of nationalities and are residing in various countries, we will be applying OLP in countries outside the Netherlands. Therefore, we must not only adhere to European and Dutch privacy legislation, but also to local privacy legislation.

    Unfortunately, the following four countries have privacy laws that significantly deviate from Dutch or European privacy laws in such a way that using OLP is currently not possible. Therefore it is not possible to participate in the selection test if you are residing in these countries at the time of the selection test:

    • China
    • Israel
    • Russia
    • Turkey

    If you will be in one of the following countries while taking part in the online selection test, then there are no restrictions based on local privacy laws.

    • European Economic Area + United Kingdom
    • BES Islands, Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten
    • Surinam
    • India
    • Iran
    • Pakistan
    • Ukraine
    • Serbia
    • Switzerland 
    • United States 
    • Canada
    • Australia  

    Please know that students with Chinese, Israeli, Russian or Turkish nationality can of course still participate in the online or on campus selection test if they are residing in the Netherlands or in one of the no-restriction countries, at the time of the selection test.

  • 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
    • Bachelor Application File - Numerus Fixus; please download the correct form here.
    • Proof of English language proficiency (if already obtained): upload your proof of English language proficiency or English language test results.
      VU English language requirements

    Application deadline
    The application deadline for all students for 2023-2024 is 15 January 2023. 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.

    Ready to apply?
    The Bachelor's programme in Computer Science is a Numerus Fixus study programme. You can apply for 2023-2024 until 15 January 2023. 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
    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 test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted.

    3. Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics
    After you've applied for the programme and uploaded the required documents in your VU Dashboard, the International Office will 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

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    *Not directly eligible for admission?

    If your diploma is not considered to be at the right level and/or if your proficiency in mathematics is considered to be insufficient, you will be informed if it is possible to meet the requirements with an additional certificate.

    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:

    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

    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
    The following certificates must be obtained additionally at 6 VWO level:

    • English 
    • Mathematics B

    Higher professional education (HBO) completed programme
    The following certificates must be obtained additionally at 6 VWO level:

    • Mathematics B 
    • English* 

    *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:

    • English
    • Mathematics B 

    Deficiencies at 6 VWO level
    You can obtain your certificates at various institutions. Do this no later than 15 July 2023.

    Ready to apply?
    Great! The Bachelor's programme in Computer Science is a Numerus Fixus study programme. You can apply via Studielink, please keep in mind the application deadlines.

    Complete immediately your application until 100% in your personal dashboard on VU.nl.

  • 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.

    Check your eligibility.

  • 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).

  • FAQ Selection - Numerus Fixus

    If I want to apply to the programme, do I also need to participate in the selection procedure?
    All candidates who wish to apply to BSc Computer Science will have to participate in the selection procedure. Please know that the final registration deadline is on 15 January 2023, 23:59 CET. In order to take part in the selection, registration in Studielink and all required documents need to have been uploaded by this deadline.

    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 File and upload this form in the application section of your VU Dashboard under ‘Application File’. Please make sure to upload the completed form in PDF format. The final deadline for uploading this document is 15 January, 23:59 CET. 

    I am participating in the selection procedure with a Dutch diploma. How do I upload the required documents?
    If you are applying to the programme with a Dutch diploma, please upload the required documents as follows:

    • 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.

    Do candidates need to provide a motivation letter in order to participate in the selection procedure?
    Students who are applying to this programme do not need to write a motivation letter during the selection procedure. Rather, candidates must upload their grading lists and diploma’s from their prior education, and must take part in the selection test in March. For more information, please refer to our programme website.

    When will I receive the study material for the 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 and diploma from your previous education by the 15 January, 23:59 CET, you will receive an email with the invitation to the test approximately two weeks prior to the test. This email will explain how to access the test and will include a link that provides access to the necessary literature to prepare for the test.

    I did not manage to upload my grading list before the deadline on 15 January. Can I still apply to this bachelor?
    Unfortunately, the deadline for uploading your required selection and application documents has already passed. As BSc Computer Science is a Numerus Fixus programme, the deadlines we set out for candidates are very strict. Our candidates have had since 1 October to apply to our programme and to upload the necessary documents. If you were unable to upload your grades in time, you will unfortunately not be able to take part in our bachelor programmes selection procedure.

    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 (from 15 April onwards) to either accept or reject the offer. If you accept the offer, you will be guaranteed a spot as long as you also fulfil all the regular admissions requirements. If you do not accept our offer within those two weeks, your application to Computer Science will automatically be rejected.

    Does the selection and placement procedure also determine whether I am admissible?
    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 yet finished high school. 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 on 15 April 2022, but don’t fully understand how my ranking number was calculated.
    The calculation of your final ranking number is not based on a numerical average of the two ranking numbers. Rather, it is calculated on your actual prior-education GPA and score on 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. You cannot use these ranking numbers to calculate the final ranking number. More importantly, you cannot calculate the final ranking number yourself because you would need to have the scores of the rest of the cohort and we cannot share this due to privacy reasons. 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 Computer Science selection procedure a total of two times.

    Used selection attempts         

    • If you have not or not fully participated in the selection procedure, but 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 but fail to pass your final examination, you can submit a request to have your application withdrawn. The request is made by sending an email to studentdesk@vu.nl 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. 

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.

Also, make sure to take a look at our FAQ page - you might already find your question answered there.

Contact

Daniël van Dijck
Marieke Pot