And do you have programming skills (in Python or Java) as well as a general working knowledge of AI, computer science, maths and psychology? Then join the Artificial Intelligence Master’s programme at the VU Amsterdam. Check here whether you meet the admission requirements and find out how to apply.
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I have a Dutch university level (WO) Bachelor’s degree (VU Bachelor’s degree, VU pre-master or Bachelor’s degree at another university)
Admission to this Master's programme is open to students with a Bachelor's degree in Artificial Intelligence or students from Computer Science or Psychology. The student is assumed to have programming skills (Python or Java), to have general knowledge of Artificial Intelligence and a basic working knowledge of computer science, logic, mathematics, and psychology. Under specific circumstances other students may also be admissible. Applicants without an Artificial intelligence or Computer Science Bachelor's degree are required to take this Programming test in Python.
A prerequisite of the master AI is that you have programming skills. This test is developed for checking whether you have the right level of programming skills. This test is obligatory if you do not have an Artificial Intelligence or Computer Science Bachelor's degree. You have to pass this test for entering our master program. If needed, we recommend using this book as a reference point, and this (online) course.
I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) Bachelor’s degree (pre-master)
Under specific circumstances students who do not have a background in AI or computer science may also be admissible. Students with other diplomas, both from a research university or a university of applied sciences (HBO), are kindly invited to contact the AI department (for the email address, see below) if interested in following a pre-master's programme at our department.
In general, the pre-master's programme Artificial Intelligence (AI) is intended for students with a University of Applied Sciences degree in an AI-related direction that does not provide direct access to the Master's programme AI. For further information regarding procedures on composing the pre-master's programme for Dutch University of Applied Sciences graduates see also this page.
After completing the pre-master's programme, you can enroll in the Master's programme AI. A course package of up to 30 ECTS, dependent on the deficiencies is compiled for each individual student. The pre-master must be completed in one academic year.
It is mandatory to submit a recent bachelor's transcript. On the basis of this, the Admission Board will determine whether you can be admitted to the pre-master.
General language proficiency requirements
Students with a Dutch bachelor's degree do not need to pass a English Language proficiency test.
Application with a Dutch degree
The Artificial Intelligence programme is open to both Dutch and International Students. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. You find all information about the general application procedure with a Dutch degree on the application page.
The application deadline is:
1 June for holders of a Dutch bachelor’s degree (with a Dutch or EU/EEA nationality).
Your application will be rejected in case you didn’t upload the required documents in ‘your dashboard’ within 6 weeks after your enrolment in Studielink, OR in case you’ve uploaded (one or more) of the required documents after June 1st. Applications and documents submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
Required documents (deadline June 1st)
This (Pre)Master’s programme requires students with a Dutch bachelor's degree to upload the following documents (in English) as soon as possible and in any case 6 weeks after your enrolment and before 1 June.
- Bachelor's transcript, including your GPA.
Your online dashboard gives you an overview of the submitted and missing documents. Check your dashboard regularly.
Additional required documents (deadline August 31st)
- Sufficient programming test result (obligatory if you do not have an Artificial Intelligence or Computer Science Bachelor's degree).
You can submit the result of the programming after you have been conditionally accepted, the deadline for submitting the test result is August 31st. Please send a scan of your test result to email@example.com.
I have an international degree
The Artificial Intelligence programme is open to both Dutch and international students. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.
In order to gain admission to the Artificial Intelligence Master’s programme, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score. A Bachelor's degree obtained at an applied university or higher vocational education (HBO in Dutch) in most cases does not grant direct access to the programme (only exceptionally high ranking students stand a chance of admission).
Specific requirements for the Artificial Intelligence Master's programme
Admission to this Master's programme is open to students with a Bachelor's degree in Artificial Intelligence or students from Computer Science or Psychology. The student is assumed to have programming skills (Python or Java), to have a general knowledge of Artificial Intelligence and a basic working knowledge of computer science, logic, mathematics, and psychology. Applicants without an Artificial intelligence or Computer Science Bachelor Degree are required to take this Programming test in Python.
A prerequisite of the Master's AI is that you have programming skills. This test is developed for checking whether you have the right level of programming skills. Please note: upon admission, this test is obligatory if you do not have an Artificial Intelligence or Computer Science Bachelor's degree. Once we have evaluated your application, we will inform you in your admission decision whether the requirement of this test applies to you. If so, you will have to pass this test as an additional admission condition. If needed, we recommend using this book as a reference point, and this (online) course.
English language requirements
If you are applying for one of our English-taught Master's degree programmes you will have to demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency by submitting English test results.
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 an overview of all accepted tests and scores that can be used to demonstrate your English language proficiency on the language requirement page.
Application with an international degree
To apply you are required to provide the following documents:
- Scan of your passport or national ID card (ID for EEA students only) valid at the start date of the programme
- Master Application File please download the correct file from this page. In this file you can see which documents are required to apply for your programme.
- Proof of English language proficiency (if already obtained): upload your proof of English language proficiency or English language test results. Please find the English language requirements here.
After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure.
Application fee & deadlines
All students seeking admission to an international Master’s programme with an international degree are required to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee. Only after you have paid this fee will we be able to start the evaluation of your application file. If you are applying for more than one programme, you will only need to pay the application fee once. Your application fee payment is valid for two years.
Information on how to apply with an international university degree and deadlines can be found here.
Grants and scholarships
As an international student planning to study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries. Detailed information about scholarships and deadlines can be found on www.vu.nl/scholarships or www.grantfinder.nl.
International Student and Alumni Ambassadors
Our International Student and Alumni Ambassadors are happy to tell you all about their experiences with studying at VU Amsterdam and living in Amsterdam.
- Our Student Ambassadors are current students at VU Amsterdam that represent a wide variety of programmes and countries.
- Our International Alumni Ambassadors are VU Amsterdam graduates who are currently either working in the Netherlands or abroad, or doing a PhD or (second) Master's.
You will find the full overview of our Ambassadors here: vu.nl/ambassadors. There you can chat with them directly.
Master students Artificial Intelligence 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 (which comes down to approx. 300 euro per academic year).
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