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Introduction to Programming in Python

Programming in Python - Beginner Level

In this online short course, you will learn how to solve problems using structured programming. We will use the Python language, but the skills and principles taught in this course apply to any programming language.

Python code is relatively easy to read and understand and has a vast number of practical applications, including everything from the sciences to the arts. Furthermore, the skills you’ll pick up in this course will be transferable to other programming languages.

Course information:

  • Course days: 8-19 January 2024 
  • Attendance: Online
  • Course level: Master's, PhD candidates, and professionals.
  • Course curriculum: Read more about the course curriculum
  • Coordinating lecturer: Nick Schutgens
  • Forms of tuition: Online, interactive lectures, exercises and assignments
  • Language of tuition: English
  • Forms of assessment: Both individual and group assignments
  • Credits: 3 ECTS
  • Preparatory time: 16 hours (before the start of the course)
  • Contact hours: 30 hours
  • Self-study: 26 hours (during the course period)
  • How to apply: read more about our fees and application process

When asked about the best part of the course, students from the 2023 winter school edition answered: 

“I love the way the teacher uses Zoom. The breakout rooms made the course super interactive. I like the material of the course. The exercises really help you understand the concepts.”

“Lots of exercise to practice ourselves, good pace overall. Very helpful teacher, very patient with all of us.”

This online course is part of VU Amsterdam Graduate Winter School online learning, short courses targeted at graduates and professionals.

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  • Bianca
  • Programme Coordinator
  • Celia
  • Summer and Winter School Officer
Celia VU Amsterdam Summer & Winter School
  • Helena
  • Summer and Winter School Officer
Helena VU Amsterdam Summer and Winter School