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Computer Science (Informatica)

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Information interaction

Computers spelen een steeds grotere rol in ons dagelijks leven. Bij de bachelor Computer Science (ofwel Informatica) hier aan de VU word je opgeleid tot een expert in de onderliggende technologie. Deze opleiding heeft een internationaal karakter, waarbij Engels de voertaal is.

Computer Science is all about our interaction with information. That information can range from railway timetables to personal health care data or exciting new virtual games. Computer technology has given us a wealth of new opportunities, but unfortunately it has also created serious risks. The Bachelor’s in Computer Science at VU Amsterdam focuses on both aspects, with Networks and Security as two major topics in the program.

The openness and transparency that we value in the Netherlands are reflected in our educational system. You will receive a pro-active and challenging education, and our lecturers’ doors are always open for any questions you might have. Our lecturers combine teaching with top-level research. They also maintain solid relations with various businesses in the field, and projects you will work on during your program are often organized in cooperation with such companies.
      
Can't wait? Check out this lecture on Computer Systems by top-researcher Herbert Bos, which is part of the actual curriculum.

Or check out the lecture of VU-professor Frank van Harmelen on the 'Universiteit van Nederland' below (in Dutch). 

The Computer Scientist looking further

We are moving towards a world in which everything and everyone is connected. This will affect all of us. For this very reason, VU Computer Scientists will be joining researchers from practically a wide range of academic disciplines as they examine the theme of the Connected World. We invite you to enter this world: as a Computer Science student at VU Amsterdam, you will be uniquely qualified to contribute to this theme as an expert in the field with technical as well as multidisciplinary skills.

Thinking about Computer Science? Visit a taster day

Are you up for joining VU Amsterdam’s international talent network? Are you tenacious and do you enjoy learning from others? Do you have an affinity with computers, programming and math? Are you creative, inquisitive and ambitious? Do you wish to make things simpler, and are you the problem solver this world needs? In that case we would be happy to meet you during one of our taster days

Upon graduation you’ll receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. You’ll be able to use your knowledge to develop state-of-the-art computer programs, evaluate potential network security weaknesses, or design a secure network. Our graduates have landed jobs as software engineers with Google, Nokia and the City of Amsterdam. Others have become Licensed Ethical Hackers at XS4ALL, consultants with Accenture or are now CEOs of their own companies (e.g. Voiceworks). Computer Science is invaluable for almost any modern industry or company, so you will have many options when it comes to finding the right job.

Even more doors will open for you if you decide to specialize further by pursuing a Master’s degree. VU Amsterdam offers six Computer Science Master’s programs, each with an excellent reputation in a decidedly international environment. Check out all our Master’s programs.

To be admitted, you must hold a Dutch pre-university school diploma (VWO) or an equivalent to this, with a Mathematics B qualification or its equivalent. Here's a complete description of the requirements:

Dutch pre-university school diploma (VWO)
You will be admitted with the following profiles: 

  • Natuur en Techniek 
  • Natuur en Gezondheid met Wiskunde B 
  • Economie en Maatschappij met Wiskunde B 
  • Cultuur en Maatschappij met Wiskunde B

If you have a Dutch VWO diploma, then you will not be required to furnish further proof of your proficiency in English. If you do not have a Mathematics B qualification, then you can demonstrate your proficiency in maths by taking one of a number of equivalency exams. For detailed information on the application process (in Dutch), please visit: www.vu.nl/aanmelden.

Dutch WO (Bachelor’s or Master’s degree)
You will be eligible for admission to the Bachelor’s in Computer Science with proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics B.

Dutch HBO (Bachelor’s or Master’s degree)
You will be eligible for admission to the Bachelor’s in Computer Science with proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics B and English.

Dutch HBO first-year certificate (HBO-P)
You will be eligible for admission to the Bachelor’s in Computer Science with proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics B and English. 


Entrance exam

Dutch applicants who do not fit the categories above and who are 21 years of age or older may apply for a colloquium doctum (entrance exam), regardless of their school diploma.


Application procedure

All applicants must start the application procedure through the Studielink.nl portal. You will then receive an e-mail inviting you to complete your application in the VU student portal, where you will also be asked to submit all documentation needed for the admission procedure.

Deadline: Applicants with a Dutch secondary school diploma must apply before 1 May. You will be informed about your admission within four weeks after the completion of your application (including all required documents).


Ready to apply?

Great! Visit the admission page to start your application.

VU Matching is part of the application procedure for all bachelor degree programmes at VU. VU Matching helps you to check if you chose the study programme suiting you best. It consists of a digital questionnaire and a matching activity related to the study programme.
We expect Dutch applicants to complete the VU Matching programme (information in Dutch). This is your first step toward a successful initial year with us at VU Amsterdam. VU Matching is not mandatory for international applicants.
The CS Matching day took place on June 8th 2017. If you were unable to attend the matching day there are no consequences for your admission. If you have questions or doubts, please email matching.beta@vu.nl.

Are you a Dutch applicant and do you have questions? Mail to studiekeuze.beta@vu.nl
Non-Dutch applicants can mail to admissionscs@vu.nl     

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How will you be spending your time?

Our three-year Bachelor’s program will teach you to speak and understand the language of computers, from the logic that systems are built on to the various abstractions of the code used to program them. Moreover, you'll learn how computer networks share information efficiently and securely, and how users interact with systems. You'll be in the driver’s seat with key skills and expertise, ready to start working in this fascinating field.

More information about the first year can be found in our course catalogue (studiegids).
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More information about the second year can be found in our course catalogue (studiegids).
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More information about the third year can be found in our course catalogue (studiegids).
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More information about the first year can be found in our course catalogue (studiegids).
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More information about the second year can be found in our course catalogue (studiegids).
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More information about the third year can be found in our course catalogue (studiegids).
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Samenvatting Computer Science (Informatica)

Taal

Engels

Duur

3 years (fulltime)

Aanmelden voor

1 May for Dutch students

Startdatum

1 September

Vorm

Voltijd

Bindend studie advies

norm: 42 EC

Specialisaties

Computer Science, Mathematics, Business

VWO profiel

NT or NG / EM / CM with Mathematics B

Interessegebied

Informatica, Wiskunde en Bedrijf
Natuurwetenschappen

Steven van Beelen

Third-year Computer Science student

I have always been fascinated by everything involving computers. So studying Computer Science seemed only logical, and VU Amsterdam was at the top of my list. Over the past three years I’ve taken fascinating courses on algorithms, programming, problem solving and database architecture, precisely what I like! In addition, the contact between the professors and students is great, which really makes me doubly glad I opted for VU Amsterdam. It’s almost a pity I’m nearly done with my Bachelor’s. I want more!

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