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B.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
September 2020
Application deadline: Deadline: May 1st for Dutch students & also students from EU/EEA countries
2,143 EUR excl. VAT

Program description

B.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence

Enhancing human life
Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere now, and its importance is only going to grow. We all use AI technology each and every day. Searching with Google, recommendations on Netflix and Amazon, language recognition with Siri, machine translations, spam filters; all of these are a part of our everyday lives. As an academic discipline, artificial intelligence holds the future – and could shape your future career. Studying AI at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is your route to success.  The Bachelor's programme in Artificial intelligence at the VU Amsterdam has two tracks: Intelligent Systems and Socially Aware Computing. You decide which option is best for you. The first year is the same for both tracks, the second year shares 40% of their programmes. This means you can switch very easily!

Admission requirements

  • Diploma equivalent to Dutch 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. 
  • Proof of sufficient proficiency in English IELTS: 6.5 (only the Academic IELTS test is accepted)VU TOEFL ITP: 580 (only the TOEFL ITP test from VU Amsterdam is accepted)Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grade A, B or C/ minimum score of 176
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): grade A, B or C/ minimum score of 176
  • TOEFL internet-based test: 92
  • Proof of sufficiency in mathematics The International Student Advisor will determine this. Examples: International Baccalaureate: Mathematics Standard or Higher Level.Germany: Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife, including Mathematics as Grundkurs.
  • European Baccalaureate:  Mathematics; written or oral examination, at least 4 hours during the Orientation Cycle.
  • British GCE A-Levels: A-level in Mathematics. At least grade A,B or C.

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Program content

Artificial Intelligence combines psychology and biomedical subjects with modelling, information and communication. During your studies you will be experimenting, analysing and describing human processes and tasks. You will be developing aids and devices that understand these human processes and tasks. You will be studying at the Faculty of Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and as well as studying mathematics, AI, informatics and logic you will be attending courses at other faculties, including Psychology and Humanities.  The Intelligent Systems track of the AI Bachelor’s degree programme focuses on building intelligent systems, i.e. on developing, applying and evaluating new intelligent algorithms. You will study how computers are able to learn automatically and how they accumulate, represent and apply knowledge on a large scale. The Socially Aware Computing track is unique in the Netherlands: you can only study this at VU Amsterdam. This programme focuses on helping people by using artificial intelligence. You will learn how to develop the tools and programmes that make people’s everyday lives more pleasant, safer and healthier.

Tuition fees

Students from the EU or EEA pay the same tuition fees as Dutch students. The tuition fees for most programmes are set by the Dutch government on an annual basis and vary per programme.
When you apply for a programme at VU Amsterdam you need to pay an application fee of €100. Experience shows that it costs between €800 and €1,000 a month to live and study in the Netherlands, excluding tuition fees and other non-recurring expenses. Some students manage to spend less, but of course that depends on your individual lifestyle.

Scholarships & funding

For international undergraduate students, scholarship options are limited. However, Dutch higher education is subsidised and tuition fees are relatively low. The Grantfinder database offers an overview of all scholarships and grants available to international students.

Continuing studies

As a graduate in Artificial Intelligence you will be in demand on the job market. Nearly all graduates find a job very quickly. For example, you could be developing a new device for education or healthcare, like Alice, the care robot. It could be an application supporting people with depression, or e-learning applications; you could opt for a career as an Applications Developer for a technology start-up, or as a Knowledge Manager or Information Analyst at a company or healthcare institution. You could opt for a career in science, by taking a doctoral post in our research department. You can watch a clip here that shows an example of research and its application, produced by AI research group AAL-VU.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 170 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 24,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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