• Application Deadline
  • 14 days
    Duration
Interaction with computers has become a big part of our daily life, but they do much more than help us with practicalities. They are tools for understanding the fundamentals of information, processes and human thinking. The insights they have brought us are some of the most important in human history, with far-reaching consequences for society.

About

  • On this course you learn to look with the eyes of a computer scientist, to understand the potential and limitations of computing and to apply these insights to such topics as social networks, biological processes, language and consciousness. 

At the end of this Big Ideas in Computer Science course offered by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you:    

  • Understand the possibilities – and limitations – of computing, and how they shape our world, our organizations and our thinking. 
  • Can apply computational thinking in a range of areas, even  ones apparently unrelated to computing.
  • Can interact knowledgeably with programmers and other IT specialists. 

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Specific subjects the Big Ideas in Computer Science course offered by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam investigates are: 

  • The science of algorithms, their power, universality and limits. This includes some programming, but for the most part you explore algorithmics away from the computer. 
  • The science of data: encoding, compression and pattern recognition. 
  • Taming complexity: dividing the problem, the search as a general heuristic and quantum computing. 
  • Computing and philosophy: the ethics of big data and AI, free will and consciousness. 
  • Have an informed discussion on ethical issues around big data and AI

Audience

Any student or professional who feels that computing is so important in today’s world that they should know its basics and understand its implications for science and society. No programming or mathematical knowledge is assumed. It may also be informative for those with a programming background, but covers material they will already be familiar with.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Advanced Bachelor, open to PhD staff and professionals
  • Motivation letter. Please make sure to describe your motivation for the specific course(s) you apply for: Why this topic? How will the course contribute to your future (academic) career?
  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • Transcript of records (a printscreen of your most recent grades is sufficient)

Technological Requirements

Please bring your own laptop. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1150 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1150 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
  • EU/EEA

    1150 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1150 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
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Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

VU Amsterdam Summer School offers  three kinds of scholarships: the Academic Scholarship, the Photographer Scholarship and the Vlogger/Videographer Scholarship.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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