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Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (BSc)

Admission requirements

Here you find the admission requirements to apply for the bachelor’s programme in Data Science & Artificial Intelligence.

Dutch students:

  • Students with a Dutch pre-university education (VWO) diploma with Mathematics B (preferably within the VWO profile Nature & Technology or Nature & Health)
Other diplomas

If you have obtained a diploma other than VWO or if you have a VWO diploma without Mathematics B, you have to submit an official admission request. To do this, first you register for the Bachelor programme in Studielink. You will receive a link to the online admission portal of Leiden University, where you can submit your admission request.

International students:

An equivalent of a Dutch pre-university education (VWO) diploma with a comparable level on Mathematics. The equivalent of Dutch VWO Mathematics can be acquired through:

  • Having obtained at least 60% for the Online Mathematics Placement Test (OMPT-D);
  • Having obtained the VWO mathematics B certificate of Boswell Beta at the Boswell-Bèta Institute;

For the mathematics requirements for the most common diplomas, see the document 'Specific diploma requirements for science programmes'.

You do not need to provide proof of your level of proficiency if you:

  • have obtained a Dutch VWO diploma
  • have obtained a final diploma from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO)
  • have completed your education in Canada (English-taught programme), the USA, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia
  • have obtained an (English-taught) International Baccalaureate or an EB (European Baccalaureate) diploma with English as language 1

If the above does not apply to you, you will have to provide proof of your proficiency, by means of one of the tests below. You have to register for the test yourself. The test results are valid for two years. Leiden University accepts three kinds of official tests:

  • IELTS: minimum 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 for each of the components Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
    • We do not accept IELTS General Training or IELTS Indicator
  • TOEFL: internet based 90, with a minimum of 20 for each of the components Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
    • We do not accept the following types of test: TOEFL My Best ™ scores (multiple test scores combined), TOEFL Essentials™  or institutional tests such as ITP.
    • We can accept the TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition™  and the TOEFL IBT Paper Edition for admission to the academic year 2022-2023.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), minimum 180, with a minimum compontent score of 169

The English test is not necessary for students with a Dutch VWO diploma, or have obtained a final diploma from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO), or you completed your secondary or higher education in the USA, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada), Singapore, South-Africa or Malta*.

* This includes diplomas that are issued by schools/institutions from the above-mentioned countries that are located abroad but are accredited as part of the education system in these countries.

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