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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.

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Dutch students

  • Students with a Dutch pre-university education (VWO) diploma with Mathematics B.
Other Dutch 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. Please note the deadlines for doing this. Additional requirements will be communicated to you.

In most cases you are required to show sufficient Mathematics skills by either:

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

International students

An equivalent of a Dutch pre-university education (VWO) diploma with a comparable level of Mathematics. If you do not have this level, the equivalent of Dutch VWO Mathematics B can be acquired through:

  • Having obtained at least 60% for the Online Mathematics Placement Test (OMPT-D), or, 
  • 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'.

See also the page about the general admisson requirements.

As this study programme is taught in English and all study activities must be undertaken in English, it is essential that you have a good level of proficiency in written and spoken English.

You do not need to submit an English proficiency test if you:

  • have obtained a Dutch VWO diploma
  • have obtained a bachelor’s or master’s diploma from a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO) or a Dutch university
  • have 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.
  • have obtained an International Baccalaureate™ Diploma (IB DP) taught in English or with English A HL.
  • have obtained a German Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur) and English was included in your final year at least at Grundkurslevel.
  • Exemptions can also be granted on the basis of certain other educational diplomas. Check our diploma requirements list to find out whether your diploma might entitle you to an exemption.

If none of the above apply to you, you must provide proof of proficiency by means of one of the following tests. You must arrange the test yourself. Test results may not be more than two years old

Leiden University accepts three kinds of official tests:

  • IELTS - Academic modules only, on paper or on computer. Minimum score of 6.0 overall and 6.0 for  each separate component
  • TOEFL Internet Based. Minimum score of 80 overall and 20 for each separate component
    • We do not accept the TOEFL IBT Home Edition™, except in the following situations only:
      You took the test before 1 Sept 2022 (and it is not more than 2 years old), or you are unable to take an in-person test on location because test centres are inaccessible or closed due to unsafe conditions in a country.
    • 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.
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency in English or Cambridge C1 Advanced English, with a minimum score of 169 for each separate component.

Also see general language requirements for additional information.

We expect students to bring a regular laptop running Linux or Windows. MacOS may in most cases also suffice, but less support might be available. There are no strict hardware requirements. However, for most of the courses we advise a laptop with sufficient (8GB+) memory, a modern CPU (medium range, not necessarily high end), and modern GPU (medium range, if possible CUDA-capable, definitely not high end). Very intensive computation does not need to be performed on these laptops, but would take place on university servers. 

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