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The diversity of research areas covered by computer science is enormous, and nowadays almost all fields of human activity are transformed by its results.

Computer Science: Working Smarter!

The way computer science is taught in high school will probably not give you a very clear picture of what it would be like to study Computer Science at a university. The diversity of research areas covered by computer science is enormous, and nowadays almost all fields of human activity are transformed by its results. Just think about how current web technology is changing the way we interact, learn and work. Naturally, this will lead to a growing demand for smart people, who are able to work on topics such as bio-informatics, pattern recognition and data mining, parallel processor architectures, security and cryptography, or for instance, developing new smart programming languages.  We can only imagine how fascinating tomorrow’s world  will be once we make further progress on challenges such as computer vision, computational linguistics, and who knows, artificial intelligence…

In the Pre-Class Computer Science programme we would like to introduce you to this broad range of topics.  At the same time we would like to show you that research at a university goes beyond the surface; working towards a deeper understanding of algorithms, patterns and information can be a truly enjoyable and rewarding experience.

For our lecture programme we have chosen four concrete themes from computer science. To each of  these we will devote two afternoon-long sessions. The sessions will be led by expert researchers that will give an overview of the theme and introduce you to some of the main insights. Since we have two sessions per theme, we’ll have enough time for you to play with these ideas yourself.

The four themes are:

1) Puzzles and Games: Backtracking, Surreal Numbers and Tomography

2) Computational Biology

3) Tools for multi-media searches and datamining

4) Modern Software Engineering

The programme is also open to international students; if needed, the lectures will be in English.

Planning of the meetings

There will be a total of 10 meetings on Tuesday, which are all mandatory. 
Meetings will be 22 January, 29 January, 5 February, 12 February, 19 February, 19 March and 26 March between 13.30-16.30hrs.

Credits, letter of intent, admission

Credits ‘Studielasturen (slu's)’
The credit value of active participation in the PRE-programme is 25 slu. If you like, you can also write a ‘Profielwerkstuk’ based on one of the programme themes. In this case, please discuss this with your own teacher at school and contact one of the Pre-Classes instructors listed above.

Letter of Intent (in English)
Use your letter to tell us about yourself and in particular why you would like to take part in this programme. Please restrict your letter, in English, to about 300 words or one page of A4.

The maximum number of students selected for the programme will be 20.


The deadline for signing up for a PRE-Class during the academic year of 2018-2019 has passed. After the summer break you can sign up for the PRE-Classes of 2020.



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