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Artificial Intelligence

How can you develop an autonomous car? How does a computer recognize speech or emotions? How can software and devices be aligned to the way humans think?

In the international Bachelor's degree programme in Artificial Intelligence you will study intelligence and develop 'intelligent' and user-friendly products.

This international degree programme focuses on human thinking, artificial thinking (computers, robots) and behaviour in social systems (e.g. group behaviour). You will study the underlying processes in order to predict or simulate behaviour.

Interdisciplinary curriculum
Artificial Intelligence draws on knowledge from various disciplines, such as cognitive psychology, linguistics, computing science, logic and philosophy. You will develop skills in these areas in the first year, after which you deepen your knowledge in the subdiscipline you prefer, such as machine learning, robotics or cognitive science.

Translating knowledge into practical applications
There are many applications in which intelligence and usable technology are indispensable, in ticket machines for example. This degree programme therefore has a strong practical orientation.

Please note: AI has a fixed quota (numerus fixus), for which a selection procedure takes place. You can find more information on the fixed quota programmes, the admission procedure and the selection procedure on the AI fixed quota/numerus fixus page.

Facts & Figures
BSc in Artificial Intelligence
Course type
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
Language of instruction
Science and Engineering
Studie in Cijfers
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Artificial Intelligence in Groningen has been designated as the best Artificial Intelligence education in the Netherlands, reviewed by Elsevier and the Keuzegids (Dutch Higher Education Guide).
  • We have a unique position when it comes to research on cognitive modeling, logic, and handwriting recognition.
  • Artificial Intelligence in Groningen is an international bachelor. When you have graduated, jobs will be available to you all over the world!
  • Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike.
CoursesCourse Catalog >
Algorithms and Data Structures in C
Artificial Intelligence I
Autonomous Systems
Basic Scientific Skills
Cognitive Psychology, Logic
General Linguistics
Imperative Programming
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Introduction to Logic
Introduction to the Brain
Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
CoursesCourse Catalog >
Advanced Logic
Architectures of Intelligence
Knowledge and Agent Technology
Language and Speech Technology
Neural Networks
Object-Oriented Programming
Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Practicals in e.g. Autonomous Systems, Knowledge Technology
Practicals in e.g. Language and Speech Technology
Signals and Systems
CoursesCourse Catalog >
Artificial Intelligence II
Bachelor Project (10 EC)
Cognitive Science Practical
Minor Electives (15 EC)


Credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is unaccommodated
  • Maximum of 30 EC
Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • Natuur & Techniek
  • Natuur & Gezondheid
  • Economie & Maatschappij
  • Cultuur & Maatschappij

    wiskunde A of wiskunde B

Admission requirements

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language test

Een voldoende voor je vwo-Engels is aan te bevelen omdat de opleiding Engelstalig is.

other admission requirements


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This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the bachelor programme for which you applied.

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Proficiency in English is an admission requirement for all English-taught degree programmes. Please find our English language requirements (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and more) on this page:

previous education

Secondary education equivalent to Dutch pre-university education is required.

This is merely an indication of the required general level of applicants' previous education.

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Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL internet based90

Numerus Fixus

This programme has a numerus fixus with a maximum of 150 attendees a year.

The Bachelor's programme in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Groningen has a Numerus Fixus (fixed quota). This means that, in addition to an admission procedure, prospective students will have to successfully complete a selection procedure before they can be admitted. Candidates are selected based on their suitability and motivation for our programme: the 150 highest ranked candidates will be admitted. Prospective students must apply before January 15th, 2020.

The admission procedure for prospective students with a Dutch diploma is significantly different from that of candidates with a non-Dutch diploma. You can find information on the Dutch procedure on Information on the international procedure can be found on More information on non-regular Dutch diplomas, such as HBO-P and Colloquium Doctum, can be found on The Numerus Fixus procedure is separate from the admission through Studielink, and takes place after January 15th. This Fixus procedure consists of 2 parts: the results of an online selection test (around February 29th) and sending a portfolio (before March 1st). The portfolio should consist of a copy of your grades list and qualifications, a (conditional) admission letter, a résumé, and a motivation letter. Candidates will receive the result of the procedure on the 15th of April.

You can find more information on the Numerus Fixus (fixed quota) programmes, the admission procedure and the selection procedure on the AI Numerus Fixus page. Should you have any questions concerning the Numerus Fixus procedure, please check the general University of Groningen website on fixed quota programmes ( If you have any Numerus Fixus questions not covered by the webpages, please email numerusfixusai For questions about the admission procedure for non-Dutch qualifications, contact the Admissions Office via For questions about non-regular Dutch qualifications, like HBO-P or Colloquium Doctum, please contact the Admissions Board of the FSE bachelor's programmes at admissions.board.bsc.fse Do note that none of the parties will correspond about the contents of the online selection test.

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Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 January 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students15 January 202101 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students15 January 202101 September 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 14000full-time

The Dutch government intends to halve the statutory tuition fees for specific groups of first year bachelor's students starting from the 2018/19 academic year.

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After your studies

Job prospects

A degree in Artificial Intelligence equips you for a wide range of fields, precisely because your knowledge is so broad and you can approach matters from various perspectives. You can also communicate well with other specialists in the discipline. That makes you highly employable for companies and organizations. You will have broad knowledge and a logical reasoning ability… therefore excellent career prospects!

Finding work when you graduate

Many graduates find suitable jobs in the business sector in the Netherlands or abroad. Other graduates choose another path, such as setting up their own business. Once they have their Bachelor's degree, most students choose a related Master's programme in Artificial Intelligence or Human-Machine Communication. When you choose Artificial Intelligence you can work at institutions who work with large data files, like hospitals or banks. You can also find a job at research and development departments of multinationals and build autonomous systems. When you go for Human-Machine Communication, you can become a cognitive ergonomist and develop software and devices.

User-friendly software or devices

With your Master's degree you are employable in companies that produce software or devices. Among other things, your work will involve making these as user-friendly as possible. Examples of companies our graduates currently work at are: Accenture, Ethical Hacker, TNO, Deloitte, Educational game researcher, Nederlands Forensisch Instituut, ORTEC, KPN Consulting, Achmea, en Almende.

Job examples

  • Cognitive ergonomist
  • Knowledge engineer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Researcher

Our Bachelor's degree programme in artificial intelligence is connected to the Bernoulli Institute.

The mission of the Bernoulli Institute is to perform outstanding academic research and teaching in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Artificial Intelligence, and to maintain international leadership herein; to foster these disciplines as a living body of knowledge, and to make it relevant to society in its broadest sense. The symbiosis between pure and applied science, and between mono- and multidisciplinary research and teaching, is a distinguishing characteristic of our institute. As an important part of this mission we aim to transfer our results to other areas of science and technology, and initiate and expand inter- and multi-disciplinary research collaborations.

The following research groups within the institute focus on Artificial Intelligence:

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						Testimonial of Trudy Buwalda

    How humans learn new tasks

    – Trudy Buwalda
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    After doing her master's project in the USA, Trudy wanted to continue to work on the edge of knowledge. She ended up back in Groningen for a PhD project about the transfer of cognitive skills. She builds computer models which show how humans learn new tasks and tests them by comparing them to, for example, test scores or brain activity. Using her models we can learn more about how your brain uses what you already know to learn something new.

						Testimonial of Maaike Lijnzaad

    Programming has made me think more analytically

    – Maaike Lijnzaad
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    The main reason I chose AI is that it is very broad and covers a multitude of subjects in different fields. It's perfect since I am widely interested and I didn't want to commit to one specific field.

    The subjects I enjoyed most are logic, cognitive psychology and linguistics. I like the way logic and programming have made me think more analytically. Programming has been hard for me though, especially persevering with an assignment when all hope seems to be lost. This is something I am still working on.

    In my free time I like to play and listen to music and have drinks at my LGBT-student association Ganymedes. I also do committee work there, as I enjoy being an active member.

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Study associations


Cover is the study association for students of Artificial Intelligence and Computing Science at the University of Groningen.
The association has approximately 360 members. Due to the high percentage of gamers among its members, the association organizes regular gaming evenings. There is also a monthly drinks evening in a local bar in town and a regular selection of more active events, such as volleyball tournaments and sailing excursions.
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(Binding) study advice
  • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months (binding)

You will be issued a study advice at the end of the first year of study. You can expect a positive study advice if you have earned at least 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS; most course units are 5 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative study advice, you will not be allowed to continue your degree programme.

You will receive a preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you are. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.

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