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Artificial Intelligence - Numerus Fixus

Similar to most other Artificial Intelligence programmes in the Netherlands, the Bachelor’s programme in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Groningen is a fixed quota (Dutch/Latin: Numerus Fixus) programme. This means that prospective students will have to successfully complete a selection procedure before they can be admitted to the programme. During this procedure, candidates will be selected based on their suitability and motivation for our Artificial Intelligence programme. The 150 highest ranked candidates will be admitted to the programme. Prospective students can apply between October 1, 2019 and January 15th, 2020. Students will have to successfully complete both an admission procedure and selection procedure.

Admission Procedure

Before students can start their degree programme in Artificial Intelligence, they will need to submit an application for admission through Studielink. 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 for candidates with a vwo diploma here. Information on the international procedure can be found here. This procedure is more extensive, e.g. applicants applying on the basis of a non-Dutch diploma will also have to submit their application through the Admissions Office’s Online Application System (OAS). If you do not fit either of these profiles, you can find more information here. Since Artificial Intelligence is a fixed quota degree programme, all prospective students will also have to complete the selection procedure.

Numerus Fixus (selection) Procedure

The selection procedure of the BSc Artificial Intelligence at the University of Groningen is separate from the admission procedure through Studielink for both Dutch and international candidates. Prospective students will still have to submit separate application documents as part of the selection procedure of the Artificial Intelligence programme. For each candidate, the dossier for the selection procedure will consist of 2 parts: a portfolio, and the results of an online selection test.

The portfolio should be submitted to the Numerus Fixus coordinator through the AI portfolio form. The deadline for submitting the complete portfolio is March 1st, 2020. All items should be sent in PDF format. NB: Candidates who do not submit their (complete) portfolio before the deadline will be very unlikely to be admitted!

The portfolio should contain the following items:

·       A copy of their most recent final grades. For current high school students, this will be the grades of their penultimate year. We will mainly look at the grades and level of their English, Mathematics, Physics and Biology. However, if applicants have not (yet) completed one (or more) of the aforementioned courses (or a comparable course), they are still very welcome to apply, provided they meet the admission requirements .

·       A Résumé / Curriculum Vitae, detailing their relevant work/life/extracurricular experience, with a maximum of 1 page.

·       A motivation letter with a maximum of 400 words – in this letter, applicants should state why they are the right candidate for the programme.

·       A confirmation email about the admission status of the applicant (from either the Admissions Office or the (secretary of the) Admissions Board), which contains a confirmation that the minimally required documents to be able to process their file have been received (except for applicants with a vwo diploma)

·       Language proficiency certificate for English (except for applicants with a vwo diploma as well as the exemptions listed on the language exemptions webpage ).

Candidates are also expected to be available for the online selection test. This test is part of the selection procedure, and, along with their portfolio, will form the documentation for the ranking in the selection procedure.

The test will be open between Saturday February 29th, 2020, at midnight GMT and Sunday March 1st, 2020, 6AM GMT. For European candidates, this means that the test will be open for most of the Saturday. You can always expect the test to be open on Saturday February 29th, between 2PM and 6PM local time. After logging in, candidates will get 4 hours to complete the test. The test should be finished before Sunday March 1st, 6AM GMT. Tests submitted after this deadline will not be accepted! Information on where to find this test will be sent to all applicants who have applied for the programme before the 15th of January 2020.

The selection test will be directed towards testing basic skills that are required to fruitfully start the programme and will concentrate on your ability to interpret basic philosophical, logical, linguistic and programming concepts. No preparation is required for these questions: the questions test for insight. In addition, a mathematical test will be part of the selection procedure. There is no specific set of materials to study for this test, but a list of topics will be published for applicants during the application process. To give a general impression: candidates are mostly tested on basic mathematical operations (such as the simplification of expressions) and their knowledge of derivation and basic integration.

After the Selection Procedure

All prospective students will receive a ranking number through Studielink on the 15th of April 2020. If you are offered a place in the programme, make sure you accept it in Studielink within 2 weeks. More information on this procedure can be found here.

If you have any questions concerning the Numerus Fixus (selection) procedure, please check the general University of Groningen webpage on fixed quota programmes, or send an email to . For questions about the admissions procedure for non-Dutch qualifications, please contact the Admissions Office at . For questions about the admissions procedure for non-regular Dutch qualifications, please contact the Admissions Board Bachelor programmes at . Do note that none of the parties will correspond about the contents of the online selection test.

Last modified:16 December 2019 1.52 p.m.