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Computing Science - Numerus Fixus

The Bachelor’s programme in Computing Science 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 Computing Science programme. The 175 highest ranked candidates will be admitted to the programme. Students will have to successfully complete both an admission procedure and a selection procedure.

Admission Procedure

Before students can start their degree programme in Computing Science, they will need to submit an application for admission through Studielink. Prospective students can apply between October 1st 2020 up to and including January 15th 2021, 23.59 h (CET). The admission procedure for prospective students with a Dutch diploma is significantly different from that of candidates with a non-Dutch diploma.

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Since Computing Science 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 Computing Science 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 Computing Science 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 CS portfolio form. A link to this form will be emailed to all applicants around the beginning of February. The deadline for submitting the complete portfolio is February 28th 2021, 23.59 h (CET). 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, these will be the most recent grades in their final year (as per January 15th 2021). We will mainly look at the grades and level of their English and Mathematics.
  • 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 or letter 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 Sunday February 28th, 2021, at midnight GMT and Monday March 1st, 2021, 6AM GMT. For European candidates, this means that the test will be open for most of the Sunday. You can always expect the test to be open on Sunday February 28th, between 2PM and 6PM local time. After logging in, candidates will get 4 hours to complete the test. The test should be finished before Monday 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 2021, 23.59 h (CET).

The selection test will be directed towards testing basic skills that are required to fruitfully start the programme and will concentrate on the ability to solve problems in an algorithmic manner, the ability to logically analyse a situation and possibly argumentation skills. 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 emailed to you a few weeks ahead of the test.

After the Selection Procedure

All prospective students will receive a ranking number through Studielink on the 15th of April 2021. 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 numerusfixuscs rug.nl
For questions about the admissions procedure for non-Dutch qualifications, please contact the Admissions Office at study@rug.nl .
For questions about the admissions procedure for non-regular Dutch qualifications, please contact the Admissions Board Bachelor programmes at admissions.board.bsc.fse@rug.nl. Do note that none of the parties will correspond about the contents of the online selection test.

Last modified:24 November 2020 7.14 p.m.