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2021-08-24 15:30:12

Study Information technology, IT and programming in the Netherlands

Study Information technology, IT and programming in the Netherlands

The Bluetooth wireless protocol was developed by Dutch engineer Jaap Harten, and Wi-Fi, the standard for ultra-fast wireless internet, was developed in Nieuwegein, Holland. High-tech industries in the Netherlands are among the most innovative in the world thanks to modern equipment, advanced research and development. The Netherlands is the fourth largest exporter of IT services after the USA, Great Britain, Germany.

About 70% of the country's innovations are related to IT, allowing for important developments in such areas as water management, food production, flower production, and automotive. The country's IT infrastructure is very developed: high-bandwidth networks serve as the basis for global research and development – SURFnet, GigaPort and Netherlight facilitate cooperation between hundreds of thousands of researchers and students around the world.

This has led to the emergence of globally competitive software developers, hardware manufacturers, IT consultants in areas such as business, modeling, mobility, healthcare, security. Many companies develop computer games for all major platforms, the Internet, mobile phones. The Netherlands is a European leader in embedded systems, a world leader in the production of equipment for the manufacture of microchips.


The Dutch government works closely with academia and the private sector, effectively pushing the boundaries of parallel computing, modeling, embedded systems, multimedia technologies, and virtual laboratories. The Dutch online gaming market is the third largest in Europe, accounting for 12.2% of the Western European online gaming market. The Amsterdam region is ideal for teaching and research in the field of computer science: more than 160 companies and research institutes create an innovative environment, making it one of the most important European centers in the field of ICT.

The Netherlands is a popular place to study. Foreigners choose this beautiful country because Dutch universities are among the best in Europe, the standard of living is high, the society is friendly to foreigners. It is one of the happiest and safest countries in the world. The high level of development of innovative technologies, engineering solutions is reflected in a wide range of engineering courses offered by universities. English is spoken by about 90% of Dutch citizens, many courses are conducted in English, for foreign students there are a variety of employment and internship opportunities.

Contents of computer science programs in the Netherlands

Computer scientists design, improve, implement software, computer systems for business and private use. With a specialization in computer science, students gain high-end programming skills, cope with practical tasks and projects performed in groups or individually.

IT programs are focused on human, artificial thinking (computers, robots), the study of behavior in social systems, behavior modeling.

Computer science is a vast field of research that studies programming languages and algorithms. IT professionals – experts in the design, development of software, digital mobile, computer applications, web pages.

Areas of study of computer science include computer systems, artificial intelligence, cloud, network infrastructure, security, human, computer (HCI), software development.

Bachelor's/master's degrees in computer science teach students to write software, logically organize thousands of lines of code so that programs do what they are supposed to do. Programmers need to be able to identify coding errors, maintain databases, and develop user interfaces. To become a successful computer scientist, you need to have a logical mind, deep knowledge of mathematics, problem-solving skills, the ability to analyze, synthesize information.

You can develop simple programs that automate small tasks, or complex software used by hundreds of international companies for their work, transactions, create applications for medical institutions, security, transport. Technology plays an important role in shaping the future, so a bachelor's or master's degree in computer science is one of the most promising career areas. Students with a degree in computer science enter the global job market as game developers, software engineers, IT consultants, database administrators.

Best universities in the Netherlands to study IT

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) is a world-famous research university founded in 1880. The university offers more than 175 bachelor's, master's, doctoral programs with teaching in English to more than 26,000 students from all over the world.

The Bachelor in Computer Science course at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam allows you to obtain a qualification in the field of technologies underlying computer systems, to explore the logic on which computers are based, to gain an idea of various programming languages. Students will learn how computer networks exchange information efficiently, securely, explore the nature of interaction between a computer, a user, learn hardware, as well as subjects such as linear algebra, software design, web technologies, algorithms, intelligent systems, databases. Classes are conducted by leading lecturers, invited speakers from the industry, students regularly visit companies, get acquainted with practical developments, and in three years acquire a solid foundation of the profession. From designing self-driving cars to protecting sensitive data, there are countless ways to make a valuable contribution to the fascinating world of IT.

Bachelor in Artificial Intelligence includes a number of mandatory courses covering key AI concepts. Students will learn how human behavior can be interpreted based on sensor data, computational models of physiological, cognitive processes, will gain experience in integrating such models into special intelligent applications, will work with these systems to make sure that they are really aware of how people work. The program offers an in-depth study of artificial intelligence techniques, based on the main topics, will study advanced elective courses on AI topics. At the specialization stage, students choose a specific application area, for example, supporting people in maintaining a healthy lifestyle or caring for the elderly.

Other IT COURSES at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam:

  • Masters in Computer Science: Computer Systems Security
  • Masters in Computer Science: Foundations of Computing & Concurrency
  • Masters in Computer Science: Parallel Computing Systems
  • Masters in Computational Science (Joint Degree)
  • Masters in Information Sciences dr.

Universiteit Twente

Since the founding of the University of Twente in 1961, the university has been deeply connected with the rich industrial heritage of the region, the well-being of its population. The University of Twente is a catalyst for many high-tech communities, sectors with strong partnerships in a wide range of industries, public areas. The university participates in innovative, global networks, programs, supports a network of more than 45,000 graduates around the world. The University of Twente is a multicultural community of talented, ambitious people who offer students, scientists, educators from all over the world the best conditions.

The two-year Creative Technology Master's course in Information Technology for Business specializes in IT-based business innovation. Students become experts in applying IT to develop new services, radically improve the way businesses work. This program, specializing in enterprise architecture, IT management, provides students with knowledge of e-strategy, commerce, architecture, business, IT, explores it-based business models, IT project management. Students gain experience in developing successful organizational change programs to implement new ways of working.

The university also offers a two-year Master of Computer Science course.

University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is in the top 20 best universities in Europe and the 65 best universities in the world, personifies boundless curiosity, combines teaching, research, innovation to improve the world. 39,000 students from more than 100 countries study a wide range of subjects from media, psychology and business to artificial intelligence. The university offers one of the largest in Europe choice of courses in English.

The Business Analytics program allows you to learn how organizations and enterprises work, to research, analyze big data, learn how to interpret them, develop, implement improvements.

After receiving an education, business analysts are in great demand in the labor market, this is a great step towards obtaining a master's degree or first job. Qualified business analysts work in:

  • Transnational corporations
  • Consulting research firms
  • Technology companies
  • Financial institutions (national or European banks)
  • Insurance companies
  • Pension funds
  • Public institutions
  • Own companies.

The master's course with the study of medical informatics of the University of Amsterdam includes the study of information problems in medicine, health care. A qualified medical informatics is able to identify, analyze, describe, solve problems related to medical information. An important role is played by the choice, synthesis, evaluation of theories, models, methods of computer science. Students use knowledge from related disciplines: computer science, medicine, business research, logistics management, social sciences. To process, analyze the vast amount of data collected through genomics initiatives, computational bioinformatics techniques such as alignment, sequence assembly, biostatistics, machine learning are required to make predictions about health effects, to make decisions about personalized treatments. The Master of Bioinformatics, Systems Biology of the University of Amsterdam VU combines molecular, cell biology, computer science, mathematical modeling to integrate huge amounts of biological data into fundamental knowledge.

Fontys University of Applied Sciences

Fontys is a promising university of applied sciences in the Netherlands, offering bachelor's, master's, exchange programs in various fields. The university is suitable for those who are interested in technology, entrepreneurship, creativity.

Information & Communication Technology (Eindhoven) ICT English Stream includes five programs:

  • ICT and software development
  • ICT and technology
  • ICT & Business
  • ICT and Media Design
  • ICT and infrastructure.

These 4-year English-taught study programmes represent international undergraduate programmes leading to an international Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. Graduates of the programs can work as high-level engineers in the ICT sector. The first semester is identical for all five undergraduate programs, giving them the opportunity to find out which program suits them best. From the second semester, the semesters continue their studies in the specialties of ICT: software development, ICT + technology, ICT + business, ICT + media design, ICT + infrastructure with specialization in cybersecurity, game design, technology, management, security, smart mobile devices. Projects, internships, are an integral part of the curriculum.

The University of Applied Sciences Fontis (Eindhoven) offers international students to take a bachelor's course in ICT, Accelerated Bachelor ICT & Software Engineering, software engineering in an accelerated mode (6 semesters = 3 years, including a semester to master's degree). The course is suitable for students who want to enter the master's program of a research university immediately after graduating from the bachelor's degree. This means that you can get a bachelor's degree, a master's degree 5 years after the start of studying.

Popular master tracks:

  • Computer Science, Engineering (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • Data Science in Engineering (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • Data Science + Entrepreneurship (JADS).

Requirements for foreign applicants:

  • A high school diploma equivalent to a Dutch VWO diploma or an equivalent diploma obtained in your country. The evaluation will be conducted by Fontys.
  • Excellent grades in mathematics (high level).
  • Programming skills (beginner level).
  • Level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (academic level) or TOEFL 80.
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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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