FAQ


Can I enter the minor as HBO (higher vocational university / university of applied sciences) student?

In principle you can. Please see Prerequisites & constraints.

Do I have sufficient mathematical/programming background?

Please see Prerequisites & constraints.

I already followed course X. Do I get a waiver for it for obtaining the minor?

If you took course X as elective then it is possible; if the course was part of the mandatory curriculum of your B.Sc. then it is not possible and you must suggest a replacement course and request permission for it from the minor coordinator.

How/when do I register for the minor?

Please go to the official UvA page for the minor and click onward in the left menu. For one thing there should be a Google form. If you cannot find your information there then please contact Linda Schnater or otherwise Babette Sluijter. Note that this Google form will only notify the coordinator that you intend to take the minor: for the individual courses you must still register for yourself.

Will I be accepted to the minor? What are grounds for rejecting my admission?

The only formal ground for rejection is if you are in the Bachelor of Informatics, which has too much overlap with the Modeling & Simulation course and with the Programming course at least. (You can still take individual courses, just not the minor as a whole.)

A second possible ground would be if you have none of the required math skills at all and have no prior programming experience at all. In this case it is hardly conceivable that you are able to repair these deficiencies in only period 1, because no single math course can sufficiently provide all the backgrounds so you will need some self-study. Additionally your programming skills will require some self-study (see Prerequisites & constraints). In this case, please contact the coordinator and propose your study plan which makes sure you will have sufficient skills at the start of period 2. Note that formally the coordinator will not (cannot) reject you on this ground, even if you do not send a study plan, but in practice it will be very hard for you to keep up with the pace of the courses whereas the lecturer and teaching assistants must safeguard their availability also to the other students. Starting the minor without proper preparation and planning is not a good idea.

If your application is rejected then you will be notified before the deadline of course registration. If you do not hear anything or receive an acceptance e-mail then you are accepted — for the minor as a whole.

I forgot to register. Whom should I contact?

Please first try datanose.nl/#specialenrol. If you cannot register online then please contact Linda Schnater or otherwise Babette Sluijter.

If the course has already started then please attend the first lecture and then approach the lecturer to ask permission to participate while the administrative side is still being resolved (by you).

I cannot take any of the suggested elective math courses in period 1. What should I do?

Please find a suitable course for period 1 through the studiegids. If it is a course which addresses at least one of your math deficiencies (S, C, or L; see Courses) then it is definitely acceptable. If it is not a math course then please propose it to the coordinator and explain why no course is available which addresses your math deficiencies. Try to make this course relevant for the idea of ‘computational science’, i.e., be related to computer science or to learning about other disciplines than your own. Please do not send open-ended questions like ‘what should I do’ or ‘which course do you recommend’.

I have an issue with/question about an individual course. Whom should I contact?

If it regards course registration then please contact the corresponding administrative support, depending on which faculty or institute the course falls under, such as Linda Schnater or Babette Sluijter for the case of FNWI or IvI. Otherwise contact the course coordinator or approach the lecturer. The minor CLS coordinator has nothing to do with the content of individual courses and courses do not ‘fall under’ the minor, so please do not contact the coordinator regarding individual courses.

How to register for courses? What is SIS?

SIS is the course registration system for UvA. Please click here for the explanation from UvA. In short, go to the A-Z page of the program to which the course belongs, such as this one for the B.Sc. Informatica (for all courses except possibly the math course) and find the suitable topics about course registration, switching from VU to UvA (if applicable), etc.

Two exceptions:

  1. You will be signed up manually for the default programming course for period 1 by Linda Schnater around early July, in case you have signed up for the Minor, were accepted by the coordinator, and did not de-register in the mean time.
  2. For the course WMT: If signing up through SIS does not work (which apparently for some it does, for some it doesn’t) then please send an e-mail to bg-iis-science@uva.nl and request to be registered for the course. Mention that you have been admitted to the Minor CLS and put the coordinator of the minor in CC. They have promised to sign you up manually in this case. If you were not admitted to the Minor yet then please wait with sending this e-mail until you are.

How can I sign up for a course given at the VU?

(This is only possibly relevant for the free math slot in period 1.) Please see the UvA web site.