Applied Computer Science

The combination of hardware, such as sensors and microcontrollers, and software, such as C++ and Java, forms the core of your Applied Computer Science programme. You will discover what real-time embedded systems are and you will learn all about automating and controlling processes. What it all comes down to is ensuring that all devices are programmed correctly so they function properly.

"The teachers are great and very helpful, you get to work on multiple projects, meet new people and many other adventures that you have to experience yourself.""

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  • HiI have another question about the laptop specsIs it necessarily to have a dedicated video card? Giel
    asked 4 months ago
    told 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Giel!

    Thank you for your question. Luckily, at Saxion there is no requirements on your laptop. However, if you have the budget to upgrade some part(s) of your laptop, I personally think investing into parts that help to enhance the performance/speed of your laptop would be a perfect choice. We will use quite a few of heavy programs that take a lot of RAM and slow down your laptop.

    Hope it helps!

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  • Is the Saxion University of applied science better than the University of Twente?
    asked 2 months, 4 weeks ago
    told 2 months, 3 weeks ago


    I would say this really depends on what your priorities, your goals, and your programs. My best advice is to follow your heart!

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  • What are the major and minor available in the course structure ?
    asked 1 month, 3 weeks ago
    told 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    The minor consist of a free of choice minor. In this minor you can choose from different other fields to extend your knowledge. This minor doesn't have to be related in your field. There are hundreds of different minors you could choose from, including economics, tourism, and biology. As an example an ACS student could choose to do an economics minor, and vice versa.

    The rest of the third and fourth year you must enroll in the Smart Solutions Semester, which is a project that joins students from multiple disciplines to do a project together. You also need to work on your final thesis, which is a personal research project to show your competence.

  • What is course structure and does course still using c++ or its upgraded to python?Does internship are paid or not?Is there any specific lab assigned for computer science students?
    asked 1 month, 3 weeks ago
    told 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    The course structure of ACS can be found here ( ). In the first year you share most of your courses with electrical engineering. The blue, green, and white blocks show the courses within ACS.

    Keep in mind that there is a big difference between Applied Computer Science and Computer Science. ACS focuses more on signal processing, micro controllers, and low level programming, while CS focuses more on high level programming, administration systems, and app development.

    As such, ACS will to my knowledge not be introducing Python as a full course. Python can be used optionally however in the second year, with Digital Signal Processing. More courses like microcontrollers do seem to have pushed in C# in a few assignments instead of Java.

    Personally I have seen that after you have learned a few languages it is not a big hurdle to switch to another one. My advice is to not focus too much on this. C++ is currently used in C++ and data structures

    Some internships are paid, others are not. You get a job offer out of it most of the time though.

    At Saxion there is a whole area dedicated to Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, And Applied Computer Science. You could work in the OTSWO (while it can be a little bit noisy sometimes), or if you have to solder something, there are multiple labs with solder stations and smd ovens, which you can use freely during the day as long as you ask the professor.

  • Can you start your bachelor degree at a different Dutch college and continue from the second year at Saxion or vice-versa? For example: if i were to start my studies at TU Eindhoven will I be able to continue my second year at Saxion?
    asked 2 months, 4 weeks ago
    told 2 months, 3 weeks ago


    This really depends on what subjects you have taken during your first year and what subjects the 1st year students have in Saxion. If the subjects are convertable, I don't think you have to. However, to be certain, I would suggest you to contact the admission committee or head of the department of LED/ACS/EE for further information.

    Good luck,

  • Hello, how difficult is it to complete a pre-master programme during your studies and how does this exactly happen? Also, does a pre-master guarantee your acception to a research university?
    asked 3 months ago
    told 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi Veronika,

    The pre-master courses are usually specially designed for a specific master program, meaning that each master program usually has their own pre-master. Therefore, I would highly recommend you to check the website of the master program for further information.

    A pre-master course is a mandatory requirement to apply for master courses, which means that it does not guarantee any acceptance into universities.

    Hope it helps - Q

  • Hi, I'm looking for a laptop to study ACS. Which screen size is the sweet spot and how much RAM is required? Which softwares are going to be used throughout the course. Thanks!
    asked 3 months, 2 weeks ago
    told 3 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Nguyen,

    I'm not sure if you have any programming experience, but I didn't when I started and I would recommend at least 15'' monitor for it (although at home I use a 21'' monitor which makes a huge difference). I say this because as you are looking through several lines of codes and perhaps at multiple classes at once you could benefit greately from having them side by side and still legible.
    For other simulations softwares you use it is beneficial to split your screen between output and code as well, so if you can have a 17'' laptop that would be ideal, although bear in mind that you will bring it to uni everyday, so a 15'' one might be a good compromise.
    In terms of RAM, if you only use Win10 for now I would say to go for at least 8Gb. The softwares we use are not that heavy, but some simulations do benefit from it. If you have less than 8Gb I would recommend you install a Linux distro as well.
    An SSD instead of a hard-drive would be great (and that's in general). Graphics wise you don't need that much to be honest.
    I currently have an i5 2.4Ghz, with 8 Gb ram, SSD and an older nVidia GPU with 2 Gb ram dedicated and that's more than enough.
    In terms of software you will at some point use the JetBrains IDEs for C/C++, Java and even Python. On top of them you will use Multisim and Utilboard from National Instruments, Quartus Prime, MatLab, Atmel Studio among others.

    Hope this helps!

  • Would it be possible to somehow combine ACS and CMGT? I am interested in both, but more in computer sciences but if there is a way to combine them it will make my decision easier.
    asked 3 months, 2 weeks ago
    told 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Axel,

    That is completely possible since I know one of my friend is studying both ACS and Forensic. However, please bear in mind that since the two programs come from different departments, you might have to fit two completely seperate schedules from the two programs onto your studying schedule. Therefore, once you get accepted onto either of the programs, I would highly recommend you to talk this through with your study mentor to make any adjustments if needed.

    You could also consider trying the "Be a student for one day" at Saxion for both programs to know which one suits you better. Either way, I wish you best of luck and hope to see you at Saxion soon! :D

  • What should I have in mind when writing my admission letter?
    asked 3 months, 3 weeks ago
    told 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Sam,

    I wouldn't know how others wrote theirs, but in my case 2 years ago, I focused on expressing my interests in Saxion and the program while also convincing Saxion that I would be a good fit for the program. ;)

    Hope the info helps. Best of luck to you!

  • Hello, Let‚Äôs say I have enough money to pay for all the expenses for the first year. Is it possible to find a work in the field (I already have 3 years experience atm) on my 2nd year of studies, like a part time job? Thing is, I won‚Äôt have money for 3 years straight anyway. Do people manage that?
    asked 4 months ago
    told 4 months ago

    Hi Max,

    That could depend on a few things. If you come from an EU country, it is indeed much easier to find a job as non-EU students require a work permit which is given by a company that would lie to hire you.
    To find a job in the Computer Science field it would depend on your current CV and skills, as there are quite a few tech companies in the area, although personally I do not know of many students that have a job in the field, but at the same time, most students do not have previous experience in the field either.
    Although there are other part time jobs you can find, from call centres, to food delivery or even working at Saxion itself as a student ambassador for example. Most people that want to have a part time job end up find one after being here between 6 month and a year.
    One other thing is that if you are from outside the EU there are also scholarships you could have. You can read about it here:

    Hope this helps!

  • Hi Applied Computer Science students, We are a chip manufacturer in Enschede and we have an interesting internship assignment for which we are looking for a student that is interested in automating a high precision characterization setup. Python or RADStudio. Coffee is good!
    asked 6 months, 1 week ago
    told 4 months, 2 weeks ago


    Thank you for letting us know about the availability. I will let my classmates know. :)

  • Hi, In which Saxion building/s is this programme being taught. I understand that Saxion university has many buildings in Enschede ..
    asked 1 year, 1 month ago
    told 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Mark,

    Sorry for the late reply. Mostly the classes will be in the main building, Ko Wierenga.

    Hope it helps!

  • Hi! I have always been fascinated in computer hardware, such as CPUs, motherboards and all sorts of technologies surrounding it. Will this be included in the program for ACS? Thanks in advance
    asked 4 months, 2 weeks ago
    told 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Nguyen!

    It is definitely a yes! In our second year, we would have many subjects that cover them, such as Microcontrollers, Digital Signal Processing and Operating Systems.

    Hope the info helps. :D

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    Hello Stundent / Students! A colleague at my internship followed the "Applied Computer Science" programme at Saxion.He said, "if I took 2 more (electrical engineering) classes during my education, I would've gotten 2 bachelors degrees". I'd like to know if this is correct.Kind regards,Wiebe
    asked 7 months, 1 week ago
    told 7 months, 1 week ago

    Hi there Wiebe,

    That information is partially correct.
    During the first year, the course curriculum for both ACS and EEE is very similar, so in this case, ACS students have the opportunity to take on three extra courses (one in quarter 3 and two in quarter 4). If the student is successful in all of these, including its own courses, he or she will be awarded with a double Propedeuse diploma. The Propedeuse is a certificate for the completion of the first year of higher education.
    This does not mean that it is a double Bachelor, as to achieve that, the student would also need to take on the extra 2nd, 3rd and 4th year courses, meaning it is a much greater task!
    One caveat for this is that it is only applicable to students from EU countries at no extra cost. A student from a country outside of the EU would need to pay a second tuition fee in order to get the double Propedeuse certificate.

    Hopefully this is helpful!

  • I have admission for master of Nanotechnology, which was not listed in the programme's list. I would like to know if there are any sports team like a basketball team in this university?How can international students find part-time jobs?
    asked 1 year ago
    told 11 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Rahil,

    Thank you for your question and apologies for the late response.
    There are teams for most sports at the University of Twente which is close to Saxion, and you are welcome to join them in the beginning of the year, although you do need to pay an annual fee to have access to the facilities which if I'm not mistaken if less than 100‚ā¨ for the whole year.

    In terms of part time jobs, that depends whether you are from an EU or a non-EU country.
    for EU students there are no limitation in terms of working hours, and in terms of jobs available they range from delivering food with an electrical bike, or working in a store as a sales or stockroom assistant, or even working at a call center if your spoken language is in need. There is a job agency for students called ASA, which could help you find a position.

    If you are not from an EU country, it could be more challenging, as you are limited to working 16 hours a week all year or full-time during the summer period only. The jobs available would be the same as listed above, but they are only examples, as there are more options available. It also depends from which country you are, as some nationalities require an additional work permit which needs to be ordered from your employer, e.g. McDonalds or Primark. This extra step could be more limiting if such employer manages to find someone else for the position if that makes sense?

    Hope the above answers your queries.

    Have a great day!

    Luciano, Saxion IO Team

  • What is the structure of the classes? What are the best and worst parts about studying in Saxion? Are the exams theoretical or project based? Thank you for your help!
    asked 12 months ago
    told 11 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Pedro,

    Thank you for your query and apologies for the late response!
    Technische Informatica is actually the programme I follow and I have just finished the first year, so I can give you a real insight on how it works.
    Most of the courses have a 40% Theoretical and 60% practical approach, meaning you will have 1 hour 45 mins of theory class plus 3 hours of practical work every week. On the Digital course for example, during theory you will learn about how the High and Low signal inputs work and behave, and during practice you would be actually simulating circuits on your laptop and then programming an Altera board, controlling the output to match what is required of the task.
    Every quarter there is also a group project, where you will be with 2 to 3 other students and will have to develop a system, such as an intruder alarm or a digital safe lock, putting together information you learnt in all other courses.
    The mathematics course though are purely theoretical as you can imagine, with exercises to do at home.
    With the above in mind, the exams are also of mix of theory and project based.

    The best parts of studying at Saxion for me are the people, the facilities and the fact that all practical classes are in groups of maximum 16 students, meaning the professor has time to help and advise each student individually, adding real value to your learning.
    In terms of worst parts, I guess is applicable to any university, is that despite the professors being very helpful, it is up to the student to be pro-active and dedicate time for self-study, and to prepare ahead of the classes. Also, for the project work of the first semester you will not be able to necessarily choose your own group, which could create a challenge, although should that happen you can also contact the professor and come forward with any issues. They are all very happy to help!

    Hope this answer your questions!

    Have a great day!

    Luciano, Saxion IO Team

  • How difficult is the level of math in the first year? Anyone from first year please respond.
    asked 1 year, 7 months ago
    told 1 year, 7 months ago

    Hi Anmol!
    Through the first year you would have the following courses regarding math
    -Algebraic abilities
    -Trigonometry and Complex numbers
    -Differentiation and Integration
    -Differentiation equasions and Laplace.
    The first two are relatively easy. The 2nd introduce you to a little bit more complex math, but If you take up the courses seriously, the knowledge you get from lectures and practise is more than enough to understand and complete the courses with high grade. The teachers explain very well and they are always ready to help you If you have any struggles :)

  • Please i will like know the course outline for first year
    asked 2 years, 2 months ago
    told 2 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Tosin !
    In the first year, you will have a lot of introductionary to Computer Science subjects.
    In the first semester, you will have the very same subjects as the electrical engineers. In the 2nd semester you will have your first computer sciences only related subjects. Through the whole year you would have subjects like:
    mathematics, programming in C, Java, UML software design, hardware lab, Electrical Circtuits AC and DC. Also, you will have projects, for which you have to apply all the knowledge you have gained during your study.

    Best wishes,

  • Hi, I want to know about what are the subjects that we will be studying in this programme? What will be the focus for the first year, second year, etc... What can I do after I finish university?
    asked 2 years, 4 months ago
    told 2 years, 4 months ago

    Hi, I'm not doing Computer Science anymore but I think all the information to your question is available in the description of the program on

  • Welke locatie zit de opleiding Technische Informatica ?
    asked 2 years, 10 months ago
    told 2 years, 10 months ago

    Hoi Nick,

    Deze opleiding wordt in Enschede aangeboden!
    Wil je nog meer weten?


  • Hi. I would like to know more about the internships, for example the companies and the requirements needed.
    asked 3 years, 4 months ago
    Saxion Informatie Centrum
    told 3 years, 4 months ago

    Hi Teo! Internships are part of the programme.
    You will be prepared during your 1st and 2nd years with different courses, lessons and coaching which will help you to follow an internship position that fits you.
    You have the option to do an internship in the Netherlands or in another country.
    Saxion students have been following their internships in different companies - big ones such as TomTom to startups.


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