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Programming in Python

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Programming is a true twenty-first century skill, allowing you to really explore the wonderful – and crucial – world of data and computers. Aimed at beginners and near-beginners, this course teaches you basic principles of programming through hands-on exercises using real-world examples. It backs up this practical experience with a solid grounding in the logical thinking and structural approach to problem-solving which are second nature to the proficient programmer.

Any student or professional with little or no experience of programming who wants to learn its basic principles.

We use the programming language Python. Developed by Guido van Rossum in Amsterdam in the 1990s, this is widely used, easy to learn, accessible, available for many operating systems and possesses a large standard library of system functions. Moreover, we will be tailoring the exact content of the course to your progress. Bearing this in mind, topics we intend to cover include:

  • Introduction to Python and its installation (Anaconda).
  • The Python shell: print, operator, types, variables.
  • Lists and loops.
  • Functions, scope, import.
  • File I/O (input/output), dictionaries, string manipulation.

The course culminates with an assignment using real-world data, so that by the end of it you have developed, written and presented a program of your own!

Visit to the CWI, the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science and the birthplace of Python, followed by a social gathering.

At the end if this course, you:

  • Have gained experience in thinking in an abstract and logical way. 
  • Are able to structurally solve simple computational problems.
  • Understand the basic principles of programming.
  • Have acquired some programming ability in Python.
  • Have acquired some expertise in writing code and debugging programs. 

Slides from the lectures and further reading will be provided during the course.

Unmesh Joshi
 is a PhD student in Computer Science department. He works with Knowledge Graphs and deductive databases. Before starting the PhD, he had worked as a software developer for Amazon in Seattle. He has penchant for programming especially in C++ and Python and he volunteers as a teacher in his spare time.

“Programming : An essential skill today. Learn it with Python”

Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
20 Jul 2019 - 3 Aug 2019
Levels Bachelor / Undergraduate
Master / Graduate
Credits 3.0 ECTS
Program fee 1,150 EUR
Accommodation fee 500 EUR
Extra information about the fee:
There are several accommodation options, ranging in price from €500 to €550. There are discounts:
€150 discount for early birds (register before 15 March, 23.59 CET).
€250 discount for all students from partner universities.
€200 discount when you apply for 2 courses, €300 when you apply for 3 courses.
€450 discount if you are currently a student at VU Amsterdam. Visit our website to see all housing options and for a list of partner universities.
Application deadline 1 May 2019
Entry requirements:
At least enrolled in 2nd year of Bachelor studies.
Contact information:
Skype: VU Amsterdam Summer School - by appointment, email first
Telephone: +31 20 59 86429