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What requirements does my computer or laptop have to meet?

Many lectures are given online and assignments are made at home. That's why it's important that you have the right facilities yourself. A good laptop or desktop PC is indispensable.

We recommend a modern laptop with the following specifications:

  • Windows, not a Chromebook or Mac because a lot of software doesn't work on it (including SPSS, Stata and Matlab).
  • At least an i5 processor (or equivalent), preferably i7 (or equivalent).
  • At least 8GB of working memory.
  • At least 256 GB ssd.
  • Webcam (built-in or separate).
  • Preferably an Ethernet port is recommended to work with a wired network.


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