: > [{quoted}](name=AIıce,realm=OCE,application-id=yrc23zHg,discussion-id=7hWT7llj,comment-id=,timestamp=2019-10-12T06:38:57.288+0000) > Interestingly, at the University of Auckland in NZ which I most likely will be attending there is a really high entry requirement to get into Software Engineering ( Engineering in general), while Computer Science is significantly easier to get into while most other uni's like Sydney etc put Computer Science equal as Software Engineering which is odd. At my uni (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), CS is also easy to get into, but hard to stay in. They don't restrict the number of students in the beginning, but a lot of people (have to) leave in the first or second semester. The critical thing here is a special trial for orientation: A collection of first-semester exams you need to pass in the first three semesters or you are not allowed to keep studying. These include : * **Programming**: Pretty straightforward, it's for people who don't know a thing about programming. Basics of OOP, I haven't seen anyone struggling with this part. * **Basics of theoretical CS** (not sure about the translation): It depends, also very basic but highly theoretical. Formal Languages, Automatons, Turing-Machines and the likes. It can go both ways, but if you put in some work it's easy to pass. * **Linear Algebra 1** (I guess it'd be just Algebra 1 for you): Hard. We had more than 50% fail this in my year. It includes vector and matrix math and aims at establishing Vector Spaces (for Algebra 2). So even if it's easy to get in, Auckland may have a similar method of weeding out students early. Also watch out for math, it can really fuck you up! I got 15/15 when I finished school but I am SO glad I finally got all the math exams done next semester.
> [{quoted}](name=LordRedStone Nr1,realm=EUW,application-id=yrc23zHg,discussion-id=7hWT7llj,comment-id=0000,timestamp=2019-10-12T08:34:54.420+0000) > > Interestingly, at the University of Auckland in NZ which I most likely will be attending there is a really high entry requirement to get into Software Engineering ( Engineering in general), while Computer Science is significantly easier to get into while most other uni's like Sydney etc put Computer Science equal as Software Engineering which is odd. > > > At my uni (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), CS is also easy to get into, but hard to stay in. They don't restrict the number of students in the beginning, but a lot of people (have to) leave in the first or second semester. > The critical thing here is a special trial for orientation: A collection of first-semester exams you need to pass in the first three semesters or you are not allowed to keep studying. > These include : > > * **Programming**: Pretty straightforward, it's for people who don't know a thing about programming. Basics of OOP, I haven't seen anyone struggling with this part. > * **Basics of theoretical CS** (not sure about the translation): It depends, also very basic but highly theoretical. Formal Languages, Automatons, Turing-Machines and the likes. It can go both ways, but if you put in some work it's easy to pass. > * **Linear Algebra 1** (I guess it'd be just Algebra 1 for you): Hard. We had more than 50% fail this in my year. It includes vector and matrix math and aims at establishing Vector Spaces (for Algebra 2). > > So even if it's easy to get in, Auckland may have a similar method of weeding out students early. Also watch out for math, it can really fuck you up! I got 15/15 when I finished school but I am SO glad I finally got all the math exams done next semester. Thanks for the insight! I have heard from a few students at Auckland that some papers are quite tough while others tend to be easier which seems to be like yours, makes sense. It's always helpful to see how other uni's around the globe operate too ;)
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