Minimum system requirements of the laptop

  • Processor: i3, i5 or Ryzen-5
  • Internal memory: 8GB
  • Hard drive: preferably SSD-drive
  • Resolution: HD or higher
  • Display: minimum 14 inch
  • WiFi: wireless network card WiFi 5 (802.11ac)
  • Operating system: Windows 10 or 11

If you are in doubt whether your laptop is adequate, it is best to contact us at the beginning of the academic year.

    THESE COURSES REQUIRE A MORE POWERFUL LAPTOP

    These are the minimum requirements:

    Electronics-ICT

    • Processor: minimum i7 or Ryzen-7
    • Internal memory: 16GB
    • Hard drive: 512GB SSD
    • Resolution: full HD or higher
    • Display: minimum 14 inch
    • WiFi: wireless network card WiFi 5 (802.11ac)
    • Operating system: Windows 10 or 11

    Applied informatics

    • Processor: i7 or Ryzen-7
    • Internal memory: 16GB
    • Hard drive: 512SSD + maybe an extra HD
    • Resolution: 1366x768 (or higher)
    • Display: minimum 15 inch
    • Graphic card: DirectX 11 of DirectX 12
    • WiFi: wireless network card WiFi 5 (802.11ac)
    • Operating system: Windows 10 or 11

    Media & Entertainment Business and Creative Digital Design

    • Processor: i7 or Ryzen-7
    • Internal memory: 16GB
    • Hard drive: 512GB SSD + maybe an extra HD
    • Resolution: 1920x1080 (or higher)
    • Display: 15 inch
    • Graphic card: Dedicated graphic card1
    • WiFi: wireless network card WiFi 5 (802.11ac)
    • Network port: recommended
    • Operating system: Windows 10 or 11

    Digital Design

    • Processor: i7 or Ryzen-7
    • Internal memory: 16GB
    • Hard drive: 500 GB SSD + maybe an extra HD
    • Resolution: Full HD display (or higher)
    • Display: 15 inch
    • Graphic card: Dedicated graphic card1
    • WiFi: wireless network card WiFi 5 (802.11ac)
    • Network port: recommended
    • Operating system: Windows 10 or 11

    ORDERING A NEW LAPTOP?

    Every student is free to buy a laptop at its place of choice. There are however two suppliers offering special discounts for students of VIVES university.

    Academic Shop (Signpost)

    For 3 years, Academic Shop will repair your laptop at your home a day after reporting the problem. For support, call (telephone: +32 3 327 30 74) or contact Academic Shop by e-mail

    Lab9

    In collaboration with VIVES, LAB9 offers all VIVES students the opportunity to purchase an Apple MacBook at a competitive price. The configurations were pre-selected by VIVES and are ideal for completing your studies. Throughout the year, VIVES students can enjoy these discounts. In case of any problems, you can visit one of the Lab9 shops where repairs are done on site. Beware, an Apple MacBook is not suitable for every course in VIVES. Check carefully if your course supports an Apple MacBook or contact the VIVES servicedesk.

    FINANCIAL SUPPORT

    Is buying a new laptop a financial burden? Inquire with Student facilities (STUVO) about financial aid.

    ICT-introduction days

    In September 2023 new students will receive introduction sessions on all of VIVES’ digital systems.

    Software: Academic Software

    The importance of ICT in the current and future educational landscape is only increasing. Therefore it is crucial for lecturers and students to be working with the most recent software. That is why VIVES university considers software packages as essential learning material in every course. Academic Software contains all software programs you will need during your studies at VIVES.

    1 A short list of advisable graphic cards. Higher models in those series are also recommended: 

    • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060
    • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 TI
    • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 SUPER
    • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 MAX-Q
    • NVIDIA RTX™ A1000
    • AMD Radeon RX 6600