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University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Law School
P.O. Box 1030
1000 BA Amsterdam
The Netherlands

The University

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is characterised by a tolerant, open and international academic tradition dating back to 1632. The University of Amsterdam scores highly in the Times Higher Education, Shanghai, Leiden and Centre of Higher Education Development university rankings. We are ranked among the top 30 universities in Europe and the top 100 worldwide.

Some 3,000 international degree and exchange students from over 90 countries are presently enrolled at the UvA. They are actively supported by UvA staff and fellow students during their time in Amsterdam. The UvA helps with practical matters such as opening a bank account, applying for visas and finding accommodation.

The study programmes at the UvA offer students a high level of autonomy, reflecting the respect for individual opinions and convictions so characteristic of Dutch society. The result is an interactive teaching style that encourages students to develop self-reliance and independent thought. Teaching and research are closely linked in all Bachelor?s and Master?s programmes at the UvA.

The Law School

The Amsterdam Law School of the University of Amsterdam has a long standing tradition of offering English taught LL.M. programmes. The programmes draw students from all over the world, which brings a truly international atmosphere to the Law School.

The LL.M. programmes are designed to qualify their graduates for international careers in European and international institutions, international business, law firms, government departments and nongovernmental organizations. They also provide a strong writing and research basis for those seeking to write a Ph.D. in the fields of international and European (public or private) law.

The Amsterdam Law School offers a great variety of specialized courses. Professors of the Law School all participate in the Faculty research institutes and bring current insights and developments into their teaching.

The Amsterdam Law School and Columbia Law School present the LLM in International Criminal Law.

Please visit our website www.studeren.uva.nl/law-programmes

The Program

The Amsterdam Law School offers the following LL.M. programmes:

1. European Private Law

2. International Criminal Law

3. International and European Law with the following tracks:
* European Competition Law and Regulation
* European Union Law
* International Trade and Investment Law
* Public International Law

4. Labour Law: European and International Labour Law

5. Research master Public International Law (2-year programme)

6. Research master Information Law (2-year programme)

The Faculty

The faculty includes lawyers and scholars of international repute. Faculty members are active in various research institutes, while maintaining strong ties with the corporate world. Many staff members are also legal practitioners with experience in cases before national, European and international courts, bringing current and practical insights and developments into their teaching.

Entry Requirements

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* An academic level comparable with a Dutch Bachelor of Laws diploma.

* Students without a background in European Union law need to take an introductory course in European Union law (offered in September and February). For the International and European Law programmes, and the International Criminal Law programmes, basic knowledge of Public International Law is also required. Students without a background in public international law need to take an introductory course in public international law (offered in September). Credits earned in these courses are not included in the required 60 ECTS credits.

* A positive assessment by the Examination Board.

* English language proficiency.
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - minimum score 100 ITB
- Cambridge CPE - minimum level C
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - minimum overall score of 7.0 with no individual results below 6.0
The Amsterdam Law School only accepts English language proficiency test results that are no more than one year old at the time of application.

Specific requirements for the International Criminal Law programme
Students who will obtain their LLB before 1 April 2014, and graduate with at least a 7,5 grade average (on a scale of 1-10) can apply for the programme.
A TOEFL-score of 110 is needed.

Application Procedure

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Enrollment in February is only possible for the LLM programme European and International Labour Law. The deadline is 1 November 2013.

Application for admission to the LL.M. programmes commencing 1 September 2014 need to be filed before 1st April 2014. Application is done online through our website: als.uva.nl/application--admission

In order to expedite acceptance, please study and observe the precise requirements. Please be advised that obtaining a residence permit (M.V.V.), should one be required, may take considerable time depending upon the country of application.

Tuition and Fees

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The tuition fees for the academic year 2014-2015 are not known yet.

Note that:

1 applicants are required to pay an administration fee of ? 125 and that applications will not be reviewed until the fee has been paid;

2 the Netherlands immigration authorities do not issue residence permits for part-time non EU-EEA students.

Financial Aid

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Students from outside of the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit scholarship. For further details please visit our website: www.uva.nl/ams


Amsterdam Law School
Oudemanhuispoort 4-6
1012 CN Amsterdam
The Netherlands


Like most Dutch universities, the University of Amsterdam does not have a campus, and demand for student housing in Amsterdam is high. To assist international students in finding appropriate accommodation, the university has signed agreements with various housing corporations. These corporations offer furnished accommodation to students for one or two semesters only.

The university accommodation is located in different areas of Amsterdam and Diemen. Room types and locations can range from a flat with other students to small scale accommodation. All different student buildings can be reached easily from the city centre by public transport or by bike. Although there are student accommodations at different locations and different parts of the city, it is not possible to apply for a specific one.

For more information about housing, visit our website: www.uva.nl/housing

Student Life

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Watch our student films: bit.ly/17vLDYz

Program Information

Full-Time, Part-Time
  • LL.M. European Private Law
  • LL.M. International and European Law
  • LL.M. International Criminal Law
  • LL.M. European and International Labour Law
  • Summer Program in American Law
Program Features
  • The International and European Law LL.M. program offers the following specializations: European Competition Law and Regulation, Public International Law, International Trade and Investment Law, and European Union Law.
  • The LL.M. programs are designed for students who have a first law degree or a degree in another discipline.
  • All LL.M. programs start in August/September and February and are offered full-time and part-time; the International Criminal Law program as a Fall intake only and is a full-time program.
  • The Summer program in American Law is a summer course of four weeks in US law offered in conjunction with Leiden and Columbia Universities.
Language of Instruction
  • English
Program Website
By Research
  • Research LL.M. Public International Law
  • Research LL.M. Information Law
Program Features
  • The Research LL.M. programs take 2 years to complete.
  • Graduates of the Research Master’s may apply for an accelerated, three-year PhD track.
Language of Instruction
  • English
Program Website

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