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FAQ Law programmes

On this page you'll find frequently asked questions about the admission procedure at the Amsterdam Law School of the University of Amsterdam.

Frequently asked questions relating to the corona situation

  • What are the consequences of the corona situation for studying in 2020-2021?

    Education in the 2020-2021 academic year is scheduled to start on 31 August. The Dutch government allows us to provide education on campus again, but keeping a distance of 1.5 meters remains mandatory. This means that the capacity of the buildings is limited, to about 20 percent. Moreover, in order to relieve the burden on public transport, universities will have to spread education over the day and over the week. Higher education institutes make joint agreements with local authorities and transport organizations about this.

    These restrictions mean that we start the first semester largely online. In addition, the availability of study spaces on campus is limited so please study at home as much as possible when you have no on campus education activities to attend. We guarantee that all education and exams will continue. As soon as it is possible again to resume education entirely on the Roeterseilandcampus, we will do so. In any case, you can count on us to provide full and interactive education.

  • What does the first semester of the academic year 2020/2021 look like?

    In the first block, education will largely be provided online and partly on location in building REC A on the Roeterseilandcampus. As far as possible, the programme will follow the normal structure of activities. Of course, we do take into account the fact that studying online is a different experience. 

    You mainly follow lectures online, for example via a series of shorter recordings or 'live' via video conferencing tools such as Zoom. Workgroups and seminars in which you get to work together with fellow students and teachers also largely take place online. The specific form depends on your programme and the courses you follow. For example, you might work on assignments in groups in real time, but also together or independently at times of your choice. Each course is adapted to the circumstances in such a way that we ensure optimal study programme feasibility. 

    Each Master's programme also regularly offers activities on campus. The content differs per programme, for example small-scale working groups, experiential education, guest lectures or meetings together with all students of your Master's programme. In this way, we ensure that you will also get to know your fellow students and teachers offline.

    We therefore expect that if you can travel to the Netherlands, you will be here. However, if this is not possible due to inbound travel restrictions, you can continue your education at a distance, at least until October.

    When teaching, we make intensive use of the electronic learning environment Canvas with integrated video conferencing tools. This means that you must have a laptop/computer, a microphone, a (web)camera and a stable internet connection at your disposal.

    Timetables & registration courses
    In the coming period, work will continue on making the timetables - a puzzle in which the capacity of the education rooms, corridors, the inflow and outflow through doors and elevators, but also public transport junctions such as the metro station Weesperplein play a role. Educational activities take place between 09.00 and 20.00 hours (CET) on weekdays, with occasional meetings until 22.00 hours (CET). Information about the timetables will be available in the second half of August.

    From 7 to 17 July 13.00 hours (CET) you have to register for the courses of the first semester (for most Master's programmes). When this applies to you, you will receive another email about course registration this week.

  • I cannot get certified documents at this moment. Can I also send them later?

    The deadline for submitting certified documents has been postponed to the following dates:

    1. For students requiring a visa: May 18
    2. For students from within the EU: July 20

    If you are unable to procure and send your certified documents because of a lockdown, we will also accept official documents sent directly to us by your University. These documents should be official University documents sent directly to our email address ( by an official email address from your University or home institution. Please make sure that your name, your UvA student number and the Master’s programme you are applying for are mentioned in the message.

Other questions about admission

  • How do I pay the application fee for non-EEA students?

    Applicants with a non-EEA nationality are required to pay an administrative fee of € 100 after submitting their application form in MyInfo. If you do not pay the fee, your application form cannot be submitted. The application fee will be reimbursed to those students who successfully enroll at the Amsterdam Law School.

  • What address should I send the application documents to?

    You can upload your documents in the application form. You will also have to submit hard copies of the certified documents (Bachelor’s diploma and grade transcript). You can send the documents to one of the following addresses:

    For regular post:
    Admissions Office of the Amsterdam Law School (room 6.01a)
    Post Office Box 1030
    1000 BA Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    For registered post:
    Admissions Office of the Amsterdam Law School (room 6.01a)
    Valckenierstraat 59
    1018 XE Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

  • What is a certified copy?

    A certified copy does NOT mean a plain photocopy. A certified copy is a duplicate verified to be a true and faithful copy of the original. The document should be certified with an original stamp and signature by an authorized signatory such as a university official or a notary. These certified documents are necessary for the Admission Office to verify that you indeed graduated from your school. Please note: a copy of the certified copy is no longer a certified copy!

    >> Watch the explainer video on YouTube

  • Can the English language proficiency test be waived?

    The following students are exempted from English language proficiency test:

    • Students who have received their prior education in one of the following countries: The Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States;
    • Students who have completed an university English-language legal study programme (such as a Bachelor’s degree) and received a degree certificate attesting to this;
    • Students who have completed the bachelor’s programme Liberal Arts & Sciences, PPLE, European Studies or International Relations with a major in Law;
    • Students who hold an international or European Baccalaureate diploma (with English as the language of instruction).
    • Students who have a sufficient mark (6 or higher) for English on their Dutch vwo diploma or possess a vwo certificate in English.
    • Students who have received their prior education in the Netherlands.
  • Are there any special provisions available for students with disabilities?

    Do you have a chronic disorder that could obstruct your ability to take part in the curriculum? The University of Amsterdam offers various types of support and counseling to be able to offer you the best possible study time, thus helping prevent study delays. Please note: the regulations and arrangements of the University of Amsterdam could be different from the ones of your home University. You do not automatically have the same rights here.

  • How can I apply for UvA housing?

    Please indicate in your application form that you are interested in housing. Only students who are fully admitted to a master’s programme can apply for student accommodation. If you are fully admitted before the housing deadline, the UvA’s Housing Office will provide you with an application form for student accommodation. Please note: student housing is never guaranteed.

  • How do I finalize my enrolment at the UvA?

    Once you have been admitted to a Master’s programme at the Amsterdam Law School, you will receive information by email from the Central Student Service Desk on how to complete your registration and, if applicable, how to apply for a visa or residence permit.

  • Do you accept TOEFL MyBest Scores?

    We are aware of the fact that due to the coronavirus many English language test centers are closed and that therefore not everyone will be able to retake the test. For that reason we will temporarily accept ‘MyBest Scores’.