On this page you'll find frequently asked questions about the admission procedure at the Amsterdam Law School of the University of Amsterdam.
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.
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.
No, all application deadlines remain the same. Please find the application deadline on the page of the course you’re interested in. Please note that you may already submit your application and upload provisional transcript lists/document. Official certified documents can to be submitted later.
The deadline for submitting certified documents has been postponed to the following dates:
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 (email@example.com) 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.
We are aware of the difficulties and the cancellations caused by the coronavirus, please note that TOEFL currently offers an online Home Edition Test in several countries. Please check their website for details.
In addition, the deadlines for the delivery of the English language test results have been postponed for now to the following dates:
Due to the coronavirus, all UvA personnel are currently working from home. Mail is accepted, but not processed immediately. As a result, it will take longer for you to receive a message from us.
You can find the application process under ‘Admission and application for international students’ on the webpage of your preferred Master’s programme.
You can find the application deadlines under ‘Admission and application for international students’ on the webpage of your preferred Master’s programme.
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.
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
For registered post:
Admissions Office of the Amsterdam Law School (room 6.01a)
1018 XE Amsterdam
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!
Yes, all certified documents need to be translated into English, except if they are in Dutch, French or German. The Admissions Office reserves the right to request a translation into English at any time.
The following students are exempted from English language proficiency test:
The scholarship deadline is the 15th of January. You can find more information about our scholarship here.
Please be aware that it is not possible to apply for any scholarships if you are starting in February.
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.
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.
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.
You can find detailed information about the payment of the tuition fee via the link below.
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’.