Students and lecturers explain what you can expect from the Advanced LLM International Tax Law. Students also talk about why they chose the programme at the University of Amsterdam.
After the summer you’ll start your Master's programme at the UvA. What will education look like from September? Read the updates on the page for prospective/new students.
1. Check deadlines
Prospective students have the possibility to apply for an early admission procedure and be admitted by the end of February. The deadline for application for the early admission procedure is the 1st of January. In case you are selected in the early bird round you will be asked to confirm your place by paying a 1,000 Euro early bird fee. If you have started the Advanced LL.M. you may get a refund of the fee during the first months of the academic year.
For students outside the EU and student who wish to apply for a scholarship or housing, the application deadline is 1 April.
For students within the EU/EEA, the deadline is 1 June.
Application procedure opens
Early bird deadline. Final date for submission of application (application form and all supporting documents and payment of administrative fee) for early acceptance
End of February
Applicants for early admission informed whether they have been selected. Those not selected will remain in the admission pool for the second acceptance round in May
Final date for submission of application form and payment of application fee for all non-EU/EEA students, students that wish to apply for housing and students who apply for a scholarship
Final date for submission of certified documents and English test results for students who apply for a scholarship
Final date for providing required certified documents and English test results for non-EEA students
April - May
In some cases – interview held by Skype or telephone
Final date for submission of application form and payment of application fee for EEA students (who do not apply for UvA housing or a scholarship)
Final date for providing required certified documents for EEA students
Applicants informed whether they have been selected and whether they have been awarded an UvA-IBFD scholarship
Final date for providing required certified documents and English test results for Dutch students
27 August-2 September
UvA student Introduction week
Start of first semester
2. Check entry requirements
A limited number of students will be admitted to the programme through a selection procedure.
The entry requirements are:
- Your previous education must satisfy the requirements listed below (see ‘Previous education’):
- It is highly valued during the selection process if your previous study programme included at least 15 ECTS in tax law, or if you have acquired relevant competencies through work experience in tax law (see ‘Tax law’ below);
- You must have obtained a minimum standard in English language proficiency – see further below;
- You must be willing to participate actively in the classroom; and
- You must have an open mind towards different cultures.
It is possible to apply while finishing a previous degree or English-language proficiency test, in which case acceptance to the programme is conditional on satisfactorily completing the previous degree and/or proficiency test. We will need these documents before the deadline stated in step 1. Please take into consideration that the English language proficiency tests often get booked up months in advance and the results take more than two weeks to be published.
The candidate must satisfy one of the following sets of requirements:
- Have completed a university degree in law that is the equivalent of a master’s degree in the Netherlands. An initial master’s degree from a university that follows the European BA-MA system is equivalent. Degrees from universities that do not follow the European BA-MA system must require a study of at least four years in order to be equivalent; if you are not sure whether your degree is the equivalent of a Dutch master’s degree, please consult us.
- Have completed a university degree in law at bachelor level and be admissible to a traditional legal profession such as advocate, attorney, barrister, judge, notary, solicitor, etc.
- Have completed a Master’s degree from a research university (Dutch: WO) in any discipline, who has obtained at least 30 EC of law courses during university education. An initial master’s degree from a university that follows the European BA-MA system is equivalent to a Dutch master’s degree. Degrees from universities that do not follow the European BA-MA system must require a study of at least four years in order to be equivalent; if you are not sure whether your degree is the equivalent of a Dutch master’s degree, please consult us. In some cases it may be possible to substitute work experience of three years or more for the 30 ECTS in law; if you wish to use this possibility, please mail us in advance to inquire about it. For more information about the ECTS system, see below under the heading “ECTS”.
- Have completed an (advanced) Master’s degree from a technical college in a strongly related discipline, namely tax law, fiscal economics, or accountancy. An initial master’s degree from a university that follows the European BA-MA system is equivalent to a Dutch master’s degree. Degrees from universities that do not follow the European BA-MA system must require a study of at least four years in order to be equivalent; if you are not sure whether your degree is the equivalent of a Dutch master’s degree, please consult us.
- Have completed a professional accountancy qualification.
Note: Tertiary education at a technical college is not sufficient in any category. The name of the tertiary education institution is not determinative; in each case the University of Amsterdam makes its own assessment of the academic level of the institution and the degree obtained. If you have any questions in this respect, we will be happy to provide you with our assessment of your degree. Please be specific about your degree course and education institution in your email.
Note: In respect of all these requirements there may be specific considerations in specific countries, for example in respect of admission to a traditional legal profession. If you are not sure whether you satisfy the entry requirements, please consult us in advance with details of your education and qualifications and we will be happy to advise on your admissibility to this programme.
Note: The Admissions Board can set additional requirements to compensate for insufficient prior knowledge. If a required course of the Master’s programme was the subject of a prior examination, the Examinations Board can determine which courses shall replace it.
It is valuable to have some prior knowledge of tax law, obtained either through university study or work experience. This study or work experience can be in either domestic or international tax law. This helps students entering this programme to have a good understanding of the content of the programme and give them the opportunity to share their knowledge in the field with their fellow students.
A previous university study must have had a minimum study load of 15 ECTS or its equivalent in tax law subjects. A study load of 15 ECTS usually amounts to a quarter of a full-time academic year of study. The ECTS system is explained further below. The 15 ECTS in tax law need not have been earned in courses devoted entirely to law; it is also possible to aggregate them from courses that dealt partly with tax law and partly with other disciplines. In this case it is the responsibility of the applicant to demonstrate that he/she has earned the equivalent of 15 ECTS in tax law. Evidence to this effect may be the course descriptions, indicating where appropriate which part of the course dealt with law, and/or the reading lists for those courses.
Applicants who did not obtain 15 ECTS in tax law subjects during their studies nor have work experience in tax law, will also be considered, provided that they can show a genuine interest in the topic.
Please note that it does add value to your application file if you do have work experience in tax law. We recommend you to submit a description of your (work) experience explaining your responsibilities related to tax law or a supporting letter from your employer in this respect (which may be one of the two letters of reference that are required in support of your application).
ECTS refer to the European system of study points that is used in European universities to denote the study load of individual courses. 60 ECTS measure the workload of an average full-time student during one academic year. Based on an academic year of 36-40 weeks, one ECTS represents 25-30 hours of study (classes and own study combined). Further information about this system is available on the website of the European Commission.
English language proficiency
The Amsterdam Law School accepts the following tests and test results:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The minimum TOEFL score required is: 100 iBT, with a minimum of 24 for subscores reading and writing, a minimum of 22 for subscore listening and a minimum of 25 for subscore speaking
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The minimum IELTS score required is 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 for each subscore
- Cambridge English Language Assessment: minimum grade C1 Advanced with a minimum score of 190
- The Amsterdam Law School only accepts English-language proficiency test results that are no more than two years old at the time of the start of the programme.
- Chinese applicants will need to submit an IELTS or TOEFL iBT test score and request a Nuffic certificate.
The following students are exempted from the above-mentioned test requirements:
- Students who have received their prior education in one of the following English speaking countries: Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States.
- Students who possess an international or European baccalaureate diploma (with English as the only language of instruction).
- Students who have completed an English-language study programme (the minimum level is a Bachelor’s programme).
- Students who possess a Bachelor’s diploma from a Dutch research university.
- 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink
4. Activate your UvAnetID
After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your ID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.
5. Submit your UvA application form
Once you have registered in Studielink, you will also receive an email within 24 hours from Studielink with a link to the UvA online application system, which is where you submit your application to the University of Amsterdam.
Applicants with a non-EU/EEA nationality are charged an administrative fee of €100 to be paid while submitting the application form. The fee is reimbursed to students who subsequently enrol successfully at the Amsterdam Law School after the first month of the academic year.
Please note that if you have applied for this programme last year and you have paid the application fee, but you have decided to withdraw your application due to Covid-19, let the admissions office know, so you won’t have to pay the fee again. Please let us know, if this is the case for you and we’ll give you a waiver for the application fee.
Prepare your application and apply via MyInfo
Please make sure you have all document ready, before you start your application. A complete application contains the following documents:
- Curriculum Vitae.
- A copy of university transcripts including grades (please note: if you have a non-legal Bachelor’s degree, please provide us with an overview of which courses on your transcript are law courses, including a document with course descriptions or syllabi of these courses. You can add these documents to your application after you have submitted your application form, by clicking on the paperclip sign next to your application in MyInfo to add additional documents).
- A copy of university diploma (if it has already been obtained).
- Proof of English language proficiency, e.g. English language test results (if the test has already been taken) or a test date.
- Motivation letter.
- Two recommendation letters (at least one academic).
- If appropriate: evidence that your university education is equivalent to the ECTS standards set out in the list of entry requirements.
- If appropriate: evidence that you have work experience in tax law at a sufficiently conceptual level.
- If appropriate: to be considered for one of the scholarships available for International Tax Law students, please send specific motivation letters to firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Wait for the admissions decision
After the early bird deadline of 1 January and the regular admissions deadline of 1 April of 1 May, your application will be evaluated by our admissions committee. Only those applicants who fulfil the entry requirements and are therefore eligible to the Advanced masters programme International Tax Law, will be presented to the Selection Committee. Qualified candidates may be invited for an interview with the members of the Committee. The Committee will then decide on admission. You will be notified about the decision by e-mail before the 1st of June.
7. Accept/decline offer
If you get selected for this programme, the university will send you a letter of acceptance by email. We request that you accept or decline within ten working days.
If you decline acceptance, please do not forget to de-enrol from the Master’s programme in Studielink.
8. Submit certified documents and English test results
If you have been selected for our Advanced Master's programme we need to verify your prior academic credentials. You will need to send us certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates. Photocopies or scans of the original certified documents are not accepted.
Your diploma and transcripts need to be officially certified (i.e., must bear the original stamp or signature of your university or a notary), and sent with the printed version of the completed online application form to the following address:
Amsterdam Law School - Admissions Office (room A6.01a)
P.O. Box 1030
1000 BA Amsterdam
Or, if sent by registered post:
Amsterdam Law School – Admissions Office (room A6.01a)
1018 XE Amsterdam
English test results
If you have not yet sent your English test results, please make sure you do so before the deadline.
- TOEFL: When signing up for the TOEFL test, please make sure to mention our institutional code: 9011. If you do not, we cannot verify your results online and you will need to send us the original test results
- IELTS: Once you have taken the test, you will receive a test report number. Please make sure to send us this number so we can verify your results online
- Cambridge English Language Assessment: Once you have taken the test, you will receive a confirmation of entry. The confirmation includes a ‘Candidate ID number’ and a ‘Candidate’s secret number’. Please make sure to send us both so we can verify your results online
- 9. Pay the tuition fee
10. Attend Start Appointment
Moving to another city, while exciting, can also be overwhelming. UvA Student Services organises Start Appointments each year (free of charge) to help with the practical issues you may encounter during your transition to Amsterdam, such as registering with the municipality or opening a Dutch bank account. You will receive an invitation for a Start Appointment once you have submitted your immigration application. There are two levels of Start Appointment: all-inclusive and regular.
11. Attend Introduction Day
To help you get started, the Amsterdam Law School organizes a (mandatory) Introduction Day for all new Master’s students. You will find information on the Introduction Day on the student website.