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Application and admission

University of Amsterdam - Exchange Programme in Law

All incoming exchange students in the framework of the exchange programmes in the field of law, as well as free movers (fee paying), are placed in the Exchange Programme in Law.

Admission requirements

  • Having completed at least two years of law school. This means that for students who study a double degree, only their years of legal studies will be taken into consideration.
  • Students who wish to participate in a course in the field of European or International Law are required to have completed an introduction course in that field of law at their home university. For students who have not yet completed such a course, the Amsterdam Law School offers two introduction courses: Introduction to European Union Law and Introduction to International Law.
  • One of the following English language tests:
  1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - The minimum required TOEFL score is 100 iBT, with a minimum score of 25 for reading and listening skills and 24 for speaking and writing skills. TOEFL ITP-scores are not accepted.
  2. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - The minimum required overall IELTS score is 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.0 for each individual component.
  3. Cambridge English Language Assessment - A Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) certificate (minimum grade C) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) certificate.

Please note:

  • The Amsterdam Law School only accepts English language proficiency test results that are no more than two years old at the time of your start of the programme. 
  • Chinese applicants need to submit an IELTS or TOEFL iBT test and request a Nuffic certificate.
  • The UvA offers a free IELTS test for full-time UvA students, but demand is high and the maximum number of participants is limited - apply early!

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, United Kingdom, United States.
  • Students who have completed an English-language study programme (at the Bachelor’s level or higher).
  • Students in possession of an international or European Baccalaureate diploma (with English as the language of instruction).
  • Students who have received sufficient marks (6 or higher) for English on their Dutch vwo diploma or who possess a vwo certificate in English.


Exchange students are required to submit their application for before either 15 October (Spring semester) or 1 May (Fall semester), depending on the semester chosen. Applicants need to enclose a university transcript (list of completed courses, grades and ECTS credits) with the application form as well as proof of their English proficiency.

It is preferable to have the home university send the transcript. When the applicant is not a student from one of our partner universities, he or she must enclose one letter of reference by a qualified person, preferably academic staff.

Tuition fees

Exchange students from our partner universities do not have to pay a tuition fee to the University of Amsterdam. They pay their regular fees to their home university.

Students from all other universities (free movers) pay a tuition fee of 6,000 per semester. The tuition fee covers tuition, orientation and transcript processing. You will need approximately another €400 per semester for study materials.

How to pay your tuition fee

The fee should be transferred to the following account:

Deutsche Bank
Account no.
IBAN no: NL69DEUT0509095402

University of Amsterdam/Faculty of Law
Spui 12
1012 WX Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Indicating: Tuition fee Exchange Programme in Law, WBS C 2110.0010


The tuition fee should be paid before the start of classes in the relevant semester. Please note that students cannot be accepted into the programme if their payment has not been received by then.

Send us a copy of your payment

Please check the bank transfer and send a copy of the transfer form as proof of payment to the International Office of the Amsterdam Law School. If you make cash payments, please make sure to keep your receipt and hand in a copy to the International Office.

What to do and to expect?

The International Office of the Amsterdam Law School (ALS) confirms the receipt of nominations and applications within two weeks. Accepted exchange students receive regular information letters by email. Students who do not receive confirmation need to contact the ALS International Office.

Further enrolment

After the enrolment at the faculty, the ALS International Office forwards the details of all exchange students to the central UvA administration at Student Services. From them exchange students receive the UvA student number and e-mail with the UvA-net ID to finalize enrolment at the UvA and, if applicable, start the visa procedure. Exchange students also receive the digital  UvA Start Magazine and Start Newsletters


The University of Amsterdam collaborates with several housing corporations which have student flats for international students in various parts of Amsterdam. There are a limited number of rooms, so apply early! Exchange students receive information on the registration for accommodation from the International Office.

Amsterdam canals and houses