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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.
  • English language proficiency

In an international environment, sufficient mastery of the English language is critical for academic success. Students must take an English-language proficiency test to demonstrate their ability. The Amsterdam Law School accepts the following tests and test results:

  • TOEFL* (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - The minimum required TOEFL score 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. Please make sure to mention our institutional code: 9011 when signing up for the TOEFL test so we can verify your scores online.
  • IELTS Academic ** (International English Language Testing System) - The minimum required overall IELTS score is 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 for each individual component.
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment: minimum grade C1 Advanced with a minimum score of 190. Please make sure to ‘share’ your test results with us so we can verify your scores online.

Please note: The Amsterdam Law School only accepts English language proficiency test results that are no more than two years old on the day you submit your application in MyInfo.

* The TOEFL ITP test (Institutional Testing Program) and the TOEFL iBT home edition are NOT accepted. 
** The IELTS Academic Online, IELTS General Training, IELTS Indicator and IELTS UKVI are NOT accepted.

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 of the province of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States;
  • Students who possess an international or European baccalaureate diploma (provided that it is an English-language diploma);
  • Students who have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme taught entirely in English (note: this does not include exchange, summer school or other non-degree programmes).


Exchange students that are nominated by their home university will receive a link to the application form which must be submitted before either 15 October (Spring semester) or 1 May (Fall semester), depending on the semester chosen.  Notice that you need to upload the following documents in PDF or JPG format.

  • Certified Transcript of records in English (bachelor and master)
  • Scan of passport or ID card (front and back)
  • Proof of English proficiency

Information sheet

The Appendix below outlines our contact information, English language requirements, further requirements, academic calendar, nomination and application deadlines, academic information, and links to information about housing, visa and insurance.

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.


Free movers will receive an invoice of the University of Amsterdam accompanied by instructions on how to pay their tuition fee. 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.

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