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Exchange Programme

Application and admission

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 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.
  2. IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The minimum IELTS score required is 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 for each subscore.
  3. Cambridge English Language Assessment: minimum grade C1 Advanced with a minimum score of 190. The test results may not be more than two years old, calculated from the start date of the English-language Master’s programme in question.

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 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.

  • 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