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Master
International Trade and Investment Law (International and European Law)
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Application & admission

Complete the steps below to register for the programme.

Please note:

In Studielink, the name of the Master's programme does not mention the track name. To register for this track in Studielink, first select 'International and European Law' as your study programme. You will be asked to select the specific track during a following step.

Questions? Please take a look at our FAQ.

  • 1. Check deadlines

    1 April

    Please note that the Master’s programmes Public International Law and International Trade and Investment Law do not have a February start.

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    To be admissible to the Master's programme in International and European Law: International Trade and Investment Law applicants need to fulfil the following criteria:

    • An academic degree comparable to a Dutch Bachelor of Laws (see 1. ‘Academic background’).
    • Proficiency in English (see 2. ‘English Language Proficiency’).
    • Motivation and ability to engage with study at an advanced academic level.
    • Motivation to actively participate in classes and to put in the work necessary to succeed.
    • Affinity or experience with international law.
    • Well-developed writing skills.
    • Well-developed analytical skills and ability to convey ideas clearly and logically.

    A selection procedure applies whereby each application for admission is evaluated by the programme’s Selection Board, which is appointed by the Programme Director. The Admissions Board of the Faculty makes the final decision for each admission. A phone or video interview with the applicant may be part of the Admission process if the Selection Committee considers this necessary.

    Academic legal background

    Admission to the Master's programme is determined based on your academic background, which must include:

    An academic degree comparable to a Dutch Bachelor of Laws.

    • A Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences from any University College in the Netherlands, including at least 45 EC of law courses as part of this completed programme.
    • A Dutch Bachelor's degree in European Studies or International Relations with a major in law provided that at least 45 ECTS of law courses were obtained within this completed programme.
    • A Bachelor’s degree from a research university (Dutch: WO) in another discipline, provided that at least 60 EC of law courses were obtained within this completed programme.
    • A Bachelor’s degree in the law track of PPLE (Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics), or comparable education at another research university.
    • A Bachelor’s degree from a research university (Dutch: WO) that does not belong to the above-mentioned categories followed by the Dutch-language Pre-Master’s programme (‘schakelprogramma’) International and European Law.

    Information on programmes for non-legal Bachelors

    • A Bachelor’s degree in Law from a university in applied sciences (Dutch: HBO-Rechten, CROHO code 39205) followed by the Dutch-language Pre-Master’s programme with ‘civiel effect’ at the Open University (Schakelzone Recht).

    Information on Pre-Master's programme at the Open University ('Schakelzone Recht', in Dutch)

    All applications will be evaluated on an individual basis.

    English language proficiency

    In an international environment, sufficient mastery of the English language is critical for academic success. International students must take an English-language proficiency test to demonstrate their ability. Dutch students who received their prior education in the Netherlands are exempted from this test.

    Questions? Please take a look at our FAQ.

  • 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 this email to activate your ID; you will need it to complete your UvA application.

  • 5. Submit your UvA application form

    After enrolling in Studielink, you will within 24 hours receive an automated email with a link to your MyInfo UvA application form. To log in to MyInfo you need your UvAnetID. Please fill out the application form, upload the required documents and submit your MyInfo application form before the application deadline.

    For this, you need your activated UvAnetID.

    Online application

    A completed online application consists of 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).
    • A motivation letter written by yourself (maximum 600 words).
      • setting out your affinity or experience with international law and motivation to participate and succeed in the programme (maximum 300 words, any additional words will not be considered); and
      • discussing one current problem or question of international law that triggers your interest in this field of law (maximum 300 words, any additional words will not be considered).
    • One reference letter from an academic referee (including his/her contact details). Referees should in any case address in the letter: their relation to the applicant; their opinion on the academic ability, and especially the writing and analytical skills of the applicant, and the participation of the applicant in class; their opinion on the applicant’s motivation to succeed in his or her studies.

    Prior education abroad

    Are you in possession of a degree certificate earned abroad? Submit your application for admission as early as possible; extra time is needed to evaluate diplomas from abroad. If you have questions in this regard, please contact the Admissions Office.

  • 6. Request for admission with study delay

    Have you suffered a study delay in your current Bachelor’s programme over the past year? Subject to strict conditions, you can submit a request for admission with study delay as of 1 July 2022.

    Requirements for students who are currently enrolled in the Bachelor's in Law and/or Tax Law at the University of Amsterdam  

    You are eligible to submit a request for admission with study delay when:

    • you have a  study delay up to a maximum of 15 EC within your Bachelor’s programme provided the courses and exams and/or resits took place in academic year 2021-2022
    • you have finished your Bachelor’s thesis

    You can still complete the missing courses of your Bachelor's programme during the 1st year of the Master's programme. You will have the opportunity to do so throughout the academic year 2022-2023.

    Submitting a request (as of 1 July 2022) and re-enrolment

    You can submit a request for admission with study delay as of 1 July 2022 (and before 1 September 2022) in the following way:

    • go to uva.nl/dssd-en and log in
    • choose "I have a request or want to arrange something" and then "Diploma certificate (request)"
    • explain on the form that you are eligible for admission with study delay and submit the form
    • furthermore you need to submit a request for re-enrolment for the Bachelor’s programme via Studielink

    You will receive the decision on your request for admission with study delay via e-mail. When you have obtained your results in due time, please contact the Education Desk immediately. Your diploma request will then be processed for that month. Please note: the timing of your request for your diploma certificate affects your graduation date. The date of graduation is always the last (working) day of the month in which you submit a diploma certificate request.

    If you have any further questions requesting a diploma certificate, please contact the Education Desk.

    Requirements for applicants from a Bachelor’s programme at a university located in the EU/EEA

    You are eligible to submit a request for admission with study delay when:

    • you have a study delay up to a maximum of 15 EC within your Bachelor’s programme provided the courses and exams and/or resits took place in academic year 2021-2022
    • you have finished your Bachelor’s thesis (or a comparable final assignment)
    • you have applied for the Master’s programme in Studielink and have submitted your application form before the application deadline

    You need to complete the pending Bachelor’s courses during the academic year 2022-2023. Therefore, do not forget to re-enroll in your current Bachelor’s programme. Please take into consideration which consequences this might have for your study load. We will not be held responsible for any conflicting schedules between the two programmes.

    Submit a request (as of 1 July and before 1 September 2022) 

    You will need to submit a request for admission with study delay. As of 1 July 2022 you will find the link on this page. Please make sure to submit your request before 1 September 2022.

    When submitting the request, you will be requested to upload the following documents:

    • a transcript
    • a statement from your current university stating that your study delay of maximum 15 EC concerns courses/exams that were taking place in academic year 2021-2022 and that your Bachelor's thesis (or a comparable final assignment) has been finished (if the transcript doesn’t provide us with this information)
    • a statement from your university confirming that the Bachelor’s programme can be completed remotely within the academic year 2022-2023 (for students from outside the Netherlands only)

    Requirements for applicants who are following a pre-Master’s programme at the UvA or at the Open University (Schakelzone Recht)

    You are eligible to submit an admission request with study delay when:

    • you have suffered a limited study delay in the completion of courses that were taught and/or examined in the academic year 2021-2022
    • you have completed 80% of your pre-Master’s programme
    • you have completed the Bachelor’s thesis (only for students who are following the pre-Master's programme at the Open University (Schakelzone Recht))
    • you have not submitted an admission request with study delay in the academic year 2021-2022

    You can complete the outstanding courses of your pre-Master’s programme during the 1st year of your Master’s programme. You will be given the opportunity to do so the entire academic year 2022-2023.

    Submitting a request (as of 1 July and before 1 September 2022) and re-enrolment

    • submit an admission request with study delay (from 1 July the link will be published on this page). During the submission process you will be asked to upload a transcript of grades that demonstrates that you have completed 80% of the pre-Master’s programme and that you have completed the Bachelor’s thesis.
    • also submit a re-enrolment request for your pre-Master’s programme via Studielink.
    • in case you are following the pre-Master’s programme through elective courses and you are following a Bachelor’s programme at another university than the UvA, it is important that you also submit a request for re-enrolment for your current Bachelor’s programme ánd for your elective courses via Studielink.
  • 7. Wait for the admissions decision

    Once we have received your completed application, it will be evaluated by our admissions committee.  Only those applicants who fulfil the entry requirements and are therefore eligible to the Masters' programme International and European Law: International Trade and Investment Law will be presented to the Selection Committee after the application deadline. The Committee will then decide on admission. You will be notified about the decision by email before the 1st of June.

  • 8. Accept/decline offer

    Accept

    If you meet all the entry requirements and the Admissions Office has approved your application, the university will send you a letter of acceptance by email. We request that you accept or decline within ten working days. After you have accepted your offer, your application will be further processed. Please note that if you do not respond to your offer after ten working days, there might be a chance your application or your visa request cannot be finalized and you will not be able to complete your enrolment. If you are unsure whether you are able to start your master’s programme, you can also select the option ‘I accept but I have doubts’.

    Defer

    A deferral of your application is not possible. However, you can apply for a next start moment. In case you wish to do so, please withdraw your enrolment request in Studielink. In order to apply for next start moment, please keep in mind that you will need to resubmit both your enrolment in Studielink and your UvA application form before starting the programme. It also means that you have to go through the selection process again and a place in the programme is not guaranteed. The admissions decision will be based on the entry requirements that apply for the academic year in which you wish to enrol.

    Decline

    If you decline your acceptance, please do not forget to de-enrol from the Master’s programme in Studielink.

  • 9. Submit certified documents

    Certified documents

    You will not need to send in documentation if you have completed a legal Bachelor’s programme in the Netherlands or will have done so before the 1st of September; we can verify your prior academic credentials based on the records provided by DUO. If that is the case, you do not need to send certified copies of your degree certificate or transcript. This exception applies to the following degree programmes:

    • Bachelor Rechtsgeleerdheid (croho 50700)
    • Bachelor Fiscaal Recht (croho 56827)
    • Bachelor Notarieel Recht (croho 56828)

    The same exception applies if you have completed a pre-Master's programme at the UvA or if you are applying based on the following diplomas granted by the UvA:

    • PPLE, with a major in Law
    • Liberal Arts & Sciences, with at least 45 ECTS credits in law courses
    • European Studies, with at least 45 ECTS credits in law courses
    • International Relations, with at least 45 ECTS credits in law courses

    If you are required to submit documentation, please send it before 1 September to:

    Amsterdam Law School - Admissions Office (room A6.01a)
    P.O. Box 1030
    1000 BA Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    Or, if sent by registered post:

    Amsterdam Law School – Admissions Office (room A6.01a)
    Valckenierstraat 59
    1018 XE Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    All documents 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 address above.

  • 10. Request student ID card

    A student ID card is a personal document which serves as proof of identity for examinations and library privileges. You will receive instructions explaining how to request your student ID card. 

  • 11. Register for courses

    Course registration

    After you have been (conditionally) admitted to the LLM programme at the Amsterdam Law School, you will need to sign up for courses during the registration periods indicated on the academic calendar.

    Please note: The Amsterdam Law Clinics have a different registration period prior to the course registration period. Check the clinics deadlines.

    For questions on course registration, please contact our Education Desk.

    Academic calendar

    The academic year is divided into two semesters, each lasting 20 weeks. Semester 1 classes begin in the first week of September. Semester 2 classes begin in the first week of February.

    Courses per semester

    You will find a course overview per semester (with course descriptions) in the online Course Catalogue.

  • 12. Pay the tuition fee

    You will need to pay the tuition fee in order to complete your enrolment in a degree programme at the UvA. Find out more about how to pay tuition fees. Check your enrolment checklist at sis.uva.nl to see which matters of your enrolment possibly still need to be completed.

  • 13. 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.

Would you like to take a law Master's degree at the UvA after completing a non-legal university degree (at least a Bachelor's degree)? Then in certain cases this is possible via a transition program of 54 EC.