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 Criminal 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
Please note that If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, the application deadline is the 15 January. Bear in mind that we need all documentation before this deadline.
2. Check entry requirements
The Master's programme in International and Transnational Criminal Law is a selective, specialized programme open to a limited number of motivated, ambitious students. A selection procedure applies whereby students with the most competitive applications will be admitted to the programme.
Admission to the Master’s programme is determined based on 2 aspects:
- Academic background
- English language proficiency
1. Academic background
- 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 Bachelor’s degree comparable to a Dutch Bachelor’s degree in European Studies or International Relations, including at least 45 EC of law courses as part of 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 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).
All applications will be evaluated on an individual basis.
2. 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 score 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.
- IELTS (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.
- 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 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.
Applicants will be selected on the basis of study results and motivation by a Selection Committee Board. The criteria that are employed by this committee are as follows:
- A motivation for the programme with demonstrable affinity with research and with the subject matter of the programme
- Demonstrable experience in the field of the subject matter
- Level of analytic and writing skills
- Curiosity, creativity, and an independent mindset
- 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
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.
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 and who have started their studies.
A complete online application consists of the following documents:
- Curriculum Vitae written in English.
- 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 a passing mark on an English Language proficiency test (if the test has already been taken).
- A motivation letter (max. 500 words) written in English.
- Reference letters and contact details of two referees. At least one of your referees should refer to your academic experiences, the other one may either be academic related or relevant work related.
Please note that if you have applied last year, but you have decided to withdraw your application due to Covid-19, we advise you to upload a new updated motivation letter.
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.
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 are enrolled in a Bachelor’s programme at a university located in the Netherlands or in the EU/EEA
- 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. 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
- 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).
This regulation applies to applicants who want to start their Master’s programme at the Amsterdam Law School in September 2022 and are enrolled in a Bachelor’s programme at the UvA in 2021-2022, or in a Bachelor’s programme at another university in the Netherlands or in the EU/EEA.
7. Wait for the admissions decision
Once we have received your completed application (and the required application fee for non-EU/EEA students), it will be evaluated by our admissions committee. Only those applicants who fulfil the entry requirements and are therefore eligible to the Master’s programme International and Transnational Criminal Law, will be presented to the Selection Committee after the application deadline. Qualified candidates may be invited for an interview with the members of the Committee, under Covid19 circumstances, via Zoom. The Committee will then decide on admission. You will be notified about the decision by email before the 1 June.
8. 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.
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.
If you decline acceptance, please do not forget to de-enrol from the Master’s programme in Studielink.
9. Submit certified documents
If you have been selected for our 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. Please send us a scan of your test report by email so we can verify it online.
Cambridge English Language Assessment: Please ask Cambridge to ‘share’ your certificate with us so we can verify your test scores online.
- 10. Pay the tuition fee
- 11. Register for immigration, housing, Start Appointment
12. 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.
13. Register for courses
After you have been (conditionally) admitted to the LLM programme by the Amsterdam Law School you will be signed up for courses by the Amsterdam Law School for the first semester.
Please note: The Amsterdam Law Clinics have a different registration period prior to the course registration period. Check the clinics deadlines in the Course Catalogue.
For questions about course registration, please contact the Education Desk.
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.
14. Attend Start Appointment
Moving to another city, while exciting, can also be overwhelming. UvA Student Services organizes 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.
15. 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 receive information on the Introduction Day before you’ll start your studies in September.