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Master
International and Transnational Criminal Law (International Criminal Law)
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Application & admission

Complete the steps below to register for the programme.

Have you suffered a study delay in the past year of your current Bachelor’s programme? Subject to strict conditions, you can submit a request for admission with study delay as of 1 July 2021. For more information please take a look at step 6 below. 

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 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

    1 April

    Please note that If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, the application deadline is the 15 January. Bare 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 3 aspects:

    1. Academic background
    2. Basic knowledge of Public International Law is required
    3. 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 at the Open University (Schakelzone Recht).

    Information on schakelzone Recht (in Dutch)

    All applications will be evaluated on an individual basis.

    2. Public International Law

    Basic knowledge of Public International Law is required for this Master’s programme. The Amsterdam Law School offers a self-study course in Public International Law before the Master’s programme starts, followed by an examination in September. This course is compulsory for those students who have not completed a course in (Public) International Law during their study programme. The course does not count for the 60 ECTS of the Master’s programme.

    3. 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 each subscore. 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 6.0 for each individual component.
    • Cambridge English Language Assessment: minimum score 183.  A Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) certificate (minimum grade B) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) certificate (minimum grade C).

      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 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 (minimum level: a Bachelor’s programme).
    • Students in possession of an international or European Baccalaureate diploma (with English as the language of instruction).
    • Dutch students who have received their prior education in the Netherlands.

    Selection criteria

    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

    Once you have registered in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvA student number (UvA-net ID) and an email with instructions for the next step of the application process: filling in the application form. You need your UvA-net ID to continue with your application.

    You should receive the instruction email within approximately 24 hours after registering in Studielink. This instructional email includes a link to our online application form.

    Application fee

    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.

    Please note that if you have applied for this programme last year and you have paid the application fee, but you have decided to withdraw your application due to Covid-19, let the admissions office know, so you won’t have to pay the fee again. This won’t apply to students who have asked for reimbursement.

    Online application

    A complete online application consists of the following documents:

    • Curriculum Vitae written in English
    • Certified 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)
    • Certified 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
    • Contact details of two referees. The Admissions Office will contact your referees to provide us with their reference letters before 14 April. Please make sure that your referees are notified and available for contact via email. 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. Wait for the admissions decision

    After the deadline of 1 April, your application will be evaluated by our admissions committee. Only those applicants who fulfil the entry requirements and are therefore eligible to the masters programme International Criminal Law Joint Programme, will be presented to the Selection Committee. 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 1st of June.

  • 7. Accept/decline offer

    Accept

    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.

    Decline

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

  • 8. Submit certified documents

    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
    The Netherlands

    Or, if sent by registered post:

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

    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 number. Please make sure to send us this number so we can verify your results online.

    Cambridge English Language Assessment: Once you have taken the test, you will receive a confirmation of entry. The confirmation includes a ‘Candidate ID number’ and a ‘Candidate’s secret number’. Please make sure to send us both so we can verify your results online.

  • 9. 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.

  • 11. 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. 

  • 12. Register for courses

    Course registration

    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.

    For questions about course registration, please contact the 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. At the Amsterdam Law School, the semesters are further divided into two teaching periods. These begin in week 1 and week 9 of each semester.

    Courses per semester

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

  • 13. Attend Start Appointment

    Moving to another city, while exciting, can also be overwhelming. UvA Student Services organises 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.