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Application and admission

Complete the steps below to register for the programme.

Please note:

  1. Should the current measures in the Netherlands related to the coronavirus, such as the obligation to provide remote teaching and examinations, still apply at the start of the academic year, then remote teaching and examinations will continue. As soon as it becomes possible to resume our programme on location, we will do so.
  2. Have you suffered a study delay in your current Bachelor’s programme as a direct result of the coronavirus situation? Subject to strict conditions, you can submit a request for admission with study delay as of 1 July 2020. For more information please take a look at step 6 below.
  3. 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.

*The Amsterdam Law School does not admit students who have a prior US law degree.

  • 1. Check deadlines

    1 April 2020

    Please note that If you would like to be considered for an AES, AMS or Mr. Julia Henriëtte Jaarsma-Adolfs scholarship, the application deadline is the 15 January 2020.

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    The Master's programme in International Criminal Law - Joint Program 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 non-Dutch 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 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 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 Pre-Master's programme at the Open University ('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 studentswho 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. 
    • 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 mid-set
  • 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. 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 before the application deadline. The fee is reimbursed to students who subsequently enrol successfully at the Amsterdam Law School.

    Applications will not be reviewed until the application fee has been paid and processed.

    Online application

    A complete online application consists of the following documents:

    • Curriculum Vitae written in English
    • Certified copy of university transcripts including grades
    • 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
    • Two letters of recommendation written in English
  • 6. If applicable, submit a request for admission with corona-related study delay

    Request for admission with study delay (corona-related)

    Have you suffered a study delay in your current Bachelor’s programme as a direct result of the coronavirus measures? Subject to strict conditions, you can submit a request for admission with study delay before 1 September 2020.

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

    • You have a corona-related 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 semester 2 of 2020 (February 2020-August 2020);
    • 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 2020-2021. 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

    You will need to submit a request for admission with study delay via this form before 1 September 2020.

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

    • A certified transcript;
    • A statement from your current university stating that after resits, your corona related study delay of maximum 15 EC concerns courses/exams that were planned for semester 2 of 2020 (February-August 2020);
    • A statement from your university confirming that the Bachelor’s programme can be completed remotely within the academic year 2020-2021 (for students from outside the Netherlands only).
  • 7. 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. 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


    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.


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

  • 9. 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 sending TOEFL results, please use 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.

  • 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

    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 Faculty of Law, 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.

  • 14. 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.