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Public International Law (LLM)

Application and admission

Public International Law (Research Master)

Complete the steps below to register for the programme.

  • 1. Check deadlines

    Your online application form must be submitted before 1 April.

    Please note that the deadline for application is 15 January if you are applying for the AES or Mr Julia Henriëtte Jaarsma-Adolfs scholarship!

    • Final date for providing required certified documents for non-EEA students: 1 May.
    • Final date for providing required certified documents for EEA students : 1 June.
  • 2. Check entry requirements

    The Research Master's in Public International Law is a selective, specialised 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.

    Academic legal background

    Students who meet the following entry requirements are encouraged to apply:

    1. You have a Bachelor's degree in law (LLB) from a Dutch university, or an equivalent degree from a foreign university. Students from any University College in the Netherlands with at least 60 ECTS in law courses and students with a BSc degree in PPLE with a major in Law are also welcome to apply to the Research Master's in Public International Law.
    2. A basic knowledge of public international law is required. The Amsterdam Law School offers a remedial course in Public International Law, starting in September. This is an extra course in addition to the regular Master’s programme.

    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 25 for reading and listening skills and 24 for speaking and writing skills. TOEFL ITP-scores are not accepted.
    • 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 - A Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) certificate (minimum grade C) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) certificate.
    • 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 the start of the programme. 
    • Chinese applicants will need to submit an IELTS or TOEFL iBT test score 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.

    Selection Criteria

    Applicants will be selected on the basis of study results and motivation by a Selection Committee. The criteria that are employed by this committee are as follows:

    • A GPA of at least a 7.5 (on a scale from 1-10)
    • 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 mind-set
  • 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink

    Before you can apply to the UvA, you will need to submit an enrolment application in Studielink. Studielink is the national online system for students who would like to pursue a degree programme at a Dutch university.

    Check your DigiD (before starting in Studielink)

    A DigiD (Digital Identification) is an online ID (username and password) that provides access to government administration websites.

    • Students who do not live in the Netherlands can use Studielink without a DigiD.
    • Students who currently live in the Netherlands will need their DigiD to use Studielink. We strongly recommend that you apply for your DigiD at least three weeks before registering in Studielink.

    Read the step-by-step guide to Studielink

    Before starting your enrolment application in Studielink, read the 'Step-by-step guide to Studielink'. 

    Download Step-by-step guide to Studielink

    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 you have registered in Studielink, you will also receive an email from Studielink (within a few days) with a link to our online application system. This is where you will submit your application to the University of Amsterdam.

    Application form

    Application fee

    Applicants with a non-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. 

    Application documents

    A complete application consist of the following documents:

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • 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)
    • A legal essay (written in English)
    • Two letters of recommendation
  • 6. Wait for admission 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 Public International Law, 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 May.

  • 7. 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.

  • 8. Submit certified documents

    Certified documents

    If you have been selected for our Master's programme we need to verify your prior academic credentials. This means that you have to send us certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates. Note that you need to send us these documents by post before the deadline (see step 1). 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
    P.O. Box 1030
    1000 BA Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    Or, if sent by registered post:

    Amsterdam Law School – Admissions Office
    Valckenierstraat 59
    1018 XE Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    If you’ve completed your legal Bachelor’s programme in the Netherlands, we will verify your previous education based on the records provided by DUO. In this case you don’t have to send us certified copies of your degree and transcript.

    Submit the required information through this digital form

  • 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 electives during the registration periods indicated on the academic calendar. Signing up for compulsory courses is not necessary.

    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. 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.

    Academic calendar

    Courses per semester

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

    Courses for the programme in the Studiegids

    More information on course registration

  • 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.

    More information on Start appointment