Complete the steps below to register for the programme.
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!
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
A DigiD (Digital Identification) is an online ID (username and password) that provides access to government administration websites.
Before starting your enrolment application in Studielink, read the 'Step-by-step guide to Studielink'.
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.
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.
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.
A complete application consist of the following documents:
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.
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.
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
Or, if sent by registered post:
Amsterdam Law School – Admissions Office
1018 XE Amsterdam
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.
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.
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.
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.
You will find a course overview per semester (with course descriptions) in the online course catalogue.
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.
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.
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.