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FAQ Law programmes

On this page you'll find frequently asked questions about the admission procedure at the Amsterdam Law School of the University of Amsterdam.

Frequently asked questions relating to the corona situation

  • What are the consequences of the corona situation for studying in 2021-2022?

    We understand that you may have concerns about how the corona pandemic will affect future studies. Our starting point is that in the academic year 2021-2022 we will be able to offer all teaching activities on campus without restrictions. We are eager to return to the campus, to face-to-face teaching and meeting up with each other. All degree seeking students (including international ones) are therefore expected to come to Amsterdam by the start of the academic year 2021-2022.

    Assuming we can teach on campus, we do not offer the option of following our education via distance learning. It goes without saying that we are dependent on the developments regarding the coronavirus and what the policies and rules of the Dutch government will be. If the situation calls for it, we should return to a scenario of (partially) online education. As soon as more information is available, we will post it on our website.

    Exception

    The above applies to the track International and Transnational Criminal Law in the Master's programme International Criminal Law. This is a full year at UvA.

    Please note: for the Master's track International Criminal Law – Joint Programme, which we organize together with Columbia Law School, specific solutions will be sought, should there be restrictions on travel to Amsterdam and/or New York which affect the exchange. Keep an eye on this page.

  • Due to COVID-19 my university has been closed down. I am unable to send all the required certified documents for my application. What options do I have?

    We are aware that due to COVID-19 universities have been closed down or have limited their activities. However, we do need the required documents that are mentioned in your conditional admission letter.

    The certified copies of diplomas and transcripts can be sent through postal mail. If you are not able to provide us with certified copies by post, we will allow documents to be sent digitally. The documents must be sent directly by the issuing school/university and can be sent to: admissions-als@uva.nl. Please make sure that your name, your UvA ID (student number) and your study programme are mentioned in the email.

    The deadline for sending your documents is stated in your conditional admissions letter.

    Please note that a check for email spoofing will be part of our verification procedure. In case we do not trust the email that has been sent to us we may contact the university or we will ask for certified copies by postal mail after all.

Other questions about admission

  • How do I pay the application fee for non-EEA students?

    Applicants with a non-EEA nationality are required to pay an administrative fee of € 100 after submitting their application form in MyInfo. If you do not pay the fee, your application form cannot be submitted. The application fee will be reimbursed to those students who successfully enroll at the Amsterdam Law School.

  • What address should I send the application documents to?

    You can upload your documents in the application form. You will also have to submit hard copies of the certified documents (Bachelor’s diploma and grade transcript). You can send the documents to one of the following addresses:

    For regular post:
    Admissions Office of the Amsterdam Law School (room 6.01a)
    Post Office Box 1030
    1000 BA Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    For registered post:
    Admissions Office of the Amsterdam Law School (room 6.01a)
    Valckenierstraat 59
    1018 XE Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

  • What is a certified copy?

    A certified copy does NOT mean a plain photocopy. A certified copy is a duplicate verified to be a true and faithful copy of the original. The document should be certified with an original stamp and signature by an authorized signatory such as a university official or a notary. These certified documents are necessary for the Admission Office to verify that you indeed graduated from your school. Please note: a copy of the certified copy is no longer a certified copy!

    >> Watch the explainer video on YouTube

  • Can the English language proficiency test be waived?

    The following students are exempted from English language proficiency test:

    • Students who have received their prior education in one of the following countries: The Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States;
    • Students who have completed an university English-language legal study programme (such as a Bachelor’s degree) and received a degree certificate attesting to this;
    • Students who have completed the bachelor’s programme Liberal Arts & Sciences, PPLE, European Studies or International Relations with a major in Law;
    • Students who hold an international or European Baccalaureate diploma (with English as the language of instruction).
    • Students who have a sufficient mark (6 or higher) for English on their Dutch vwo diploma or possess a vwo certificate in English.
    • Students who have received their prior education in the Netherlands.
  • Are there any special provisions available for students with disabilities?

    Do you have a chronic disorder that could obstruct your ability to take part in the curriculum? The University of Amsterdam offers various types of support and counseling to be able to offer you the best possible study time, thus helping prevent study delays. Please note: the regulations and arrangements of the University of Amsterdam could be different from the ones of your home University. You do not automatically have the same rights here.

  • How can I apply for UvA housing?

    Please indicate in your application form that you are interested in housing. Only students who are fully admitted to a master’s programme can apply for student accommodation. If you are fully admitted before the housing deadline, the UvA’s Housing Office will provide you with an application form for student accommodation. Please note: student housing is never guaranteed.

  • How do I finalize my enrolment at the UvA?

    Once you have been admitted to a Master’s programme at the Amsterdam Law School, you will receive information by email from the Central Student Service Desk on how to complete your registration and, if applicable, how to apply for a visa or residence permit.