About to start your Master's programme at the Amsterdam Law School? Welcome! Make sure you regularly check this page for updated information in relation to the coronacrisis. We aim to help you make a good start with your studies. You will also find specific information about your Master's programme here when it becomes available.
Please make sure to read the information about COVID-19 and self quarantine via our Upon arrival page.
The Law School is dedicated to offering as much education as possible on campus taking into regard all safety measures, because we recognise how valuable this is for our students. However, international students will not be obliged to travel to the Netherlands to attend on campus education in the spring semester. The reason is that for many countries, code orange or red travel restrictions are expected to still be in place until the spring. A decision on the fall semester will be taken by the University’s Executive Board at a later stage, taking into account the developments as regards the pandemic.
During the spring semester hybrid or online classes will be offered in all the English master’s programmes, with the exception of certain elective courses of the Amsterdam Law Practice. More information on Amsterdam Law Practice courses can be found in the study guide. Note that course schedules for period 1, semester 2 will be communicated early December, for blocks 2 and 3, semester 2 early February.
Staying in your home country may possibly affect your MVV or residence permit. If you have any questions about your MVV or residence permit in view of the above, please consult the FAQ on the website.
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Make sure to complete your enrolment before 1 February. After you have been admitted to the degree programme of your choice, you will be asked to pay your tuition fees. In order to be enrolled in your programme you must meet all the requirements for each step in the application process.
Once you have been conditionally admitted we will forward your personal information to the UvA Student Services department. Moving to a different country or city may sometimes be confusing. Student Services will help you through the necessary procedures. This starts with the UvA registration process while you are still abroad. During this process, you will be helped with such procedures as your visa/residence permit (if applicable), signing up for the introduction programmes and making sure that we are completely prepared for your arrival in Amsterdam. After completion of your UvA registration, you will be invited for a Start appointment.
The registration for master's courses for semester 2, period 1 will take place from Tuesday, 1 December (08.00) to Tuesday, 15 December (13.00) 2020.
All the detailed information on when and how to register for courses you will find on this webpage.
The introduction to the master’s will take place the last week of January or the first week of February 2021. You will receive an email in December with more information about the introduction to your master programme. Also, there will be a link in this email through which you can sign up for the introduction. We will try to plan the introduction on campus (physical), if that is possible with the measurements at that time. Keep an eye on your email and this page for more information.
You will encounter many new terms and concepts in the first weeks of your studies. Take a look at the Guide for new Master’s students 2020-2021 for an overview.
The thesis course is offered twice each academic year. Students may decide for themselves for which course they wish to register. The exact timeframe will be posted on Canvas.
Did you start your Master's in September?
Did you start your Master's in February?
You will find more information on the Master's Thesis on this webpage.
As a student enrolled in one of our programmes you are expected to acquire the study materials on your own. Both the Course Catalogue and Canvas list the recommended study materials for each course, and compulsory study materials are announced no later than two weeks before courses start. Please remember to order your study materials on time – once ordered, it can take up to five business days for readers to arrive.
Moving to a new city and beginning a new study is an exciting experience. The University of Amsterdam has various services and support facilities to help you with the transition.
Through the link 'Practical matters' you can find out how to arrange your visa or residence permit, your insurance, and a place to live.
If you are interested in learning the Dutch language you qualify for a course at reduced prices at the Institute for Dutch as a second language (INTT). There are possibilities to attend lessons at different levels during the day or in the evening. For more information please visit their website.
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