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.
Education in the 2020-2021 academic year is scheduled to start on 31 August. The Dutch government allows us to provide education on campus again, but keeping a distance of 1.5 meters remains mandatory. This means that the capacity of the buildings is limited, to about 20 percent. Moreover, in order to relieve the burden on public transport, universities will have to spread education over the day and over the week. Higher education institutes make joint agreements with local authorities and transport organizations about this.
These restrictions mean that we start the first semester largely online. In addition, the availability of study spaces on campus is limited so please study at home as much as possible when you have no on campus education activities to attend. We guarantee that all education and exams will continue. As soon as it is possible again to resume education entirely on the Roeterseilandcampus, we will do so. In any case, you can count on us to provide full and interactive education.
In the first block, education will largely be provided online and partly on location in building REC A on the Roeterseilandcampus. As far as possible, the programme will follow the normal structure of activities. Of course, we do take into account the fact that studying online is a different experience.
You mainly follow lectures online, for example via a series of shorter recordings or 'live' via video conferencing tools such as Zoom. Workgroups and seminars in which you get to work together with fellow students and teachers also largely take place online. The specific form depends on your programme and the courses you follow. For example, you might work on assignments in groups in real time, but also together or independently at times of your choice. Each course is adapted to the circumstances in such a way that we ensure optimal study programme feasibility.
Each Master's programme also regularly offers activities on campus. The content differs per programme, for example small-scale working groups, experiential education, guest lectures or meetings together with all students of your Master's programme. In this way, we ensure that you will also get to know your fellow students and teachers offline.
We therefore expect that if you can travel to the Netherlands, you will be here. However, if this is not possible due to inbound travel restrictions, you can continue your education at a distance, at least until October.
When teaching, we make intensive use of the electronic learning environment Canvas with integrated video conferencing tools. This means that you must have a laptop/computer, a microphone, a (web)camera and a stable internet connection at your disposal.
Timetables & registration courses
In the coming period, work will continue on making the timetables - a puzzle in which the capacity of the education rooms, corridors, the inflow and outflow through doors and elevators, but also public transport junctions such as the metro station Weesperplein play a role. Educational activities take place between 09.00 and 20.00 hours (CET) on weekdays, with occasional meetings until 22.00 hours (CET). Information about the timetables will be available in the second half of August.
From 7 to 17 July 13.00 hours (CET) you have to register for the courses of the first semester (for most Master's programmes). When this applies to you, you will receive another email about course registration.
Make sure to complete your enrolment before 1 September. 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 periods for Master's courses are as follows:
|Semester||Registration period starts||Registration period closes|
|Sem 1||Tuesday, 7 July (13.00)||Thursday, 17 July (13.00)|
|Sem 2||Tuesday, 1 December (08.00)||Tuesday 15 December (13.00)|
All the detailed information on how to register for courses you will find on this webpage.
Please note: if you want to join an Amsterdam Law Clinic you need to apply before 19 June.
The ban on large-scale events as a result of the corona virus has been extended until 1 September. The UvA follows the government guidelines in this respect, which unfortunately also means that the introduction day for your study that was planned on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 August 2020 will not take place physically. However, in order to prepare you well for studying at the UvA and the content of your study programme, we will offer an online version of your introduction programme.
We are working hard to give this form and as soon as more information is known about the content of the programme, it will be available on this website.
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?
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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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