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Business law for a better world

Do you care how companies and global trade affect the climate and society? Are you interested in how legal decisions and lawyers can shape the international commercial world and make a positive impact? Do you want to become a master of black-letter corporate and economic law, but also understand its wider implications?

Then the Master’s in International Business Law is the programme for you.

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply.

  • Merit based admission

    Admission to this Master’s programme is based on a relevant degree, and on merit and motivation.  

    Merit is demonstrated by academic excellence, as evidenced by your overall grade average, your thesis, academic English proficiency, proficiency in (legal) research methods and techniques and recommendations. You should have a min. GPA of 7.2 according to the Dutch grading system. Please not that VU Amsterdam will convert international grades and decide on the international grade equivalents for the Dutch grade of an 7.2.

    Motivation is demonstrated not only in your motivation letter, but also by relevant extra-curricular academic and/or legal work experience on your CV.

    A somewhat lower score in one area may be compensated by a strong score in another.

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) bachelor’s degree (VU bachelor's degree, VU pre-master's or bachelor's degree at another university)

    Admission

    You can apply with a Bachelor's degree in Law (LLB).

    If you do not have such a degree, but you have a sound academic background and considerable experience in the field of law, and you can substantiate this, then you can also apply.

    VU pre-master's

    The faculty does not offer a pre-master's for this master.

  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) bachelor’s degree (pre-master's)

    Admission

    You can apply on the basis of one of the HBO degrees listed below in combination with a relevant pre-master's:

    • HBO-Rechten plus VU SchakelzoneRecht (in Dutch)
    • HBO-Rechten plus doorstroomprogramma HvA-VU (in Dutch) at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
    • HBO-Rechten plus non-VU pre-master's Law with Civil Effect : send scans of your HBO degree, certified transcript of the pre-master's courses completed plus the course descriptions of all pre-master's courses to admission.law@vu.nl for assessment

    You cannot apply with other HBO degrees, even if you have completed a relevant pre-master's. 

  • Application with a Dutch degree

    Application

    First check whether you meet the admission requirements.
    You can apply from 1 October. The application deadline is 1 June.

    Use this application procedure for Dutch degrees.
    For this Master’s programme you must upload the following documents (PDF) at VU Dashboard: 

    • letter of motivation, explaining why you wish to join the programme
    • proof of academic writing in English: 
      • final paper or thesis for your academic degree (excerpt, maximum 3 pages)
      • if no thesis in English is available: any other 3-5 page piece of academic writing
      • if no academic writing in English is available: write a 3-5 page abstract of an academic paper, including bibliography, in English; include a bibliography (excluded in the 3-5 pages)
        Please note we check application documents for plagiarism.
    • curriculum vitae
    • certified transcript of grades obtained so far
    • 2 letters of recommendation from academic referees (if possible including the ranking position of the applicant); we prefer digital copies uploaded in your VU Dashboard, but referees may also mail their references directly to admission.law@vu.nl

    Only complete dossiers will be considered. We may ask for additional information on your academic record if this is deemed necessary to come to a decision.

    The Admissions Board decides monthly on applications.

  • I have an international degree

    Admission

    You can apply with an academic Bachelor's degree in Law (LLB) or equivalent.

    If you do not have such a degree, but you have a sound academic background and considerable experience in the field of law, and you can substantiate this, then you can also apply.

    If you have a degree from a University of Applied Sciences, you need a completed relevant pre-master's to apply. The faculty does not offer a pre-master's for this master.

    We use the UK Naric comparison system and the Nuffic comparison and validation programmes to assess your application.

    Proof of sufficient proficiency in English

    VU Amsterdam requires all international applicants to take an English test and to submit their score as part of the application. Exceptions are made for students who have completed their secondary or academic education in the Netherlands, UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, New Zealand or Australia or who have obtained an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma or have earned a Bachelor's or Master's degree in an accredited English-taught programme in the EU.

    You must have passed the test no longer than two years before you start the IBL programme, the following minimum scores apply for this master:

    • IELTS: minimum total score ≥ 6.5, minimum partial scores of 6.5 for writing, 6.0 for listening, 6.0 for reading and 6.5 for speaking,
    • TOEFL iBT: minimum total score 92, minimum score per test section: 22 
    • C1 Advanced (CAE): minimum score B 
    • C2 Proficiency (CPE): minimum score C

    The proof of English proficiency can be submitted after the application deadline, but must have been received by the faculty before the start of the programme. Without an English proficiency test score which meets the specifications mentioned above, or a waiver, you cannot start the programme.

  • Application with an international degree

    Application

    Please note: you will need to upload all required documents in one PDF file, using this Application Form Template

    First check whether you meet the admission requirements.

    You can apply from 1 October. The application deadlines are:

    1 December (with complete dossier) for international students applying for scholarships
    1 April for degree holders from non-EU/EEA countries
    1 June for degree holders from EU/EAA countries

    International students applying for university accommodation are strongly advised to apply before 1 April.

    Please prepare the required documents and arrange the payment of the application fee, a non-refundable €100 application fee applies. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.

    You can upload your English test scores in the Application Form Template or, after conditional admission, send your test results by email to masters.law@vu.nl. The test results must have been received before the start of the programme.

    Only complete dossiers will be considered. We may ask for additional information on your academic record if this is deemed necessary to come to a decision.

    The Admissions Board decides monthly on applications.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? Send your questions about admission and application to admission.law@vu.nl. If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink, your personal dashboard on vu.nl etc., please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl

If you have questions about the programme, please contact Pien Werkman (CCC) and Ioana C. Ciobanasu (TI)

Send an email to contact@vu.nl

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

International diploma applicants

International diploma applicants are welcome to send an e-mail to masters.law@vu.nl or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on VU.nl, please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl

Also, make sure to take a look at our FAQ page - you might already find your question answered there.

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