Advanced Master's in International Tax Law
The University of Amsterdam and the world’s leading tax research institute, IBFD, have combined their expert knowledge to create a unique advanced master's programme: “International Tax Law: Principles, Policy and Practice”. This one-year, full-time programme is based in the diverse and cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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Students from the United States
This programme qualifies for Stafford/PLUS loans.
Students following this unique programme can expect to receive a thorough grounding in every aspect of international tax law. The programme teaches the principles and practical issues of international tax law, how it is used in both private and industry practice and, finally, a detailed consideration of policy options available to states at different stages of development. The combination of all these aspects, taught by the best of academia, top practitioners and leading government officials, is designed to provide graduates with all the invaluable skills and knowledge they need to propel their careers forward, whatever direction they choose.
To ensure students receive individual attention, this programme is limited to 25 students. Students participate in many practical exercises, including a moot court and a mock tax treaty negotiation. There will be training in all the necessary skills to improve legal research, writing and oral presentation skills.
In addition, the UvA provides programme students relocating to the Netherlands with hands-on assistance, from offering practical advice to guidance on living accommodation and much more.
Highlights of this programme are:
Academic title and accreditation
- Sound technical framework plus consideration of policy issues
- Core teaching staff drawn from the University of Amsterdam and IBFD
- Guest lecturers from a wide range of countries and backgrounds
- Programme includes optional courses and skills training exercises
- Small class of selected students
- Active involvement of IBFD and access to IBFD resources (library/databases/student workspace)
- Networking opportunities
- Scholarships available
The quality of this master’s programme has been positively assessed by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that, upon successful completion of the programme, students will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in International Tax Law and the title of Master of Laws (LLM).
Application and admission
The programme starts every September; applications must be received by 1 April of the same year. Apply online via the UvA website
Each year, the programme offers many scholarship opportunities. Please visit the UvA website
for more details.
In support of the programme, two IBFD scholarships of half the registration fee (amounting to no less than €9,500 for the 2017/18 academic year) are made available for the benefit of the students showing the most promise as active contributors to the programme. The selection process takes into account the students’ academic achievements, and whether they obtained high grades and demonstrate international mobility.
Below is an overview of the requirements:
- A university degree in law, economics or business administration and a proven interest in tax law
- Proficiency in the English language
- A willingness to actively participate in the classroom
- An open mind towards different cultures
IBFD Centre for Studies in African Taxation (CSAT) Scholarship
Established in 2015, IBFD CSAT is a fully autonomous think tank dedicated to the study and development of African taxation. Within this framework, the CSAT Scholarship annually offers an employee from an African tax authority full tuition fees and a monthly stipend for living expenses for the duration of the scholarship, followed by a 6-month internship at IBFD.
Read more about the CSAT scholarship and requirements
Read more about CSAT
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for more detailed information, such as tuition fees, practical information about living in the Netherlands and much more.
Ranked in the 2017 Top 10 List for LLM Programs for International Tax Law.