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Interview with students on the Advanced Master’s (LLM) Programme in International Tax LawFeb-04-2020


The University of Amsterdam and IBFD have combined their expert knowledge to create a unique Advanced Master’s programme. This one-year, full-time programme is based in the diverse and cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The programme teaches the principles and practical issues of international tax law and how those principles are used in both private and industry practice.
We talked with Rose, Patricia, Gaetano and Lucy, who are currently following the LLM programme for the 2019/2020 academic year, and asked them to share their experience so far. 
Rose: “I came to Amsterdam to study the UvA/IBFD Advanced LLM because I was impressed by the structure of the programme and the courses offered, as well as the resources that are available at IBFD.” 
Patricia: “It is certainly a demanding programme but the interactive classes and the discussion in small study groups can help you to understand the concepts. Furthermore, the programme focuses not only on theoretical issues but also on their practical application. The highlight of the programme so far is the opportunity that you have to be in contact with renowned professors whose articles I had read when I was in Brazil.”
Gaetano: “The programme is an advanced LLM and, in my view, the best LLM programme in Europe. I am usually studying at both the UvA and the IBFD, so it is very easy to be able to meet the professors in the afternoon when we can discuss topics that were unclear to me during classes. In addition, the professors usually join in the social activities, so we have the chance to know them better.”
Lucy: “The Master’s that I am currently pursuing is one of the top five LLMs in the world and I feel that it is a great opportunity for me to learn. The classes are small so I feel more comfortable asking questions during lessons. Finally, the resources at IBFD are very important and this is a big plus of the programme.”