The worldwide outbreak of the COVID-19 virus is having a big impact on the lives of many. The University of Amsterdam and IBFD's thoughts are with everyone affected by it. At the same time, the two organizations are fully committed that the 2020-2021 class of the Advanced LLM Programme in International Tax Law will commence on 1 September 2020.
In order to guarantee the start of the programme at the beginning of the academic year, the programme will be offered online until 31 December 2020. It will be assessed in September whether teaching can start on-campus as from 1 January 2021 or whether a later date is necessary.
Once education has returned on-campus, should Dutch rules and regulations regarding COVID-19 still make it impossible for some students to pursue their studies in Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam and IBFD will, to the best of their ability, make it possible for them to pursue their studies, if necessary online.
The online part of the programme, which will be accessible only for students who have been admitted, will consist of daily videos, quizzes, live meetings with renowned professors, case studies in small groups, games, panel sessions, peer-to-peer review, student presentations, online assessment and much more. It will be a great experience, interactive and inclusive, truly creating an academic community of friends.
Prospective applicants who have any questions are welcome to personally contact either the Programme Director, Prof. Dr Sjoerd Douma, or the admissions office. Due to the difficult circumstances, a lenient approach will be taken with respect to applications which are temporarily incomplete; applications may be made pro forma with completion as soon as reasonably possible.
For prospective applicants outside the European Union, the application deadline at present is 1 April 2020. For prospective applicants from the European Union, EEA and Switzerland, the deadline is 1 May 2020.