Rapenburg 65, 2311 GJ Leiden

Phone +31 (0) 71 - 751.01.30

Fax +31 (0) 71 - 751.01.31

Rapenburg 65, 2311 GJ Leiden

Phone +31 (0) 71 - 751.01.30

Fax +31 (0) 71 - 751.01.31


The deadline to submit applications for the academic year 2017-2018 is 1 April 2017.
If you want to apply later, first contact the Academic Coordinator.

NOTE: Meeting the admission requirements to our programs does not necessarily guarantee an admission offer. The applicants are selected based on their overall merits.

Admission to the Master of Advanced Studies in International Tax Law is selective and is based primarily upon previous excellence in tax courses or achievements in tax practice. Although there are no fixed rules about class ranking or grade point averages, those admitted to the program should have excellent law school records, and strong academic and/or professional recommendations. Evidence of significant professional accomplishments is also taken into consideration. Applicants to the Master in Advanced Studies in International Tax Law must:

• hold a law degree or a graduate degree in economics or business administration (master level or comparable, or a CPA-degree, with a strong orientation in tax law) or will expect to have obtained such a degree before the courses begin. The degree program must have included at least one substantive tax course; alternatively, applicants have obtained a few years experience in tax practice after their graduation (with a law or accounting firm, or in a Ministry of Finance or Revenue Service) or in teaching or research at a graduate institution. Where the qualifying degree is a law degree, it must be one that gives access to the legal profession in the country where the degree was obtained. (*)

• demonstrate a sufficiently high academic performance, validated by grades of their University Degree/Transcript (as explained in accompanying grade explanations) and Letters of Recommendation from current or previous professors and/or employers;

• demonstrate previous excellence in participation in tax courses or achievements in tax practice, illustrated by, among others, grades (as explained in accompanying grade explanations), past experience related to the subject (professional accomplishments, publications);

• proven English-language proficiency, validated through TOEFL test (minimum overall score: 600 paper based / 250 computer based / 100 Internet based) or IELTS test (minimum overall score: 7.0).

• In addition to the above-mentioned overall English scores, minimum band scores of IELTS 6.0 (TOEFL 20) are required for all sub-sections [listening, reading, writing and speaking]

NOTE:  Applicants may be offered admission to a presessional English course prior to entry if they have submitted the following English language test scores - this is always at the discretion of the programme admission board:

• An overall English score of IELTS 6.5 (TOEFL 90 respectively) - with no band scores lower than IELTS 5.5 (TOEFL 17)

• A sufficent overall English score, but one or more band score of IELTS 5.5 (TOEFL 17)

(*) Access to the legal profession may be organised in different ways, depending on the country. With regard to countries the Board of Admission is unfamiliar with, expert advice is obtained from the Leiden University's International Office, from Nuffic or through international contacts (professional and academic).

Application for the full program
Applicants are invited to apply online here. For more information regarding the application procedure, we suggest you visit website of the International Office of Leiden University at en.mastersinleiden.nl/arrange/admission/#online.

The Netherlands
The following documents must be uploaded with the application:

1. A certified copy of the academic diploma of the degree obtained and an official list of subjects studied and grades attained. Documents in a language other than English or Dutch must be accompanied by certified English translation;
2. A curriculum vitae;
3. A statement of motivation (max. 500 words);
4. Two letters of recommendation (addressed to the Program director, prof. dr. Kees van Raad) including the names and addresses of the two referees, of whom at least one should be university-related;
5. A certificate of proficiency in English.
Adequate proof of such proficiency must be supplied in the form of a certificate from an officially recognized language school (e.g. British Council) or in the form of an officially recognized test (e.g. TOEFL test: 600 paper based / 250 computer based / 100 Internet based or IELTS test: overall level 7.0);
6. Proof of sufficient financial support in the form of a letter of credit from a sponsor (e.g., parent) and/or bank demonstrating the ability to pay the tuition fee;
7. Proof of payment of the application fee (see below);
8. A copy of your valid passport (including the expiry date).

A non-refundable application fee of € 100 must be transferred to account number 1606.32.285 at the Rabobank Leiden (Schipholweg 105, 2316 XC Leiden) made out to: Leiden University, Admissions Office Finance BV, Pieterskerkhof 6, 2311 SR Leiden, The Netherlands, IBAN-code: NL95RABO0160632285, BIC-code: RABONL2U. Applications will not be considered until the application fee has been received.  The application fee is due also in case of re-application when entry has been deferred from a previous year. The Adv LLM Program Board does not assume any responsibility for problems relating to housing, visas or other practical matters. The Program Board also retains the right to make modifications to the Program if the circumstances so require.

Application for single courses
To apply for one or more single courses, the applicant should send the following documents:

1. A completed application form (you can download the application form by clicking here);
2. A curriculum vitae; 
3. Original certified hard copies of a higher education diploma and final transcripts. These documents should first be digitally sent by email to the Academic Coordinator at admission@itc-leiden.nl. 

The original certified hard copies of the diploma and final transcripts should be sent by postal mail to:

International Tax Center Leiden
Attention: Admissions
Rapenburg 65
2311 GJ Leiden
The Netherlands

Phone +31 (0) 71 751 01 29
Fax +31 (0) 71 751  01 31
E-mail admission@itc-leiden.nl

4. A certificate of proficiency in English. We only accept the TOEFL iBT test, TOEFL PBT test and IETLS test as sufficient proof of English language proficiency. Applicants should prove their English-language proficiency, validated through a TOEFL test (600 paper-based, 250 computer-based or 100 internet-based) or IELTS test (7.0). Applicants can either ask the test center to send the result directly to Admission Office of Leiden University, or can send their test to the Academic Coordinator at admission@itc-leiden.nl. All applicants should note that it takes up to three weeks to check the validity of a English language test result, and that the result date of the test shouldn't be older than two years;
5. A copy of your valid passport (including the expiry date);
6. A short CV;
7. A passport sized photograph.

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) 
NFP short course scholarships are demand-driven fellowship programs designed to promote capacity building within organizations in 60 developing countries by providing training and education to their mid-career staff members. For further information on the various Fellowships for short courses click here. For the application procedure and deadlines, please click here.

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