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International Business Law

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

International Business Law

Corporate law is changing. Economic, climatic and societal upheaval is forcing businesses to develop a sense of context in the world. Tomorrow's business lawyers must develop a flexible and open approach to legal problems. That can even include reconsidering the efficacy of the law itself.

VU Amsterdam does not offer a single International Business Law specialisation. We offer three very clear legal identities covered by separate Master's specialisations. Each of these specialisations open up a wide range of specific career opportunities in an international environment.

Are you interested in the black letter law of global commercial transactions? Perhaps you are more concerned about the impact of climate change on international legal decisions? Or are you being keen on becoming a "T-shaped lawyer" and learning the context of corporate law through the wider lens of economics and behavioural science? The International Business Law Master's programmes at VU Amsterdam is one of the least traditional sets of legal Masters in the world.

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Admission requirements

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 7.3 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 7.3.

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.

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Program content

1st year

  • Commercial Transactions
  • Markets and Behavior
  • Climate Change and Corporations

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fee for EU: € 2,209
  • Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 16,830

Career paths

The improvement of legal academic skills constitutes an important goal of the IBL Master's programme.

The courses require writing several papers and preparing oral presentations, which will improve your performance and will help you to communicate effectively in (international) business relations. In addition, you will develop skills to anticipate, analyse and address legal problems that may arise in practice. The IBL Master's programme is designed to offer you the opportunity to acquire both theoretical and practical legal skills.

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Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...

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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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