International Business Law, LL.M. | Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
12 months
16830 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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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. Learn more with the International Business Law programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


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.

Each specialisation has an outspoken and up-to-date approach to today's corporate law. They are focused on what is going on right now:

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

VU is proud to be the first university in Europe to offer a specific International Business Law degree that combines an all-round Master's in Business Law, with a specific focus on some of the most complex legal challenges of our day around climate change.

Entering the job market

Students who successfully completed the International Business Law programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam have a wide range of career choices. They can work as professional business lawyers, in-house legal counsels for companies, government officials, corporate executives, legal professionals for an international (intergovernmental) organization, etc.

Our alumni have jobs at, e.g., multinational companies, international law firms, banks and international accounting companies all over the world. Others pursue a career as a legal counsel in government institutions or international organizations. Some alumni choose to further develop their academic legal research skills by enrolling into a PhD programme at VU Amsterdam or elsewhere.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Master's Thesis - International Business Law
  • Contract Law and Psychology of Negotiations
  • Anatomy of Corporate Law
  • Commercial Contracts
  • International Arbitration
  • Private International Commercial Law

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You can apply with an academic Bachelor's degree in Law (LLB) or equivalent.
  • If you do not have such a degree, but you have a sound academic background and considerable experience in the field of law, and you can substantiate this, then you can also apply.
  • If you have a degree from a University of Applied Sciences, you need a completed relevant premaster to apply. The faculty does not offer a pre-master for this master.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16830 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16830 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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