Advanced Studies in International Tax Law, LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #67 (WUR) ,
The Advanced Studies programme in International Tax Law will provide you with the knowledge and skills to navigate the many interrelated areas of international tax law in a constantly changing field.


What does this master’s programme entail?

The International Tax Law programme offers insights into the main topics of international taxation. Some of the many subjects that are covered in the programme include:

  • Tax Treaties
  • Transfer Pricing
  • EU Tax Law
  • International Corporate Tax Planning

The curriculum is constantly being updated in light of relevant developments in the field, such as the OECD BEPS project and the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive.

Reasons to choose the Adv LLM in International Tax Law at Leiden University?

As a student of the Advanced Studies in International Tax Law programme, you will benefit from:

  • Expert instructors: You will be taught by expert staff and guest lecturers who are widely respected in the field of international tax law.
  • International environment: In addition to the international focus of the curriculum, the unique blend of students and instructors that represent all continents makes our programme a truly global experience.
  • Excellent reputation: Leiden Law School has developed its reputation for excellence by combining a high level of academic teaching with acclaimed and innovative research. Its tradition of quality attracts prestigious professors and professionals from around the world who teach you in a challenging and supportive atmosphere.
  • Is the Adv LLM in International Tax Law the right programme for you?

    This advanced Master of Laws programme could be for you if you are a Dutch or international:

    • recent graduate from a university law or economics programme with a substantial legal orientation
    • professional who has worked in private tax law practice for a number of years or
    • professional who has worked with taxes at a governmental organisation (typically a Ministry of Finance or a Revenue Service)


    Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

    Programme Structure

    Compulsory courses

    •  Fundamentals of International Tax Law
    • Tax Treaties
    • Transfer Pricing
    • International Estate & Trust Taxation
    • International Tax Planning
    • Customs Duties and Excise Taxes
    • EU Tax Law


    •  US Domestic Tax Law
    • EU Tax Law Advanced
    • Transfer Pricing Advanced
    • Value-Added Tax Law
    • US International Tax Law
    • EU State Aid

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Credits
      60 ECTS
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    English Language Requirements

    You only need to take one of these language tests:

    • Minimum required score:


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    Academic Requirements

    In order to qualify for admission to the programme, you should:

    - have a law degree or a degree in economics or business administration (master’s level or comparable, with a demonstrated legal orientation) or expect to do so before the courses start. 

    - demonstrate a sufficiently high academic performance, validated by grades of your University degree/transcript and accompanying grade criteria, and letters of recommendation from current or previous professors and/or employers.

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      19000 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 19000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
    • EU/EEA Applies to you

      19000 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 19000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

    Living costs for Leiden

    • 850 - 1250 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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