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What will I learn?

Are you an analytical thinker? Are you interested in tax law, business, finance and politics? And can you see yourself advising international companies or private individuals on international tax issues? Then why not study International and European Tax Law? In addition to corporate taxation and international tax planning, you’ll study a broad range of related economic, legal and social topics. The programme is taught entirely in English, but if you’re a Dutch student, you can take an advanced Dutch course in corporation tax that will allow you to meet the membership requirements for the Dutch Order of Tax Advisors. The demand for tax law specialist outnumbers the supply, so upon graduation you'll find yourself in an excellent position. Almost all of our students find jobs as legal or financial consultants soon after they have graduated.

Tax Law is a constantly changing field of law that will stretch your intellectual abilities. In contrast to Maastricht University’s regular Tax Law programme, this programme is entirely taught in English. It is therefore accessible to students from all over the world. We do require that you have a basic understanding of the tax system of your home country or country of previous studies.

Students that have a background in Dutch tax law can take an advanced Dutch course in corporation tax instead of a comparative course in corporate taxation. This will allow you to comply with the requirements you’ll need to meet to become a member of the Dutch Order of Tax Advisors. The international orientation of the programme will therefore not hamper your ability to pursue a career in the Netherlands.

Your future

Upon graduation, you'll be a legal tax professional with a thorough knowledge of financial and business matters. This will give you a strong position in the job market. You'll be particularly well-suited to work at international organisations or international tax law firms, but the growing influence of international and European tax law in domestic settings ensures that you will also excel in your national legal tax system. Practically all our students find a job soon after they have graduated. On average, their salary levels are higher than for students who have specialised in other fields of law. Unemployment is also significantly lower for tax law graduates.

Graduates have found positions as:

  • Lawyer at the Brauw Blackstone Westbrook
  • Junior tax advisor at HLB Van & Partners
  • Transfer pricing associate at Questro International
  • Junior associate at TPA Global
  • Tax Advisor at PwC

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Law

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€13,800.00 (11,14,701) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083
Start date

Expected September 2022


Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,



6211, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a BSc or an equivalent diploma in a related field to Data Science and Knowledge Engineering. Related fields are: Mathematics, Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence.English language requirements: IELTS test: minimum score 6.5; TOEFL test: internet-based minimum score 90; TOEFL test: paper-based minimum score 575; TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310); Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 176-179)].

For international students

Applicants are directly admissible if they have Bachelor's in Tax Law (university level) and Bachelor's in Fiscal Economics (university level). Apply need to attend Entrance exam in tax law if they have other bachelor’s degree (e.g. economics, business administration and others) or law degree at a higher vocational education level.

A minimum level corresponding to academic IELTS 6.5 (IELTS test: minimum score overall 6.5 & writing 6.5, or an overall score of minimum 7) is required for this study programme.

TOEFL score of 575 in paper-based and 233 in computer-based and A Cambridge certificate: C or higher for the CAE (Certificate in Advanced English).


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