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LLB

How long you will study
36 months

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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About International and European law at University of Groningen

Are you interested in international politics, law and justice? Are you curious to see how international relations influence international law? Then this programme is perfect for you!

The bachelor's programme in International andEuropean Law takes three years. The first yearteaches just about all basic law fields and is therefore broad incharacter, with concepts of private law,constitutional law, and criminal lawdiscussed. In the secondyear, European Union law and public internationallaw will be discussed to be a much larger extent, as wellas research methods andtraining. The third year ends your bachelorprogramme by writing a thesis on a subject of your choice in law,which will be defended in front of supervisors and fellowstudents. This third year also requires studentsto study one semester at a universityabroad. There is an interdisciplinary componentin each year of this program.

More detailed information about the programme can befound here.

Applications should be made through the ''Admissionand application'' tab on this page.

Are you interested in international politics, law and justice? Are you curious to see how international relations influence international law? Then this programme is perfect for you!

The bachelor's programme in International andEuropean Law takes three years. The first year teachesjust about all basic law fields and is therefore broad incharacter, with concepts of private law,constitutional law, and criminal law discussed. In thesecond year, European Union law and publicinternational law will be discussed to be a much larger extent, aswell as research methods and training.The third year ends your bachelor programme by writing athesis on a subject of your choice in law, which will be defendedin front of supervisors and fellow students. Thisthird year also requires students to study one semester at a university abroad. There is an interdisciplinarycomponent in each year of this program.

More detailed information about the programme can be foundhere.

Applications should be made through the ''Admissionand application'' tab on this page.

After your studies

Job prospects

Graduates of the bachelor programme in International andEuropean Law will - after having completed an additionalmaster programme - be qualified for careers in diplomacy, as civilservants for national ministries, the EU, the UN or otherinternational organizations, in non-governmental organizations(such as Amnesty International or Greenpeace), in the internationalcommercial sector (such as Unilever or Shell), or in academicteaching and research.

Entry into traditional legal professions (advocate, attorney,barrister, judge, etc.) is not guaranteed upon completion of theprogramme as such entry is depends on national requirements and/orexams. The programme does not qualify for these traditional legalprofessions in the Netherlands; additional courses will be neededshould one wish to qualify. These additional courses would requireknowledge of the Dutch language and would lead to about 18 monthsextra in courses. For all other countries, students should checkthe websites of the bar associations or judiciary of the country inquestion for specific details.

Graduates of the bachelor programme in International andEuropean Law will - after having completed an additionalmaster programme - be qualified for careers in diplomacy, as civilservants for national ministries, the EU, the UN or otherinternational organizations, in non-governmental organizations(such as Amnesty International or Greenpeace), in the internationalcommercial sector (such as Unilever or Shell), or in academicteaching and research.

Entry into traditional legal professions (advocate, attorney,barrister, judge, etc.) is not guaranteed upon completion of theprogramme as such entry is depends on national requirements and/orexams. The programme does not qualify for these traditional legalprofessions in the Netherlands; additional courses will be neededshould one wish to qualify. These additional courses would requireknowledge of the Dutch language and would lead to about 18 monthsextra in courses. For all other countries, students should checkthe websites of the bar associations or judiciary of the country inquestion for specific details.

Job examples

  • A career in as civil servants for national ministries
  • A career in the international commercial sector
  • A career in international politics
  • A career in diplomacy
  • A career in academic teaching and research
  • a career in international or non-governmental organizations
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardLLBHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study36 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

http://www.rug.nl/rechten/education/international-programmes/llb/practical-information/tuition-fee

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • CM
  • EM
  • NG
  • NT
  • academic propedeuse
  • HBO-p

    International and European Law (Haagse Hogeschool)

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade average

On top of providing the Admissions Board with transcripts anddiplomas, students should have an equivalent minimum GPA (GradePoint Average) of 7/10 (Dutch grading scale). For applicants with anon-EU/EEA qualification, this minimum GPA is mand atory. GradePoint Average is the average of all the marks of yourpre-university education. To note, a score of 6 is a passing gradein the Netherlands.

language test

Applicants whose native language is not English must provideadequate evidence of proficiency in English. The following testsare accepted:

  • (international) internet TOEFL (to be sent in through ourinstitutional code 7191): score of at least 92, all sectionssufficient (so at least 21 on each section);
  • (academic) IELTS Academic (British Council's English LanguageTest): score of at least 6.5, all sections sufficient (so at least6.0 on each section);
  • CPE, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English;
  • CAE, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English.

Applicants that have an IB or EB diploma, or IGCSE can, upon their request, be exempt from taking one of the English proficiencytests mentioned above under certain conditions. You can check http://www.rug.nl/(...)mission-requirementsfor these specific conditions. All students should always apply forsuch exemptions though. It is the Admissions Board that decides on these matters. The test scores cannot be older than two years.

reference letter

Applicants must provide one reference from a lecturer fromhis/her pre-university education who has detailed knowledge of their academic records. Instructions for reference letters can befound at: http://www.rug.nl/(...)mission-requirements

written request

Applicants must submit a motivation letter as to why they wantto participate in the LLB programme (max. 650 words). The lettershould be written by the applicants themselves; it is not allowedto submit an (official) translation.

other admission requirements

Curriculum vitae. All students should meet the admission requirements. For more information about (and a full list of) theexact admission requirements, please check: http://www.rug.nl/(...)mission-requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade average

On top of providing the Admissions Board with transcripts anddiplomas, students should have an equivalent minimum GPA (GradePoint Average) of 7/10 (Dutch grading scale). For applicants with anon-EU/EEA qualification, this minimum GPA is mand atory. GradePoint Average is the average of all the marks of yourpre-university education. To note, a score of 6 is a passing gradein the Netherlands.

language test

Applicants whose native language is not English must provideadequate evidence of proficiency in English. The following testsare accepted:

  • (international) internet TOEFL (to be sent in through ourinstitutional code 7191): score of at least 92, all sectionssufficient (so at least 21 on each section);
  • (academic) IELTS Academic (British Council's English LanguageTest): score of at least 6.5, all sections sufficient (so at least6.0 on each section);
  • CPE, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English;
  • CAE, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English.

Applicants that have an IB or EB diploma, or IGCSE can, upon their request, be exempt from taking one of the English proficiencytests mentioned above under certain conditions. You can check http://www.rug.nl/(...)mission-requirementsfor these specific conditions. All students should always apply forsuch exemptions though. It is the Admissions Board that decides on these matters. The test scores cannot be older than two years.

reference letter

Applicants must provide one reference from a lecturer fromhis/her pre-university education who has detailed knowledge of their academic records. Instructions for reference letters can befound at: http://www.rug.nl/(...)mission-requirements

written request

Applicants must send a letter in which they motivate why theywant to participate in the LLB programme (max. 650 words). Theletter should be written by the applicants themselves; it is notallowed to submit an (official) translation.

other admission requirements

Curriculum vitae As this programme holds compulsory matching for all Dutch students, all students should meet the admission requirements. For more information about (and a full list of) theexact admission requirements, please check: http://www.rug.nl/(...)mission-requirements

Registration procedure

As this programme holds compulsory matching for all Dutchstudents, all students should meet the admission requirements. Formore information about (and a full list of) the exact admission requirements, please check: http://www.rug.nl/(...)mission-requirements

Choice of degree programme check

  • Prospective students can request a meeting to discuss their choice of degree programme.
  • The degree programme will organize a choice of degree programme check. Attendance is compulsory. The advice is not binding.
    • There is an online questionnaire.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced)C1
CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency)C1
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS listening6
IELTS reading6
IELTS writing6
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL internet based92

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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