International and European Law

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 1.95 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 7.8 k / Year(s) Deadline: May 1, 2024
80 place StudyQA ranking:2277 Duration:36 months

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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 International and European Law takes three years. The first year teaches just about all basic law fields and is therefore broad in character. Concepts of private law, constitutional law, and criminal law, will be discussed. In the second year these fields of law will be expanded more and will be dealt with more in-depth. Besides that, European Union law and public international law will be discussed to a much larger extent.

Also research methods and training is included in the second year. The third year ends your bachelor programme by writing a thesis on a law subject of your choice, which will be defended in front of supervisors and fellow students. This third year also requires students to study one semester at a university abroad. There is an interdisciplinary component in each year of this programme

Job perspectives

After graduation you can work at international organizations like the European Union and the United Nations. You can find a job as a legal or policy advisor. You can also draft international laws and regulations. After taking additional courses, you are able to work as a judge, lawyer or public prosecutor. You can also work in international business.

Graduates of the bachelor programme in International and European Law will – after having completed an additional master programme - be qualified for careers in diplomacy, as civil servants for national ministries, the EU, the UN or other international organizations, in non-governmental organizations (such as Amnesty International or Greenpeace), in the international commercial sector (such as Unilever or Shell), or in academic teaching and research.

Entry into traditional legal professions (advocate, attorney, barrister, judge, etc.) is not guaranteed upon completion of the programme as such entry is depending on national requirements. The programme does not qualify for these traditional legal professions in the Netherlands; additional courses will be needed should one wish to qualify. These additional courses would require knowledge of the Dutch language and would lead to about 18 months extra in courses. For all other countries, students should check the websites of the bar associations or judiciary of the country in question 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

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline May 01, 2015 Tuition fee
  • EUR 1951 Year (EEA)
  • EUR 7800 Year (Non-EEA)
Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content

  • 1st year

    The first year will give you a strong basis in law that is used within states. All courses approach the fields of law on a conceptual basis and no national system is being discussed as such. The only exception being the course 'Law and legal skills: the Dutch example, which explains what law is and in this course the Dutch example is used as a red thread. Students will also be taught the necessary academic legal skills.

    2nd year

  • The second year provides students with a good overview of law between states, both on an international level as within the European Union. The research seminars will combine the legal skills of the first year with the content of the second year courses, enabling students to deliver sound legal arguments.

    3rd year

  • In the first semester of the third year, students study a full semester abroad (at least 25 ECTS in law courses; 30 ECTS in total) at one of our partner universities. Students can pick courses in more specific fields of law in which they would like to specialize. In the second semester students combine all acquired skills and knowledge in producing a Bachelor's thesis (the Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium) on a topic of their choice.

Specialisations / Tracks

  • Honours College (honours program)

    The Honours College offers talented and motivation students the opportunity to develop to a greater extent.

    It entails participating in an extra (honours) programme of 45 ECTS next to students' regular 180 ECTS degree programme plus several other activities that will be undertaken and organized with honours students from other degree programmes.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test : 92

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test.


Specific requirements / More information

grade average

On top of providing the Admissions Board with transcripts and diplomas, students are required to a minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) of 70/100, 7.0/10, 3.5/5, 2.75/4 (or equivalent if a different scale is used). For IB diplomas this translates to having at least 30 points.

language test

Applicants whose native language is not English must provide adequate evidence of proficiency in English. The following tests are accepted:

  • (international) internet TOEFL (to be sent in through our institutional code 8450): score of at least 92, all sections sufficient (so at least 21 on each section);
  • (academic) IELTS Academic (British Council's English Language Test): score of at least 6.5, all sections sufficient (so at least 6.0 on each section);
  • CPE, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English;
  • CAE, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English.

Applicants that have an IB or EB diploma, SAT or IGCSE can, upon their request, be exempt from taking one of the English proficiency tests mentioned above under certain conditions. You can check for these specific conditions.All students should always apply for such exemptions though. It is the Admissions Board that decides on these matters.

reference letter

Applicants must provide for two references from a lecturers from his/her pre-university education who has detailed knowledge of their academic records. The referee has to send the reference letter directly to the International Office. Open testimonials will not be taken into consideration. The reference should be printed on official paper and be signed by the referee.

written request

Applicants must send a letter in which they motivate why they want to participate in the LLB programme (max. 1000 words). The letter should be written by the applicants themselves; it is not allowed to submit an (official) translation.

other admission requirements

Curriculum vitaeAll students should meet the admission requirements.For more information about (and a full list of) the exact admission requirements, please check:

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Alumni Study Travel Fund

    Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

  • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

    The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Groningen.

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