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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: Free
  • Languages of instruction:
  • German, English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 July
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 353pts.
  • Duration:
  • 2 years
    In the Master's programme "European and International Economic Law", both legal and economic knowledge are covered (law about 60%, economic sciences about 40%). Therefore, all subjects will be organised thematically and methodically in a way to achieve an interdisciplinary connection.

    To integrate the combined subjects of this interdisciplinary programme in terms of practice and research, there are preparatory courses scheduled in the mandatory and optional major areas, which are supplemented by relevant lectures offered by visiting professors and practitioners (i.e. Due Diligence and Mediation).

    The substantive focus is to analyse the European and global economic order from an economic and legal point of view to develop options for the evolution of the international legal framework as well as for worldwide company activity.

    Educational organisation

    The basic Master's programme is "Business Law" - after the first common semester with the same basic legal modules, students are then able to decide between the two optional major subjects "Company Law" and "European and International Economic Law".

    Among the obligatory basic legal modules during the first semester are lectures such as "Europäisches Gesellschaftsrecht", "European Harmonisation of Private Law", "German Economic Constitution and European Integration" and "International Economic Order and International Economic Law". In addition to the basic legal modules, different modules of Economics are offered. These are basically held in English and can be chosen by the student (e.g. "International and Regional Economics in Europe").

    In the major subject "European and International Economic Law" - which starts with the second semester - four obligatory lectures are scheduled: "Globalisation and Sustainable Development", "International and Comparative Business Law", "International Trade and Investment" and "European and International Competition and Regulatory Law".
    Concerning the modules of Economics, the same procedure applies as during the first semester (e.g. "Monetary Policy and Public Economics in Europe").

    In addition to the legal and economic lectures, one major seminar is planned during the second semester, as is a research colloquium during the third semester.
    An eight-week internship is obligatory, its date can be chosen by the student.

    The programme concludes with the Master's thesis during the fourth semester.

    In all kinds of courses, especially in the research colloquia, new teaching methods are used (e.g. negotiation simulations and simulation games).

    Study abroad unit(s)

    There is a possibility to spend one semester abroad. Achieved credit points from a semester abroad will be accepted for the programme.


    An internship of eight weeks is obligatory. The internship can be separated into two parts, but no part may be shorter than three weeks. After the internship (if separated, after both parts) a five-page report has to be written in a standardised form.

    Forms of assessment

    Possible forms of assessment are:
    • written tests
    • oral tests
    • homework and project works
    • term papers
    • presentations

    Module exams are typically in the form of written exams.

    Course objectives

    With its structure and all its contents the programme intends to endow its participants with an excellent academic basis for a future career in international economy, in international organisations or in politics.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    Language requirements

    Applicants must have a very good command of English and German (usually equivalent to Level C1 of the Common European Framework). Technical terms should be known.
    If English/German is not the applicant's first language or if the applicant's Bachelor's degree has not been achieved in a programme taught entirely in English/German, sufficient knowledge must be documented.
    Proof of language proficiency are certificates of language tests, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS 6.5-7.5, Cambridge Certificate, Goethe-Zertifikat, UNIcert III, DSD II, TestDaF Stufe 4, DSH-2.

    Required DSH / TestDaF


    Academic requirements

    To apply for the Master's programme "European and International Business Law", you must hold an appropriate Bachelor's degree with a regular study period of at least six semesters.
    As an appropriate degree we accept the LLB or other degrees which include at least 60 credit points achieved in a juristic field of study.

    Enrolment fees

    Approx. 250 EUR per semester for a public transport ticket (valid for six months in the entire state of North Rhine-Westphalia), social services contribution and students' activities

    Costs of living

    The city of Siegen is one of the German cities with very moderate costs for accommodation, but it has excellent living conditions. Living expenses including accommodation and health insurance range from 650 to 750 EUR per month.

    Job opportunities

    Siegen hosts a large number of mid-sized industrial companies in electrical and mechanical engineering, some larger examples being SMS Siemag AG and Achenbach Buschhütten. A lot of smaller but very successful and quickly growing high-tech companies are located here as well, examples of these being PMDTechnolgies and Asentics, which are spin-off companies of the university.
    As a result, employment chances in part-time student jobs during semester breaks and as full-time employees after completion of studies are excellent.

    Funding opportunities within the university

    University scholarships for students and doctoral students (early stage researchers) are available for the individual programmes. Furthermore, individual scholarship programmes for students and early stage researchers exist at the central scientific research institutes (eg. ZESS,

    Arrival support

    Personal support after arrival is provided by the staff of the Department International Student Affairs, a tutor, or an experienced programme member.

    Services and support for international students

    All international students are supported by the Department International Student Affairs, a tutor, and experienced members of the individual programmes.


    German universities usually do not have campus systems like the universities in some other countries where students can find accommodation directly on university property. Therefore, students must find rooms on their own. Rooms in private accommodation cost 280 EUR on average. Rooms in student residences cost between 220 and 400 EUR. Direct support for finding suitable accommodation is offered by the Department International Student Affairs.

    Detailed information concerning general accommodation can be found at:

    Our International Office ( will also provide you with further information about private accommodation.
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