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What will I learn?

All states have laws and their own legal system, and in most countries you can only study national law at the university level.

Our LLB programme in International and European Law is specifically designed for students who wish to pursue a professional career in an international legal environment; it gives students an academic training in law without merely taking a national legal system as a starting point by offering students a general understanding of what 'law' is and how it functions.

Why study this programme in Groningen?

The focus on European law and public international law is far greater than the focus on national legal contexts. No national law system is being taught as a general rule.

This programme is unique in Europe with regard to the content of the programme. It also holds a compulsory semester of law courses abroad.

Job prospects

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 depends on national requirements and/or exams. The programme does not directly qualify for these traditional legal professions in the Netherlands. For all 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

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Law

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
€9,500.00 (7,76,144) per year
Application deadline

Expected May 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5,

Groningen,

9712 CP, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have qualifications that are considered equivalent to the Dutch pre-university diploma (VWO). TOEFL iBT: 90 (min. 21 every item); IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (min. 6.0 every item)

For international students

On top of providing the Admissions Board with transcripts and diplomas, students should have an equivalent minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) of 7/10 (Dutch grading scale). For applicants with a non-EU/EEA qualification, this minimum GPA is mandatory. Grade Point Average is the average of all the marks of your pre-university education. To note, a score of 6 is a passing grade in the Netherlands.

The following tests are accepted:

(international) internet TOEFL (to be sent in through our institutional code 7191): 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);

Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English);

Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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