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What will I learn?

Are you ambitious, analytical and eager to learn? Would you like to pursue a legal career at an international organisation? And are you at the top of your class in law, but do you also have a talent for languages? Then you should consider getting a master’s in International Laws. You’ll combine courses on international, European and comparative law with training in French and an additional foreign language other than English. You’ll also broaden your knowledge of different legal systems by spending at least one semester at one of our partner universities abroad. The programme allows you to compile a tailor-made curriculum from courses offered by the European Law School and the Globalisation and Law programme. As a graduate, you will be equipped with a thorough understanding of international, European and/or national law. You’ll also have a fluency in at least one foreign language. This unique skillset will allow you to thrive in whatever area of international law you choose to specialise in.

Due to globalisation and European integration, the legal profession is internationalising at an astonishing rate. As a result, there is an increasing demand for graduates with a strong academic background, who are fluent in a number of languages and confident in an international environment. By combining international law with training in foreign languages, this programme prepares you for the challenges of the legal profession in the 21st century.

Maastricht’s Faculty of Law has unique expertise in international, European and comparative law. Many of the faculty’s staff members hold or have held prestigious positions in the legal world working for key international and European institutions such as Amnesty International, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation. Your instructors will be able to give you first-hand accounts of the inner workings of large international organisations, bringing the international legal world right into your classroom.

Your future

As a graduate of the International Laws master’s programme, you will have a thorough understanding of international, European and national law. You will be able to place these legal systems and principles into the context of European integration and globalisation. You will also have greater fluency in English and at least one other foreign language.

Career prospects

The programme also provides you with a solid background for a career in a variety of settings, which may include:

  • international business
  • law firms
  • EU institutions
  • NGOs
  • international organisations
  • governmental institutions

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Law

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€13,800.00 (11,27,451) 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 are eligible for admission to the master’s programme International Laws if you have a Dutch university bachelor’s degree in: European Law School, Dutch Law, or Tax law. You are also eligible for admission if you have a non-Dutch university bachelor’s degree in Law. English language requirements: IELTS (minimum score overall 6.5 & writing 6.5, or an overall score of minimum 7); TOEFL Paper-based test (575); TOEFL Internet test (minimum score overall 90 & writing 25, or an overall score of minimum 100); 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)].

For international students

You are also eligible for admission if you have a non-Dutch university bachelor’s degree in Law.

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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