Bachelor in International and European Law

University of Groningen

Program Description

Bachelor in International and European Law

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 International and European Law takes three years. The first year teaches all basic law fields and therefore has a broad 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 the public international law will be discussed to a much larger extent. Research methods and training are also included in the second year. The third-year ends your bachelor programme by writing a thesis on a law-related 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.

Admission requirements - Specific requirements

Language proficiency

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);
  • (international) computer TOEFL (to be sent in through our institutional code 8450): score of at least 237, all sections sufficient (so at least 21 on each section), and a TWE of at least 4.5;
  • (international) paper TOEFL (to be sent in through our institutional code 8450): score of at least 580, all sections sufficient (so at least 55 on each section), and a TWE of at least 4.5;
  • (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: IB/EB students: students that have

Previous education

Your previous education will need to be equivalent to a Dutch VWO diploma with a score of 7/10. Accepted diplomas include:

  • UK - 3 A Levels at Grade B;
  • Germany - Abitur at Grade 2.0 or higher;
  • USA - 4 Advanced Placement Tests at Grade 4.0 or higher;
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma - 32 points or higher.

If you are wondering if your education meets the entry requirements, please contact us or look on our website.

Reference Letters

Applicants must provide for two references from lecturers from his/her pre-university education who have 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.

Motivation Letter

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.

Tuition fees and application deadlines

EU tuition fees: € 4,000 per year

Non-EU tuition fees: € 8,200 per year

Application deadline: May 1st, 2018 (course starts September 1, 2018)

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 4, 2018
3 years
Full time
2,060 EUR
May 1, 2018
Netherlands - Groningen
Start date: Sept. 4, 2018
Application deadline May 1, 2018
End date Request Info
Sept. 4, 2018
Netherlands - Groningen
Application deadline May 1, 2018
End date Request Info
- EU, 8.200 EUR. - non-EU per year