LLM in European and International Business Law


Program Description

A one-year master-level accredited programme in English with full-time daily course offerings for lawyers in the heart of Central-Europe by the Faculty of Law of the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, Budapest.

  • Duration: September 2018-June 2019
  • Teaching venue: Budapest, Hungary (EU)
  • Application deadline: 30 April 2018


This is a full-time programme of 60 ECTS credits. The programme offers 24 different courses focusing on various aspects of European and international business law. About half of all courses are optional with different varieties of specialization. Lecturers are renowned professionals in their field, both as academics and practitioners from law firms, judiciary, and top-level international or domestic legal organizations. Visiting lecturers from a number of other countries are also incorporated in the programme. The programme is concluded with the defense of the master thesis and the completion of the final exam.

Besides classroom lectures and seminars, the possibility for valuable insights into relevant legal practice represents the other form of learning benefits for participants. In order to obtain professional experience and create a network of contacts, participants in the LLM programme will have the opportunity to engage in unpaid internships and take part in the operation of law firms with extensive European and international practice in legal matters.

Programme curriculum


Applicants should have a degree in law from a recognized university and a good command of English.

Applicants should submit the following documents electronically by 30 April:

  • Application form
  • CV in English, including a passport-size photo
  • Copy of the passport
  • Letter of motivation in English (minimum 1 page, including the applicant’s background, purposes, and study aims)
  • Certified English copy of the law degree (if the applicant is expected to obtain the degree in law after the application deadline, but the process of graduation will be completed by the end of the current academic year, the certified English copy of the law degree shall be submitted after graduation) - minimum requirement: four-year BA law degree.
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from the applicant’s institution of legal studies)
  • Copy of language exam certification – minimum requirement: CEFR B2 (equivalent to Cambridge English First (FCE)/ BEC Vantage/ IELTS 5.5-6.5/ TOEFL iBT 87-109/ Michigan ECCE/ PTE General Level 3/ PTE Academic 59-75/ Trinity ISE II)

Applicants are also expected to pay EUR 100 to the university as a non-refundable administrative fee for the application process, which will be deducted from the tuition fee at the time of enrolment.

All documents shall be sent by 30 April to llm@kre.hu

Based on the submitted application materials and pre-selection, the university holds Skype-interviews with short-listed applicants.

Applicants are informed by June 30 about the decision of the university, with the exception of those applicants who may obtain their degree after that date. In their case, the university closes the application procedure by 31 July.

The university sends an official Letter of Admission and all the necessary confirmation letters to the accepted applicants in order to help the visa process. Applicants are expected to confirm their attendance by email.

All accepted applicants may be requested to present the original documents of those submitted during the application process.


Tuition: EUR 6000 (in two installments)

The first installment (EUR 2900) shall be paid after the confirmation of acceptance, before starting the applicant’s visa process.

The tuition fee covers participation in the program, receipt of the degree, electronic course materials, library use and access to a number of legal databases, extracurricular activities (e.g. moot court participation), some program-related social events (receptions), and student welfare services.

The tuition fee does not cover living expenses, travel expenses, social security and medical coverage, fees in public administration, accommodation, social events unrelated to the LL.M. programme, etc.

Student welfare services provide aid in visa application and in the registration of foreigners, social security, medical services, participation in the local student-buddy program, etc. The university could offer accommodation in dormitory rooms or can provide assistance in finding another suitable accommodation arrangement.

Applicants of certain countries may have the possibility to apply for the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme financed by the Hungarian state. The scholarship covers the entire tuition fee, the budget for accommodation (or contribution to accommodation costs) and medical insurance in Hungary. For more information, visit the following website: www.stipendiumhungaricum.hu


All correspondence shall be sent to llm@kre.hu

Address: Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, Faculty of Law, 1042 Budapest, Viola utca 2-4., Hungary

Central phone: +-36-1-370-86-01

Last updated October 2019

About the School

The legal predecessor of our University was the Reformed Theological Academy of Budapest, founded in 1855 and granted University status by the Hungarian Parliament in 1900. In 1993 the General Assembl ... Read More

The legal predecessor of our University was the Reformed Theological Academy of Budapest, founded in 1855 and granted University status by the Hungarian Parliament in 1900. In 1993 the General Assembly of the Hungarian Reformed Church took the decision to establish a multifaculty University, and this decision was approved later on in the year on 21st September by the Parliament of the Republic of Hungary. Through the creation of Károli Gáspár University, the Hungarian Reformed Church has fulfilled the aims of its forefathers. Our University, in the spirit of the universitas scientiarium, aims to raise the status of not solely the Church, but also the nation, through its educational, teaching and academic work. Read less