International and European Law

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
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

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diplomaLLB Internationaal en Europees Recht
typeregulier, 180 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur3 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track

The bachelor's programme in International and European Law takes three years. The first year teaches just about all basic law fields and is therefore broad in character, with concepts of private law, constitutional law, and criminal law discussed. In the second year, European Union law and public international law will be discussed to be a much larger extent, as well as research methods and training. The third year ends your bachelor programme by writing a thesis on a subject of your choice in law, 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 program.

More detailed information about the programme can be found here.

Applications should be made through the ''Admission and application'' tab on this page.

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

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.

There is a clear interdisciplinary component in the programme, which is represented by an interdisciplinary component in each semester.

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

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1e jaar The first year will give you a strong basis in law that is used within states. All courses approach the fields of law on a conceptual basis and no national system is being discussed as such. The only exception being the course 'Law and legal skills: the Dutch example', which explains what law is and in this course the Dutch example is used as a red thread. Students will also be taught the necessary academic legal skills.
Law and legal skills: the Dutch example (including IT for Lawyers)
10 EC
English language
5 EC
Criminal law
10 EC
English language and academic skills
5 EC
Introduction to International and European Law
10 EC
Legal History
5 EC
Private Law 1
5 EC
Introduction to Public Law
10 EC
2e jaar The second year provides students with a good overview of law between states, both on an international level as within the European Union. The research seminars will combine the legal skills of the first year with the content of the second year courses, enabling students to deliver sound legal arguments.
European Law
10 EC
Private Law 2
5 EC
Introduction to Political Science
5 EC
Public International Law
10 EC
Research seminar European Law
5 EC
Europeanisation of Public Law
10 EC
Civil Procedural Law
5 EC
Research seminar International Law
5 EC
Introduction to Economics
5 EC
3e jaar In the first semester of the third year, students study a full semester abroad (at least 25 ECTS in law courses; 30 ECTS in total) at one of our partner universities. Students can pick courses in more specific fields of law in which they would like to specialize. In the second semester students combine all acquired skills and knowledge in producing a Bachelor's thesis (the Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium) on a topic of their choice.
Semester abroad
30 EC
Decision-making in the European Union
5 EC
Theory of International Relations
5 EC
Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium afstuderen
10 EC
Economics of International Trade and International Finance
10 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet45% zelfstudie
45% theorie
10% praktijk
case study, literature study, colloquium, oral presentation, computer exercise, research, lecture, working group, group assignment, workshop, group discussion, individual assignment, practicum, self study, seminar
study guidance
First year students are offered workshops 'Starting your Academic Career'. This workshop offers a mentor-system in which a small group of 1st year students is supervised weekly by a senior student and enables you to start up your studies more smoothly.

If you come across questions with regard to your programme, study progress, your way of studying, personal circumstances, etc, you can go to the International Office for guidance. All discussed in these conversations is treated confidentially.
exchange programs
  • no specific country Exchange programme with at least 70 worldwide partner universities - Europa
    For more information, please check:
bindend studieadvies
  • minimaal 45 EC in de eerste 12 maanden

You will be offered study advice after first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.
You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.
N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

honours-/excellence program Honours College

The Honours College offers talented and motivation students the opportunity to develop to a greater extent.

It entails participating in an extra (honours) programme of 45 ECTS next to students' regular 180 ECTS degree programme plus several other activities that will be undertaken and organized with honours students from other degree programmes.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2018

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2060 (€1030 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 2060
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 8300

1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 8450
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 8900

As this programme holds compulsory matching for all Dutch students, all students should meet the admission requirements.
For more information about (and a full list of) the exact admission requirements, please check:
toelaatbare profielen
VWO C&Mtoelaatbaar
VWO E&Mtoelaatbaar
VWO N&Gtoelaatbaar
VWO N&Ttoelaatbaar
WO propedeusetoelaatbaar
hbo-pInternational and European Law (Haagse Hogeschool)

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.

Students are exempted from proving proficiency in English if they are a native speaker and have completed secondary education or have already completed a bachelor programme in one of the following countries: USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia. Applicants who do not fulfill the aforementioned requirement(s) for exemption must provide adequate evidence of proficiency in English. The following tests are accepted: 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)

Applicants that have an IB or EB diploma, or IGCSE can, upon their request, be exempt from taking one of the English proficiency tests mentioned above under certain conditions. You can check for these specific conditions.Students are exempted from proving proficiency in
All students should always apply for such exemptions though. It is the Admissions Board that decides on these matters.
The test scores cannot be older than two years.

reference letter
Applicants must provide one reference from a lecturer from his/her pre-university education who has detailed knowledge of their academic records. Instructions for reference letters can be found at:

Applicants must send a letter in which they motivate why they want to participate in the LLB programme (max. 650 words). The letter should be written by the applicants themselves; it is not allowed to submit an (official) translation.

studie kosten
bron: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
bedrag kostenpost
€ 10500levensonderhoudper jaar
€ 600studiematerialenper jaar
€ 304visa/permitper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


426 studenten volgen deze opleiding
64% daarvan is vrouw
183 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
68% daarvan is vrouw
28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Christian Garrard, UK, LLB student International and European Law
Coming to the Netherlands over three years ago was without doubt the best decision I have ever made.

I never intended on studying 'English' law and just becoming a lawyer in the UK but rather to specialise in international and/or European law straight away. This was not possible in the UK (at the time) with all European or international law being offered at masters level only. I came across the LLB programme for international and European law in Groningen and immediately realised it was exactly what I wanted to do.

Add on to this that Groningen is all you can ask for in a student city with plenty of opportunities, a vibrant nightlife and a great atmosphere, then you have the perfect combination. Coming to the Netherlands over three years ago was without doubt the best decision I have ever made. The law faculty offers a tremendous amount of support for new students and this continues over the course of the degree. The areas covered in the LLB programme vary greatly and gave me a good opportunity to decide what area of law I would want to specialise in on completion of my bachelor degree. Despite not focusing on any national law the legal understanding developed as part of the programme, especially in public international and EU law will be indispensable in any legal career. Asides from the high standard of education, what makes the experience of the LLB in Groningen so rewarding is the people I have shared that experience with, like minded students from so many different backgrounds make an excellent network of people that I will keep in contact with for the rest of my life. The city of Groningen, although small, is an excellent place to live as a student and especially an international student as there are already so many other international students in Groningen helping give it the great atmosphere it has. It is truly an overlooked gem in this part of Europe. You may even find yourself doing a masters in Groningen because you can't bring yourself to leave!

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bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2015
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In 2015 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

International and European Law aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 91 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4 uit 5.
bron: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
student tevredenheid 4.0 4.0
aantal eerstejaars 205
ervaren contacttijd per week 12-18
doorstroom naar tweede jaar 77%
diploma binnen 4 jaar 55%
werk op niveau in 1,5 jaar

Studie in cijfers

In deze tabel staan resultaten van deze studie in cijfers uitgedrukt. Hiermee kan je vergelijken hoe deze opleiding het doet in vergelijking met dezelfde opleiding bij andere onderwijsinstellingen.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

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 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.

current job market
bron: arbeidsmonitor
€ 2205gemiddeld bruto maandloon
56%kans op een vaste baan
10%kans op een voltijd baan
56%kans op een baan op niveau
53%spreekt van "goede aansluiting arbeidsmarkt"
72%is tevreden over de studiekeuze

aansluitende masteropleidingen

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Tilburg UniversityEuropean Union Law (track van International and European Law)+ aanv. eisen
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Tilburg UniversityInternational and European Lawgeen aanvullende eisen
Tilburg UniversityInternational Business Lawgeen aanvullende eisen
Tilburg UniversityInternational Business Tax Law (track van International Business Taxation)geen aanvullende eisen
Amsterdam VUInternational Crimes & Criminology+ aanv. eisen
Tilburg UniversityInternational Law and Global Governance (track van International and European Law)+ aanv. eisen
Amsterdam VULaw and Politics of International Security+ aanv. eisen
Tilburg UniversityLaw and Technologygeen aanvullende eisen
Tilburg UniversityLeraar VHO Maatschappijleer en Maatschappijwetenschappen dual educational+ 90 EC pre-master
UvALerarenopleiding Maatschappijleer part-time educational+ 90 EC pre-master
Tilburg UniversityMaster of Labour Law and Employment Relationsgeen aanvullende eisen
Tilburg UniversityOndernemingsrecht+ aanv. eisen
Tilburg UniversityRechtsgeleerdheidgeen aanvullende eisen
RijksuniversiteitRechtswetenschappelijk Onderzoek research+ aanv. eisen

Potentiële beroepen

a career in academic teaching and research
a career in as civil servants for national ministries
a career in diplomacy
a career in international or non-governmental organizations
a career in international politics
a career in the international commercial sector
bron: StudieData


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