LLM in International and European Law


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Program Description

Our LL.M. programme in International and European Law is primarily designed for students who wish to develop their understanding and knowledge of international and European Union law with the intent of pursuing a legal career with a strong international dimension. This Master's offers a thorough education in European law, including competition law, immigration law, external relations law, judicial protection, and public international law. Students receive a sound basis for an international legal career.

Why study International and European Law at Radboud University?

Radboud University's International and European Law programme was the first of its kind in the Netherlands. Thanks to our long reputation and extensive network, students in this programme can benefit from connections to over fifty universities all over the world- including the United States, Asia, Australia and Europe.

Many of the lecturers in this programme also practice law, which gives you an insight into the letter and practice of the law. Law students from Radboud University regularly take part in European Law moot court competitions, which allows them to build their skills and test their theoretical knowledge.

The programme has a good international mix of students, so you can learn from your peers, and make connections for the future. You also have the option of going abroad, either for an internship or to follow additional courses as an exchange student at our academic partner institutions.

Go to the International and European Law webpage

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme could consider future careers in:

  • Legal practice
  • Counselling
  • Advocacy
  • Policymakers
  • Lobby organisations
  • NGOs
  • Government or Inter-governmental organizations


The Master’s programme in International and European Law at Radboud University is unique in that it not only provides a thorough understanding of European law in general but also offers further specialisation. After completing the compulsory courses you can specialise in one of four tracks:

  • International and European Law Advanced
    Develop an elaborate understanding of European and international law including in-depth knowledge on the external dimension of EU law and the rules that govern the European Union’s international relations.
  • Human Rights and Migration
    Understand how international and European legal instruments influence the position and mobility of citizens in the EU and how the major international documents and courts protect the rights of individuals.
  • Business Law
    Develop a strong understanding of all aspects of business law and the legal workings of the EU in order to deal with legal issues when doing business in or trading with the European Union.
  • European Law and Global Affairs
    This specialisation offers a unique multidisciplinary programme combining the study of European law and political science. It focuses on the main challenges facing the EU in the 21st century and looks at the various legal rules and policy options that may be developed in response.

Admission requirements

As an international student, your prior education must meet certain requirements.

  1. A completed Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Law equivalent to the Dutch educational level*.
    For the specialisation European Law and Global Affairs: Students with a degree in Politics, Governance, International Relations, Liberal Arts or equivalent, with a substantial number of courses in Law, are also eligible for admission to this specialisation. These students should provide proof of their knowledge of the basic concepts of Law.
  2. Motivation letter in English ***
    • Please explain in your motivation letter why you would like to enrol in the Master’s specialisation of your choice within the International and European Law programme. Also, attach your resume with a photo and your grade list to this letter.
      Please note:
    • For those who don’t meet the requirements, Radboud University does not offer a pre-master's programme in International and European Law. If you wish to enter the Master’s programme in International and European Law, you’ll need a Bachelor’s degree (from a research university) that meets the requirements.
    • If you are a Chinese student and want to register as a student on an English-taught programme at a Dutch higher education institution you need to apply for a Nuffic Certificate. More information can be found on the Study in Holland website.

Language Requirements

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have adequate knowledge of English. Non-native speakers of English** need to provide evidence of their proficiency by submitting one of the following tests:

  • A TOEFL certificate with a minimum score of 90 overall (internet-based, with a minimum of 23 for writing) or 575 (paper-based). The institutional TOEFL code for Radboud University is 3387; or
  • An IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum score of 6.0 minimum for the components listening, reading and speaking and a 6.5 minimum for writing); or
  • A Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) with grade C or higher or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with grade C or higher.
    • Please be aware that the validity of the IELTS and TOEFL certificates is 2 years and the validity of the CAE/CPE 5 years.
    • Students from EU countries (including Dutch students) who have obtained an LL.B (bachelor's diploma in law) taught in another language than English can take the RATEr test at our language institute Radboud In'to Languages. The Nijmegen Law Faculty will pay for the RATEr-test. We also accept TOEFL, IELTS, CAE and CPE certificates with the scores mentioned above. However, the Law Faculty will not reimburse the costs for these tests.

* Students who obtained their degree in the Netherlands are required to have obtained a Bachelor's degree from a research university (universiteit). Students who have obtained a Bachelor's diploma from a university of applied sciences (hbo) cannot be admitted.

Students who have obtained their diploma in Indonesia, are required to have obtained a Master's degree in Law (Sarjana Hukum II).

** Applicants are considered to be a native speaker of English if they are a citizen of Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa, or if they have obtained an LL.B (bachelor programme in Law) in one of the countries mentioned above. Students from the European Law School Bachelor at Radboud University, are also exempted from a language test.

*** Students from the European Law School Bachelor at Radboud University, are exempted from a motivation letter.


For programmes starting in September

  • Non-EEA students: 1 April
  • EEA students: 1 May

For programmes starting in February

  • Non-EEA students: 1 November
  • EEA students: 1 December

Quality label

Both the Keuzegids Masters and the Bachelor’s programme information guide Keuzegids Universiteiten have now designated Radboud University as the ‘Best General University’ in the Netherlands.

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

At Radboud University in the Netherlands, you can obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited Master’s degree. Leading academics and excellent professors offer you what you need a a top-200 r ... Read More

At Radboud University in the Netherlands, you can obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited Master’s degree. Leading academics and excellent professors offer you what you need a a top-200 research university. We offer 11 English-taught Bachelor's programmes and 35 English-taught Master’s programmes with many specialisations which will give you the necessary skills and insights into research and practice within your own subject area. You will benefit from our personal teaching style, our top research institutes, and a green and friendly student city. Read less