12 months
13000 EUR/year
13000 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The LLM in International and European Law programme from the Brussels School of Governance offers a broad, cutting-edge education to prepare you for a demanding international career in law. Its new curriculum offers students a holistic approach of today’s emerging global legal challenges, focusing on three challenges: sustainability – social inclusiveness & human rights – digitalisation.

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Want to become a part of one of the oldest LLM programs around, offering 95% employability, a 1,300+ strong alumni network from 108 nationalities, and situated at the heart of Europe? Then the LLM in International and European Law  (60 ECTS), an English-language programme at the VUB’s Brussels School of Governance may well be what you’re looking for.  

This LLM is a postgraduate programme renowned since 1971 for its outstanding quality, international character, and a carefully developed curriculum that combines international and European law, on the one hand, and academic excellence and the latest practical insights, on the other. It excels in preparing students for international legal career paths for a sustainable global society. 

Key features

  • Innovative LLM with holistic approach of contemporary global legal challenges, focusing on sustainability – social inclusiveness & human rights – digitalisation
  • Versatile training. Students will be able to assume key responsibilities in interconnected areas that require highly specialised legal knowledge, leadership skills and intercultural approaches
  • Taught at the Brussels School of Governance, a leading institute in policy and fundamental research of the highest quality in an international context. Its President, former EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, is one of the professors in the LLM.
  • The Brussels School of Governance’s central location in Brussels, which allows the programme to benefit from the knowledge and networks of professors working at the EU and other institutions and law firms in Brussels. Teaching staff includes a former European Trade Commissioner, the President of the Litigation Chamber at the Belgian Data Protection Authority, a Deputy Director-General (DG Competition) and a Head of Unit (DG Trade) in the European Commission,  a partner in an international law firm, and renowned researchers
  • ​Cutting-edge education. It is an exclusively advanced master: basics of international and European law are a prerequisite
  • Experience: programme of excellence established in 1971. 
  • Limited class size ensures high interaction and close contacts among students and with the professors, helping create true bonds that last
  • Alumni network of over 1300 lawyers from 110 countries 
  • Supported by the expertise of our Office for Teaching, Learning and Innovation to accommodate sophisticated blended teaching methods 

The Brussels School of Governance hosts important research projects funded by the EU in topics such as sustainability, climate policies, the role of the EU in the world politics, digitalisation, and migration and diversity,among other topics. This environment allows LLM students to learn about developments in these topics directly from those who are leading the field.

Studying in Brussels offers students some unique advantages that could just give them the edge in achieving their career goals. The students will benefit from the immediate vicinity of EU institutions and numerous international organisations, law firms, NGOs and companies, where several professors are working.

Limited class size ensures high interaction amongst professors and students, who are of truly versatile international backgrounds.

The Brussels School of Governance is an alliance between the Institute for European Studies (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Vesalius College. This LLM in International and European Law programme that is organised by the Institute for European Studies, a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, and of which the degree will be awarded by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Programme Structure

  • The LLM in International and European law is a 60 ECTS Advanced Master’s degree obtained in one academic year
  • The LLM has three components: the first block deals with core contemporary areas of international and European Law, with a total of 18 ECTS. The second block trains students on the major challenges of the interconnected global and cross-cutting areas: sustainability, social inclusiveness and human rights, and digitalisation. Each of these areas is weighted equally, i.e. 9 credits for a total of 27 ECTS. The third (research) block of 15 credits consists of writing a Master’s thesis on a topic chosen by the student, with personalised guidance during the process.


The teaching staff is a unique mixture of renowned EU scholars, top-level EU practitioners and practising lawyers that combine academic rigour with the latest practical insights and cultural diversity.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




  • Fully structured
  • Regular optional meetings
  • Continuous support with feedback on request
  • Online group works/assignments

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students are eligible to apply when they have other (1) obtained a MA in Law (5 years / 300 ECTS), or (2) if they have obtained, in accordance with the regulations of the country where the diploma is issued, a final law degree that provides access to the legal profession or to the qualifying exams for admission to the Bar, even if that law degree us less than 300 ECTS. The equivalence of foreign degrees will be decided by the Academic Board of the Programme.
  • Students are selected by the Academic Board of the Programme on the basis of an overall assessment of their profiles, including their academic qualifications, work and other relevant experience, motivation as well as the required level of proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13000 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    13000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13000 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Brussels

885 - 1305 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The Programme offers a number of scholarships that take the form of comprehensive or partial tuition fee waivers. The waivers aim at ensuring that applicants with different backgrounds and financial means are able to access the Programme. As such, they are an important element in the Programme’s diversity from viewpoints such as gender, culture and geography.  A waiver can be applied for by writing a personal statement in the relevant section of the application form. The waiver application is assessed on the basis of the statement and supporting evidence on the merit and financial need.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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