International Commercial Law, LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
The one year LLM programme in International Commercial Law from the University of Groningen covers specialization in (international) commercial law, especially with regard to contracts and subjects of contracts, as well as the solving of (commercial) disputes when needed.


Increasing globalization and regional integration creates the need for good knowledge of international commercial law.

Increasing globalization and regional integration creates the need for good knowledge of international commercial law. This knowledge is especially important if you wish to enter a career in the field of international private law and when you are planning of becoming a lawyer working in internationally operating private firms or law firms.

The International Commercial Law programme is delivered by the University of Groningen.

Job prospects

The programme more specifically provides its graduates with excellent opportunities to pursue various careers:

  • a legal career within internationally operating law firms;
  • a commercial or legal career in internationally operating companies in trade, industry or services;
  • starting an academic career by writing a PhD;
  • or take up government positions in the field of trade and economics that require understanding of commercial law.

Programme Structure

    Courses included:
    • Comparative Property Law 
    • International Contracts Law 
    • Seminar Contracts Law 
    • Comparative Private International Law 
    • International Commercial Dispute Settlement Law 
    • Comparative Tort Law 
    • Master's thesis 
    • Cross-border Commercial Transactions 
    For more information, please visit the programme website.

                  Detailed Programme Facts

                  • Programme intensity Full-time
                    • Full-time duration 12 months
                  • Credits
                    60 ECTS
                  • Languages
                    • English
                  • Delivery mode
                    On Campus

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                  Academic Requirements

                  • Grade average - GPA equivalent to 7/10 (Dutch grading scale)
                  • Grade list 
                  • Knowledge minimum - basic knowledge of private law and elementary knowledge of European Law and public international law
                  • English proficiency (IELTS, TOEFL, CAE or CPE)
                  • Previous education - LLB or equivalent 
                  • Reference letter - 1 academic reference should be provided
                  • Written request - Applicants must send a motivation letter (max. 650 words)
                  • Curriculum vitae

                  Tuition Fee

                  • International Applies to you

                    14200 EUR/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 14200 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
                  • EU/EEA Applies to you

                    2006 EUR/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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                  Living costs for Groningen

                  • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
                    Living Costs

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