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International Business Law

Globalization and regional integration make a good knowledge of international business law indispensable within the international corporate world.

The LLM International Business Law is registered under the LLM CROHO label International Business Law (60072).

Facts & Figures
Degree
LLM in International Economic and Business Law
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60604
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Law
Why study this programme in Groningen?

This programme offers a strong basis in international business law. All aspects of business law are discussed, including Corporate Social Responsibility.

Programme

Students will have to participate in six compulsory courses and the compulsory seminar for this programme. Like all masters, this programme is also concluded by writing a Master's thesis, worth 18 ECTS.

Periods
Courses1234
Company Law (6 EC)
International Contracts Law (6 EC)
Multi-level Labour Law and CSR (6 EC)
Competition Law (6 EC)
International Commercial Dispute Settlement Law (6 EC)
International Corporate Insolvency Law (6 EC)
Seminar Corporate Governance (6 EC)
Master's thesis (18 EC)

Curriculum

Students will have to participate in six compulsory courses and the compulsory seminar for this programme. Like all masters, this programme is also concluded by writing a Master's thesis, worth 18 ECTS.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade average

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).

knowledge minimum

basic knowledge of private law, including business and labour Law and elementary knowledge of European Law and public international law

language test
  • TOEFL: 100 (all sections need to be at least 21; the writing section needs to be at least 23)
  • IELTS: 7.0 (all sections need to be at least 6.0; the writing section needs to be at least 6.5)
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English);
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English)
  • Applicants who are taking/have completed an English-taught bachelor programme at a Dutch research university are exempt from taking an English proficiency test.

The test scores cannot be older than two years.

previous education

LLB or equivalent

reference letter

Candidates must provide one letter of reference from an academic referee who has detailed knowledge of their academic records. The reference can be emailed to the Admission Office from your referee's institutional e-mail address or uploaded in the Online Application System. The uploaded letter should be on a letterhead and signed by the referee and must contain contact details of your referee, including his or her institutional e-mail address.

written request

Applicants must send a motivation letter (max. 650 words). The letter should be written by the applicants themselves; it is not allowed to submit an (official) translation.

other admission requirements

Curriculum vitae As this programme is a full selection master, all students should meet the admission requirements.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade average

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).

knowledge minimum

basic knowledge of private law, including business and labour Law and elementary knowledge of European Law and public international law

language test

If you are not a native speaker of English, you will need to provide proof of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL: 100 (all sections need to be at least 21; the writing section needs to be at least 23)
  • IELTS: 7.0 (all sections need to be at least 6.0; the writing section needs to be at least 6.5)
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English);
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English)
  • Applicants who are taking/have completed an English-taught bachelor programme at a Dutch research university are exempt from taking an English proficiency test.
  • For more details about language requirements please check: http://www.rug.nl/rechten/education/international-programmes/llm/admission-requirements

The test scores cannot be older than two years.

previous education

LLB or equivalent

reference letter

Candidates must provide one letter of reference from an academic referee who has detailed knowledge of their academic records. The reference can be emailed to the Admission Office from your referee's institutional e-mail address or uploaded in the Online Application System. The uploaded letter should be on a letterhead and signed by the referee and must contain contact details of your referee, including his or her institutional e-mail address.

written request

Applicants must send a motivation letter (max. 650 words). The letter should be written by the applicants themselves; it is not allowed to submit an (official) translation.

other admission requirements

Curriculum vitae As this programme is a full selection master, all students should meet the admission requirements.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 14350full-time
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14600full-time
After your studies

Job prospects

The programme is designed to equip its graduates for a legal career within internationally operating enterprises, law firms, and/or governmental and intergovernmental institutions.

Research

Research

The faculty's research is carried out under the umbrella of the Groningen Centre for Law and Governance, in which all departments of the faculty are participating. Wherever possible teachers will use and involve this research in the courses that are being taught. Staff in the International Business Law programme are active as well with the Groningen Centre for European Financial Services Law (GCEFSL).

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								Testimonial of Fitsum Tiche, Ethiopia

    LLM International Business Law

    – Fitsum Tiche, Ethiopia
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    The professors are not only passionate and excellent in their subjects but also very friendly to interact and work with. There is also a lot to be grasped from the truly international class atmosphere with students coming from different countries and walks of life.

    After serving as an instructor for three years in Ethiopia, I have always been looking for a study programme that integrates both legal and economic thinking. In my quest for the relevant programme, the Netherlands – being seat of numerous international courts and tribunals and rightly referred to as the 'legal capital of the world', not to mention Dutch Universities' reputation for high-quality programmes and state-of-the-art international research infrastructures – was in the forefront. In the mean time, the University of Groningen was recommended to me by one of its LLM alumni. Deciding to come to Groningen, leaving two other admission offers with full scholarships, was not, however, an easy task. It was not until I arrived here and started attending courses and saw the overall atmosphere that I realized that I had made the perfect choice.

    Groningen has certainly excelled in its International Economic and Business Law programme. The deliberate choice of compulsory courses in the curriculum covers core areas of international economic and business law. Yet, the wide range of optional courses gives students the option to make tailor made decisions and emphasize on particular aspect of this broad area of law. In all the courses economics and law do always interact and give a different way of approaching international business law issues. The professors are not only passionate and excellent in their subjects but also very friendly to interact and work with. There is also a lot to be grasped from the truly international class atmosphere with students coming from different countries and walks of life. The incredible support and guidance from the International Office, coupled with a vibrant student city and the very cheerful Dutch people, makes one feel at home. All of this is what RUG's international rankings, impressive though they are, don't quite demonstrate -- but what, I believe, everyone who has come to know Groningen would agree on.

    Despite the intense workload and demanding curriculum, the International Economic and Business Law programme gives a thorough and focused education in just one year. There is nothing regrettable in coming to Groningen, leaving my family and loved ones back home. I do hope that my exciting experiences will subsist in the coming years during my PhD here at the University of Groningen. Do you want to feel this exciting experience? Come and see it. Finally, I must thank the Dutch government for the generous financial grant through the Huygens Scholarship Programme.

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Study support

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.