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Admission requirements

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Studying law on a more abstract and conceptual basis will require much more from students, which means that students will need above average talents to succeed in our programme. Applicants can apply for admission if they have completed, or are about to complete, their pre-university education. All applications for admission to the bachelor programme will be assessed on an individual basis. The admission procedure includes evaluating academic credentials, which in most cases are the pre-university secondary school diploma(s) and grade list.

All applicants have to hand in the following documents to assess their admissibility to our LLB programme:

  • A pre-university diploma, including transcript of studies;
  • The transcript of studies should reflect a GPA (Grade Point Average) equivalent to 7/10 (Dutch grading scale);
  • Proof of English proficiency;
  • A letter of motivation;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • One academic reference.

It is explained below what these requirements fully entail.

IMPORTANT NOTICE
Please note: A "matching" procedure will be added to the admissions requirements for the 2019/2020 intake for international applicants to this programme, which would require applicants to complete a matching webclass as part of the application process. This matching webclass is still being finalized and will not be available until early 2019.


1. A secondary/higher education diploma
The pre-university diploma satisfies the entry requirements for admission to LLB programme in Groningen if:

Applicants must ensure that they send a certified copy of their degree certificate(s) and certified transcripts of their pre-university records along with their application. If the certificates or transcripts are not in English or Dutch a certified translation into English must also be provided. Applicants who are in their final year of studies may apply by submitting a statement of enrollment with a predicted graduation date and transcripts of subjects passed so far.  

2. GPA
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.

3. Letter of motivation
Applicants must send a letter explaining their motivation and why they want to participate in the LLB programme (max. 650 words). The letter should be written by the applicants themselves in English; it is not allowed to submit an (official) translation.

4. Proficiency in English
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:

  • (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)

Please note that none of the scores for the TOEFL or IELTS tests may be older than 2 years at the time of applying (they will not be accepted). However, CPE and CAE certificates that are older than 2 years at the time of applying are acceptable.

Applicants who have an IB or EB diploma, or GCSE can, upon their request, be exempt from taking one of the English proficiency tests mentioned above under certain conditions:

  • IB students: students that have their International Baccalaureate diploma obtained from a school of which the sole medium of instruction is English can be exempt from taking an English proficiency test as mentioned above. Alternatively, students that have passed Higher Level English (first language) can also be exempt from taking an English proficiency test as mentioned above. If students have passed English at Standard level, they will have to have scored at least 5 (out of 7) points on English to be considered for exemption. On top of that, their total IB-score should be 35. Students that have taken English B (at Standard level) have to present an English proficiency test score in all cases.
  • EB students: students that have obtained their European Baccalaureate diploma with English as a final exam subject can be exempt from taking an English proficiency test as mentioned above.
  • GCSE students: if you have passed a sufficient number of A-levels, one of which is ‘English’, you can be exempt from taking an English proficiency test as mentioned above.

All students should always apply for such exemptions if applicable. However, it is the Admissions Board who decides on these matters.

Applicants from Cameroon should take the British Council’s English Language Test (IELTS) to avoid problems in a later stage of the procedure when they are applying for visa.


Details of the TOEFL test can be obtained from ETS on their website. Our TOEFL institution code is 7191. Please mention this on your answer sheet when you are taking the test! Details of the British Council Test are available from the British Council Office in your country or from their website. The test scores cannot be older than two years.

5. Curriculum vitae
A curriculum vitae (resume) should at least contain details of the schools/institutions you have attended and the diplomas/grades obtained plus all relevant extracurricular activities you have participated in.

6. One academic reference
Candidates must provide one letter of reference from an academic referee who has detailed knowledge of their academic records. The letter of recommendation should be sent directly to us by e-mail from the official (institutional) e-mail account of the referee, and should be written on official letterhead, signed, and sent as an attached file. They should be sent to llb.admission@rug.nl. It is also possible to upload the letter of reference in the Online Application System. In this case the letter also has to be on official letterhead, signed, and it has to include full contact details of the referee including his or her institutional e-mail address. 

In the letter, the referee should state: 1) How long they have known the applicant and in what capacity, and 2) What is their opinion of the applicant’s ability to undertake study at undergraduate level and to successfully complete our LLB programme.

7) Matching procedure (webclass)
This is an additional requirement introduced for the 2019/2020 intake of this programme. The matching webclass will be offered several times in early 2019 and applicants must complete the matching webclass as part of the application process.

Applicants may still begin the application process and submit the other required documents before the matching webclass is offered, and then complete the matching webclass once it becomes available.

Please note that the matching webclass is not the same as the webclass offered by the Pre University Academy (Scholierenacademie).


If you have submitted an application and have further questions about processing, please contact the Admissions Office at llb.admission@rug.nl.

Last modified:15 October 2018 3.17 p.m.