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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. More information about the application deadline can be found here.

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;

Applicants are also required to complete our online matching class in order to register and enroll for the programme, if deemed admissible.

It is explained below what these requirements fully entail. You can find out more about the specific documents accepted with regards to the requirements here.


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. *Please look here to clarify your specific country or diploma qualification requirements.

3. 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, Singapore, and Malta.

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) TOEFL (iBT*) score of at least 100, all sections sufficient (so at least 21 on each section) to be sent in through our institutional code 7191
  • (Academic) IELTS Academic (British Council’s English Language Test): score of at least 7, 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)

* TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure

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 can make a request for exemption from taking one of the English proficiency tests mentioned above under certain conditions:

  • IB students: students that obtained their international Baccalaureate diploma from a school of which the sole medium of instruction is English can be exempted from taking an English proficiency test as mentioned above. Alternatively, students that have passed Higher Level English (first language) can also be exempted 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 (L1 or L2) can be exempt from taking an English proficiency test as mentioned above.
  • GCE students: students that have passed a sufficient number of A-levels, one of which is 'English', can be exempted from taking an English proficiency test as mentioned above.
  • Maltese Advanced Level students: Applicants who have obtained at least 3 Maltese Advanced levels (A-levels) from the MATSEC examination board.
  • HBO-P students (Bachelor International & European Law of The Hague University of Applied Science only): Exemption when program is fully taught and assessed in English.
  • South Africa: South African students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree at one of the accredited SA Universities fully taught and assessed in English.

All students should always apply for such exemptions if applicable. However, it is ultimately the Admissions Board who decides on these matters. If unsure whether you meet an exemption as listed above, please contact the admissions office directly at llb.admission rug.nl for clarification (include your application number in the email).

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.

Please note that the English language proficiency tests are not required at the time of application but can be submitted at a later date. Please contact the admissions office directly at llb.admission rug.nl for further information regarding final deadlines for submitting proficiency tests and include your application number and name in your email. More about English language requirements can be found here.

4.  Matching procedure (online matching class)
The Online Matching Class is a web class that applicants must complete in order to register and enroll in the programme, if deemed admissible. 

In the matching class, students must follow several lessons that cover various topics within the LLB programme. At the end of the lessons is a test (about the content of the lessons only) that applicants must complete. Depending on their results from the test, applicants will receive ''advice'' on whether this programme is suitable for them (ie. matching). Please note applicants do not have to pass the test and matching class in order to register/enroll in the programme - they must simply complete the test and the matching class.

For the 2022-2023 admissions intake, there is planned to be multiple rounds for applicants to take the online matching class. You can find more information about these rounds here.

Please note:

  • Completing the online matching class is required in order to register and enroll in the programme when deemed admissible to the programme. Applicants who complete the online matching class but are not admitted to the programme cannot enroll in the programme.
  • Applicants may still begin the application process and submit all other required documents before the online matching class is offered.

If ever any question about the matching process or web class, please send an email to matching.llb rug.nl for more information.  To note, the admissions office does not administer the online matching class and cannot advise about this process - so please contact the matching email address if questions.


If you are experiening problems with starting your application in Studielink, please contact Student Information and Administration. If you have submitted an application and have further questions about processing, please contact the LLB Admissions Officers at llb.admission rug.nl. Questions specifically about the online matching class requirement can be sent to matching.llb rug.nl

Last modified:10 November 2021 11.12 a.m.