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Step-by-step admission LLB programme

The full process of application, matching and admission can be a bit complicated. You will be overloaded with information and messages, from Studielink, the University of Groningen and the Faculty of Law (more specifically the LLB programme). To support you in getting through this process, we have made an overview of 8 steps to take. If you follow all steps accurately, you will know for sure that you have done all you can to be admitted to your new programme. Please be aware that this page is only applicable to applicants of the English-taught LLB programme International and European Law programme. Students interested in the Dutch-taught programme and more specifically the Dutch-taught track 'Internationaal en Europees Recht' within the bachelor programme 'Rechtsgeleerdheid' should check the Dutch version of this page (upper right corner of this page).

If something is not clear to you yet, you can email your questions or remarks to our Faculty's matching coordinator for the LLB programme: matching.llb@rug.nl.

1. Inform yourself about your programme

Make sure to inform yourself thoroughly about your study choice. If you would like to get more information about the LLB programme International and European Law, please check

2. Check your admissibility

If you are considering starting the English-taught LLB programme International and European Law at the University of Groningen, please check whether you are admissible to this programme. Of course, we understand that you possibly have not completed your pre-university education yet before the application deadline or before the matching activity.

Admissible are students who hold:

  • A Dutch VWO diploma (any profile)

  • no VWO diploma, but a fully completed HBO first year in International and European Law at The Hague University of Applied Science > also check STEP 6
    Please be aware that any other fully completed first year certificates of universities of applied science are not admissible.

  • no VWO diploma, but a f ully completely first year from a Dutch research university

  • foreign diplomas which are similar to the VWO diploma > also check STEP 6

Please make sure to check our webpage for the specific programme admission requirements.

3. Gain in-depth knowledge of the programme

If you are certain you are admissible with your (nearly) completed pre-university education, you can gain more in-depth knowledge of the programme. You can e.g. do so by participating in the web class International and European Law, which is offered twice per year.

Should you have questions about the programme that the programme pages do not provide for, please feel free to contact the Faculty's International Office.

4. Apply in Studielink & the Online Application System (OAS)

VERY IMPORTANT: APPLY BEFORE 1 MAY 2019!

The application procedure only starts for real when you apply for the programme in Studielink. Please make sure to apply for the programme before 1 May! This is a very strict deadline, which applies to most bachelor programmes in the Netherlands. After 1 May, your admission right to our programme expires. Students with an international pre-university degree will also have to upload their application documents in the Online Application System (OAS). This also needs to be completed before 1 May. More information on how to complete these steps can be found here, more particularly under step 1 (Apply).

A list of documents to be uploaded in the Online Application System (OAS) is to be found on our programme pages.

TOO LATE AND YOU HAVE APPLIED AFTER 1 MAY?

Then the Admissions Office cannot process your application and you are therefore not admissible to the first year of the LLB programme International and European Law for the academic year 2019-2020.

There is a limitative number of situations in which application between 1 May and 1 August is permitted. In all these situations a deadline of 1 August applies:

  • you receive a negative Binding Study Advice (BSA) for your current University of Groningen programme;
  • you can prove with the necessary documentation that it was impossible for you to apply before May 1st due to serious, personal and unforeseen circumstances.

If you are of the opinion that one of these two situations apply to you, please contact the Faculty a.s.a.p. by emailing to matching.llb@rug.nl. Please indicate clearly to which of the two exceptions mentioned above apply to you, write a strong motivation and add the documentation to prove the situation.

REGISTERED AFTER 1 AUGUST?

Your application will not be taken into consideration, even if one of the exceptions mentioned above applies. This means you are not admissible from that point onwards for the LLB programme International and European Law for the academic year 2019-2020.

STUDENTS HOLDING A VWO DIPLOMA

In most cases, our Central Student Administration will receive a direct confirmation of successfully completing the VWO degree in the Netherlands from the Dutch government. Therefore students holding a Dutch VWO diploma will only have to apply in Studielink (and complete the matching > STEP 5) in order to be admitted. They do not have to upload their documents in the Online Application System (OAS).
It is however important to check the difference in content between the Dutch-taught track 'Internationaal en Europees Recht' and the English-taught programme International and European Law, in order to make an informed decision regarding the programme chosen. More information is available here.

5. Complete your matching

If you want to participate in the LLB programme International and European Law, it is compulsory to join in our matching activity. Matching was set up by the Dutch government to allow students to make an informed decision on the programme they wish to enter. In order to do so, programmes will offer an activity that paints a clear picture about the programme (the educational format, the amount of reading, the level of assessment, and (part of) the content of the programme). Considering the fact that most applicants for the LLB International and European Law are international and thus do not reside in the Netherlands, the Faculty has chosen to offer the matching activity online. This will be done by way of a web class; this web class will offer two topics (European law and public international law) and will take a maximum of 3 hours to complete.

The matching web class will be offered twice this Spring: once at the end of April (30 April - 7 May) and once at the end of May (29 May - 5 June). The web class will be available for one week; during this week, you can decide yourself at which day during that week you will participate in the web class. If you wish to participate in the web class at the end of April, please inform the Faculty by sending a message to matching.llb@rug.nl. If you do not send such a message before 27 April 2019, the Faculty will place you in the web class that is offered at the end of May.

Please be aware that not participating in the matching web class will block your registration as a student in the LLB programme International and European Law for the academic year 2019-2020.

Exemption compulsory matching

There are a few options to be exempt from participating in the compulsory matching activity. Such an exemption can only be secured prior to the last matching web class. Therefore, the deadline is 28 May. The only exception to this rule is if you pass a full first year at a research university after 28 May.

Exemptions can be applied for when:

  • you have participated in the matching activity for the LLB International and European Law of the University of Groningen after September 2017
  • you have participated in the regular web class for the LLB International and European Law after September 2018
  • you have been previously registered as a student of the LLB International and European Law of the University of Groningen
  • you have completed the full first year of a programme at a Dutch research university
6. Arrange for your tuition fee payment

Please make sure to pay your tuition fee before 31 August! Also check if the matching advice has been registered properly. If you have not paid your fees in time, you cannot be registered as a student of the LLB programme International and European Law and your enrolments for both courses and exams become invalid...

If you have any questions about your application or registration as a student of the University of Groningen, your student cared (and passport photograph) and about the payment of your tuition fee, please contact the University's Central Student Administration. Your Faculty or programme cannot help you with these issues.

7. Prepare starting your programme properly

A new step-by-step, fully geared towards you starting the LLB programme, will be published by the end of June. This new step-by-step will include information about your time table for both classes and exams, ordering books and readers, the digital systems you will be using for your studies, programme information, email account, etcetera. You will then also receive more detailed information about the Faculty introduction and induction sessions (see STEP 8).

8. Participate in the Faculty introduction and induction sessions

The Faculty organises a plenary introduction session for all students participating in the English-taught programmes on 28 August. In addition, induction sessions are offered for all separate working groups of the LLB programme, which will take place on 29 and 30 August. Participation in both the introduction and induction session is compulsory. Both sessions will provide you with a lot of important information, which will allow you to start your programme in a good manner.

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