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Utrecht University

Utrecht University was founded in 1636 and is now a modern, leading institution consisting of seven faculties. The University is located in Utrecht’s historical, medieval town center with faculties spread throughout the town.

Utrecht University offers a broad range of 45 undergraduate and 167 graduate programs, many of which are English-taught. There are approximately 30,000 students at Utrecht University and 7,500 members of staff.

Utrecht is a popular student city, due to its rich cultural offerings and its bustling cafe/restaurant life. Like many cities in the Netherlands, it is bicycle-friendly, with all destinations within a 20-minute bike ride. It is also easy accessible by rail and is known as the "heart of the Netherlands" and the "gateway to Europe".

Utrecht University's core values are commitment, inspiration, ambition and independence. The University prioritizes investment in staff and students. It has been ranked best in the Netherlands, 11th in Europe and 50th in the world by Shanghai Academic Rankings of World Universities 2010.

The law school

The Utrecht University School of Law is a part of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance at Utrecht University. The Law School has been providing education and producing research for more than 350 years.

Socially relevant research is carried out in collaboration with international partners and may include consultancy work for other organizations. Current research areas include private law, criminal law, constitutional and administrative law and international law.

The student body is comprised of 2,350 bachelor's students and 740 masters students. The faculty includes pre-eminent academics as well as well-known practitioners.

The School of Law offers eight English-language Master’s programmes as well as the Netherlands’ most extensive international student exchange programme.

What makes Utrecht unique is the multidisciplinary approach made possible by the fact that the Law, Economics and Governance disciplines are joined in one faculty.

Further, as well as being a lively, cultural, student city, Utrecht is the ideal place to study law because of its proximity to the Hague, deemed to be the world's legal capital, and has close connections with several of the legal institutions based there and the professionals working there.

Utrecht University School of Law provides access to the Netherlands' international corporations and law firms, as well as the International court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, and various other international organizations.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees vary depending on the course pursued.

The programs in Legal Research, Law and Economics, and Public International Law are state funded and the tuition is approximately EUR 1,672 for EU/EEA students and EUR14,000 for non EU/EEA students.

The programs in International Law of Human Rights and Criminal Justice, International Business Law and Globalisation, and Conflict and Security Law are not state funded and the tuition is approximately EUR 12,700 for all students. The Tax Governance program costs approximately EUR 17,500 for all nationalities.

Other expenses are estimated at between EUR 800 and 1,000 per month.

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to pursue the LLM at the School of Law must have completed an appropriate undergraduate university program. Students who do not have English as their first language must also complete one of the following English language proficiency tests - IELTS (International English Language Testing System); TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the Cambridge EFL examinations.

Students must be able to finance their course of studies and pay the application fee.
All Chinese students must have a Neso certificate.

Individual Masters programmes may also have specific entrance requirements that must be complied with.

The Program

The School of Law offers a wide range of programs taught in English. All programs allow flexibility to compose your curriculum.

The Conflict and Security Law program explores law-based responses to issues that threaten human rights, political stability and international security. It is a joint program with the University of Sheffield. It combines expert knowledge and practical training to prepare students for careers in conflict and security law.

The Public International Law program offers study in the general structure and principles of public international law and hands-on experience at international organizations in The Hague.

The International Business Law and Globalization LLM offers training in business law within a framework of corporate social responsibility. It includes courses in international investment law, mergers and acquisitions, and international arbitration.

The Law and Economics program deals with issues such as the economics of competition, market supervision, economic regulation and corporate governance. It prepares students to work at regulatory bodies or international law firms, or also to continue research at the PhD level.

The LLM in International Law of Human Rights and Criminal Justice explores, inter alia, the role of the International Criminal Court in the development of human rights law, as well as how states, NGOs and other organizations can prevents conflicts and human rights violations. It offers three experience-based practical programs.

The Master's in Global Criminology is the most recent addition. It deals with issues such as drug trafficking in drugs and human beings, international terrorism, corruption, environmental harm, and economic crime, and prepares students for careers in public, private and non-governmental organizations, particularly those with a significantly international scope.

The Legal Research program differs from the other LLMs in that it is two years, rather than one. One year is spent in courses in legal research skills, and the second year includes research projects and thesis writing. It prepares students for a legal career in the commercial, public service or academic sector and also offers a foundation for PhD studies.

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