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International & European Law

The Hague University of Applied Sciences
Length: 4 years
Study pace: Full time
Education level: Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available: Yes
Location: The Hague
Language: English

Program Description

International and European Law

Are you interested in international law and justice? Do you see yourself as a high-flying corporate legal professional for a multinational organisation? Or someone that even makes the laws? If you answer yes to any of these questions then the bachelor in international and European law will prepare you for any legal career on a global scale.

Admission requirements

Since our international Bachelor programmes are taught entirely in English, you will need a good command of the English language, both spoken and written. Bachelor candidates who were educated in Holland, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, South Africa or Malta need not take an English proficiency test. All other prospective students are required to hand in a valid and sufficient TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), TOEIC, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or Cambridge ESOL (CAE/CPE) certificate to the Enrolment Centre.

The minimum TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS and CAE/CPE requirements are provided on our website  

If you have not quite reached the level you need to enrol for a degree but your results are promising, we offer an English Prep School programme, which takes six months or one year. On completion of this, you will not only be ready to join a Bachelor class, but you’ll also have learned a lot about Holland, The Hague and our university.


Degree & diploma

Bachelor of Law

Career prospects

The international bachelor of law programme is especially designed for those who aspire to a career as a legal professional in the world of international (including European) cooperation and in the area of international peace and justice. You can work as a self-employed legal professional or be engaged by businesses, non-governmental organisations, international organisations, European Union institutions, and governments.

For those who wish to practice law in a national jurisdiction, e.g. as an attorney-at-law, a barrister or a judge, local university law programmes are more appropriate.

A bachelor in international and European law opens you up to a range of exciting career choices, in any number of countries. And as a graduate of The Hague University, you'll benefit from our connections with all kinds of international organisations and institutions. The International Court of Justice, Permanent Court of Arbitration, International Criminal Court, International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia, The Hague Conference on Private International Law are all right here - on our doorstep.


The curriculum offers a mix of the law theory and practicing the skills. Students study the three main areas of law - international law, law of the European Union and comparative national law (principles of law) - through a series of lectures, workgroups, seminars and individual study.

Lectures and seminars cover subjects such as comparative law, history of law, human rights, public and private law, international law, criminal law, EU constitutional and substantive law, philosophy of law, law and economics and alternative dispute resolution.

You will look at English language for law, legal reasoning, research skills, team working, legal writing, oral communication skills and debating.

You will perfect your spoken legal English. You will need a passion for language and reading.

What will you learn?

The programme is run in close cooperation with The Hague Bynkershoek Institute, where most of the programme research takes place. The curriculum examines the law at every level – global, regional and national.

At global level

Among other areas, we’ll explore international public law, human rights law and international arbitration.

At regional level

Areas of study will include for example European Union Law and European principles of contract Law.

At national level

We’ll examine the principles of contract law, tort law, litigation law and taxation law (and how they’re influenced by international and regional law). Further knowledge of national law can be obtained through further study in minors.

Basic subjects

You will study the three main areas of law – international law, European Union law and national law in comparative perspective – through a series of lectures, workshops, and self-study. Lectures and workshops cover subjects such as comparative law, history of law, human rights, constitutional law, and international criminal law.


Your body of knowledge is only one part of the programme. You will also work hard to develop skills such as listening, writing and presenting – all essential for a professional, in any field. You’ll practice preparing legal documents such as letters of advice, memoranda, written pleadings, applications to various courts, contracts and legal due diligence reports – the types of documents a legal professional typically needs to produce. You will also focus on the use of English in law, legal reasoning, research skills, teamwork, legal writing, communication skills, debating and negotiating. You’ll get the opportunity to perfect your spoken and written legal English. But for this and more you will need a passion for language and reading.

Tuition & fees

The Dutch government has fixed the standard tuition fee for the last academic year on € 1,835. This goes for most of full-time, part-time, and dual EU/EEA students. The tuition fee for non-EU students was € 7,785. Please complete the order information form for details on what tuition fee will apply in your situation. For the upcoming academic year the tuition fees haven't been set yet.

The Hague University of Applied Sciences offers a total of 54 scholarships to students who would like to start their bachelor programme during the academic year 2014-2015. At €5,000 each, the scholarships cover almost two-thirds of the total first year university’s tuition fee and will only be awarded once. For more information please visit


Watch as students from the international and European law program describe their experiences at Hague, as well as adjusting to life in the Netherlands. 


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Location & accommodation


The Hague, Netherlands

The Hague is a city of global stature in the Netherlands, despite its relatively small size. As the home of the International Criminal Court, Peace Palace, War Crimes Tribunal and Europol, the Hague is rightly known as an International City of Peace, Justice and Security. It’s also the political capital of The Netherlands and the home to our Royal family. The Hague is a city for day-to-day...

Contact information for The Hague University of Applied Sciences

The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Johanna Westerdijkplein 75
2521 EN The Hague
The Netherlands

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