Before you apply: check our admission requirements!
Before applying, be sure to check the admission requirements on the FAQ page of this website. It is essential that you make sure that you meet these requirements before applying (or are in the process of meeting them in your current studies). Example: If you have not obtained or are not in the process of obtaining a final law degree that, in accordance with the requirements in your host country, provides access to the legal profession or to the qualifying exams for admission to the Bar, then please do not apply, as your application will in any case be rejected.
We accept and review applications on a rolling basis, starting 1 October each year. We recommend prospective students to apply as soon as possible, as the selection will be closed once the full quota of maximum 40 qualifying candidates is reached.
Applicants who need to apply for a visa are strongly encouraged to send their application before 1 April, as it may take several months before the visa is eventually issued.
How to apply + next steps
- Pay the application fee of 50 EUR either by credit card, or bank transfer:
ING BANK, Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
IBAN: BE15 3101 7468 1730
Account holder: VUB-IES
(Please make sure that in the comments section of your payment you mention ‘LLM application fee’ + your name)
For international transfers, the main office of the bank is: ING Bank, Marnixlaan 24, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium.
- Send your complete application (see document checklist below) via the Submission Form on this page
- We aim at providing you with a decision within three weeks from receiving your complete application.
Please ensure that you send a complete file, including all of the documents below that are applicable to your situation (e.g. if English is your mother tongue, you do not need to send us the English proficiency certificate (E1). When sending in these documents, please make sure the file names start with the codes indicated in the table below (A1, A2, B1, etc.).
|A1. The application form duly completed and signed (incl. its completed and signed Annex 1) – DOWNLOAD HERE:|
|A2. A complete and up-to-date CV|
|B1. Official copy of the candidate’s final law degree, if available (If you are still in the process of obtaining your law degree, you can already apply and should indicate this information in section 2 of this form.)|
|C1. Official copy of academic transcripts of the candidate’s relevant previous degree|
|C2. Translation (certified) of academic transcript if not in English, Dutch, French or German languages|
|E1. Recent English proficiency certificate, if applicable and available (see section 4 of the application form for further details). If you require such a certificate but have not obtained it yet, you can nevertheless already apply. If our Academic Board then decides that you meet all other admission criteria you will be accepted on the condition that you provide us with your certificate at the very latest before the Programme starts.|
|P1. Copy of passport or identity document|
|P2. Photograph of candidate|
|W1. For applications for a waiver, a separate motivation including documented evidence of need. (see application form)|
In addition to the affordable tuition, the Programme itself offers a limited number of scholarships that take the form of partial and comprehensive tuition fee waivers. These waivers are awarded on the basis of a separate request, submitted on a separate document as a part of the application for the Programme. The waivers are awarded upon an assessment of merit and demonstrable need and should be documented by evidence of need (see application form).
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel yearly awards a number of scholarships for advanced studies at Master or Advanced Master level. The candidates are also advised to carefully explore the possibilities of obtaining financial assistance in their home countries. For more information, please see the Vrije Universiteit Brussel’s Scholarships webpage.
Other scholarships may be available from the following sources:
- Rotary Foundation Fellowships may be available. Candidates should contact the Rotary Foundation within their district.
- Within the framework of bilateral cultural agreements concluded by Belgium or the Flemish Community, fellowships are offered to students in a number of countries. Interested students should inquire directly with the relevant Ministry in their home country or the Belgian Embassy.