Frequently Asked Questions

The Master in International and European Law is in the terminology of the Bologna European educational area a post-graduate “Master after Master” programme. Our courses are not a part of the regular Master degree programmes of the university.

  • Each year we make a careful selection of maximum 40 students from all over the world.
  • Students are eligible to apply when they have completed their study of law and have received, in accordance with the requirements in their host country, a final law degree that provides access to the legal profession or to the qualifying exams for admission to the Bar.
  • The equivalence of foreign degrees will be decided by the Academic Board of the Programme.
  • Students are selected on the basis of their academic qualifications as well as work and other relevant experience.
  • Proven proficiency in English is essential (see below for information on English test requirements).
We accept five kinds of certificates:

IELST-score : the minimum for applying for our program is 7.0

TOEFL-test [min. score 233 (computer-based) min. score 90 (internet-based) min.score 577 (paper-based)]

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English – CPE

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English – CAE-B


If candidates have their law degree from an English language University in English, they may be exempt from the English test. In this case, we require proof from the university that the courses were taught in English. We also reserve the right to assess the level of language skills separately in unclear cases.

We accept and review applications on a rolling basis, starting 1 October. We recommend prospective students to apply as soon as possible to maximize the chances of being admitted. You can apply, even if you will receive your degree only later. You need to have completed all the requirements prior to the start of the Programme.
Yes. In that case you will be accepted on the condition that you provide us with your English test certificate and/or your diploma as soon as possible, and at the very latest before the Programme starts. We advice strongly against leaving this to the last minute, however, as there are for example only limited dates when the official language tests are available. As soon as you have obtained your diploma or certificate, please send a certified copy of it to us by email and by regular mail or courier. In addition, send us details of your grades from the previous academic years and mention on the application form the precise date by which you will obtain the degree and/or when you will sit the English test.
We accept and review applications on a rolling basis, and aim at sending the decision within four weeks from the receipt of the complete application.
The LLM is a full-time programme and attendance at classes is required. Therefore, studying the programme at the same time as working part-time is strongly discouraged and allowed only in exceptional circumstances, with the permission of the Programme To be granted the right to work part time while studying, we also require a letter stating that your employer gives you permission to attend the courses.
In case of cancellation before the start of the academic year, an administration fee of 350 euros will be charged. Cancellations before 1 December will result in a reimbursement of 50% of the total tuition fee. Cancellations after 1 December will not be reimbursed.
If offered a place on the programme, an electronic confirmation letter, including information on the tuition fee payments will be sent to you.
Once we received the first installment, you will receive an official admission letter from the VUB admissions office (
Due to a limited number of rooms on campus, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel cannot provide housing for all international students and scholars. Hence they are advised to find other means of accommodation in Belgium, preferably prior to departure.
The Br(ik organisation aims to create a network of safe, reliable housing. The landlords and the accommodations linked to Br(ik, must meet criteria set by Br(ik and in case of problems between the landlord and the tenant, the Br(ik organisation can intervene.

Prearranged housing is only available for VLIR-UOS scholars who are registered for one or two year master programmes. All other students and scholars are advised to seek transit, short term or long term housing prior to departure. It is recommended that the search for accommodation is started as soon as the letter of acceptance or invitation has been received.

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Upon your registration at INSCHRIJVINGEN (registrations) you will get a VUB student card.
Yes. There are two possibilities:
BRUSSELS EDUCATION CENTER C.V.O – Day and evening language courses: VUB Campus – Pleinlaan 2 – Building D (Room D.1.33)
phone : +32 (0)2/629.39.08
website :


ITO : University Language Institute – Pleinlaan 5 – 3° floor
phone : +32 (0)2/629.26.07
e-mail :

The VUB offers IES students a unique Career’s Advice service. The Career Centre’s Clients include the European Commission. Their services include CV editing, interview preparation and general career advice.
For more information:

tel: +32 (0)26 29 11 88