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  Advanced LLM European and International Business Law

Leiden University    Faculty of Law

Full time & Part time September LLM Full-time: 1 year
Law (22) Politics & Government (30)

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Embark on a transformative academic journey with the Advanced LLM European and International Business Law programme at Leiden University. Delve into the intricate web of European Union regulations and global trade laws, equipping yourself with the expertise to navigate complex legal landscapes. Led by distinguished instructors and bolstered by the esteemed Europa Institute, this programme boasts a rich history spanning over three decades. Immerse yourself in a dynamic learning environment where you will master the art of legal research, hone your advocacy skills through moot court competitions, and engage in practical workshops on digital regulation. Benefit from a study trip to Luxembourg and Brussels, offering firsthand exposure to the European Commission and the European Court of Justice. Upon graduation, unlock a world of opportunities in prestigious international organizations, law firms, and academic institutions. To join this prestigious programme, demonstrate a bachelor's degree equivalent to a Dutch academic qualification and a strong command of English. Elevate your legal career with the Advanced LLM European and International Business Law at Leiden University.

About the course

The European Union is one of the most influential international organisations in the world. But how does it impact on governance, enterprise and innovation within a global economy, in the area of business law? And how does EU law interact with that of other international organisations? In our Advanced Master programme European and International Business Law we will answer these questions.

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree. Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)). This language requirement does not apply if you have: completed your education in Canada (except Quebec), USA, UK, Ireland, New

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Student Profiles

Anya Yohana Aritonang

Choosing to study abroad is one of the most important and bravest decisions students can make during their lives. The experience is surrounded by all kinds of assumptions, so don’t be a victim to the “expectations vs. realities” syndrome that can dampen your time studying abroad. For those who will study in Leiden, let’s start with a warning: you are expected to write several “never know that saying goodbye would be so hard” posts in the following months, especially when you like nostalgic and a little emotional. So, be prepared!

I remember one day I was cycling around in Leiden and I saw a friend walking and saying “Hellooo!!”. As I greeted him back, I was smiling since this was not the kind of thing that would happen in Jakarta since the population is so crowded. In another day, you will jump into public transportation like bus or train and the driver or official will welcoming you with “hello” or “goedemiddag” (good afternoon in Dutch). They are very kind and friendly which make you feel warm, far away from feeling insecure with stranger. This feeling make me realize that I will miss this kind of belonging and peaceful community. You may not know people around you when you are strolling around alone in Leiden, but you will never feel lonely.

I am a Jakarta-born and I love its chaotic vibe. One year living in Leiden makes me admit that this past year have changed me to appreciate what a small city gives. You will comfortably appreciate your time, enjoying nature, walking and biking, smiling to stranger and care with your surroundings without curiosity. When and if you do come to study in Leiden, I can guarantee that you will be part of wonderful community and have big family before you know.

Manuela Ruegger

There are many activities provided at Leiden University to supplement the regular requirements of the different programmes. During my LL.M. Public International Law studies at Leiden University I had the chance to be selected for two of those. I can highly recommend both of them, which is why I will briefly introduce them here.

The first one is the International Humanitarian Law Clinic of the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum of Leiden University. Every semester there is a new call for participants and this semester there was an intake of nine students. Selected students are split up in teams and work on a project which is commissioned by an external actor, such as for example the Netherlands Red Cross or the ICRC. My two team members and I have recently submitted our project, which was commissioned by Amnesty International. In the process of researching and drafting our final report we are gaining valuable experience in applying IHL theory to the practical issues raised by our commissioner. It is very gratifying to know that our research is valued and that it serves Amnesty International in their work.

The second one is the International Leiden Leadership Programme (ILLP) of the Leiden University Honours Academy. While the Dutch version (LLP) runs for the whole year, the ILLP is directed at international students and lasts for more or less one semester. Additionally to the analysis of our personalities and leadership styles we have become familiar with our strengths and weaknesses and matters such as team work, communication, types of conflict management and listening. During the ILLP students have the chance to work on two different projects, which are a self-evaluation and a “personal roadmap for leadership”. The seminars and the two projects have provided me with a solid framework for my personal development and have allowed me to become a more empathic and confident person.


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Value of Scholarship(s)

Partial to full tuition


For excellent Non-EEA/non-EFTA students joining a full-time Leiden University Master's degree programme - with the exception of LLM (non-advanced) and MSc programmes at Leiden Law School. Exception: All nationalities for Advanced LLMs & MSc Int. Relations and Diplomacy are eligible to apply.

Application Procedure

For full details please visit the Leiden Excellence Scholarship website.

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For full details please visit the Leiden University Fund - Lutfia Rabbani Scholarship Fund website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to €30,000


The scholarship is intended for students who have received an official letter of admission to a one-year Master's programme at Leiden University. Applicants must be nationals of one of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates or Yemen. This fund is intended for students who have demonstrated exceptional academic excellence and a strong motivation to promote Euro-Arab dialogue.

Application Procedure

For full details please visit the Leiden University Fund - Lutfia Rabbani Scholarship Fund website.

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