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LL.M in Human Rights and Migration


Radboud University    Law

Full time September, February LLM 1 year full time

About the course

The master's specialisation Human Rights and Migration will give you insight in how international and European legal instruments influence the position and mobility of citizens in the EU and how the major international documents and courts protect the rights of individuals.

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Entry Requirements

A completed Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Law equivalent to the Dutch educational level*.

Students with a degree in Politics, Governance, International Relations, Liberal Arts or equivalent, with a substantial number of courses in Law, are also eligible for admission to this specialisation. These students should provide proof of their knowledge of the basic concepts of Law. A sufficient level of English proficiency is required. Language proficiency can be proven via certain diplomas, or by successfully completing an accepted language test.

Unfortunately, this Master's does not offer a pre-Master's programme.


Fees

The legal tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year is €2.209,- and is applicable to EU/EEA, Swiss or Surinamese students who have not yet obtained a Master’s degree in the Netherlands. Our tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students is 16,000 euros.

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Student Profile(s)

Cintia Campos da Silva

Doing my LL.M. at Radboud University has been a very rewarding experience. Radboud provides much more to its students than just offering lectures and in-class discussions; Radboud offers a stimulating environment where we have the opportunity to learn and develop our professional and personal skills.

The international community in Nijmegen is very diverse and welcoming. There are people from all nationalities and cultures and lots of events where you can meet other internationals and people with similar interests. The Dutch students are interested in learning about the international students' cultures and experiences, and they will never make you feel like you don't belong. It might be hard to go further than a collegial relationship with a Dutchie and actually befriend one, but sometimes all it takes is a little bit of initiative.

The relationship between students and professors was a positive surprise for me. Compared to my experience in Brazil, the professors here are much easier to approach and seem to know and care a lot more about their students.
The staff in general is very kind and helpful. The International office is always interested in listening to our problems and is eager to help us in any way they can. Overall, they are constantly doing their best to provide us with the best academic and personal experience possible.

This Master's programme has proved to be very demanding. It took me some time to learn how to prepare for the classes and for the exams. The workload is heavy! I've learned it's essential to organise yourself, turn studying into a habit and never leave things till the last minute. Also, don't be afraid to ask for help if you ever feel too overwhelmed, remember that if something is difficult for you, it's certainly difficult for others as well and they might know how to help you!

I am writing my Master's thesis on how stereotyping can influence intersectional discrimination against women. I think it's important to discuss how women can still be subject to violence and discrimination due to stereotypical views about their roles in society and about how they should behave.

Tatiana Rouhana

I was always passionate about Human Rights and this passion got more intense because of the situation of Syrian refugees in my country. Therefore, I decided to do my Master’s degree in that field of law.

I started looking for an LLM in Human Rights law and I found many universities that offer this specialisation in the Netherlands. However, only two universities in the Netherlands offered an LLM that consisted of a combination between Human Rights law and Migration law. One of which was Radboud University. Radboud University had a very high reputation on a national and an international level, and it also had the perfect programme for me.

So, in August of 2018 I packed my bags and moved to Nijmegen. I was a little bit anxious before I got to Nijmegen, because it was my first time in the country and I was not familiar with the culture or the people. However, the second I arrived to this town there was an immediate sense of belonging. Many international students were also coming to study abroad in Radboud University so it was very easy to make new friends. The locals are very nice, they are very welcoming of foreigners; immigrants and students.

Nijmegen is also a very safe place, you will not feel insecure or in danger. With regards to the campus, Radboud University has a nice green campus. The university has very modern and well-equipped faculties. As for the Law faculty, it has one of the nicest libraries and the most helpful international office staff that will help you with the tiniest detail just to make sure you are comfortable and at ease. The campus also consists of a huge gym offering a range of different activities.

As for the program itself, it was very well organised. Besides the fact that the professors had an extended experience in the field of law they were teaching, they were also very friendly and always at the students’ disposal.

Finally, I can say with no doubt that this experience has been a life changing one. It made me get to know not just the Dutch culture but also many other cultures because of the vast diversity of the students who come to study at Radboud University. If I can describe my experience in one word it would be; Remarkable!

Brenda Judith Namazzi

I like that lecturers here encourage us to give our independent opinions. You can see this in the class discussions, and in the nature of the exams and essays we are asked to write. They really want to see each student's individual opinion and to me that is awesome because I can relate it to the legal career. The law is always evolving and these individual opinions or views of people are what lead to developments in the law.

The relationships between students and with the teachers/researchers is good. Lecturers open up discussions to the class in which they seek our opinions on issues, especially if its concerning ongoing issues in the media related to the subject matter. They try to provoke our thoughts on those issues.

My thesis is about intra-EU mobility rights for third-country nationals. Initially when I chose this programme I thought I would opt for a topic in a human rights but when I took the course on immigration law I gained a lot of interest in it. So I chose this topic because I could also relate to it, being myself a third-country national in the EU.

Human rights law is essential in every aspect of one's life and career. It is at the foundation of everything in any society because it teaches people how to manage the relationships with their home governments or States in order to prevent violations. This is still a problem in many countries of the world.

The same applies to immigration law. A lot of people do not know their rights under immigration law or how it works and so this course is a great avenue to understand how it all works in reality here in the EU and in other parts of the world. It also helps to teach people how they can improve their immigration systems by drawing inspiration from the EU and vice versa.

I have gained more exposure to working in an international setting, which has boosted my confidence. I value team work more now, even in smaller groups or settings, because we had to do a lot of assignments in groups. Everyone's input really makes a difference.

Scholarships

The Radboud Scholarship Programme is a very selective scholarship programme. It offers talented, highly motivated, non-EEA students with outstanding study results the opportunity to be awarded a scholarship for a complete English-taught Radboud University Master’s degree programme.

Each year, a number of partial scholarships are awarded within the Radboud Scholarship Programme for the duration of one of the English taught Master's degree programmes (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes and joint-degree Master's programmes).

A Radboud Scholarship will reduce your tuition fee to € 2,209,- For example: a grant holder in 2022/2023 will pay a tuition fee of only €2,209,- instead of €16,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Partial scholarships (legal instead of institutional tuition fees)

Eligibility

- Hold a non-EU/EEA passport
- Are not eligible for the lower EEA tuition fee for other reasons
- Have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands
- Meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice
- Have been (will be) fully admitted to the English-taught Master's degree programme starting 1 September

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a Radboud Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload three additional documents: two reference letters and a curriculum vitae. If you already uploaded these documents for the Master’s programme application, you can upload the same documents again for your scholarship application.

The selection for the scholarship and the admission to the Master's programme are two separate processes: admission to the Master's programme does not imply selection for the scholarship.

Deadline
You must have completed your application in the online OSIRIS Application system on 28 February 2022 23:59 CEST at the latest.


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Grant amounts for one year courses:
The grant will be paid in 11 monthly installments of € 1,300. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of € 900. The residence permit will be arranged and paid for by Radboud University (approximately € 174). Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme.

Grant amounts for two year courses:
The grant for the first year of study will be paid in 12 monthly installments of € 1,300. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of € 900. The cost of the residence permit (approximately € 174) will also be covered. Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme.

The grant for a two year Master's will be available for both years of study, on the condition that sufficient progress is made and sufficient results have been achieved in the first year. If awarded for the second year, the second grant period will not exceed 11 monthly installments of € 1,300.

Value of Scholarship(s)

~€25000 per year

Eligibility

To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must have an American nationality, have excellent academic marks, engage in extracurricular activities and be admitted to Radboud University Nijmegen.

Please note that U.S. students currently residing in the Netherlands will not be considered for any awards to the Netherlands. In addition, U.S. students with both U.S. and Dutch or European Union citizenship will not be considered.

Application Procedure

For more information please see our website.

Deadline
Scholarship applications for 2022-2023 are open and close on Tuesday 12 October, 2021 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

Applicants are required to have applied separately to Radboud University by January 1st 2022 for admission to the Master’s programme of their choice via the online application procedure, independent of their Fulbright application.


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The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme, organised by Nuffic Neso, gives excellent students coming from India, Indonesia, Korea, Russia, South Africa, and Vietnam, the opportunity to study at Radboud University. Radboud University has a maximum of 21 scholarships available for the academic year 2022/2023.

The scholarship consists of a reduction of the institutional tuition fee for non-EEA students (to €2,209,- in 2022/2023). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance for your stay in the Netherlands (Aon Student Insurance) are covered. The Orange Tulip Scholarship is not a full scholarship and does not include living costs. You can find an indication of what international students should count on spending for one year of living and studying in the Netherlands, on our website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

-Are admitted to an English-taught Master’s degree programme at Radboud University, starting 1 September 2022
-Have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands, have no degrees achieved in the Netherlands and did not receive any previous education in the Netherlands (exchange programmes excluded, provided that they are part of the bachelor degree achieved outside the Netherlands)
-Must be a citizen of one of the Neso countries (India, Indonesia, Korea, Russia, South Africa, Vietnam) and should not currently be studying or working in the Netherlands

Application Procedure

The application deadline to apply for all Orange Tulip Scholarship Programmes through your Nuffic NESO office is 28 February 2022, 23:59 CEST. You must also have completed your application for the Master's programme at Radboud University via the online OSIRIS Application system before 28 February 2022, 23:59 CEST.


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The Holland Scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. The scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Ares (EEA) who wish to pursue a master’s degree in Holland.

The Holland Scholarship (HS) gives excellent students the opportunity to study at Radboud University  and is open to students with the following nationalities: Albanian, American (USA only), Canadian, Colombian, Iranian, Taiwanese, Turkish, and Ukrainian. All Radboud University’s English-taught Master’s programmes are eligible for the Holland Scholarship (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, joint or double-degree Master's programmes and the Master's programme in Theology).

The scholarship amounts to € 5,000. You will receive this in the first year of your studies and it will be granted once only, even if you are enrolled in a two year programme.

The Holland Scholarship is not a full scholarship. You can find an indication of what international students should count on spending for one year of living and studying in the Netherlands, on our website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5000 euros

Eligibility

-Are holder of a non-EU/EEA passport and have one of the eligible nationalities (Albanian, American (USA only), Canadian, Colombian, Iranian, Taiwanese, Turkish, and Ukrainian)
-Are due to pay the tuition fee for non-EEA students and are not eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans
-Don’t have a degree from a Dutch education institution nor study in the Netherlands already
-Meet the specific requirements for admission to the Master’s Programme of your choice and for enrollment at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

You apply for the scholarship by indicating during your application for admission for a Master’s programme that you wish to apply for a Holland Scholarship. This means that the application for admission and the application for the scholarship are fully integrated.

Deadline
The application deadline for the Holland Scholarship is 1 February 2022. Your application for the scholarship will only be processed if you have completed your application for a Master’s programme before February 1st as well.

You will be informed about the final decision by the International Office with respect to your application for a Holland Scholarship before 15 March 2022.


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Radboud University wants to contribute to a healthy and free world with equal opportunities for all. We find it important to realise a diverse and inclusive campus for all our students and staff. In order to give all talented students the opportunity to become part of our academic community, including students from non-EU/EEA countries who might be financially struggling to pay the institutional Radboud University tuition fee, we offer a number of full scholarships.

The Radboud Encouragement Scholarship is available for applicants from non-EU/EEA countries, applying for one of our English-taught Master’s degree programmes (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes and joint-degree Master's programmes). The scholarship covers the full tuition fee and living costs of €11,100 (as set by the IND, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service, for 2021-2022) for the duration of the Master’s programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€11,100 per year.

Eligibility

- Hold a non-EU/EEA passport
- Are not eligible for the lower EEA tuition fee for other reasons
do not have sufficient funds or access to grants or loans to finance your studies at Radboud University
- Have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands, have no degrees achieved in the Netherlands and did not receive any previous education in the Netherlands (exchange programmes excluded, provided that they are part of the bachelor degree achieved outside the Netherlands)
- Meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a Radboud Encouragement Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload two reference letters and a curriculum vitae (you may upload the same reference letters and CV if you have already uploaded those for your Master’s programme application) and the scholarship motivation letter.

Deadline
You must have completed your application in the online OSIRIS Application system on 28 February 2022 23:59 CEST at the latest.


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