Ghent University

Ghent University



Ghent University is a top 100 university and one of the major universities in Belgium. Its 11 faculties offer a wide range of courses and conduct in-depth research in both exact and social sciences.


The Law School is located in the historic centre of the city of Ghent. While occupying a number of historic buildings from the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, it has modern teaching facilities including excellent libraries and well-equipped computer facilities.


The Law School offers academic degrees in law, criminology and notary practice, as well as postgraduate programmes in European law, the economic analysis of law, environmental law, port and maritime sciences and criminology. The official teaching language is Dutch, except for specific English language postgraduate programmes such as the LLM programmes.


Ghent Law School

Providing quality and excellent education since 1817...


The Law School offers academic degrees in law, criminology and notary practice, as well as postgraduate programmes in European law, the economic analysis of law, environmental law, port and maritime sciences and criminology. The official teaching language is Dutch, except for specific English language postgraduate programmes such as the LLM programmes.


The faculty consists of more than 80 professors and about 90 assistants who, in addition to teaching, are extensively engaged in research, writing, lecturing and public service. Many of its members have an international reputation in their field of specialisation, participate in national and international projects and are called upon as experts in the preparation of public policy. In the LLM programmes, several foreign professors with an international reputation reinforce the faculty for specific courses.


With a student population of around 4000 students, Ghent University Law School is presently the largest law school in both Flanders and Belgium. Many of its alumni play a prominent role within the legal system as government officials, judges, members of domestic and international law firms or as law professors at other Belgian and foreign universities.


Ghent University Law School counts amongst its alumni a former Belgian Prime Minister and current leader of the ALDE party, Guy Verhofstadt, and other prominent ministers of the Belgian federal government and Flemish governments, members of the Court of Cassation, the Constitutional Court and the Council of State in Belgium.

Admission Criteria & Tuition Fee

Students are eligible for admission if they fulfil the following admission criteria:


▶ To have a law degree, i.e. the degree that in its country of origin makes one eligible to exercise the legal professions. Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and may be conditionally admitted, subject to the successful completion of their degree.


▶ Exceptionally, after an examination of their curricula and in view of their acquired competences, candidates who do not have a law degree may also be admitted. In such an event, the admission may be made subject to limitations with respect to the courses to be followed.


▶ To present proof of sufficient English proficiency (Applicable only to all non-native English speakers. We require a minimum score of 560 for paper TOEFL, 95 for Internet based TOEFL or 7 for IELTS, or C1 score for ITACE (for Belgian applicants). However, there is a possibility to obtain an exemption for prospective candidates who have completed a study course of minimum one year (equal to 60 ECTS credits) at an English-speaking higher education institution (upon presentation of a respective document proving completion of such a programme).


▶To have sufficient financial support, as indicated in the application form, either through personal financial means or via financial aid. Please note that the tuition fee for the LLM programmes will be 5424.10 Euro (5765.00 USD) as of the academic year of 2017-2018 and onwards.


We welcome your applications from 01 October 2016 on until early July for the upcoming academic year.


▶ To apply for admission to the LLM programme, with the completed application form and all the required documents.




Note: The LLM programmes have no funding available for scholarships to support the cost of living in Ghent. On the other hand, the LLM programmes do offer a limited number of scholarships ( or partial / full tuition waivers, depending on the budgetary limits and on the need of the applicants.


(The Scholarship Fund is aimed at supporting talented and motivated applicants who cannot afford to cover the costs of their studies. The scholarships will cover the LLM tuition fee only. The exact amount of a scholarship can differ according to the needs of an applicant and the funds available. Travel and living expenses are not covered.)


It is, however, important to understand that the financial constraints typically reduce the number of scholarships / waivers to a level well below their demand. Applicants are therefore strongly urged to be financially self-supportive, either through personal means or through third party intervention. 


Decisions on university financial aid are taken after the admission decisions.

Life in Ghent Law School

The law school attracts hundreds of foreign students every year.


Your LLM class will reflect this cultural diversity. Your LLM professors and lecturers will include visiting international experts. Your LLM experience at Ghent will, as a result, be much more than an academic education.


It will also be a once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience. You will meet, study, and live, with interesting and talented people from all over the world.


You will leave this place an enriched and enlightened human being with a better understanding of today's world and with bonds and ties that cross many borders.


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LLM in International and European Law

The LLM in International and European Law offers the broadest spectrum of options available for students with an international career or research orientation. It allows students to handpick courses from a wealth of topics of European (EU) or international relevance, enabling students to create educational programme tailored to their personal interests and career needs.


Ghent University Law School has a wide array of English language courses on a great variety of European and international law issues. This LLM programme provides students with an opportunity to design their own curricula in accordance with their career priorities. It enables them to gain expertise on many contemporary topical issues of European and international law.


For students seeking to broadly develop their skills and knowledge for a career with an international dimension, this programme offers the best possible personal preparation. While enabling students to focus on particular subjects of interest, it also fully accommodates the needs of those students who seek a general European and international law education. With its combination of academic and practical skills modules, the programme prepares students for the international professional life that is increasingly the reality of law professionals all over the world.


Please visit here to get more information about LLM in International and European Law.

LLM in International Business Law

The LLM in International Business Law is a flagship programme for students seeking to specialise in the international legal aspects of business practice in our globalising world. While allowing a degree of personal choice, it steers students towards the key legal building blocks of international business law, guaranteeing an advanced degree with real added value for a business-oriented career.


The Ghent LLM in International Business Law allows students to gain in-depth knowledge about various practice areas and is aimed at future or already experienced lawyers and in-house counsels dealing with commercial, corporate, securities and banking legal issues, as well as international economic law.

Built around the renowned Financial Law Institute, the programme combines the expertise of its professors with that of experienced practitioners in areas like M&A, Intellectual Property and Arbitration.


All courses in this LLM focus either on EU-wide regulation or use a comparative law approach. The programme is ideally suited for students from outside the EU who need a thorough background in EU regulation and for those from within the EU who want to escape the provincial study of national law.


Please visit here to get more information about LLM in International Business Law.


Please carefully read the instructions below before applying for the next academic year and follow them to the letter. If you have any questions at any point of the application process, please contact the LLM Office at


We welcome your applications from 01 October on until early July for the upcoming academic year.


Students in need of visa should apply as early as possible as their chance of reaching Ghent on time is limited if the application is submitted later. We encourage you to start the application process as soon as possible – even if you do not possess your diploma (if you are to graduate next year) or English language proficiency certificate yet!


Apply now here!


1. Start filling in the application form by clicking the link above. (Switch the language of the page to English by clicking a respective pictogram in upper corner of the page. Have all the necessary documents with you for consultation).


2. Wait for an e-mail with further instructions. While waiting for this e-mail and as soon as you have filled in the first part of the application form online, please fill in a downloadable LLM Application Form and e-mail it to along with the scans of all of your documents in the order mentioned in the LLM Application Form. (Please mention your Prospect number in the subject of your e-mail.)


3. Upon receipt of an e-mail with further instructions, fill in the second part of online application form and upload the scans of the supporting documentation in Prospect system. After receiving the final e-mail from with the instructions, send the requested documents by post to the indicated address. If you do not have some of the necessary documents, please explain when you will be able to provide those documents.


4. Wait for further instructions and decision on your application!


5. For any questions at any point of the application process, please contact the LLM Office at



Important information for students with Belgian diplomas:

The application procedure is the same for Belgian and foreign students. Even if not requested by Prospect-website, please follow the above-described procedure and send all the requested documents (especially your CV, motivation letter, transcript of records, English language proficiency certificate and 2 letters of reference) to the International Relations Office, Universiteitstraat 4, B-9000 Ghent (mentioning “LLM Application” on your envelope).



Important information for Chinese students: Modified visa procedure

All students from the P.R. China have to obtain a certificate of academic screening issued by the Academic Evaluation Centre (APS) of the German Embassy in Beijing as a requirement for admission to a Flemish institution of higher education and in order to obtain a Belgian student visa. The screening should involve a review of documents and an interview. For further information, see the website of APS ( or of the Belgian embassy in Beijing ( or of the Belgian Consulate-General (Shanghai) (


We advise students who wish to be admitted to the LLM programme to contact APS as soon as possible at in order to make the necessary appointments. Please enquire about the cities where interviews are held.

The APS certificate is one of the requirements for applying for a visa. You should therefore contact APS prior to applying for a visa.

The APS application form and further practical information can be found at the APS website (

All new incoming application packages must include the APS certificate. Any decision relating to your admission to the programme is of course subject to your obtaining a Belgian student visa in due course.



Selection Procedure


The selection process is coordinated by the Law School's International Relations Committee. In selecting students, the Committee takes into account academic potential, seriousness of purpose and motivation. Selection is a tribute, not only to the past performance of the applicant but also to his/her believed ability to perform well in a demanding LLM programme and to contribute to the LLM group.

Ghent Law School does not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, colour, nationality or ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, handicap, income or personal financial means.

Even though participation in the LLM programme requires sufficient financial support, admission decisions are reached irrespective of the applicant's personal financial means. The subsequent decisions as regards financial aid will allow students who need external financial support to gauge the financial feasibility of their application.

10 Reasons Why You Should Study at Ghent

▶  Alive: Wherever you go in the city, you will be amazed and seduced by the beauty and romance that it exudes. Ghent is a lively and cosmopolitan student city, offering the largest concentration of young and ambitious students in the whole of Belgium.


▶  Choice: At Ghent University we believe in enabling career choices. Ghent law school offers three different LLM programmes that reflect varying career aspirations while offering a tremendous degree of curriculum flexibility. Within the framework of your personal position and ambitions, you are able to design the curriculum that best fits your needs. We provide personal course selection guidance to ensure that you choose the appropriate courses for your objectives.


▶  Historical: Ghent is arguably the most impressive and homogenous medieval city in Europe. Its medieval centre is one of the largest of its kind and testifies to the historic importance of Ghent as a trading and port city.


▶  Central: To study in Ghent is truly to work in the heart of Europe! Brussels and its many EU institutions are just a short, comfortable and convenient train ride away. The Hague, Luxembourg, and Strasbourg – all major institutional capitals in their own right – are all less than a day trip from here, and along with Brussels we will visit most of them during your stay.


▶  Delicious: Welcome to food heaven! You are, no doubt, aware that Belgian beers are the best in the world and you probably can't wait to verify this for yourself in the many cool, cosy and pulsating bars and cafes - even if tasting all of the many hundreds of varieties available is an impossible feat.


▶  Excellence: We don’t like to brag in Belgium – it is not in our nature – but this university has a standard of education and research that is up there with the louder institutions. Ghent University is an internationally renowned academic institution: just check the numerous rankings for yourself. The Ghent law School has a unique location in the historic centre of the city. It is the largest law school in Belgium. Many of its alumni play a prominent role within the legal system as politicians, government officials, judges, senior members of domestic and international law firms, and as law professors at other Belgian universities as well as abroad.


▶  Affordable: Belgium and its Flemish community are strongly committed to making access to higher education as fair as possible. As a result, the cost of higher education in terms of tuition in Belgium is low compared to many other countries. The LLM programmes at Ghent University, therefore, offer great value for money.


▶  International: Flanders and Ghent are a window on the world. As a foreign student here, you will be part of a genuinely international university.


▶  Connected: As an LLM student, you will be part of our expanding global network of LLM alumni: an impressive group of driven professionals that will offer you a network wherever you end up. 


▶  Skilled: At Ghent University we firmly believe that there is much more to legal education than knowing the black letter law. We want our LLM students to become the skilled all-round professionals needed in today’s complex and international economy. So our LLM programme integrates a set of legal skills into its core curriculum. We start off with your English language skills and then move on to presentation, negotiation and arbitration skills.




Contact details 
Ms. Svitlana Berezhna 
LLM Programmes Officer
Marketing & PR Officer of the LLM Programmes

Office: Voldersstraat 3
Postal address: Universiteitstraat 4,
9000 Ghent
Tel.: 0032 (0)9 264 97 00

E-mail address for enquiries -


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Social Services

While staying in a foreign country great demands are made on a person’s ability to adapt to new surroundings. "Culture shock" is a well-known and universal reaction experienced by many people living abroad. In order to improve adaptation and integration in the community in general and at the university in particular, Ghent University offers a number of social facilities, such as:


• information for connecting to and using the Internet at the UGent;

• information on cultural events at the Ghent University;

• a bike service centre;

• PR and merchandising articles;

• assistance in finding a part-time student job, both at the Ghent University and elsewhere;

• child care for students with children;

• student restaurants in the vicinity of every faculty, including the Law School;

• information on student activities;

• a medical centre;

• a general Student Advisory Centre.


Ghent University Sports Management (known as the GUSB) provides facilities for a large variety of sports. This fully equipped sports centre comprises five halls for indoor activities, a state of the art 25 metre swimming pool, two football fields, an athletics ring and complete athletics accommodation, a volleyball field, several in and outdoor tennis courts, etc. More than 40 sports can be enjoyed at the university's sports centre, ideally situated in the middle of the sports accommodation area of the city of Ghent. The university also offers individual supporting services and counselling for students who are actively involved in top-class sport.


Through the Fact Pack, Orientation Programme and the services provided by the LLM staff, admitted LLM students will be thoroughly briefed and assisted on these issues both before and upon their arrival in Ghent.

LLM in European Union Law

The LLM in European Union Law presents the best of Ghent Law School’s renowned expertise in EU law for students aspiring to specialise in the law and institutions of the European Union. By a careful combination of compulsory core subjects and elective specialised courses, students receive an all-round high-level EU law education, while maintaining a freedom of focus on personal career or research needs.


The Ghent Law School is a EU "Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence", recognised for its expertise and its available resources for European Union Law. With the EU institutions in its vicinity, Ghent Law School offers all the necessary facilities for an in-depth study of the law and practice of the European Union. Students can also benefit from the excellent library, which doubles as a European Documentation Centre.


With an ever expanding and further integrating European Union, and in an ever more global legal environment, this LLM offers an additional law degree that is instrumental on the international job market. The specialised nature of the programme allows students to develop specific skills and competences in the rapidly developing areas of EU law. In short, this Ghent University Law School LLM programme forms a significant stepping stone for lawyers and professionals who require knowledge of EU law and/or EU institutions for their career development.


Please visit here to get more information about LLM in European Union Law.

Extra-curricular & Social Activities

Throughout the academic year, the LLM Programmes host and organise various events that combine the social and the academic aspects. Group visits to the important EU and international institutions, both in Belgium and in the other EU Member States, are organized and include visits to the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, the Council of Europe.


LLM students will have the opportunity to attend several interesting seminars, and the rich cultural heritage of Belgium will be explored in ways that are both educational and entertaining. The costs of these social activities are partially covered by the LLM programme, giving the students the opportunity to participate for a limited fee. Considering the financial investment in the programme and the academic interest for the students, attendance is generally required.

The Highlights of the Programme


The Ghent Law School LLM Programmes ensure that new career-oriented extra-curricular activities are being added yearly to the LLM studies at Ghent University so as to of strengthen your CV (for you to secure an interesting job at European or international institutions and organisations, prominent law and consultancy firms).

•  Practical Course "Skills for Lawyers"

This core LLM course has been initially designed to develop the skills of law students and to improve their fluency and literacy in reading, consulting, using and writing legal English, as well as developing communication and presentation skills. Nowadays this course is getting evermore exciting and practical!


The upgraded "Skills for Lawyers" course consists of the following blocks:


  • Mastering legal English and legal research and presentation skills for lawyers 
  • Practicing as an international lawyer and getting to know about the life at a law firm
  • Crash-course seminar on Commercial Contract Drafting 
  • Negotiation and Mediation 
  • Lecture series by leading lawyers, politicians and economists from all over the world.


Giving you the knowledge, skills and techniques to impress your employer from the first day at work - that is what we aim for!

•  Participation in Moot Courts

Our LLM students have an exceptional possibility of participating in Moot Courts as a part of their official curricula.

Get some first-hand experience at pleading and prove that you are a motivated and dedicated student by participating in one of the following Moot Court Competitions:


  • Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court 
  • Ph. Jessup International Moot Court Competition


•  Summer Internship Scheme

Our LLM Programmes try to continuously serve as a platform for a step forward in careers of our students: we offer some career-oriented lectures and coaching to our LLM students in order to better prepare them for various application processes and interviews leading to potential international employment. We also offer our LLM students opportunities for networking during various guest lectures and events.


As of academic year of 2016-2017 we introduce a 1-month summer (non-paid) internship programme for the top-three LLM graduates. The hard-working students who have achieved the top-scores and impressed the professors with their motivation to succeed will be offered a chance to intern at Ghent Law School, law firms and non-governmental organisations!


•  Mentorship Programme

We have launched this programme so that you could discuss your career plans and get some advice from our bright and experienced alumni who will come and share their knowledge and practical experience with you, the lawyers-in-forming, through various lectures and coaching sessions!