European and International Law, Europa-Institut, Saarland University

The Europa-Institut at Saarland University is the second oldest institution of its kind in Europe. For more than six decades, the Europa-Institut has been excellently educating young academics from all over the world in European and international law. For more than three decades the institute, which is located at the axis of Strasbourg-Luxembourg-Brussels, has offered an internationally renowned Master҆s degree in European and international law. Since then, more than 5,000 students from all over the world have graduated from the program and now hold positions in European and international organizations, internationally oriented law firms, international companies as well as in national governments and administrations. Each year, renowned lecturers from all over the world come to teach students from over 30 countries to prepare them for the challenges of the European and international job market.

Master Name and Type : The program awards the title Master of Laws (LL.M.) and it combines a practice-oriented approach with excellence in academic teaching. Highly qualified lecturers prepare the students of the Master҆s program for the specific demands of the European and international job market. The Master҆s program aims to provide students with a great freedom of choice with regard to which courses they wish to attend and complete. The course plan is designed to allow for a choice of courses and lectures unbound by specific specializations, permitting students to freely choose and compose their LL.M. subjects according to their own wishes and interests within European and international law. Furthermore, it is possible for students to obtain up to two specializations in addition to their Master҆s degree, i.e. to obtain an LL.M. degree in International Dispute Resolution or European Economic Law.

Location: Saarbrücken

Single/Double Diploma: Students can obtain up to two specializations in addition to their Master's degree, i.e. to obtain an LL.M. degree in International Dispute Resolution or European and International Protection of Human Rights

Language: English and/or German

Number of students per year: 75 students

Duration: 1 year

Price/Fee:  € 5,600 for the academic year (€ 2,800 per semester)

Scholarships: The Europa-Institut does not award any scholarships.

Accommodation: A studio apartment in student accommodation or a room in a shared student house costs approximately 300 €, inclusive of additional charges and electricity.

Application Process: The most important requirement for admission is a university degree in law or a comparable subject from a German or foreign university and proof of sound knowledge of German and/or English.


1.      First Step

The program starts each winter term.

Deadline for applications each year is 15 July.

Optional deadline for applicants having obtained their university degree by spring is 1 April.

Late applications are accepted until 30 September.

The number of available places is limited. Candidates are selected on the basis of academic record and grade average, plus criteria applied to their specialized field of study and suitability.


2.      Necessary Docs:

-application form and 2 passport pictures

-typewritten curriculum vitae

-letter of motivation

-notarized copy of your university diploma(s)

-transcript of records

-notarized copy of your school leaving diploma

-English language certificate and/or German language certificate (applies only to non-native speakers who want to attend German courses)

-Other supporting documents (if available, e.g.: letter of recommendation from university lecturers, letters of reference for professional activities or internships etc.) 


3.      Additional docs for Non-EU/EEA :

Please be aware of the special processes for Chinese students with regard to the recognition of diplomas, certificates etc. Please find more information on that here (in German and Chinese).


Program Structure

The program offers one basic module (Module 1) and four specialization modules (Module 2 - 5). Module 6 includes writing the Master's thesis.

Module 1 - European Integration(European Private Law, EU Common Foreign and Security Policy)

Module 2 - Study Unit European Economic Law(Banking Law and European Tax Law)

Module 3 - Study Unit Foreign Trade and Investment(WTO Law)

Module 4 - Study Unit International Dispute Resolution

Module 5 - Study Unit European and International Protection of Human Rights

Modul 6 – Master’s Final Thesis

  • Courses ( 60 ECTS)

Compulsory: All 6 modules

Thesis: Yes

Internship: not mandatory to graduate the program


LLM Contact :

Europa-Institut Universität des Saarlandes

Campus, Geb. B2 1, Raum 357

 D-66123 Saarbrücken

Phone: +49 (0)681/302-3653

Fax: +49 (0)681/302-4369




By Madalina Enea


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