International & European Law - English

Did former European Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes back down when she made her case against software giant Microsoft? Did the International Criminal Tribunal of the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) let Radovan Karadzic get away with alleged atrocities in Srebrenica, even after a trial that took over eight years? Well, it’s this positive mind-set and inexhaustible devotion to the law that sets students of International & European Law (LAW) at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) apart. It’s a programme specifically designed to be your springboard to a successful career as a legal professional in an increasingly international work field.


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On Moot Court

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On the mix between internationals and the Dutch

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On inspiration

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To enrol for the LAW programme you will need a secondary school diploma equivalent to that of a Dutch HAVO or VWO and a good command of English.

Admission requirements

You have a non-Dutch diploma

Before we can decide on your eligibility, we will need to assess your secondary school certificate. To make sure your certificate is evaluated fairly, we work with NUFFIC, an organisation that specialises in the assessment of international education qualifications.

This programme is taught entirely in English. You’ll need a good command of the English language, both spoken and written.

Bachelor candidates who were educated in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Canada (except for Quebec!), Australia, New-Zealand, South Africa or Malta, or students holding a diploma (including English as an exam subject) stated on this diploma list, need not take an English proficiency test.

All other prospective students are required to hand in a valid and sufficient TOEFL, TOEIC , IELTS, or Cambridge ESOLcertificate to the Enrolment Centre. The certificate must not be older than two year at the start of the study year.

If you completed your prior education in another country than those listed above you might still qualify for exemption, if:

  • you have an American or International High School Diploma, or
  • you have an European or International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Please contact the THUAS Enrolment Centre and ask for details.

The minimum TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS and Cambridge CAE/ CPE scores for are:


  • Paper based > 550
  • Computer based > 213
  • Internet based > 80


  • Listening and Reading > 670, You must also complete 'Speaking and Writing' successfully


  • Listening > 6
  • Reading > 6
  • Writing > 6
  • Speaking > 6
  • Overall > 6


  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) > A/B/C
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) > A/B/C

Please note: The Hague University of Applied Sciences does not accept Institutional TOEFL scores, TOEFL ITP scores or any other language test certificates.

Please note: if you take (or have taken) the TOEFL English proficiency test, please allow The Hague University of Applied Sciences to check your online results to verify your TOEFL certificate. The Institution Code of The Hague University of Applied Sciences is 7042.

If you have not quite reached the level you need to enrol for a degree but your results are promising, we offer an English Prep School programme, which takes six months or one year. On completion of this, you will not only be ready to join a Bachelor class, but you’ll also have learned a lot about the Netherlands, The Hague and our university.
If you don't meet the mininum entrance requirements, and you are 21 years or older, the Admission Test 21+ offers you the opportunity to still be admitted to this bachelor programme. Click here for more information on the Admission Test 21+.

You have a Dutch diploma

To begin the 4-year bachelor’s degree programme in Law + English Stream (IEL), you should have a havo- or vwo-diploma with the appropriate "profiel". You could also qualify for admission with a mbo (level 4) diploma.


  • N&T Immediately qualifies for admission
  • N&G Immediately qualifies for admission
  • E&M Immediately qualifies for admission
  • C&M Immediately qualifies for admission


  • N&T Immediately qualifies for admission
  • N&G Immediately qualifies for admission
  • E&M Immediately qualifies for admission
  • C&M Immediately qualifies for admission


  • Level 4, middle management or specialised secondary education programme
It is important that you enjoy communicating in English since law is a very language-oriented discipline. This means that you should have a sufficient feeling for language and be committed to having a good command of English. You should also have an affinity for social issues and economics. A legal professional has to be concerned with social relationships and the role he or she plays in social dynamics.
You can be admitted to this degree programme regardless of your "profiel"; no additional subjects are required. This means that you will not need to take a deficiency examination (Dutch)
If you received a havo-diploma previous to 2009 or a vwo-diploma previous to 2010, your diploma will be assessed individually to see if you qualify for admission. If you have any questions about this, you can contact the Central Student Enrolment Office by completing the contact form.
If you don't have the diploma that qualifies your for admission and you will be 21 or older when the new academic year begins, you can take the Admission Test 21+ (Dutch) If you pass this test, you can still begin the degree programme of your choice. The admission test for degree programmes offered at The Hague University of Applied Sciences tests your command of Dutch and English and also includes a programme-specific section.
There can be no exceptions made to the official admission requirements. The Central Student Enrolment Office is the only agency that can arrive at decisions regarding your qualification for admission as based on the official regulations. You cannot rely on any other sources of information with regard to your qualification for admission.

Student for a day

Get a taste of student life

5 November 2016

Open Day

An Open Day is a great way to visit our campus; get acquainted with current students and lecturers and ask questions about the curriculum. You can also attend a presentation by LAW lecturers, who will definitely nourish your ambition to become an international legal professional.

8 - 9 December 2016

Trial Study Day

Join a LAW class and meet our current LAW student ambassadors and lecturers. This will also be your chance to experience how LAW encourages you to remain critical, and prepares you to analyse court cases from an international perspective. Get a sneak preview of courses like Human Rights Law, Rights of the Accused, Anti-money Laundering, Anti-Corruption Compliance and Criminal Law.

Need help making a decision

We like to help you make the right decision

It takes a bit of thought and research to find the right programme. The Hague University of Applied Sciences organizes various activities throughout the year to give you the best possible idea of the various study’s offered. You also learn what it’s like to study at THUAS. This way, you can click on the registration button without a doubt in mind. Or you’ll know for certain it’s not right for you. 
Contact our Study & Career Centre Contact us by phone (+31) (0)70 445 8595 or by email

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