For English-speaking students who wish to focus on International Law or European Law close to the heart of the EU, then Belgium is an excellent choice and there are plenty of reasons for studying there.
Part of Belgium speaks French and part of Belgium speaks Flemish and this means that some law schools are in the French-speaking part and some are in the Flemish-speaking part, but all of the top law schools offer courses in English.
Law education in English
The majority of the top law schools in Belgium offer LLM programs taught entirely in English. These tend to have an international focus, including an LLM in International Business Law at KU Leuven, an LLM in International and European Law at Ghent University and the LLM in International and European Law the VUB Institute of European Studies in Brussels.
Tuition fees for law schools
Most LLM programs in Belgium that are taught in English take one year to compete studying full time. This means you'll have just one year of tuition fees to pay, but do check as some masters courses in Belgium are two years in length. As some guidance for the tuition fees the LLM program at KU Leuven costs €6,000 and the VUB Institute of European Studies LLM program tuition fees are €13,000. Many law schools in Belgium offer scholarships to outstanding students, just as the VUB Institute of European Studies does with its a scholarship of up to €12,000 off the tuition fees. And don’t forget that if you get offered a place on an LLM program in Belgium you will be eligible to apply for a Global LLM Study Bursary worth £500.
Connections to the EU
Travelling around Belgium is easy as there is an easy-to-use bus and train service, especially if you want to travel in or out of Brussels. All of the top law schools in Belgium have significant connections within the organisations and departments of the European Union based in Brussels. If you see your future working for the EU or within the area of EU law, then Belgium is the perfect place to study your Master of Laws.
Cost of living for students
Depending on the type of accommodation you want, rent can cost anywhere from €360 per month to €1,000 per month and you need to factor in health insurance, fire insurance, food shopping, along with transportation costs of getting to your lectures.
Top 5 law schools In Belgium
Here is a table of the top law schools in Belgium that offer LLM programs taught in English.
PLEASE NOTE: As a result of Brexit, from Autumn 2021 postgraduate students from the European Union studying at a UK university will be charged the same tuition fees as international students. UK students studying their postgraduate course at a European university are also likely to incur higher tuition fees than their EU counterparts. It is advisable to check with the individual universities in the UK and Europe for up-to-date information on tuition fees for all postgraduate programs.
Studying an LLM (Master of Laws Program In Belgium
Reasons To Study Your LLM In Belgium
Global LLM Study Bursaries