Ghent University - Universiteit Gent
Ghent University is an enterprising university with an international appeal. Our motto is "Dare to think": where 37,000 students and 8,000 staff members are encouraged to adopt a critical thinking approach. Pluralism and social commitment are the cornerstones of our philosophy, just as diversity, participation and independent thought.
Ghent University is one of the leading higher education and research institutions in the Low Countries. Located in a historic, student-friendly city in the cultural and economic hub of Europe, Ghent University is an active partner in a wide variety of national and international educational, scientific and industrial cooperation networks. Although Ghent University is officially a Dutch-speaking university, English is widely spoken by both students and staff. Moreover, international students can choose a wide variety of English courses and programmes such as this LLM Programme.
Ghent University 's 11 faculties consist of 125 departments, offering high-quality, research-based programmes in a wide range of academic disciplines. The international student population (11.5%) attests to the quality and diversity of Ghent University 's education and research. Ghent University is 85th best university on the Shanghai ranking in 2014. All these factors, combined with a strong international focus, makes Ghent University a top-rank university in Europe.
The Law School
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 official teaching language is Dutch, except for specific English language postgraduate programmes such as the LLM programme.
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 programme, several foreign professors with an international reputation reinforce the faculty for specific courses.
With a student population of around 4,000 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.
For more information on Ghent University Law School, please visit www.ugent.be/re
From 2014-2015 onwards, the LLM Programme consists of three specialised LLM's out of which prospective graduate students may choose from, namely either ;
1) LLM in International and European Law; or
2) LLM in International Business Law; or
3) LLM in European Union Law.
The specialised nature of the programme allows students to develop specific skills and competences in the rapidly developing areas of EU law. The three LLM programme's provides students with the opportunity to design their own course of studies in accordance with their career priorities. It enables them to gain expertise on many relevant and topical issues of international law. Nevertheless, eventhough the courses maybe specialised and tailored according to the needs of students, what they share in common is that all the three LLM Programme's are 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.
In short, the 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. For further information pertaining to each of the specialised courses, students are advised to visit the LLM Programme's official website. www.law.ugent.be/llm/
The Ghent Law School is an 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 and international business law. Students can also benefit from the excellent library, which doubles as a European Documentation Centre.
Students are eligible for admission if they fulfil the following admission criteria:
1) 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.
2) Exceptionally, after an examination of their curriculum 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.
3) 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, 110 for Internet based TOEFL or 6.5 for IELTS. This should be equivalent to level C1). However, exemptions are for prospective candidates who have completed a study course for a minimum of a year at an English-speaking higher education institution.
4) To have sufficient financial support, as indicated in the application form, either through personal financial means or via financial aid. Note here that the tuition fee for the LLM programme is 4,250 Euro.
5) To apply for admission to the LLM programme, with the completed application form and all required documents.
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.
Tuition and Fees
Ghent University is a state university, and its policy is to keep tuition to a minimum (for the LLM programme, it is 4,250 Euro). However, the University provides few Master Grants, the details of which can be found at this link: www.ugent.be/en/research/funding/devcoop/master-grants/maste…...
The LLM programme itself has no funding available for scholarships to support the cost of living and studying in Ghent. On the other hand, the LLM programme does offer a limited number of partial or full tuition waivers, depending on its budgetary limits and on the need of the applicants. However, financial constraints typically reduce the 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. Both are communicated together to the applicant.
LLM candidates are encouraged to explore avenues for financial aid external to the LLM programme. It should be stressed however that the LLM programme cannot offer any technical or logistical support for these external application processes, other than letters of recommendation and/or confirmations of application or selection, where required.
Here are a number of options that may be helpful to you as you explore the possibilities of external financial aid.
The Belgian Directorate General for Development Cooperation has bilateral agreements with about 20 countries, the nationals of which may be granted a scholarship when studying at a Belgian university. A complete list of the countries for which such a scholarship possibility is available can be found on: diplomatie.belgium.be/en/policy/development_cooperation/coun…
For each of the countries, addresses and coordinates can be found of the responsible attaché in the Belgian Embassy or Consulate General. Applications and questions on procedure for scholarships should be forwarded to the responsible attaché.
On the following website of the Directorate General for International Cooperation an overview of the different organisations with scholarship possibilities can also be consulted: diplomatie.belgium.be/en/policy/development_cooperation/gran…
Nationals of about 30 countries studying in Flanders may obtain scholarships from the Flemish Community within the framework of bilateral cooperation agreements concluded between the Community and various countries. For a list of the countries, consult: www.ond.vlaanderen.be/internationaal/CA/
So far, the website is only in Dutch. The Belgian Embassies/Consulates and/ or the competent authorities (e.g. Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs) in each of the partner countries should be able to supply further information on these scholarship possibilities.
Some further suggestions for grant possibilities are also mentioned on the following Ghent University website: www.ugent.be/en/living/money
Students coming from developing countries can also make an application with the University for a Scholarship under the following scheme:
"Master grants for candidates from developing countries". For further information please consult: www.ugent.be/en/research/devcooperation/grants.htm/view#mast…
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. And of course, for those of you who want to explore the great metropolises of Europe, Ghent is a fantastic gateway.
With direct access to Europe's high-speed railway network and with a major international airport almost at your fingertips, you will be able to visit Paris, London, Berlin and many more exciting destinations at the drop of a hat. We will keep you busy, but you will also have the time to discover some of Europe's great cities at your own convenience and will the minimum of fuss.
Ghent Law School is located at the Universiteitstraat 4-6, 9000 Ghent, Belgium. The main administrative building of Ghent University, the Rectorate, is located at the Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 25, 9000 Gent, Belgium.
With its University and other higher education institutions, the city of Ghent harbours a student population of approximately 50,000. The housing market is therefore understandably stretched. For incoming foreign students finding suitable accommodation is perfectly doable but may require some effort and flexibility. There are essentially two ways to find suitable housing: through the private market, or through University Housing.
Ghent University in general, and the Law School in particular, have no real on campus housing facilities. However, the University has several student residences throughout the city. They are especially popular with foreign students since they offer cheap and safe housing in a community atmosphere.
The LLM Programme reserves a certain number of rooms for incoming LLM students in one of the student residences. These residences offer co-ed dormitory housing. All rooms are furnished (sheets and blankets included) and heated and have hot and cold running water. There are communal kitchens and sanitary facilities (toilets and showers). Each residence has a place for bike storage, public phones and a communal lounge.
Monthly rent is about 340-400 EUR, to be paid in terms by bank instalments. As LLM students arrive in Ghent in September, full payment for September will be due. Rent is all inclusive, and includes heating, water, electricity and linen. You will also be asked to pay a deposit of 160 EUR. The deposit is reimbursed at the end of the academic year, if and when the student leaves his/her room in a satisfactory condition. Payment needs to be arranged upon arrival, by bank instalment.
University housing is not a three star hotel but a practical and affordable way of addressing housing needs. Moreover, living in a co-ed community of students has its disadvantages as well as its advantages. Public transportation is available. During the academic year there is a student restaurant either in the residence or in its immediate vicinity. Although the private market may offer more privacy, choice or quality depending on the price you are prepared to pay, most students typically appreciate the convenience of university housing.
If you wish to reserve a room in one of the student dorms, the following website and online registration platform is operational from May onwards. Please consult the pages for LLM: www.ugent.be/en/facilities/housing/degree.htm
If you opt for university housing, rooms will be made available from September 16 onwards. You can request accommodation in the university residences after your admission to the LLM programme. Paying your non-reimbursable Application Fee after admission to the programme gives the housing department the possibility to approve your accommodation in the University residences. However, only a number of rooms are reserved for LLM students and are rented in order of the request and payment made.
Please note that the LLM programme is not involved in university housing. University housing is under the full and independent authority of the university's housing department. Once in Belgium and during their stay, LLM students will have to address the University's housing department solely and directly for any questions or problems they may have.
Our university and law school has exchange programmes with numerous universities all over the world. 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. For more photo impression, please visit our FB page where we frequently update with valuable tips and current activities -academic and extracurricular alike. www.facebook.com/llmugent
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