Bachelor in International Law (SDP)

Course typeBachelor
Course sectorLaw
Course duration1 year
Starting dateSept. 2014
DegreeBa of Laws
Tuition fee (EU/EEA students) € 2,060
Tuition fee (NON-EU students)(specification) € 7,800

This international Final Year is especially interesting for students who pursue an international professional career as a legal expert in a public or private organization dealing with and advising on legal aspects of international (business) relations, in order to comply with international regulation, policy rules and codes.

In our globalizing world, organisations (either profit or non-profit) have to take various legal and policy issues and contemporary developments into account. Issues like sustainability, social responsibility, fair trade, emerging economies and good governance are becoming more and more important. This puts an extra effort on experts that work in this international environment. This final year programme offers an opportunity for international students (EU and non-EU) to learn to deal with international business challenges, experience inter cultural differences and develop new approaches to international cooperation in the business and public domain taking important legal and society issues into account.

The Bachelor in International Law has been created either for students that have completed three years of higher education in Laws and wish to finish their four year bachelor programme with an international specialization or for students that already have their bachelor degree in Laws and wish to receive an additional (internationally acknowledged) Dutch bachelor degree in Laws by completing this international Final year.

The programme offers good opportunities to develop relevant professional competencies like negotiating, advising, project management, inter cultural communication, doing research and translating legal knowledge into practical solutions. The courses contain a broad variety of lectures and workshops.

As part of the programme you will be working on practical assignments for business and government. Learning by doing is a concept we believe in: a real life assignment not only motivates students but it also enables them to learn in a more effective way. This will enhance your skills in analyzing and solving legal problems in the field of international cooperation and business relations. Assignments may concern issues like: integrity in public contracting, legal advice on international business expansion, comparative research on the establishment of legal entities, cross border law enforcement or legal issues concerning the European internal market.

On successful completion of he Final year students will receive the internationally acknowledged degree of LLB (Bachelor in Laws).

Based on the believe that economical and governmental cooperation on an international level is fundamental to world wide development and prosperity the programme is aimed at furthering and facilitating international exchange and mutual understanding.

This programme:

  • Prepares young professionals to work in the international arena to help built mutually beneficial international relations.
  • Aid governments and businesses in different countries across the world to achieve their objectives in applying (international) laws, codes and rules.
  • Provides knowledge and insight into legal and ethical issues that need to be resolved while building international relations both between businesses and/or governmental organizations.
  • Conducts research in various legal subject areas.
  • Develops knowledge, skills and attitude to develop one’s professionalism on a lifelong basis in order to function in various positions in business, governments and society.


First Semester:

  • International Law
  • European Law
  • International Private law
  • Intercultural management and communication skills
  • Emerging economies
  • International policy dilemma’s
  • Research methodology and Reporting skills
  • Elective
  • Practical assignment

Second Semester: Graduation assignment/ final thesis

As part of the programme students work as an international interdisciplinary team on an practice orientated research assignment formulated by one of our partners in international business and governance. Due to these experiences in real life inter cultural management students get acquainted with inter cultural aspects of working in an international setting and to learn to deal with cultural differences. In the graduation assignment extra emphasis is put on research methodology, information analyzes and writing skills. Within the graduation assignment each student may contribute related to his or her expertise, affinity and specialization.
Assignments may be concerned with issues like: integrity in public contracting, cross border cooperation in law enforcement, legal advice on international business expansion, comparative research on the establishment of legal entities, researching legal risks in international trade, legal aspects within the European internal market and international markets.

Before you can be admitted to this degree course you need to have a secondary school certificate and a minimum of three years of higher education in Law

Do you have a foreign degree?

In this case the Saxion will determine the value of your secondary certificate and compare it to the Dutch certificate to determine its level. It should be the equivalent of the Dutch certificate of secondary education, e.g. the German Abitur (allgemeine Hochschulreife), the Britisch GCE A-levels or GSCE grades A, B or C, the French baccalaureat, or the American High School (top stream or plus 1 year of college). Secondly Saxion will determine whether your further study is the equivalent to three years of Dutch higher education. If both of these equal the Dutch entry requirements, you can be admitted to the course.

All students who wish to start this final year need to have a good command of English (IELTS 6.0 or similar). Check our general entry requirements.

As a beginning professional you have learned to apply knowledge and skills suitable for working as an legal expert in all sorts of organisations in the international arena: i.e. profit and non-profit, governmental, industrial and service organisations. Some jobs descriptions are: legal policy adviser, Legal commercial assistant to international Chamber of commerce, legal expert in a multi national and legal adviser at a Labor union.

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