Institute for European Studies (IES)

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Brussels, Belgium


Details at a Glance

  • School Type

    grad Public
  • Application Fee

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Degrees Offered

Advanced Master in European Integration and Development
LLM in International and European Law
Postgraduate Certificate in EU Policy Making
Summer School on European Policy-Making (academic credit)

Our Program

The IES is an academic Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and a policy think tank that focuses on the European Union in an international setting.

The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) specifically explores EU institutions, policies and law within the context of globalization and global governance, including a focus on the EU in international affairs and institutions. The disciplines applied at the IES include law, social/political sciences, economics and communication sciences, and the Institute’s activities focus on the various ways in which institutions, law and politics intersect with each other in the EU, its member states and at the international level. 

Based on its research, the IES constitutes the focal point for teaching European Studies at the VUB. Our study programmes include:

Advanced Master in European Integration and Development*

LLM in International and European Law*

Postgraduate Certificate in EU Policy Making

Summer School on European Policy-Making

The Institute utilises its central location in Brussels for regularly organising events such as the IES Lecture Series, the IES Policy Forum, the biennial EU in International Affairs conference and other conferences and workshops for academia and the interested public. Furthermore, the IES publishes a book series, the IES Working Papers and the quarterly IES Newsletter.

*Admission to these programmes require an initial Master's degree. Students interested in initial Master's degrees may consult the graduate programmes offered by our partner institution Vesalius College in Brussels.


  • Application Fee

    dollar-circle $50


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Application Deadline

  • Advanced Master and LLM programmes:

We accept and review applications on a rolling basis. However, we recommend prospective students to apply as soon as possible to maximize the chances of being admitted. You can apply, even if you will receive your degree or English language test certificate only later. You need to have completed all the requirements prior to the start of the programmes.

  • Postgraduate Certificate:

For enrolment in July: 15 March (early bird deadline), 1 May (application deadline)

For enrolment in September: 1 August (early bird deadline), 1 September (application deadline)

  • Summer School:

15 March (early bird deadline), 1 May (application deadline)


Applicants who need to apply for a visa (students not from an EU or EEA country, or Switzerland) are strongly encouraged to send their application as soon as possible, as visa procedures may take several months before the visa is eventually delivered.

Student Body

  • Total Students

    pound 150 Students


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What Our Students Say

  • "The LLM in International and European Law is a demanding as well as rewarding programme. The wide range of courses and the specialization in Public Law has enhanced my knowledge and interest on EU and International affairs beyond what I expected. Definitely, after concluding the LLM I reckon myself as a well-prepared legal professional who has gained a deep insight into latest legal matters."

    Leire Alberdi (Spain), LLM in International and European Law ‘19
  • "As an American who is looking to work in the international sphere, I know I invested wisely in my career by undertaking the EuroMaster. For me, it was incredibly important to have an international qualification from a highly regarded university, that not only has allowed me to hone cross-applicable professional skills, but further develop my expertise in EU policy and security and development."

    Laura Benbow (United States of America), Advanced Master in European Integration and Development ‘19
  • "From creating unexpected network opportunities to uncovering a fascination with the green transition, this advanced master's degree has significantly changed my career trajectory. While I started this degree with a firm focus on international relations, I now find myself engrossed in climate and energy policy, which can be attributed to the excellent classes and professors."

    Tim Bogaert (Belgium), Advanced Master in European Integration and Development ‘19

Tuition & Financial Aid

Additional Information

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  • checkbox-alt Advanced Master tuition fee: €5,000 - €6,000
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  • checkbox-alt Postgraduate Certificate tution fee: €3,500 - €3,900
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