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BA in European Law and Governance Studies

This uniquely designed and cutting-edge three year taught undergraduate degree program, also known as the ELGS degree, lies at the heart of the mission of the ELGS, which is to offer students an in-depth and interdisciplinary look at key issues of law and governance in the European Union. The program provides students a comprehensive understanding of the world of law and of contemporary governance, with a focus on the European Union. Moreover, this program will grant students the opportunity to develop critical skills and valuable professional experience that will prepare them for life after graduation.

This pioneering program fills a gap in education about the EU, its laws, and how it is governed by providing students with a unique interdisciplinary background that will allow them to comprehend its complex reality and interrelated aspects. Students should choose to follow the first two years of the LLB in European law program and the last year of the BA in European Governance program, or vice versa. This grants students the option of personalizing their studies as much as possible, depending upon what they hope to do in their future careers.

The BA in European Law and Governance Studies is created and supported by the expansive ELGS International Faculty network of over 100 legal and governance scholars and practitioners worldwide, the ELGS’ Partner Universities across Europe and the world, and the EPLO. Importantly, students of the program will be granted access to attend EPLO events on key themes in EU law and governance and to interact with renowned EU leaders and decision-makers. Students graduate with a clear understanding of the most up-to-date scholarly research in the field of European Governance, as well as the practical applications of the theoretical knowledge, and a solid professional network to support them in their career after the ELGS.

To whom it is addressed
This degree is ideal for students that:
  • seek positions in European and international institutions and bodies
  • aim to be national public administrators that work on an EU and international level
  • aim to pursue a career in the areas of public policy, public affairs, civil society organizations, and related sectors
  • are interested in further studies and specialization in governance, public policy, politics, and international relations
  • desire to be legal advisors working at cross-border levels within the EU

Program Benefits

This program enables students to better understand the current context, framework and long-term objectives of the EU in its mission for the full integration of member states, and also enables students a great degree of flexibility, mobility and personalization of their studies. Through the many partnerships of the ELGS, students can further specialize in any of the specific subject areas of the program.

Additionally, students will need to serve as interns in return for course credits, thus gaining invaluable on-the-job experience and building a professional network to support them after graduation. By the end of this program, students will be able to understand the origins of EU legal integration, its systems and framework, where the challenges lie, and where more work needs to be done.

Program Content

The BA in European Law and Governance Studies is a three-year taught degree program, earning a total of 180 ECTS credits. Courses are led by key theorists and practitioners in their fields, and delivered through classic lectures and interactive tutorials. Some courses will also integrate other teaching methodologies where appropriate, such as seminars, site visits to various public and private offices, as well as group presentations. Students must successfully complete 18 compulsory modules and 10 optional modules, which include skills courses and an internship.


The list of available courses for 2016-2019 can be seen by viewing the LLB in European Law and the BA in European Governance


The faculty for the BA in European Law and Governance Studies is comprised of scholars and practitioners with international experience. Each course has its own unique design, led by a professor responsible for teaching core lectures, and enhanced by visiting professors and specialists in their fields.

Please refer to the Faculty list of the LLB in European Law and the BA in European Governance programs.

Admissions Requirements and Procedures

Academic Requirements
Prospective students for the BA in European Law and Governance Studies in who have completed their high school studies with top honors in one of the EU Member States and meet requirements to apply to university in their home country are invited to apply. Additionally, students holding an internationally recognized high school degree (ex. International Baccalaureate) that have received top honors are invited to apply.

Students having completed their high school studies at an institution based in a country outside of the EU that have participated in a program that is not recognized internationally, are also invited to apply, but they may be requested to submit additional documents upon the decision of the Faculty Board. Due to the international nature of the program and the student body, grading equivalencies will be determined by the Faculty Board.
Language Requirements
All courses of the program will be taught in the English language, with the exception of specialized optional modules. As a result, students originating from non-English speaking countries must evidence their level of English language skills in accordance with the following:

  • TOEFL Internet based, 80
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency, C
  • Other internationally recognized tests with equivalent marks may be accepted, upon decision of the Faculty Board

Students intending to study at a partner institution as part of their studies, or to undertake an internship in a language other than English will be asked to clearly demonstrate their ability to attend courses and work in the relevant language.


Students from all over the world are admitted following a rigorous application process which consists of two-phases. Students must first submit their application and once they have done so, candidates considered for admissions will be invited to an interview.

To apply for a program, students must first review the application form and its requirements to ensure the collection of appropriate material. By the time they have gathered all documentation they should proceed with payment of the onetime application fee either at the relevant online portal or at via a bank transfer. Students should always add their surname, initial letter of their first name and Degree title in the deposit description. They can then proceed with their application which can only be conducted online and submit it along with the supporting documentation, listed below. All support documents must be in electronic format and uploaded to be sent with the application, except for the 2 reference letters, which should be emailed directly from Referees to LLB admissions at elgs@elgs.eu . Students may be invited to be interviewed. Link to the application process here.

At a glance, the application must include:

  1. Completed online Application Form in English
  2. Photograph (scanned and uploaded)
  3. High School Transcript (scanned and uploaded)
  4. Certificate of Proficiency of English (if non-native speaker, scanned and uploaded)
  5. High school Degree in English (scanned and uploaded)
  6. Personal Statement (400-600 words)
  7. Scholarship Statement (400-600 words, if applicable)
  8. 2 Reference Letters (Using supplied form and sent directly from Referee to elgs@elgs.eu)
  9. 2 Academic Writing Samples (uploaded)
  10. Application fee of 50€ ( non-refundable)

Application process for Session 2017-8 will remain open until the 31st of July when the first round of evaluation expires. Nevertheless a second round has been extended up to the 20th of September for those who still wish to apply. Classes start on October 16.








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Tuition & Aid

Tuition Tuition for both EU and International students for the BA in European Law and Governance Studies program for the academic year of 2017-2018 is 9,900€.

Please be advised that there are other direct and indirect costs related to attendance, in addition to tuition fees, such as books, supplies, accommodation and living expenses which must be taken into consideration by students when applying.

Scholarships are available for a select number of students and take into consideration merit. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship, the appropriate box should be selected on the application form and a 400-600 word personal statement must be submitted, outlining the ways in which you satisfy the criteria.

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