CIEL programme

Certificate in Comparative, International and European Law (CIEL)
Maastricht Law School participates in the CIEL network which comprises the universities mentioned below. The CIEL network cooperates in the field of European, International and Comparative Law. One of its aims is to encourage the mobility of master students studying comparative, international and European law. Participating universities are:

Universiteit Antwerpen (Belgium)
University College Dublin (Ireland)
Maastricht University (The Netherlands)
Universität Mannheim (Germany)
Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona (Spain)
Université de Toulouse 1 Capitole (France)
Zagreb University (Croatia)

These universities yearly select a small group of graduate students for the CIELprogramme.  Students who succesfully complete this programme are awarded the CIEL certificate of ‘European Master in Comparative, International and European Law’.

As a CIEL student, you will be at Maastricht University for one semester. During this semester you need to take 30 ects worth of courses offered at Master's level. You can find the courses that will be offered here.

In addition you need to find a second supervisor for your master's thesis. Mind that you have to write the thesis under the rules of your home university. Your home supervisor is the first to address with questions; the supervisor from Maastricht will have limited time for supervision. Make sure that you start searching for a supervisor at an early stage. Not all Maastricht staff will be aware of the CIEL programme, but if extra information is needed you can refer to the international office.

Only students from the universities mentioned above qualify for the CIEL programme, provided they have been nominated as such. If you want know if you can participate, please contact your home faculty.
Once nominated, students will be contacted by Maastricht Law Faculty with application instructions.

Language requirements
Please read the English language requirements very carefully and note that students who want to participate in master's courses will need to provide proof of a sufficient English language level with a certificate that meets our requirements. Letters written by Law professors will not be accepted.

Our general information for incoming exchange students applies to CIEL students as well. So information on issues such as housing, academic calendar, teaching method etc. can be found through other entries on the homepage for incoming exchange students.