Monday, April 11, 2011

Master's Scholarship of European and International Law for Foreign Students

1. Overview

The Master of European and International Law (MEIL) is an intensive one-year programme leading to an LL.M. conferred by the University of Hamburg. The programme first started in 2008. Chinese students can combine the MEIL with the Master of Chinese Law as part of the Double Master. In the 2009-2010 academic year nine European students from seven countries enrolled in the MEIL.

1.1 Curriculum and faculty
The curriculum is composed of compulsory and elective modules, each comprising several units. Compulsory modules cover the following topics: Legal English and Writing, International Public Law, Rule of Law and Human Rights, Law and Politics of the EU, EU Law (Advanced), European Private Law, Law of Regulation and WTO Law. Elective modules include: Procedures and Dispute Resolution, Public Administration, International Trade, Company Law, Comparative Criminal Procedure, Natural Resources and Climate Change. A minimum of ten students are required for electives to be offered.

CESL offers two courses on Chinese Law Taught in English (CLTE), Introduction to China's Legal System and China's Business Law, respectively, to international students in 2010 to 2011 academic year. Currently, a series of CLTE courses are under development including Company Law (with a focus on foreign investment in China ), Employment and Social Security Law, the Role of the Legal Profession and Legal Procedures and Criminal Justice. In 2011 to 2012 academic year, CESL will continue to offer courses of Introduction to China's Legal System and China's Business Law, but the newly developed course of CLTE will be offered on the condition that the international students of 2011 intake will be more than twelve. CLTE courses will expose international students to the historical background, transitional nature and probably future changes to Chinese law, providing students with a comparative approach to legal studies. CLTE credits will also count towards the Master of European and International Law.

International students may also transfer to the Master of Chinese Law leading to an LL. M. conferred by CUPL if enough Chinese law credits are obtained.

For more detailed information about the curriculum, please see:

Professors for the European and International Law Programme will predominantly be flying faculty from CESL’s thirteen European partner universities: the University of Hamburg (Germany), the University Autónoma Madrid (Spain), the University of Bologna (Italy), the University of Strasbourg (France), Sciences Po (France), the University of Lund (Sweden), the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), the Central European University (Hungary), Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary), the University of Maastricht (The Netherlands), the Jagiellonian University of Krakow (Poland), and the University of Manchester (United Kingdom). Typically, lecturers from one university will be responsible for teaching one or more courses in each module.

Each CLTE cours will be scheduled in two to four lecturing hours per week lasting a whole semester. Lecturers for CLTE are mainly full-time law professors who studied law overseas, part-time professors with experience as practicing lawyers, and adjunct professors who have a long term commitment to CESL.

1.2 Thesis
Students will start working on their dissertations from the 9th week of the 2nd semester, with one lecturer supervising two to three students.

1.3 Language of instruction: English
Although all courses will be taught in English, the value of knowing some Chinese can never be underestimated.

As this programme only lasts for one year it is not feasible for CESL to offer one course on Chinese that would satisfy each student’s individual requirements. CESL recommends that international students start to study Chinese as soon as possible and will help students to find language exchange partners after their arrival.

1.4 Duration of study: One year.

1.5 Diploma: LL.M. of European and International Law from the University of Hamburg

2. Application Procedure

2.1 Qualifications required
Applicants must meet the following conditions:
(1) Be a citizen of a country other than the P.R. China;

(2) Have obtained a law degree (Bachelor of Law, State Examination or equivalent) or be sure to obtain a law degree prior to enrolment;

(3) Proficient in English, demonstrated by being a native English speaker, having completed undergraduate studies in English, or by holding a valid TOEFL with a minimum score of 100 or an IELTS 7.0.

2.2 Application period
November 25, 2010 to April 18, 2011.

2.3 Required Application Documents
(1) A copy of applicant’s passport;

(2) Completed Application Form for the Master of European and International Law (download);

(3) Letter of recommendation, written in English by a professor from a university where the applicant studied. The signed letter of recommendation should be submitted digitally (.pdf) and emailed to: by the professor;

(4) Copy of applicant's degree certificate and an English translation;

(5) Academic transcript (including the marking system) showing the applicant's legal studies and an English translation;

(6) Copy of TOEFL or IELTS certificate, or other documents that certify the applicant’s undergraduate studies were in English;

(7) Completed Financial Statement(download).

CESL recommends that all applicants submit their applications digitally to the following email address: However, applicants must bring original copies of all required documents bearing the applicants signature with them to registration.

3. Tuition, Living Expenses and Scholarships

3.1 Tuition fee: 60,000 yuan per year
Unless CESL has given prior approval, all applicants must pay tuition in whole at the time of registration.

Applicants who apply for an extension postponing the payment of tuition fees should explain the amount and the length of the extension required in the Financial Statement.

3.2 Additional expenses for International students:
(1) Accommodation
In 2010, international students were provided accommodation in the dormitory for international students at the International Exchange Centre at CUPL’s Changping Campus. A standard room is shared by two students and the cost per year was 10,500 yuan per person. The price includes water and electricity.

In 2010, the cost of a one bedroom apartment near the Changping Campus was approximately 1,500 yuan per month.

(2) Miscellaneous
In addition to rent, living expenses for international students were approximately 2,000 RMB per month, including food, books, medical insurance, transportation, social activities etc.

3.3 Scholarships
3.3.1 CESL scholarships
CESL offers scholarships solely based on academic performance. Scholarships will be announced within three weeks of registration.

3.3.2 China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarships
As CUPL is included on the CSC's list of Higher Educational Institutions eligible to accept foreign scholarship students, CESL students may also apply to the China Scholarship Council for scholarships. Please visit the council's official website for more details:

4. Admissions Policy
4.1 CESL carefully evaluates each applicant based on the application materials submitted. CESL does not hold an entrance examination for international students. However, CESL may conduct interviews by telephone, with alumni, or use other ways thought necessary to assess potential candidates.

4.2 Admission to CESL is based on merit. Thus it is recommended and encouraged that all applicants provide CESL with any materials that can demonstrate their achievements.

4.3 It is one of CESL's aims to achieve a student body of geographical, cultural and ethnic diversity through its admissions policy.

5. Contact:
Tel: 86-10-59915792

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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