The application procedure differs slightly for those students who qualify as ‘European students’ (Programme Country Students) compared to those who qualify as ‘Non-European students’ (Partner Country Students).

Please select your appropriate qualification path.

Please see “Who can apply?” for specific information on whether you have to apply as a European student or Non-EU student.

Application Path:

General requirements

Please note that all documents listed below must be in English.
Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by certified English translations. Also observe that the acquisition of some of the documents needed for either the application (e.g., letters of recommendation) or the admission (e.g., TOEFL test) can be time-intensive. Please look at both lists and allow yourself enough time to complete these requirements before the application periods ends.

1. Degree certificates

Your degree certificates are the primary means used to judge your previous academic achievements. These form 40% of your total score during the programme application. To facilitate the review process, each student must provide two documents per degree:

– A degree certificate stating that the student has successfully completed the listed programme and obtained the listed degree and
– An official degree supplement or transcript listing the grades obtained during the programme. For programmes with elective courses, only subjects that influenced the final degree need to be listed.

If you haven’t completed your studies at the time of your application, please attach a full transcript of your grades up to this point.

2. CV

Each applicant should provide an up-to-date CV in English. The CV is used to judge your previous affinity to the study of law & economics and also allows us to estimate your academic potential. Affinity and academic potential account for 25% of your total score respectively. Please use the Europass CV template. The linked page also provides instructions for filling out the template as well as examples of complete CVs. Make sure to list any factors that reflect well on your academic successes (academic honours received, previous published works, academic teaching experience, etc.) or that might have caused your current test scores to be lower than your potential would suggest (extensive charitable work, participation in student bodies, pro bono assignments, etc.).

3. Letter of motivation

The letter of motivation is our most important indicator towards your commitment to and understanding of the study of law & economics. As such it contributes 25% to your total score. In this letter (maximum of two pages), addressed to the review committee, please explain why you are interested in Law & Economics in general and in the EMLE Programme in particular.

4. Letters of recommendation

Each student is expected to provide at least one (preferably two) letter(s) of recommendation. These are used as an independent assessment of the student’s academic potential, commitment and work ethic. These contribute 10% to the total score. Acceptable issuers are all academic and professional persons or bodies in a position to judge the professional conduct of an applicant. Typically they are from employers or, since this is an academic programme, preferably from academic teachers. Reviewers should use the standardized EMLE review form.

Recommendation letters can (and should) be requested electronically during the on-line application process using the reviewers email address! You will be notified automatically via email once your recommenders have submitted your review.

Alternatively, letters recommendation can be emailed directly to application[at] by the reviewers only.


5. Proof of Residence

All applicants will need to submit a proof of residence for the country they are claiming residence in for the programme. This document can be a statement from the current University or employer or the city hall but needs to be issued before the application deadline (January) but not longer than 12 months prior to application deadline.

Since European applicants pay a lower programme fee due to sponsorship by the European Union, in addition to the proof of residence mentioned above we require those applicants applying as Europeans to provide proof of eligibility. For European Citizens this consists typically of a copy of the passport or identity card or for those qualifying as Europeans under the 12-months-rule, a copy of the entry visa.

The proof of eligibility as European will have to be approved by the EMLE management.


6. Proof of payment of the application fee

The application fee is used to cover the costs for the application infrastructure, the application staff and the reviewers. For this reason applications without a full payment of the application fee will not be reviewed and cannot lead to admittance. Since payments to the university account can experience a delay during transfer, applicants should upload a copy of the payment slip/transfer voucher of their payment. The fee must be paid in EURO. The applicant is responsible for the payment of the full amount into our account. Thus, all banking costs, etc., are to be borne by the applicant. Besides the early-bird application fee (see below), no further rebates or exemptions will be given, and all applicants have to pay the full fee regardless of personal circumstances. The amount of the application fee is differentiated into three categories, based on the most recent Gross National Income Per Capita (GNIPC) as calculated by the World Bank. The lowest fee, for countries with a GNIPC below $ 3.750, is 20 EURO. The highest fee, for countries with a GNIPC above $ 30.000, is 50 EURO. You can download a table with the GNIPC and corresponding fee for most countries here. Should your country not be listed please contact us at

Early Bird Application

For applicants that submit their complete application (letters of recommendation included) by December 15, will receive a 20% discount on the regular application rate, i.e. they will pay 40, 24 or 16, depending on their country of residence (instead of 50, 30 or 20).

Payment details:

All fee payments are payable to Rotterdam University. The account details are:

Recipient: Law and Economics – Faculty of Law Erasmus University Rotterdam
Bank: ABN AMRO Bank, Coolsingel 93, 3012 AE Rotterdam
Account number:
Swift-code (if necessary): ABNANL2A;
International bank account number (IBAN): NL75ABNA0415878659
Reference: “Application fee EMLE” + your name

Paypal and credit card payments can be made via the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Please use the links below to pay the amount appropriate for your country of birth.

Please note that this will open a new window/tab to the homepage of the university of Rotterdam. Please complete the payment there before submitting your application. If you can’t see the payment window please make sure that your browser allows pop-up windows for this webpage.

Payment links for the application fee:

– For €20 (€16 with early-bird discount) countries:

– For €30  (€24 with early-bird discount) countries:

– For €50 (€40 with early-bird discount) countries:

For Western Union payments, please use their Direct to Bank Account service and send the money to the bank account indicated above.