MicroMasters programs are a series of online graduate level courses from top universities on edX.org. They provide deep learning in a specific career field and are recognized by employers for their real job relevance. Students may apply to the university offering credit for the MicroMasters certificate and, if accepted, can pursue an accelerated Master’s Degree.
The Law faculty of Louvain proposes an International Law MicroMasters program including 4 online courses:
International Law, by Pr. Pierre d’Argent
International Human Rights Law, by Pr. Olivier De Schutter
International Investment Law, by Pr. Yannick Radi
International Humanitarian Law, by Pr. Raphaël Van Steenberghe and Pr. Jérôme de Hemptinne
Asylum and Refugee Law, by Pr. Jean-Yves Carlier and Pr. Sylvie Saroléa
The MicroMasters program credential leads to the Advanced Master in International Law organised on campus at UCLouvain (Belgium). You’ll get 25 credits out of 60 with the courses taken online.
Online courses on edX are open to anyone wishing to learn. There are no admission criteria nor prerequisites. But be aware that, as those courses are graduate level courses, they require a meaningful engagement to understand and master the content to learn.
You can either take each course one by one with the Verified certificate at $199. The whole micro-program is then $996. Or you can purchase the 5 courses altogether with a discount of 10% on the total price ($897).
Please note that the Verified certificate attesting your success in the 5 courses is needed if you intend to gain the MicroMasters program credential. It's not optional for MicroMasters learners.
EdX offers financial assistance for learners in difficulty to pay the fee.
If you succeed in the MicroMasters program, you will receive a certificate from edX. The University of Louvain (UCLouvain) will not deliver a distinct or additional certificate to the one delivered by edX.
Please note that the edX certificate is not delivered by Louvain University (UCLouvain) and does not constitute a university degree.
Please refer to your respective national educational board to enquire about the validity of a certificate delivered by edX.
Each course of the International Law MicroMasters is worth five (5) credits in the Advanced Master in International Law offered by Louvain University (UCLouvain) on its main campus at Louvain-la-Neuve, in Belgium. The Advanced Master is a one-year (60 credits) postgraduate degree. As the MicroMasters program is made of five MOOCs, you can thus earn up to 25 credits and value those credits as part of the UCLouvain Advanced Master in International Law. The remaining 40 credits are made of a Master thesis (15 credits) and the following five courses (25 credits in total):
- Theory and History of International Law (Q1 - 5 credits)
- International, Diplomatic, Consular and Immunities Law (Q1 - 5 credits)
- International Law of the Sea and of the Environment (Q2 - 5 credits)
- International Organizations, Peace and Security (Q2 - 5 credits)
- International Disputes Settlement (Q2 - 5 credits)
The academic year begins mid-September and ends with June of the following year. Exams take place in January and June, respectively for the courses of the Fall or Spring semester. Failed exams can be retaken between mid-August and mid-September.
Except for the Theory and History of International Law course, the other four remaining courses are taught during the Spring semester (February-June). Concerning the Theory and History of International Law course, it is possible to accomodate on an ad hoc basis specific distance learning for students who could not be present on campus during the Fall semester (mid-September and December).
As far as possible, the courses for the Advanced Master are grouped together over several weekdays, to make it possible for mature students to attend. In the past, students with professional responsibilities such as lawyers, diplomats serving in Brussels and European officials, have been allowed to stagger their courses over several academic years: this will continue according to criteria set by the university.
The Advanced Master is accessible to students having completed a Master degree, delivered by and established university. As a matter of principle, applicants should prove that they have (or are about to have) gained at least 300 university credits, combining a bachelor and a master degree, i.e. 5 years of university education.
Applicants who have no university education are not admissible.
Applicants who have a university bachelor degree only are not admissible.
Applicants who have a bachelor degree and a master degree gained over less than 5 academic years (not counting possible failed years) are admissible only if they have gained additional education or assessable professional experience.
Applicants should preferably have gained a Master degree in Law, or an equivalent foreign degree in law, most preferably with honours. However, the Advanced Master in International Law is not reserved for lawyers : applicants holding a Master degree in international relations, political science, journalism or any other degree including basic legal education may join the program if they have gained a high grade for their degree.
Applications forms should be submitted in the usual way, with the necessary supportive documents; they are considered by the President and the Secretary of the Advanced Master panel. Applicants wo satisfy academic entry requirements are informed by email straight away.
Standard enrolment fess are as follow :
- Nationals of EU member States : €835.00
- All other nationals : €4175.00
Some reduced fees exist. In particular, the Enrolment Office may decide that certain non-European Union students are affected by an ordinary fee payment of €835 instead of €4175, because they meet one of the following conditions :
- They can prove their assimilation to a Belgian student status;
- They are nationals of one of the following PVD / LDC countries + Côte d'Ivoire, Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea, Cameroon, Nigeria, Syria, Swaziland, Pakistan, Keny, Ghana and Congo (Brazzaville);
- They have acquired at least 75´of their EAP (Annual Student Program) during their previous enrolment in the French-speaking Community of Belgium, except for the transition from one degree to another (bachelor's degree to master's degree or master's degree to advanced master's degree).
Applications are to be completed online.
All applicants are invited to apply as soon as possible. The deadline are as follows:
- Nationals of EU member States must apply before 31 August (15 september if they reside in Belgium)
- All other nationals must apply befor 30 April (15 September if they reside in Belgium)
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