First of all, if you are on this Website and looking for a program which suits your future goals; best of luck and stay strong. It is a tough journey.
Before enrolling to this program, I came by this Website and didn't notice any detailed informations basedon alumni's experiences. If I have known something my decision would not be affected much maybe since I was not at that time competent to demonstrate German LLM at any other university. Nonetheless I drop my observations below in case someone is interested in:
-Firstly, I should start by saying that I am not satisfied with what the program offered/promised with my expectations. The Institut is founded by the initiatives of France and Germany for the purpose of EU law studies and spreading the core values of collaboration. Therefore they are supported by some organizations such as DAAD, EU, German Ministry of Education etc. Compared to Saarland University's facilities, I can say that it is rather prosperous in terms of economical sources. However, in terms of library and the events they offer and/or scholarship and other facilities it does not pay off back. Many of the books required for student's studies do not exist.
-The so-called modules are based on 1 compulsory and 5 elective ones amongst which students are obliged to choose 2 of them. The schedule offered is quite time consuming and do not serve to the purpose of LLM. The instructors are mainly from the practise and they come from all over the world. Therefore they come only for 2-3 days sometimes they don't because of 'unexpected events' etc and apart from your experience from the bachelor of business, all the classes start with the basic knowledge. You can imagine in 2-3 days how much you can learn or what else you don't learn for your future work.
-The abovementioned fact is, in my opinion is mainly based on program's directors strategy.The more student we have, the more we earn. Therefore, one can apply to the LLM (Master of Laws) whether one has graduated from law, sociology, management or whatsoever. As long as you can pay to the program I hardly doubt you will be rejected. For this reason, students' level of perception, background and purpose of being at the program vary. As a result, while some of the participants have a well-established knowledge in the field, some of the others are in the mood of fun and or other purpose. What I am trying to say is that if you are looking for a specialization I would not recommend you the Institute.
-About the administrative's behaviours: During my year,one of the main thema we have struggled with was that administrative's unforeseeable behaviours. As a lack of loyalty on the program, the staff are lack of experience and randomly hired for the job. From after sometime, we have noticed that they do ot respond the e-mails and/or avoid satisfying the duties expected from the administrative. If you are too motivated to study at this program, you should be prepared to last-minute calls notifications for many time. Considering the whole-day consuming classes where students start at 8-9 am 'til 7-8 in the evening, you may start frustrating to such irresponsibilities. Therefore after sending e-mail you should follow your task in person by talking with them face to face and/or you should all the time double check what the instructors are said in the class and what the administrative order. There is all the time 'misunderstanding' while the instructor says you can have your book/legislations during the exam and what the administrative say. In addition, the rules offered only apply to the students. Meaning that administrative consider itself outside of the scope of obeying the mandatory rules. Whie you are obliged to present at the exam at the certain time - they will come most of the time late and the exam starts lately. Also, beware the fact that your personal datas may be in dange - I have heard several of times that personal datas are being a subject to gossip of which are supposed to be kept confidential. Therefore upon your application and/or during the program - consider that your friendships, private life status, health concerns 'shall' any time be a subject. If you ask why nobody intereferes to the wrong-doing circle on the program, I would answer that lack of loyalty and that the chiefs of the program are doing the same. Therefore almost all the staff know each others faults and avoid saying anything which I find miserable for the Institute. Because as I mentioned above the foundation of the Program was not obviously it to evolve into such misery.
-I should also say something about the 2 permanent professors of the Program. Marc Bungenberg and Thomas Giegerich have their own chairs at the program. Prof.Bungenberg is mainly responsible for the trade and investment law. He is mainly in touch with his students and offer opportunities if you are good on your studies and work. I forgot to mention how the instructors are rectruited, from my observations it is mainly linked to relation-based web with the administrative and Bungenberg and Giegerich. Sometimes it is very good that you can see some intsructors, professors and or attorneys and make connections with, sometimes it is bad as such you would re-consider how come a person offers this cours whom has less knowledge and experience than me. Anyways, if you are interested in the field of trade and investment, do not hesitate to work hard and to take Bungenberg's classes. What I think about Bungenberg, I assess the opposite for Giegerich. Sorry Prof. but I still wonder how you end up holding Jean-Monnet Chair. Human rights is quite international field which requires interdisciplinary work with such approaches. But it seems you have your 'own' perception.
-The city is located closeby to Luxembourg and Strasbourg where the 2 special Eruoepan Courts , Court of Justice of EU and European Court. You can visit France Netherlands Belgium easily. And compared to other German cities the accomodation and daily life expenses are rather cheap. But keep in mind also the opportunites are at the lowest.
Overall; if you are foreigner and looking for a better place then I would not recommend you to apply here. Either take a look at Dresden IP LLM, Bucerius LLM or Hannover LLM programs where you can pursue LLM in English. If you are German better study for Staatsexamen or do sth in UK. If you are foreigner with German knowledge then take a look at prominent German university's Master programs. Both Universitat des Saarlandes and Europa Institut is not a place I would recommend my colleagues whom has serious master and vocational purposes.
[Edited by Admin on Jun 09, 2020]