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Semester Exchange Programs

The Law School has ten unique semester study abroad exchange programs in nine different countries throughout Western Europe and Latin America. J.D. students are eligible to study abroad in their second or third year. In exchange for sending Minnesota J.D. students abroad, students from the exchange partner schools come to study in Minnesota. This true "exchange" of students provides an opportunity even for those students who cannot travel abroad to study with students from all over the world.

Students apply to attend each of these programs in January of the year before they would like to go. Applications are made available to students starting in November. No additional tuition is charged to students to attend these programs. These exchange programs are open only to University of Minnesota Law School J.D. students.


FGV Direito Rio, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

The University of Minnesota Law School began a new exchange partnership with FGV Direito Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Each year one Minnesota student can study at FGV Direito during the fall or spring semester. FGV Direito Rio is one of the most well respected educational institutions and is located in one of the most exciting international cities in the world. During this semester abroad, the student has the opportunity to take classes in Portuguese and a limited number of offerings in Spanish, while experiencing Brazil's rich culture.
Exchange Program Information for 2014-2015
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Universite Jean Moulin, Lyon, France

Each year up to three Minnesota students study at the Universite Jean Moulin in Lyon (“Lyon 3”), France, in either the fall or spring semester. Students may study in either French or English. Students choosing to take part in the Semester Degree in International and European Law program may also be eligible to return to Lyon 3 to complete an LL.M. in International and European Law with one additional semester of post-J.D. study. This is a challenging opportunity to study the foundation of the French legal system and to explore international and comparative law in depth.
Exchange Program Information for 2014-2015
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Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

Study German and EU law subjects in either German or English at the impressive and historic Humboldt University. Four students per year can study at Humboldt during the German spring term (dates are approximately mid-April to mid-July). The program dates provide you with the opportunity to spend additional time in Germany before the spring term, while pursuing course work in the second half of spring semester and into the summer.
Exchange Program Information for 2013-2014
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Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany

Students not fluent in German but interested in studying German law while developing their German language skills can spend fall semester at the private Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany. All courses offered in the international and comparative business law program at Bucerius are in English. One student per year can study at Bucerius during his/her fall semester.
Exchange Program Information for 2014-2015
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University College-Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Up to 10 students interested in studying law in an international environment but in a more familiar tongue can take international and comparative law classes in English on the beautiful, modern campus of the distinguished University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. Study opportunities are available fall or spring semester.
Exchange Program Information for 2014-2015
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Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

Bocconi, a private Italian university, is ranked among the top 20 international business schools by the Wall Street Journal international. Up to two students will be able to take courses in English in international and comparative business law while enjoying the food and culture of Italy during their fall semester.
Exchange Program Information for 2014-2015
Fact Sheet for 2013-2014
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The University of Tilburg, The Netherlands

Students interested in a broad range of international and comparative law topics in English will enjoy studying in either the spring or fall semester at Tilburg. Up to three students per year can study at Tilburg.
Exchange Program Information for 2013-2014
Fact Sheet for 2014-2015
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ESADE, Barcelona, Spain

Students fluent in Spanish have the opportunity to study either fall or spring semester at the small, private ESADE Faculty of Law in Barcelona, Spain. Up to four students per year can study at ESADE.
Exchange Program Information for 2014-2015
Fact Sheet for 2014-2015
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University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden

The semester exchange program with the faculty of law at the University of Uppsala, Scandinavia's oldest university, provides students with the unique opportunity to study European Community law, as well as international and comparative law in English with law students from all over Europe. Additionally, a Tax Law Master's program is a unique opportunity available at Uppsala. For the Tax Law Master's a student participates in one semester of the Tax Law program at Uppsala and completes a final paper after returning to Minnesota. Upon successful completion of these courses and final paper, a Master of Tax Law degree is awarded by University of Uppsala. Up to 12 Minnesota students may study in either the fall or spring semester.
Exchange Program Information for 2014-2015
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Universidad de Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay

The University of Minnesota Law School began an exchange partnership with the School of Law at the Universidad de Montevideo in Uruguay in fall 2007. Up to two Minnesota students may attend a semester exchange in either fall or spring. Courses taught in English are only offered during the fall semester as a part of the International Business curriculum. The Universidad de Montevideo has acquired national and international prestige as a result of its challenging educational plan, quality of faculty, publications, and research. It emphasizes academic excellence, technological innovation, social responsibility, and the interdisciplinary nature of law, administration and economics.
Exchange Program Information for 2013-2014
Download the application

To learn more about any of our study abroad options, please read the "Introduction to Study Abroad" and "Deadlines for 2014-15 Semester Study Abroad" brochures.