Located in the heart of the Netherlands, Utrecht University is one of Europe's leading research universities. The university consistently ranks in the top 100 universities in the world on international rankings and currently ranks 34th in the world for law on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018.
Utrecht University offers a challenging study and work environment with innovative and dynamic courses that are at the forefront of both national and international law. The Faculty of Law is one of the three largest faculties within the University of Utrecht and is also one of the oldest. It is housed in ten historical buildings in the heart of the city, and due to its wide range of disciplines, renowned research facilities and outstanding Law Library, also occupies a prominent place in society overall.
All courses are taught in English.
Students will receive up to 12 credits towards their law degree. International students are fully integrated into the academic life of the institution and choose from regularly scheduled courses and seminars.
The following is a selection of classes taught in English during the 2018-2019 academic year. For a complete list, including course descriptions, consult the Information for Exchange Students School of Law web site.
- Introduction to Dutch Law
- Introduction to Public International Law
- Tort Litigation and Damage
- Comparative Criminal Law
- Foundations of European Union Law
- Gender and International Law
- International European Institutional Law
- International and European Family Law
- International Environmental Law
- Human Rights Comparative Law Perspective
The Babel Language Institute, affiliated with Utrecht University, offers Dutch language courses designed for foreign students participating in the exchange programs of Utrecht University. The introductory course has nine two-hour lessons and emphasizes listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills.
Housing and Cost of Living
Upon request, the Utrecht University Housing Office provides participants with furnished accommodation for the duration of their studies. As it is virtually impossible to find accommodations yourself, we strongly advise students to make use of this service and fill out the necessary housing form. Due to the shortage of rooms in Utrecht, the available accommodations vary in quality and price. Housing facilities are often in the very heart of the old city and rooms are fully furnished, with kitchen, bathroom, and other facilities shared with other students. For more information, visit Utrecht's web page on accommodations for exchange students. Updated cost of living estimates are available on Utrecht University's exchange student website.
Learn more about Utrecht and the Netherlands on the university's exchange and visiting students page.
For general questions and concerns please visit the Semester Abroad FAQs page.
All other questions and concerns should be directed to:
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Telephone: (202) 274-4228