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  • Locations: Brussels, Belgium; London, United Kingdom; Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Paris, France; Strasbourg, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Program Arranged Housing
Dates of Instruction: May - June Non-AUWCL students accepted by AUWCL: Yes
Class levels eligible to apply: 1L, 2L, 3L Contact Email:,
Contact Phone: 202-274-4228
Program Description:

Europe Summer

General • Courses and Credits • TextbooksItinerary • Non-credit Participants • Tuition • Contact


The American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) European Law and International Business Law Summer Program in London, Paris, Brussels, and Luxembourg introduces law students and attorneys to evolving legal concepts and structures in Europe and in the international arena. The program consists of two three-credit classes with course instruction taught by American University professors and site visits to related institutions.The courses offered are International Business Law (London and Paris) and European Union Law and European Institutions (Brussels and Luxembourg).  This program is approved by the American Bar Association.  The 2018 Summer Program begins on Sunday evening May 27 and ends on June 24.

Tuition includes courses, site visits, lodging in centrally located hotels in each of city, breakfast, wi-fi, and several receptions.  It's a great opportunity to see a cross-section of Western Europe while also learning from great professors.

Students who have completed one year of full-time or part-time law study and who are in good standing at an ABA-approved or state accredited law school may enroll in this program. The program is also open to LL.M. candidates and practicing lawyers. Students from law schools other than WCL are welcome and have regularly participated. In addition, students from outside the USA are allowed to apply for participation.  When applying, non-WCL students must provide a statement by their Dean or Registrar stating that that they are in good standing and that they have permission to take these courses at WCL, so that the credits/grades earned in the program will be accepted by the student's home school.  Non-credit participation is available at a reduced rate (see below).

2018 Courses & Credits

Each course is worth 3 credit hours. Full-time JD students must enroll for a total of 6 credit hours (the two courses listed below). Part-time JD students interested in a two week option should contact

Six (6) Credits Total:

  • International Business Law (LAW 910-001; 3 credits)
    • This course will provide students with instruction on new legal concepts, jurisprudence, and institutions reflecting the globalization of commerce. Particular attention will be given to the expansion and operations of the European Union, the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London law firms, and other agencies and organizations that impact international trade and commerce.
  • European Union Law and European Institutions (LAW 911-001; 3 credits)
    • This course provides an introduction to the fundamental treaties governing the European Union and the major institutions of the European Union. Students will examine such issues as: basic freedoms under the treaty, including free movement of persons, goods, services, and capital; and competition law in the EU. In addition, this course will introduce the European regional systems that govern the protection of human rights, including the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights.
The courses will be taught in English. Knowledge of French, while useful in several cities, is not necessary for participation in the program. Students will be expected to complete assigned readings and other assignments, attend and participate regularly in all scheduled classes and events, and successfully pass a final written examination for each course. The final grade will be based on the examination, attendance and participation, and other written assignments due August 2018.

Class attendance is required. Attendance is normally taken. Finals for both courses will be administered in Europe. The course grade is based on attendance and class participation (30%), the exam (40%), Nutshell paper (20%), and news article papers (10%). There will generally be one class period or up to two visits and briefings per day. Some afternoons and most evenings will normally be free for individual activities, studying, or for taking advantage of the many cultural and recreational opportunities available in the countries visited.


It is the responsibility of the students to purchase the appropriate textbooks before leaving for Europe if necessary. Information about textbooks and assignments will be provided by the beginning of May.

International Economic Law: Professor Andrew Pike (LAW 910-001)
European Union Law and European Institutions: Professor Stephen Wermiel (LAW 911-001)

Note: Bringing a laptop is each student's decision, but is recommended. If you do bring one, make sure that files have been backed up, that you bring a security cable and that you have insurance in case of loss or theft. In the hotels that the group will use there is normally wireless access to the internet, so having a laptop may facilitate email and course-related research. In some hotels it will be possible to secure laptops in the room safe. In case laptops are permitted for use on exams, students are expected to provide a flash drive to turn in their exam. Please bring a couple of flash drives with you.

2018 Itinerary*

United Kingdom (London); France (Paris and Strasbourg); Belgium (Brussels); Luxembourg
May 27, arrival in London
June 3, depart London, arrive in Paris
June 11, depart Paris, arrive in Brussels
June 18, depart Brussels, arrive in Luxembourg
June 19, depart Luxembourg, arrive in Strasbourg
June 23, program conclusion
June 24, departure date from Strasbourg, France

*Itinerary is subject to change as plans are being finalized


London: Citadines Holborn Covent Garden (check in May 27 - check out June 3)
Paris: Citadines Saint Germain des Prés (check in June 3 - check out June 11)
Brussels: Adagio Brussels Centre Monnaie (check in June 11 - check out June 18)
Luxembourg: Hotel le Royal (check in June 18 - check out June 19)
Strasbourg: Citadines Kleber Strasbourg (check in June 19 - check out June 24)

*Hotels are subject to change as plans are finalized

Travel Throughout the Program

Airfares to Europe can vary greatly depending on several variables. Students are encouraged to make their plans early to take advantage of advance purchase options. Generally students not yet 26 years of age qualify for travel discounts in Europe.

Participants should consult a good travel agent and/or reputable websites that sell discounted airfares or auction airfares. Among others, STA Travel offers attractively discounted airfares to students. Inquire at StudentUniverse also offers discounts on airfare to law students; visit for more information.

Travel within Europe and within the cities visited will be by train, bus, metro, and other public transportation. Because hotels have been booked in central locations of each city, students can often walk to points of interest and site visits.

Travel between program cities is not included in the program tuition. Should students prefer to not travel with the group between London & Paris and Paris & Brussels, they may travel on their own as long as they arrive in time for the next class. If planning to use discount airlines, take into account travel time and cost to and from the airport, security checks, baggage weight limitations, and all fees. Travel between Brussels & Luxembourg and Luxembourg & Strasbourg will be on a group bus that will be of comparable cost to second class train tickets and local public transportation from the train station to the hotel. The bus fee for 2018 is $100.

Travel fees are subject to change as the trip itinerary is finalized. More detailed information regarding travel will be provided at a later date.

Students with disabilities: Every effort will be made to accommodate students with special needs or disabilities. However, generally, in Europe facilities are not always equipped for disabled people as they are normally in the USA. Students with special needs must contact the Office of Student Affairs at WCL,, (202) 274-4052.

Non-Credit Participants


Non-Credit seeking participants will receive a Certificate of Completion after successfully completing the program. Please email if this is the option you wish to pursue.

2018 Total Certificate
of Completion
$7,400 see below for payment details
Certificate of
Completion Fees1
Amount Due Date
Application Fee2
$100 due at time of application (applications accepted on a rolling basis until March 15- please note that programs often fill up well before this date)
Non-Refundable Seat Deposit3 $500 due three (3) weeks after you have been notified that your application was received
Transportation Fee4 $100 May 15, 2018
Tuition Balance Due $6,700 May 1, 2018
1 Fee includes the following: Certificate of Completion from American University Washington College of Law, in-country lodging during the program, transportation and admission to required site visits
2 Application fee is not part of tuition but is separate administrative fee
3 Seat deposit is the first $500 of the total Certificate Fee for the program
4 Includes travel on a coach bus between Brussels & Luxembourg hotels and Luxembourg & Strasbourg hotels
* Additional program costs for which registrants are responsible include round trip transportation from the United States, food, any visa charges, and any personal expenses



 2018 Total Academic Tuition and Fees* $12,128 See below for payment deadlines
Tuition1 and Fees Amount Due Date
Non-Refundable Application Fee2 $100 due at the time of application (applications accepted on a rolling basis until March 31- please note that programs often will fill up well before this date)
Non-Refundable Seat Deposit3 $500 Due three (3) weeks after you have been notified that your application was received
Transportation Fee4 $100 May 15, 2018
Tuition Balance Due $11,428 End of May 2018
1 Tuition includes the following: 6 hours of credit from American University Washington College of Law, housing from May 28 to June 24, transportation and admissions to required site visits, and supplemental travel insurance during the program.
2 Application Fee is not part of tuition but is a separate administrative fee.
3 Seat Deposit is the first $500 of the total due for the program.
Includes travel on a coach bus between Brussels & Luxembourg hotels and Luxembourg & Strasbourg hotels
* Additional program costs for which students are responsible include round trip transportation from the United States, food, any visa charges, and any personal expenses.

This also pays for the following:

  • Hotel housing (double occupancy), breakfast, and wi-fi from the nights of May 27 (check-in date) to June 24 (check-out date)
  • Several receptions and celebrations


For general questions and concerns please visit the Summer Abroad FAQs page. All other questions and concerns should be directed to:

WCL Abroad
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Suite Y360
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
Telephone: (202) 274-4228

ABA Disclosures Europe 2018

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/30/2018
Rolling Admission 05/27/2018 06/24/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.