Study abroad programs are a core part of the academic experience at STL. By graduation, close to 40 percent of our students will have experienced study abroad. Employers routinely cite study abroad experience as distinguishing characteristics of STL graduates.
The programs provide opportunities for students to spend a semester or summer at an elite overseas partner institution, deepening their study of foreign law, building international peer networks, and gaining language and cross-cultural skills that will equip them for transnational legal practice. Students return home with a broader comparative perspective on their legal studies and an enduring connection to their host country.
Since 2011, more than 80 students have gone abroad through STL exchange programs. Our current exchange partners are: Bucerius Law School (Germany), Center for Transnational Legal Studies (UK), EBS Law School (Germany), University of Lausanne (Switzerland), Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School of Sao Paulo (Brazil), Maastricht University (Netherlands), Tel Aviv University (Israel), Aix–Marseille University (France), University of Miami (USA), University of Indiana (USA), and University of Iowa (USA).
Typically, study abroad takes place during a student’s 3L year, and selections are made early in the Spring semester of the student’s 2L year. Study abroad terms last one semester. For more information, students should consult OIP’s General Guidelines for Study Abroad, which contains policies on applications, transfer credit, and specific details about each exchange partner.
“Studying at the University of Lausanne was really unforgettable. There, I studied with classmates from more than 20 countries, not only learning more about EU law, but also focusing on international economic law and WTO law, areas in which I had already developed an interest at STL. A highlight was visiting the WTO Headquarters in Geneva, where we attended a lecture in a conference room typically used for multilateral trade negotiations. The whole experience enhanced my passion for international law.”
– Kang Zhuang, ’14