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When and where?

Write down what you want to get out of your time abroad. Working out what you want to achieve will help determine the choices you make. Research your options well, make good arrangements and make sure to consider your study plan carefully.

When?

During your Bachelor’s programme

The most obvious time to go abroad is during the free electives phase of your Bachelor’s programme. You are then relatively unrestricted in the courses you can follow and the credits you earn abroad can generally be counted towards your studies in Leiden.

During your Master’s programme

In general students on two-year (research) Master’s programmes are advised to spend a semester or more abroad. During your Master’s studies you get to analyse your subject matter in more depth therefore a period of study abroad can be very beneficial. Students on one-year Master’s programmes can also study abroad but this can be trickier to organise. If you’re not sure when would be the best time for you, speak to your study adviser.

After your studies

Of course you can also choose to go abroad after your studies, for example to do an (additional) Master’s programme. However this can have its drawbacks, so make sure to read the information on doing an entire Master's programme carefully in advance.

Where?

In general different procedures apply depending on whether you will study within or outside Europe. This is especially true for exchange programmes. The EP-Nuffic website is a handy tool for researching possible study destinations. If you have a particular country in mind it’s easier to focus your research.

You can also search through all Leiden University's exchange agreements.

Safe destination
Students cannot travel to or through a region that has been given a colour code of orange or red by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for any purposes relating to their studies
. Always check the travel advice (in Dutch) issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make sure you have selected a safe destination.

Finding out more

A great start to your preparations is a visit to the annual Study Abroad Festival. This event is organised every autumn by Leiden University. You’ll be provided with information about your options, the procedures and deadlines involved, and all the practical aspects of studying abroad. Meet students who have just returned from their study abroad adventure and hear about their experiences. There’s no better way to prepare for your time abroad. 

There are lots of websites and sources that provide useful information on all aspects of studying abroad:

  • EP-Nuffic:information about internships, scholarships and countries;
  • Fulbright: for students wanting to study or undertake research in the United States;
  • AIESEC: an organisation that offers assistance in searching for internships;
  • Wilweg.nl: a website that assembles information on all kinds of possibilities for spending time abroad;
  • Information about finances;
  • Speak to Leiden students who have already been abroad.

Do you still have questions about studying abroad after reading this web information? If so, please contact the study abroad staff at the international relations department or consult our FAQs.

University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Why should you go abroad?

It’s good to go abroad for six months (or longer) as part of your study! You benefit from the experience for the rest of your life. Reasons for studying abroad:
- learn about other legal systems
- personal development
- improving language skills
- improving intercultural skills
- it’s fun!

Making enquires and choosing your destination

It’s possible to study abroad during part of your Bachelor’s degree or your Master’s degree. This can be for one semester, or a whole academic year, including the period  to write your thesis. We have a large number of partner universities both in and outside Europe that provide opportunities for you to take law or criminology courses as part of your study programme. Check out the information on the Blackboard site Studeren in het Buitenland (BIO) (Dutch) to find out more about the different universities.

  Faculty University
Where to? Europe, outside Europe Oudsite Europe
For whom? Students Leiden Law School All students Leiden University
Contact Office for International Education, Leiden Law School Student and Educational Affairs (Plexus)
Deadline 1 February 1 December

 

 

Partners

If there are 2 languages ​​mentioned for a university, please check the website of the university concerned to see which courses are offered in which language (and during which period). Or contact the Office for International Education.

Country Semester Language Students
Austria      
University of Vienna  Oct-Jan, Mar-Jun  ger law 
Belgium      
Universiteit Gent  Sep-Jan, Feb-Jul dut, eng  
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Sep-Jan, Feb-Jun dut, eng law/crim
University of Liège Sep-Jan, Feb-Jun dut, eng law/crim
Vrije Universiteit Brussel  Sep-Jan, Feb-Jul dut, eng crim
Croatia      
University of Zagreb Oct-Feb, Feb-Jul croa, eng law
Czech Republic      
Charles University in Praque  Oct-Feb, Feb-May eng law
Denmark      
Aarhus University Aug-Jan, Feb-Jun dan, eng law
University of Copenhagen Aug-Jan, Feb-Jun dan, eng law
Finland      
University of Helsinki Aug-Dec, Jan-Jul eng law
France      
Jean Moulin - Lyon 3 University Sep-Jan, Jan-May fre, eng law
Sciences Po, Paris Sep-Jan, Jan-May fre, eng law
University Panthéon-Assas, Paris Oct-Jan/Feb-Jun fre law/crim
Université de Poitiers Sep-Jan/Jan-May fre law
Université de Strasbourg Sep-Jan/Jan-May fre law
Université François-Rabelais Tours Sep-Jan/Jan-May fre law
Germany      
University of Göttingen Oct-Mar, Apr-Jul ger law/crim 
Universität Hamburg Oct-Mar ger law/crim
Heidelberg University Sep-Feb, Mar- Aug ger law/crim
Greece      
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Sep-Feb,Feb-June gre, fre, eng, ger law
Ireland      
University College, Cork Sep-Dec, Jan-Jun eng law/crim 
Trinity College, Dublin Oct-Dec, Jan-may eng law 
National University of Ireland, Galway Sep-Dec, Jan-May  eng  law
Italy      
University of Bologna Sep-Feb, Mar-Jul ita, eng law/crim
LUISS Guido Carli, Rome Sep-Feb, Mar-Jul ita, eng law 
University of Naples-Federico II Sep-Feb, Mar-Jul ita, eng law
University of Siena Oct-Feb, Feb-Jul, Mar-Jul  ita, eng law
Latvia      
University of Latvia Sep-Jan, Feb-Jul lat,eng law
Norway      
University of Oslo Aug-Dec, Jan-Jul  nor, eng law/crim
Portugal      
University of Coimbra Sep-Feb, Feb-Jul por, eng law
Poland      
Jagiellonian University in Krakow Oct-Feb, Feb-Sep pol, eng, ger, fr law
Romania      
University of Bucharest Oct-Feb, Mar-Jul rom, eng, fr law
Serbia      
University of Novi Sad Oct-Jan, Feb-Jun Serbian law
Slovenia      
University of Ljubljana Oct-Jan, Feb-Jun  eng law 
Spain       
University of Barcelona Sep-Feb, Feb-Jun  spa, cat law
University of Deusto, Bilbao Sep-Feb, Feb-Jun  spa, cat, eng law 
Universidad de Granada Oct-Jan, Feb-Jun spa, cat law 
Sweden      
Lund University  Sep-Jan, Jan-Jun swe, eng law
Uppsala University Aug-Dec/Jan, Jan-Jun swe, eng law
Switzerland      
University of Fribourg Sep-Jan, Feb-May fre, ger, eng law 
University of Zurich Aug-Jan, Feb-Jul ger law
Turkey      
Istanbul University Oct-Feb, Feb-Jul eng, tur  law 
Bilkent University Sep-Jan, Feb-May eng, tur  law
Koc University Sep-Jan, Feb-May eng, tur law
United Kingdom      
King’s College, London Sept-Jun eng  law/crim 
Queen Mary, University of London  Sep-Dec, (Jan-April) eng law 
University of East Anglia, Norwich  Sep-Dec eng law
University of Essex Oct-Dec, Jan-June eng law
University of Oxford  Sep-Jun eng  law/crim
University of Dundee, Scotland Sep-Dec, Jan-May eng  law
University of Edinburgh, Scotland Sep-Dec, Jan-May eng law
University of Glasgow, Scotland Sep-Dec, Jan-May eng law
Country Semester Language Students
South Africa      
North-West University, Potchefstroom Jan/Feb-Jun afr, eng law
Stellenbosch University Jan/Feb-Jun, Jul-Dec afr, eng law
University of Pretoria Jan/Feb-Jun, Jul-Dec afr, eng law
Country Semester Language Students
China      
China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing Sep-Jan/Feb, Feb-Jul eng, chi law
Peking University Sep-Jan/Feb, Feb-Jul eng, chi law
Renmin University Sep-Jan/Feb, Feb-Jul eng, chi law
Tsinghua University Sep-Jan/Feb, Feb-Jul eng, chi law
China Foreign Affairs University Sep-Jan/Feb, Feb-Jul eng, chi law
Shanghai Jiao Tong University Sep-Jan/Feb, Feb-Jul eng, chi law
Shanghai International Studies University Sep-Jan/Feb, Feb-Jul eng, chi law
East China University of Political Science and Law  Sep-Jan/Feb, Feb-Jul eng, chi law
Law School of Shandong University Sep-Jan/Feb, Feb-Jul eng, chi law
Indonesia      
Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta Sep-Jan, Feb-May eng, ind law
Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta Sep-Jan, Feb-May eng, ind law
Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya Sep-Jan, Feb-May eng, ind law
Israel      
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv Sep-Jan, Feb-May eng, ara law
Korea      
Sungkyunkwan university Law school Mar-Jun/July, Sep-Dec eng, kor law
Lebanon      
Holy Spirit of Kaslik, Juniyah Sep-Jan, Feb-Jun eng, fre law
Taiwan      
National Taiwan University Sep-Dec, Jan- May eng, man law
Country Semester Language Students
Australia      
Bond University, Gold Coast Jan-Apr, May-Aug, Sep-Dec eng law/crim
Monash University, Melbourne Feb-Jun, Jul-Nov eng law/crim
University of Sydney Mar-Jun, Jul -Nov eng law
Country Semester Language Students  
United States of America        
The University of Texas at Austin Aug-Dec, Jan-May eng law/crim  
University of Connecticut, Hartford Aug-Dec, Jan-May eng law  
University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law Aug-Dec, Jan-May eng law  
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco Aug-Dec, Jan-May eng law/crim  
University of Florida, Gainesville Aug-Dec, Jan-May eng law  
Indiana University Maurer School of Law Aug - Dec, eng law  
Boston University Law School, Massachusetts Aug-Dec, Jan-May eng

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Cornell Law School, Ithaca Aug-Dec, Jan-May eng

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Canada        
University of British Columbia, Vancouver Sep-Dec, Jan-May eng

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Country Semester  Language  Students 
Brazil      
University of Sao Paulo Feb-Jun, Aug-Dec por law
Chile      
Universidad Diego Portales Feb-Jun, Aug-Dec spa law

Information Days

Want to find out more about studying abroad? At the Information Days organised in spring and autumn students are present to tell you about their experiences abroad. You also receive information on all aspects of a period of study abroad.

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