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About us Faculty of Law Studeren in het buitenland (Exchange)

Requirements

An exchange is possible during your bachelor and your master. In IESE you can check if the university of your choice offers courses on bachelor level or on master level during an exchange. To be eligible for an exchange period students must meet the minimum requirements below. Bachelor students are allowed to opt for an exchange where only master courses are available as long as they meet the requirements. Applications of students that do not meet the requirements will therefore not be taken into consideration.

General requirements for students

  • be enrolled as a full-time law student for the entire exchange period;
  • have successfully completed all 1st year courses when they apply.

Additional requirements for an exchange period with bachelor level courses in Europe

  • have obtained 30 ECTS on top of all 1st year courses before they actually leave to the host university;
  • meet the language requirements of the host university;
  • additional requirements from the partner university must sometimes be met (see IESE).

Additional requirements for an exchange period with master level courses in Europe

  • have obtained 30 ECTS on top of all 1st year courses when they apply;
  • meet the language requirements of the host university;
  • additional requirements from the partner university must sometimes be met (see IESE).

Additional requirements for an exchange period outside Europe

  • have obtained 30 ECTS on top of all 1st year courses when they apply;
  • a GPA (grade point average) of at least 7.0;
  • a valid language test results: only valid TOEFL or IELTS can be accepted;
  • additional requirements from the partner university must sometimes be met (see IESE).

For more specific information on language and other requirements from host universities, see IESE .

General remarks

Meeting the minimum requirements does not mean that students are automatically selected. The final selection will be made by the Faculty’s selection committee. This committee will assess all factors in each file as submitted to them and depends on the destination students choose. These factors include a.o. requiremenst from the partneruniversities, GPA, motivation to study at the specific partner universities, cultural sensitivity, level of studies, study progress, etc. It is paramount to provide the selection committee with all relevant information.

If the number of suitable candidates for a specific university outweighs the number of available grants or places, the selection committee decides which candidates are most suitable. The committee will always aim at placing as many students as possible at a university of their preference. Priority is given to students who have not yet been on an exchange programme.

LLB International and European Law

Students of the English taught LLB programme International and European Law have a mandatory exchange period scheduled for the first semester of the third study year. Students are required to pass a minimum of 30 ECTS during their exchange semester; at least 25 ECTS must consist of law courses. A maximum of 5 ECTS can consist of non-law courses which are related to the programme (e.g. criminology, international relations, political science, etc.). The characterisation of the courses is at the discretion of the Board of Examiners.

Students that would like to work towards access to the Bar and/or judiciary in their home country can also use this exchange period to study at a partner university in their home country.

Due to the difference in educational systems it is not possible for LLB students to study in countries like the USA and Canada. In these educational systems, the students, after high school, first go to college for four years and can subsequently enter a law school, if they pass the very competitive selection process. The Faculty of Law has exchange agreements in these countries with Law Schools, not colleges. Courses that are open to exchange students are usually third or fourth year law courses, the level of which is comparable to master courses in the Netherlands. As a result of this our exchange students often sit side by side with the LLM students or students who have almost finished their law degree and are preparing for the Bar Exam in their country. As a result of this, our partners in these countries require us to select only advanced law students. Advanced in this case means: students who are in their master programme here in Groningen. In very special cases exceptions may be possible, but only at the discretion of the selection committee. The selection committee will always give priority to the requirements of the partner universities over students’ preferences.

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