SEMESTER STUDY ABROAD
University of Amsterdam
This English-language program is ideal for students who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of the various aspects of European and international law.
The program allows Columbia Law School students to enroll in advanced law courses at the Master's (LL.M.) level. These courses at the Amsterdam Law School (ALS) are taught in English by some of the law faculty’s most distinguished lecturers. Classes include both international and Dutch students.
Language of Instruction:
English. Interested students may also take an intensive course in Dutch prior to the start of the semester and/or during the semester. Columbia Law School, however, only awards credit for law courses.
Pre- or Co-requisites:
Evidence of basic knowledge of European Union law and public international law. (In the fall semester, the University of Amsterdam offers introductory courses in EU and international law for those students who have not taken these courses in their home schools.)
Amsterdam's first semester (fall) is from early September to mid-December and the second semester (spring) is from early February to late May or early June. Examinations in the fall semester generally take place in January, however, special exams will be given for Columbia students prior to the Christmas holiday. Amsterdam will also arrange for early exams for our students in the 3L year, allowing students to participate in Columbia's graduation ceremony.
First semester (Fall) runs from late August through late January. (Columbia Law School students will be finished with exams in December.)
Block 1: Approximately August 31 to October 16 (Exams: October 19 to 23).
Block 2: Approximately October 26 to December 11 (Exams: December 14 to 18).
Block 3: Approximately January 4 to January 22 (Exams: January 25 to 29).
Second semester (Spring) runs from February through late June. (Columbia Law School students can arrange with some professors to be finished with exams in May)
Block 1: Approximately February 1 to March 18 (Exams March 21-25).
Block 2: Approximately March 28 to May 20 (Exams May 23-27).
Block 3: Approximately June 1 to June 19 (Exams June 22-26).
Tuition and Fees:
Students who participate in a study abroad program will continue to pay Columbia tuition, although in certain programs, health insurance and health service fees can be waived with proof of adequate alternative coverage for the entire year. All other student fees are waived.
Cost of Living:
Students are responsible for the cost of living while abroad. These costs include travel to and from the foreign country, housing expenses, food, utilities, entertainment, and all other costs associated with study abroad. Please consult with the Office of International Programs to learn more about the cost of living in Amsterdam.
Health Insurance Requirements:
All students at the University of Amsterdam are required, by law, to have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their stay in the Netherlands. If students do not have appropriate coverage they may purchase insurance through University of Amsterdam at a cost of about 500 euros per semester. Students who are able to provide proof of appropriate alternative insurance will not need to purchase this insurance from University of Amsterdam.
Non-EEA/EU students requesting a residence permit through the University of Amsterdam will also need to purchase liability insurance.
Important Notice Regarding Housing:
Student housing in Amsterdam, as in New York, can be difficult to find and is expensive. The University of Amsterdam may be able to assist Global Alliance students in finding third-party rental housing, but some accommodations may be located at some distance from the city center. Other accommodation may be available under the auspices of the University of Amsterdam in more central areas. This may be limited, however, and be available only to self-organized groups of students. It may also require an early and nonrefundable deposit and may require payment through the end of the Amsterdam semester, e.g through the end of January. It is important that Columbia Law School students consult with the Office of International Programs to understand and accept these challenges before committing to this program.
Full-time students are required to take at least 30 and no more than 42 European Credits (EC) per semester. Students are able to pre-register online. Thirty (30) EC is converted to 11 Columbia credits, 35 EC is converted to 13 Columbia credits.
Students are evaluated on written exams, papers, and oral exams. Evaluation is based on class participation, oral presentations, assignments, final papers, and final exams. The Dutch grading system ranges from one to 10.
8 to 10
7.5 to 8
7 to 7.5
6 to 7
Less than 6
To receive Columbia Law School credit a student must score a six or higher.
Students will receive transcripts from Amsterdam Law School. The grades earned abroad will not be listed on students' Columbia transcripts; the Columbia transcript will only indicate the number of credits earned while participating in an international study abroad program.
Syllabi are available one week before the start of classes.
It may be possible while studying abroad to arrange work with a local nongovernmental organization that would qualify towards the fulfillment of the pro bono requirement. Please consult with Social Justice Initiatives for further information.
Each year up to four Columbia Law School students may participate in the Amsterdam Semester Exchange.
Applications open during the spring term only and should be submitted for the 2L spring term or the fall or spring terms in the 3L year.
Selections will be made upon the strength of the personal statement; academic record at Columbia; faculty recommendations; and other factors that reflect the likelihood of a candidate’s successful participation in the program. In some instances, interviews may be conducted to assist in the selection process.
Columbia Law School Application Requirements:
- Columbia Law School Study Abroad Application, including a Personal Statement.
- Curriculum Vitae.
- The name of a Columbia Law School faculty member who can submit a brief recommendation.
- Official transcript (i.e., configure LawNet/Apply for Study Abroad/My Services to allow OIP access to your transcript).
Amsterdam Law School Application Requirements:
- Evidence of basic knowledge of European Union law and public international law (If students are deficient in this area, they may take these courses during the first semester of the next academic year).
- ALS Application (provided by OIP, due May 1 for fall enrollment, November 1 for spring enrollment).
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General Library Hours
8:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
Law School Library Hours
9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday
CLOSED Saturday and Sunday
Citizens from the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Monaco, the Vatican City, and others are required to obtain the proper residence permit. Visit the University of Amsterdam visa information website.
If you have questions about the visa process for the University of Amsterdam you may send an email to email@example.com.
For more information
Visit the Office of International Programs in William and June Warren Hall, 6th Floor. There, you can view any additional information on file from our partner schools, as well as any relevant program evaluations that have been submitted by students who have participated in this and other study abroad programs.
Studying abroad has been very beneficial for many students who are considering a public interest career, but that the timing of overseas study may also present scheduling conflicts with regard to public interest hiring calendars. Please consult with Social Justice Initiatives to learn more.
Director of International Student Exchange and Dual Degree Programs
Office of International and Comparative Law Programs, Columbia Law School
Office: William and June Warren Hall, Room 605