SEMESTER STUDY ABROAD
University of Luxembourg
The University of Luxembourg has about 6,200 students, with more than 200 professors and assistant professors, and approximately 700 additional professionals providing support to the teaching faculty.
Columbia students may enroll for study in the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance at the University of Luxembourg. Columbia Law students can take courses either in the common first year (M1) or in the six specialisations
offered in the second year (M2). M1 offers a solid basis in European law and prepares student for the different highly specialised LL.M. programs in the second year. The six specializations are: Droit et Contentieux de
l'Union Européenne (European Law and Litigation), European Economic and Financial Criminal Law, Droit Bancaire et Financier Européen (European Banking and Financial Law), European and International Tax Law, European Private Law as well as Space, Communication and Media Law. Each program offers courses in French or in English. Please use the links below to visit the University of Luxembourg website where you can learn more about the programs and view a listing of courses taught in English.
Language of Instruction:
English or French.
Pre- or Co-requisites:
Recommended Arrival Date: One week before the official start of the semester
Classes Begin: September 14, 2015
Classes End: December 12, 2015
Exam preparation: January 4–10, 2016
Exams Begin: January 11, 2016 (Columbia Law School students can reschedule exams and papers to complete program in December)
Exams End: February 14, 2016
Recommended Arrival Date: One week before the official start of the semester
Classes Begin: February 15, 2016
Classes End: May 28, 2016
Exam preparation: May 30—June 5, 2016
Exams Begin: June 6, 2016
Exams End: July 3, 2016
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 Luxembourg.
Health Insurance Requirements:
All exchange students are required to be covered with health insurance through the National Health Insurance Agency. There is no cost for this coverage. Students should register with the National Health Insurance Agency once they have arrived in Luxembourg.
Columbia Law School students may be required to continue paying health insurance fees and health service fees at Columbia if appropriate alternative coverage is not obtained.
A registration code for applying for a room in a University of Luxembourg residence hall is sent to students once they have registered online and their file is complete. Columbia Law School students are prioritized in the allocation of rooms. The dates of the registration start and the deadline are sent to the accepted students by email.
- Columbia Law School students are required to maintain a full time schedule of at least 12 credits per semester.
- Each semester has around 14 classroom weeks.
- Classes are generally 45 minutes in length. Lectures are usually two, three, or 4 units (90, 135, and 180 minutes).
- The University of Luxembourg uses the ECTS system for measuring credits. A regular, full-time schedule would be 30 ECTS.
Students are graded on a scale of zero (0) to twenty (20). A student must score at least a 10 to receive a passing grade.
To receive Columbia Law School credit, a student must successfully pass a course with a score of 12 or higher. Students will receive transcripts from the University of Luxembourg. The grades earned abroad will not be listed on students' Columbia transcripts; the Columbia transcript will only indicate the number of credits earned under an international study abroad program.
Registering for Classes
Normally students register for courses on-site at the University of Luxembourg after arrival. It is possible to register in advance online.
View a listing of courses offered in English at the University of Luxembourg.
It may be possible, while studying abroad, to arrange work with a local NGO 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 Luxembourg exchange program.
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).
The University of Luxembourg Application Requirements:
- Letter of Motivation.
- Copy of ID/Passport.
The University of Luxembourg Online
Luxembourg Incoming Exchange Student Information
University of Luxembourg Law School
Download an information PDF Pamphlet
The library service of the University of Luxembourg comprises four libraries on the three campuses. The libraries of the University of Luxembourg not only offer students access to support for their courses and to useful documentation for producing various written works, but also premises for studying and for accessing the Internet.
Citizens of the United States do not need a visa for any stay of less than 90 days. For a stay over 90 days, a U.S. citizen must apply for a Temporary Stay Authorization in order to request a residence permit.
Non-U.S. citizens should check current visa requirements. Citizens of countries that are required to submit to a visa obligation must apply for a short-stay visa for any stay less than 90 days. For stays over 90 days, these individuals need to apply for a Temporary Stay Authorization in order to request a D visa which would allow them to travel Luxembourg where they will then apply for a residence permit.
Proof of Financial Resources:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs requires a proof of financial resources of 1,078.54 euros per month as of January 1, 2014 (80 percent of the guaranteed minimum income). The number is adapted regularly and might not represent current requirements.
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. 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