University of Luxembourg Semester Exchange
Columbia University School of Law has established a semester exchange program with the University of Luxembourg under which two Columbia Law students per year may spend a semester in Luxembourg, acquiring up to 13 credits toward the J.D. degree.
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 taught under the auspices of three different Masters Programs: the LL.M in European Law (European Private Law; General European Law), the LL.M in European Economic Law (European litigation; European Economic and Financial Criminal Law) and European and International Financial Law (European Banking and Financial Law; European and International Tax Law). Visit their website for additional information.
Internships can play an integral part of University of Luxembourg study programs. The University will assist Columbia students who wish to obtain internships or experiential learning opportunities at such Luxembourg institutions as the Court of Justice of the European Union. The University has both an extensive network of Luxembourg-based partners and administrative staff dedicated to helping students to seek a broad range of experiential learning opportunities and internship positions on their own.
In addition, the University's international office has recently negotiated a special agreement with the American Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg that provides internship opportunities specifically for U.S. exchange students.
The University of Luxembourg offers an extremely diverse intellectual environment with an enrollment of over 6000 students from roughly 100 countries. The official languages of Luxembourg are Luxembourgish, French and German, and the University awards degrees in French/English, French/German or entirely in English.
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is located between France, Belgium and Germany. As one of the European Union’s capitals, it hosts several European institutions and is an international financial center. Founded in 2003, 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 attend in either the Fall or the Spring semester. In the Fall, the University is willing to help arrange early or alternate exams to allow CLS students to return home in time to continue in the Spring semester at Columbia. The Spring semester typically begins in February with classes ending in June. The School will make best efforts to complete the Spring semester in accordance with Columbia schedule for graduation and Bar requirements.
Eligibility & Application Procedure
Applications from full-time Columbia law students are accepted online from early February through early March for the following academic year. Preference will be given to students entering their third year. As part of the application, students must submit a resume, Columbia transcript, and a statement describing their educational objectives and reasons for participating in the program. Selections are made based upon the strength of the statement, academic record at Columbia, and faculty recommendations. Final acceptance to the program is subject to University of Luxembourg approval.
Participation in an exchange program or semester study abroad program does not exempt students from any requirements for the J.D. degree (i.e. Professional Responsibility course, pro bono service, major/minor writing, etc.).
Columbia students will continue to pay Columbia tuition, health insurance, and health service fees. Other Columbia student activity fees will be waived. Students may waive health insurance fees and health service fees at Columbia if alternative coverage is obtained.
The University of Luxembourg has reserved the right to cancel any course for reasons of insufficient student registration. Students will receive due notice to that effect. If changes are announced prior to a student's departure from the U.S., and the student is unable to identify satisfactory substitute courses, the student may choose to withdraw from the program. If cancellation occurs after the student has arrived in Luxembourg, substitute courses must be selected and submitted for approval to the Dean of Comparative and International Programs of Columbia Law School.
Parker School Recognition
Students participating in a semester study abroad program are eligible to receive up to 7 of the 10 required academic points in international, foreign, or comparative law. Students should contact the Parker School upon completion of the program to ascertain how many credits will be awarded for their foreign study.