SEMESTER STUDY ABROAD
European University Institute (EUI)
The European University Institute (EUI) is a graduate teaching and research institute established by the member states of the European Union. It has departments in history, economics, political and social sciences, and law. Law students at EUI are graduates taking part in either a three-year doctoral program or a one-year master’s program. The faculty members of EUI are leading scholars in the field of European community and international and comparative law from universities throughout Europe and the world.
San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy
Language of Instruction:
English. Interested students may enroll in a free intensive Italian language course during the semester. However, Columbia Law School only awards credit for law courses.
Pre- or Co-requisites:
Registration Date: August 27, 2015.
Recommended Arrival Date: September 10, 2015.
Orientation Program: September 15, 2015.
Classes Begin: October 5, 2015.
Classes End: November 30, 2015.
Registration date: TBA.
Recommended Arrival Date: TBA.
Orientation Program: TBA.
Classes Begin: TBA.
Classes End: TBA.
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 Italy.
Health Insurance Requirements:
Depending on the length of stay and each student’s finances, EUI offers students the option of either a collective health insurance policy through Cigna (65.84 euros per month) or the use of the Italian National Health Service (149.77 euros per calendar year). The EUI website has further information about health insurance. 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.
The EUI Housing Office (part of the Real Estate and Facilities Service) organizes EUI residential apartments and manages a database providing offers for long and short-term housing on the private market in and around Florence. Students can opt to:
- Apply for EUI residential accommodation to rent an EUI apartment from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015.
- Look for accommodations through the EUI Housing database on the private market (The Housing Office does not arrange housing for EUI members directly as it is the EUI's policy not to deal with private rental agreements).
- The institute does not verify the information acquired nor the conformity of data given by owners. The EUI declines any responsibility for omitted, insufficient, and/or wrong information.
The Housing Office also publishes in-house offers of, and requests for, accommodations.
Exchange students at EUI receive their grade based on written papers submitted for each course.
Students will receive transcripts from EUI. 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.
Online Course Catalog EUI LAW Academic Calendar.
EUI Academic Calendar.
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 two Columbia Law School students may participate in the EUI 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 European University Institute Application Requirements:
(To obtain forms, please consult with the Columbia Law School Office of International Programs.)
- Statement of Research Plan.
- Curriculum Vitae.
- Letter of Reference.
Columbia University exchange students will have use of EUI’s library which is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. More information on EUI’s library can be found here.
Students participating in the EUI Semester Exchange program will need to obtain a visa from the Italian Consulate General. Those students without American citizenship can also obtain their Italian Student Visa from the Italian Consulate General of the United States.
European University Institute Online
EUI Law School
European University Institute
Exchange Program Information (PDF download)
Online Course Catalog
EUI Academic Calendar
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, however, 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 Joint Degree Programs
Office of International and Comparative Law Programs, Columbia Law School
Office: William and June Warren Hall, Room 605