Temple University (Philadelphia)

Temple University is an exchange destination for Utrecht University School of Law students in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America.


Studying law in the United States is very different from studying law in many other countries. In various countries, students begin their law studies immediately following graduation from high school or secondary school; most universities in other countries require only a high school diploma or the equivalent in that country to admit students to their law faculties. In the US, however, law is a professional academic field, the equivalent of a graduate degree in other parts of the world.

Law schools in the US are part of public or private universities that grant Juris Doctor (J.D.) degrees. The Juris Doctor program generally lasts three years for full-time students and four years for part-time students. The first year of law school is generally considered to be the most difficult because of the core classes, exams, and the Socrates method. The Socrates method is a method used in most law school classes in which the professor cold calls on students to state a case or respond to a case-based question. This intimidates many students, particularly international students, who might be afraid to speak up in class, but most international students do just fine.

Student experiences

Read the student experiences here!


Future students

School of Law

Courses can be found here and here.



Academic calendar

Semester I (Fall Semester): August - December
Semester II (Spring Semester): January - May

Orientation takes place during the week before classes begin. Students will be notified of arrival dates after acceptance.

Academic Calendar


Course requirement: Students are required to enrol for the Legal Research and Writing course (3 credits).

Credits system required by Law UU: American grading system 

Once you have been selected, for your application at Temple University, a language certificate is required. The International Office (REBO) will issue a letter certifying your command of the English language. 

Areas of study open for exchange students


Courses at Master level


Estimated living costs per month

Fees: $445.00 University Services Fee (study abroad students only);

$178.50 International Student fee; Course-specific fees may also apply.

Housing: Approx. $5,000-$6,000/semester (rent + utilities)

Food: Approx. $1,500/semester 


You can find information on this university’s credits in the credit conversion table


J-1 or F-1 visa is usually required. The host university will inform you more specifically.




There is limited university student housing available, but there are many nearby off-campus options.

Temple University Housing and Residential Life

Off-campus Accommodations


Health Insurance

Health Insurance: Coverage is mandatory for all international students and Temple will automatically enroll every student into a coverage plan. Please visit the website for health insurance details.


Number of places available

4 places per year, maximum of 1 semester each.

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