Information for exchange students school of law
On this page you can find all the information about the courses offered in English for incoming exchange students of the Utrecht University School of Law, including information on how to register for courses.
For general information about an exchange programme (such as the application process, language requirements etc.) at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance you can go to the site of the International Exchange Office.International Exchange Office Website
How to enrol for courses
The following courses are available for incoming exchange students at the School of Law. Please note that the course overviews of semester 2 2023-2024 (period 3 and 4) are subject to change. Changes can still take place and courses may be cancelled.
No master's courses are offered in semester 2.
Preventing overlap in courses
At the Utrecht University courses are scheduled in timeslots to prevent a clash in course times. When you register yourself for courses, please choose courses in different timeslots in order to prevent overlap in your schedule. The timeslot of a course is included in the course description.
So for instance if a course is in timeslot A, your other course needs to be in B, C, D, or E. If a course is in a mixed timeslot (i.e. AB), your other course cannot be in either of those timeslots.
The week is divided into the following timeslots:
Courses have specific levels, indicated by a number. The higher the level, the more likely that a course has specific entrance requirements. Please ensure you meet these requirements before registering for a specific course. You can find these requirements in the Course catalogue
- Bachelor Level 1 (Introductory): no pre-requisites.
- Bachelor Level 2 (Elaborative): may require certain prerequisites.
- Bachelor Level 3 (Complex): specific entrance requirements, which often include having completed the first year of study in the relevant field.
- Master level: Incoming exchange students may apply for master's courses if they have finished three years of law studies and meet the course requirements as well as additional language requirements. The places available for exchange students in master’s courses are limited and priority will be given to the students of our master’s programmes.
Exchange students for the School of Law will receive information about the course registration procedure by email in May (for semester 1) or in October (for semester 2). The Student Information Desk will send you a form to register which courses you want to take. Please submit this form before the deadline stated in the email, as late enrolment is not always possible.
You can select your courses from the overview of available courses earlier on this page. You can register for a maximum of 2 courses (worth 7.5 each) per period and must provide one alternative course choice per period.
If registration for a particular course is not possible, we will try to register you for the alternative course you’ve chosen.
Please discuss the acceptance of courses with your home university before registering for them. In the event the course content is not clear from the descriptions available, you can contact the course coordinator in Utrecht before registration. Their contact details are provided with the course descriptions in the course catalogue.
Have you made a mistake in filling in your form before the deadline? Please resubmit the form, as we will process the last form you sent in.
Every student has the possibility to disenrol within two weeks after the start of the courses.
Send an e-mail to email@example.com where you mention your student number as well as the course code and title of the course you wish to disenrol from. We will take care of the rest.
If you want to change courses you can contact the study advisor (see the contact information further down on this page). They can provide advice what course to take instead and disenrol you from the course you wish to drop.
Course changes will not be accepted after the deadline unless the programme at Utrecht University changes after that date.
Courses at other Faculties
Exchange students at the School of Law may register for courses from other faculties or institutes. These courses count towards the maximum of 2 courses per period and should be filled out on the course registration form. Course registration is also subject to approval by the department/faculty concerned.
Please note: at least 50% of your courses should be courses offered by the School of Law.
- Utrecht School of Economics
- Utrecht School of Governance
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
- Faculty of Humanities
- Other School or Faculty
Exchange students from other Faculties
Exchange students from other faculties can register for law courses if places are still available. Registration is possible for a maximum of one law course per semester.
Students can only register for level 1 courses unless they can show proof that they have studied law for at least one year at university level. Exchange students from other faculties should register with their respective contact person at Utrecht University. The coordinator at home and at the Utrecht University School of Law must approve the course programme.
After course registration, you can check this course registration in Osiris by the end of June (for semester 1) or end of November (semester 2).
You will receive your personal course schedule, including course locations, in MyTimetable. We expect your schedule to be available late August (semester 1) or late January (semester 2). Please note that it may take longer to progress courses from other schools/faculties.
The academic year at Utrecht University consists of two semesters of two teaching periods each. A full academic year therefore consists of four teaching periods
Please note that all examinations for bachelor's law courses are scheduled before 1 February (end of semester 1) or before 1 July (end of semester 2). Retakes are scheduled in February or March and in July.
For students who need to leave early, the Utrecht School of Law offers one bachelor's course in period 2 which finishes before the Christmas break: RGBUSBR013 Law and Ethics (7.5 EC).
Students that want to make use of this early exit policy, must first check if this is needed at their home university. If this applies to you, you are required to enrol in 3 courses in period 1, and the early exit course (Law and Ethics) in period 2.
If you have any further questions regarding early exit: please contact the School of Law Study Advisor (contact information further down on this page).
Practical information for during your studies
In case of demonstrable force majeure situations (i.e. illness) which prevent you from participating in examinations, you need to inform the University of your absence using the following web form:
If this was not possible and you did not fill in this form prior to missing the exam, you are required to report it as soon as possible after the force majeure situation arose to the Student Information Desk Law at Janskerkhof 3. You then also have to indicate why you were unable to deregister for the exam beforehand.
If you cannot access the form due to a technical error, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Evidence of force majeure must be shown if requested. If the force majeure is more than incidental, you cannot deregister from an exam at the Student Information Desk Law. In that case, please contact the study advisor.
Note that when you take a substitute exam after you missed your first exam, you no longer have the right to do a resit! There is only one opportunity for a resit or substitute exam per course.
In the course catalogue, you can find a list of course materials for each course.
You can order your reader at readerportal Canon. Please order your readers on time, as you need them to prepare for your first classes. However, please be aware that readers can change each period, so do not order a reader in advance if you do not take classes in that period.
You can order your books at the JSVU Boekservice, Perks of ordering at the JSVU include a discounted price when you are a member of JSVU. Order and pickup times at the JSVU can be found on the website. For more information and opening hours see www.jsvu.nl. For questions you can mail to: email@example.com .
Of coure you can also order your books elsewhere.
NB: Students are expected to purchase course materials such as books and readers since in order to actively participate in class, knowledge of the course materials is required. While a student who does not have these materials will not be excluded from the course, the course coordinator can exclude students from a course if participation is not sufficient (see Academic policies and procedures).
You can find all the information on the IT facilities at UU on the UU student website.
Who to Contact
You can contact the Student Information Desk for questions about programmes, courses, schedules, internships, exams, special facilities, approval for electives courses outside the Law programmes, exemptions, information about studying abroad and application for your diploma. Though them, you can also make appointments with the study advisor and internship coordinator.
Due to circumstances, the Law Study Desk will be closed once on Monday, December 18. Telephone consultation hours and walk-in consultation hours will be cancelled. We apologise for the inconvenience. You can reach the student information desk again on December 19th.
- Opening hours at Janskerkhof 3: Monday to Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Telephone hours: Monday to Thursday 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
(Tel. +31 30 253 7004).
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Closed on Friday.
The study advisors are there to respond to your questions about your study programme and provide support or advice during your studies. You should especially consult the student advisor if you are having problems that are affecting progress in your studies, such as personal issues or illness.
Most short questions can be asked during the study advisors' phone and walk-in consultation hours. You can also make a private appointment with a study advisor by visiting or calling the Student Information Desk. If you are unable to call or come to our location, please inform us about your availability via email so we can send you a meeting invitation via Teams.
Where: Janskerkhof 2-3, 3512 BK Utrecht
Tel. +31 30 253 7009
Walk-in consultation hours: Monday to Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Student Information Desk.
Phone consultation hours: Monday to Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
You can find us at the Student Services Desk of the Law department at Janskerkhof 2-3 every Monday from 3.00 to 4.30 p.m.
You will be able to reach us by phone on Monday and Thursday from 1.30 p.m. to 3 p.m. +31 (0)30 253 7289.
You can reach us at email@example.com for questions or the signing of documents. Please mention your UU student number and field of study in your email.
Europe: Tessa Brassé
non-Europe: Paula Banning
For questions or appointments, please contact the exchange coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Exchange Office - Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance
3512 BK Utrecht