Washington University is an exchange destination for Utrecht University School of Law students in St. Louis, Missouri, 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.


General information for exchange students

Course information


Health insurance -> The Washington University current health insurance plan is underwritten by United Healthcare Insurance Company. The University plan is MANDATORY for all international students. For details about the insurance plan and also available health and wellness services, please visit the Student Health Services website: http://shs.wustl.edu/Pages/default.aspx (costs around 700 USD per semester!)

Study in de USA (Fullbright Center)


Academic calendar

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

Academic Calendar



Minimum average: 6,5 / 2.43 GPA ( this concerns the average of all your UU grades).
Preferably advanced undergraduates!

Language of instruction: English.

If you are not a native speaker of English a TOEFL or IELTS score report will be required. As an alternative to the TOEFL or IELTS, where the medium of instruction is in English at the home institution, a letter from the school's exchange office stating sufficient level of English will be acceptable. 


Areas of study open for exchange students



Courses at Master level


Estimated living costs

Semester students will be required to document at minimum $12,900 USD and Academic Year exchange student will need to document at minimum $23,700 USD available to cover living, insurance, and wellness expenses. Actual expenditures may be lower.


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


https://oiss.wustl.edu/students/obtaining-visa/ (usually J1 visa)

Note from WUSTL: Exchange students need to be enrolled in at least 8 units in order to be considered full-time under the student visa. It is not recommended that exchange students register for more than 12 units per semester. If a student would like to enroll in more than 12 units, they will need the approval of either Dean Mike Koby or Dean Peter Cramer in the office of Graduate and International Programs.

More information   

Number of places available

4 semester or 2 full year places

More information

More information about studying abroad: in Dutch and in English.

Do you have any questions about this partner university or would you like to know more?

Contact the International Exchange Office of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance.

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Contact International Exchange Office Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance

For general questions and handing in or picking up documents, you can visit the International Exchange Office at the Student Desk (you do not have to make an appointment).
We are located at Janskerkhof 3, Utrecht (at the School of Law)

Walk-in hours: Monday and Wednesday from 3 PM until 4:30 PM

Telephone / Email

+31 (0)30 253 7289

Email: ieo.leg@uu.nl


You can make an appointment by sending an email. Don't forget mention your student number. You can also call +31 (0)30 253 7289.

Postal address

International Exchange Office - Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance
Janskerkhof 3
3512 BK Utrecht
The Netherlands