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.

Academic calendar

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

Academic Calendar



Preferably advanced undergraduates! (minimum of 3 years background in Law)

Minimum average: 6,5 / 2.43 GPA ( when applying at UU and this concerns the average of all your UU grades).

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 a sufficient level of English will be accepted. 


Areas of study open for exchange students



Courses at Master level



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


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   

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 (costs around 700 USD per semester!)


The university does not provide housing to graduate students. Law is considered a graduate program so exchange students are considered graduate students at the university. A housing guide will be provided upon admission to the program and students are encouraged to visit the admitted students’ page for more housing resources.

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 details International Exchange Office

Attention! Due to the developments concerning the corona virus, all of our walk-in hours are cancelled until further notice.

You can reach us at ieo.leg@uu.nl for questions or othe signing of documents. Please mention your UU student number and field of study. 

You will be able to reach us by phone on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 1.30 PM to 3 PM +31 (0)30 253 7289.

Vera Noot
non-Europe: Paula Banning
For questions or appointments, please contact the exchange coordinators at ieo.leg@uu.nl

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