Semester Exchange Abroad – Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany

Bucerius law school

Fall Semester Dates: Early September – Mid-December

No exchange available in Spring or Summer

Overview | Academics | Visa Info | Housing | Program Costs | Applications & Deadlines


  • Students from 90 partner institutions in 31 countries
  • Classes in English; German classes also available
  • International Business Law focus, including corporate governance, international banking transactions, comparative contract law and more…
  • Well rounded extracurricular program, including museum visits and day excursions
  • Optional 5-day study trip to Berlin and Potsdam


  • Language of Instruction: English, German
  • Recommended Course Load: Bucerius Law School requires a minimum course load of 4 American Bar Association (ABA) / 8 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits per session, plus a German Law Survey Course, which is worth an additional 2 ABA / 4 ECTS credits. There are two sessions during the International Exchange Program.
  • Academic Focus: International and Comparative Business Law

Visa Information

  • All non-EU citizens must obtain a student visa for their stay in Germany. Depending on their citizenship, some students will need to apply for an entry visa to Germany in their home country prior to their arrival, which they will need to extend once they are in Germany for their studies. Others will be able to enter Germany as a tourist and apply for a student visa once they are at Bucerius.
  • Accepted students receive detailed visa information, as well as assistance with the process of extending their visa or applying for a visa in Germany.
  • Students are required to make any necessary inquiries at their local Germany Embassy or Consulate in a timely matter before their studies begin.


  • On-campus housing: not available
  • Off-campus housing: Bucerius Law School provides assistance in finding suitable accommodations. Often German Bucerius students studying abroad during the same semester sublease their apartment or room to international students. Further housing options and relevant information are provided once students are accepted to the program.

Program Costs

  • Students pay tuition to Santa Clara University.
  • Below is an estimate of the cost of living in Hamburg for the exchange program. The amounts listed are approximations only.Total: €5,190

    Details below:

    Housing: €1,800

    Food & clothes: €1,100

    Health insurance: €130

    Liability insurance: €50

    German residency permit: €100

    City registration: €10

    Books and course material: € 150 – 200

    Travel and other expenses: €1,400

    German course (optional): €150

    Study trip to Berlin (optional): €250

Applications & Deadlines