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The Rotterdam School of Law of the Erasmus University aims at academic excellence and also at making its students aware of the practical role law plays in society. Courses emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to the study of law, enabling students to gain greater insights into the interaction between law and economics and between law and the social sciences. The interdisciplinary program and international approach to legal issues makes the Rotterdam School of Law eminently suitable to meet the demands of the international business community and judicial bodies.
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The program is offered in both the spring and fall semesters.
Fall: Late August – January
Spring: Late January – Mid June
For exact program dates please see the Erasmus academic calendar.
The official language of instruction at Erasmus University Rotterdam is Dutch, however courses for the exchange program are taught in English. Intensive Dutch courses are offered twice a year.
Students will receive up to 12 credits towards their law degree. Only the credits and not the grades will transfer per ABA requirements. The acceptance of any credit or grade for any courses taken at the Erasmus University School of Law Rotterdam, including externships and other clinical offerings, is subject to determination by the AUWCL Office of the Registrar. AUWCL students will be enrolled in courses specifically geared to exchange students.
The following is a selection of courses offered in English. For a more complete list, please see the Erasmus School of Law's Course Description page.
- Advanced Public International Law
- Comparative Law
- European Environmental Law
- History of European Private Law
- Human Rights in International Law
- Introduction to the Law of the European Union
- Transnational Organized Crime
- Transport and Maritime Law
- Alternative Dispute Resolution: Theory and Practice
- Computer Law in an International Perspective
- EC Competition Law
- Judicial Protection in the European Union
- Non-state actors and International Law
Like most Dutch universities, Erasmus University Rotterdam does not have on-site student housing. However, the ICIR (Information Centre for International Relations) does have accommodations at its disposal, both university and private accommodations. The accommodations officer of the ICIR will assist students in finding rooms within the Rotterdam area or immediate vicinity. For more information, please visit the University's housing accommodations webpage.
To have a reasonable living standard in the Netherlands, students should have a minimal income of €750 per month. Although this is certainly not much, students will be able to manage fairly comfortably.
For general questions and concerns please visit the Semester Exchange FAQ page.
All other questions and concerns should be directed to:
Office of Global Opportunities
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 355
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
Telephone: (202) 274-4177
Fax: (202) 274-4005
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