Ghent University Law School is located in the historic center of the city of Ghent, Belgium. Occupying several historic seventeenth and nineteenth century buildings, it has modern teaching facilities, well-equipped computer labs, and excellent libraries on domestic, foreign, European and international law.
The University's Law School currently offers postgraduate programs in European law, business law, environmental law and criminology. Through the Law School's exchange program, students can take classes in areas including business, human rights, environment, intellectual property, criminal, and European law, all taught in English. For students interested in business law, Ghent offers courses in trade, investment, finance and antitrust law.
The official language of study is Dutch. However, exchange students can take English-language courses offered by three postgraduate programs, the Master programs in European and International Law, International Business Law, and European Union Law. A growing number of courses are taught in English.
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 University of Ghent including externships and other clinical offerings is subject to determination by the WCL, Office of the Registrar. WCL students will be enrolled in regularly scheduled courses conducted in English alongside fellow Ghent and exchange program students. For current semester dates, refer to the Ghent academic calendar.
The following is a selection of courses offered in English. A more complete list is available on the University of Ghent website.
EU Mergers and Acquisitions
International Economic Law
International Business Transactions
EU Trade Policy
International and European Environmental Law
- Sexual Offending, Prostitution and Human Trafficking
- European and International Asylum and Migration Law and Policy
European Criminal Policy
- Contemporary Issues of IP Law
- European Media Law
On campus housing for the program is arranged by the university, but students must apply for housing through the university website. Information on housing and costs is available on the Ghent University website under accommodations for exchange students.
Check out 10 Reasons Why You Should Study at Ghent University to learn more about the university and life in Ghent, Belgium.
For general questions and concerns please visit the Semester Abroad FAQs page.
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