Study during the 3rd year abroad

Those accepted for our BA in Law with Law Studies in Europe are admitted onto one of five variants and spend the third year abroad at one of our partner universities:

  Partner University
Law with European Law Leiden University
Law with French Law University of Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2)
Law with German Law either University of Bonn or University of Munich
Law with Italian Law University of Siena
Law with Spanish Law University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona


Preparation for the Year Abroad

The Faculty arranges, through the Institute of European and Comparative Law, compulsory classes during the first two years in Oxford to prepare students for their year abroad. For those going to France, Germany, Italy or Spain there are classes in French, German, Italian or Spanish language and French, German, Italian or Spanish law, which are designed not only to maintain and develop students' language skills but also to give them confidence in being able to study in their European university during the year abroad. Because students on the European Law variant study a range of topics within European and International law which are taught in English, there is no special law training during the two years before going abroad. The Faculty does, however, arrange introductory Dutch language classes during the second year, to give the students going to Leiden a head start on the language of the country in which they will be living for the year abroad.

The Year Abroad

During the third year abroad students on the French Law, German Law, Italian Law and Spanish Law variants take what amounts to a foundation course in French, German, Italian or Spanish Law, as the case may be. In the European Law variant they study a range of topics in European Law (but which may also include courses in International and Dutch Law). None of the year abroad courses confers any recognised qualification for legal practice in the jurisdiction concerned. Courses studies in the European Law variant are taught and examined in English. All the other variants are taught and examined in the language of the country concerned.

Each of our partner institutions sets its own examinations and students must pass these in order to qualify for the Oxford Law with Law Studies in Europe degree on their return to Oxford. A student who fails to pass the examinations in the year abroad would still normally be able to return to Oxford for the final year, but would only qualify for the regular Law degree from Oxford rather than the Law with Law Studies in Europe degree. Those who obtain the Law with Law Studies in Europe degree have the variant shown in their degree title (English Law with French Law, English Law with European Law, etc.).

In general terms, the Oxford Faculty requires Course 2 students to take a range of subjects from the regular undergraduate curriculum of the host University. Some courses may be made compulsory for the Oxford students, but at least some will be chosen by the student from a list of suitable courses. A list of the current courses which the Faculty requires students to take during the year abroad can be found below.

Courses taken during the year abroad


Some funding towards year abroad placement is currently available through the Turing Scheme, which provides living costs grants to all students on eligible placement, with enhanced support available for distadvantaged students. The University plans to bid for the Turing Scheme funding to support year abroad activity in future years. This page will be updated as information becomes available and on-course students will be kept informed of developments. In the event that the University is not successful in securing Turing Scheme funding, it will provide grants towards living costs at a similar level to Turing grants to support undergraduates undertaking student exchanges or work placements required for their course.

The Law with Law Studies in Europe programme is administered through the Institute of European and Comparative Law.

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