Stella Elias teaching in London

Study Abroad

Iowa Law Exchange Programs

The University of Iowa College of Law has exchange agreements with the below listed universities.  It may also be possible to study at other institutions. If you are a UI law student and wish to study abroad, please contact our study abroad advisor, Professor Stella Elias.  While each institution will have its own deadlines, plan to contact Professor Elias at least a full semester to one year ahead.

If you are a student from one of our partner institutions who would like to study at Iowa Law, please complete the Iowa Law Exchange Application. If you are not a student from one of our exchange partners, please contact law-admissions@uiowa.edu for further information.

Intercession Programs

London Law Program Summer Program in France

Programs

Beijing Normal University is a comprehensive and research-intensive university, located in Beijing the Chinese capital.  The University has 23,300 full-time students, including 9,500 undergraduates, 12,000 graduates, and 1,800 long-term international students.  The campus has 1 faculty (Faculty of Education), 26 schools and colleges, 2 departments and 43 research institutes (centers).  The library boasts over 4.3 million volumes and some 25,000 GB of digital resources.  Beijing Normal University has always attached importance to international exchange and cooperation.  At present, the university has established cooperative ties with about 300 universities and international organizations from more than 40 countries and regions, and conducted student exchange programs with over 50 universities.

The Law School offers courses in English under the LLM Chinese Law Program.  Foreign students who intend to effectuate a short term stay at BNU for non-degree study can attend the courses of LLM Chinese Law Program.

Applications for a fall start are due to Iowa in March and to BNU by June, and for a spring start are due to Iowa in September and to BNU by December.

Professor Stella Elias is the faculty advisor for this program.

Beijing Normal University official website.

Beijing Normal University Law School.

Católica University Law School is located in Lisbon, Portugal. Our exchange agreement with Católica allows students to enroll in classes linked to its LLM programs in International Business Law and Law in a European and Global Context. Students may earn up to 15 credits, choosing from a variety of courses taught in English. Those with adequate fluency can also take law courses taught in Portuguese. The exchange program is one semester, but students can make arrangements with Católica for an additional semester to complete an LLM. Exchange students may participate in either semester, but LLM participants must start in the fall. Exchange students pay Iowa tuition, and any travel, housing, or other costs. Applications are due to Iowa in March, and to Católica by April for a fall start, and due to Iowa in September and to Católica by early October for a spring start.

Professor Stella Elias is the faculty advisor for this program.

Católica website

Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea was founded in 1886 as the first Korean educational institute for women. Ewha Law School offers the best education environment by leveraging the successful experience of the former College of Law and has specialized in gender law and bio-medical law.

Ewha’s exchange program gives opportunities for the undergraduate and graduate students from partner school, both male and female, to study at 13 colleges and 15 graduate schools.  Students are selected twice a year in accordance with the agreement between Ewha and respective partner universities or educational institutions. Application for spring semester is due November 15th and for fall is due May 15th. Exchange students can take courses up to 18 credits in both undergraduate and graduate curriculums.

Once the students are selected for the program, the tuition will be paid to home university, and the credits acquired will be transferred to home university after a set of procedures.

Professor Stella Elias is the faculty advisor for this program.

Ewha International Exchange website.

The KoGuan Law School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University is located in the university’s Xuhui campus in the heart of cosmopolitan Shanghai.  The school offers both undergraduate and postgraduate instruction.  Graduate students at the Law School have the opportunity to make connections with Shanghai’s many businesses and law firms through its extensive internship placement program.  The Law School has a strong international focus and has developed partnerships with many law schools throughout the world, including Iowa. Many faculty members at the Law School have advanced degrees from distinguished American and European universities.  The primary language of instruction at the Law School is Chinese, but the school offers approximately 25 courses, including commercial and economic law courses and international and comparative law courses in English designed for exchange students and students in the Law School’s English-language International Programs—an SJD Program, an LLM Program in Chinese Law, and a Summer Program in Chinese Law. 

Applications for a fall start are due to Iowa in March and to SJTU by May, and for a spring start are due to Iowa in September and SJTU by November.

Professor Stella Elias is the faculty advisor for this program.

KoGuan Law School website.

Professor Stella Elias is the faculty advisor for this program.

Korea University website

NUI Galway School of Law has a long and distinguished tradition of law teaching and research which dates back to the mid-nineteenth century.  The university has 17,000 students, and the law school has 800 students.  It is located in the town of Galway, which has a population of nearly 80,000 and is on the western side of the country.  Faculty have developed leading expertise in a number of fields including Human Rights, Disability Law, Legal and Political Theory, Public Law, Constitutional History, Criminology and Criminal Law, Law and Technology, Comparative Law, Housing Law, and International Law.  NUI Galway maintains renown Research Centers on Human Rights, Disability Law and Policy, and Housing Law that engage in world-leading research.  Researchers from the School of Law have received Prestigious Research Grants from the European Union and other International Institutions.  NUI Galway has been a long-standing member of the Coimbra Group and the European University Association (and its predecessor organisation, CRE).  The School of Law is also a Sponsor Member of the American Society of Comparative Law.

The exchange program can be for one semester to one year, with NUI preferring one year.  Applications for a fall start are due to Galway in February and to Iowa in March, and for a spring start are due to Galway and Iowa in late September.  Students applying to study in Galway can choose from a variety of graduate modules offered at the School of Law and the Centers.

Professor Stella Elias is the faculty advisor for this program.

National University School of Law website.

Peking University School of Transnational Law (“STL”) is located in the vibrant city of Shenzhen in China’s Guangdong Province, approximately 18 miles from Hong Kong. STL is unique amongst Chinese law schools, in that it offers only graduate-level legal instruction, with classes taught in English by U.S.-trained and qualified attorneys.  In a single four-year program STL students pursue two concurrent graduate degrees; an American-law-focused Juris Doctor (JD) program, taught in English, and a Chinese-law-focused Juris Master (JM) degree, taught in Chinese.  Iowa students who are fluent in Chinese may seek permission to attend classes in the JM program, as well as attending the English language JD classes. Both programs are designed to offer a “transnational” perspective on legal issues in the United States and China. The curriculum at STL is enriched by the participation of visiting faculty drawn from all around the world. Exchange students from Iowa may attend classes in either the Fall or Spring semester.  Exchange students from Iowa who successfully complete a semester at STL also have the opportunity to return to STL for a further semester to obtain a Master of Laws (LLM) degree, which usually requires a full year of study.  

Professor Stella Elias is the faculty advisor for this program. 

Peking University School of Transnational Law website.

The Comillas Pontificial University is a private Catholic university in Madrid, Spain, founded in 1890 in the small town of  Comillas before moving to Madrid in the 1960s. The University has about 8,000 students across both undergraduate and graduate programs, and boasts the honor of being the only university in Spain ranked in the top 100 in the world by the Times Higher Education 2013 ranking. The University has two campuses, Alberto Aguilera and Cantoblanco. The Faculty of Law is located on the Alberto Aguilera campus, which includes academic buildings, a sports gym, cafeterias, and library.

Comillas Faculty of Law offers a Master’s Degree in International and European Business Law. This program is offered entirely in English, and Iowa Law students may take courses during their semester abroad through this program. The program is designed not only for JD candidates at US law schools, but also for students from all over the world who have an undergraduate degree in law. Students in the program take courses that are based in the case method, encouraging students to come to class prepared and ready to engage with classmates and professors through active discussion and debate. These courses are complimented with practical seminars and lectures, visits to law firms and professional seminars, and networking opportunities with leading Spanish and European legal professionals. In addition to the Master’s Degree courses in English, students able to demonstrate fluency in Spanish, by passing a language test administered by Comillas, may also take classes taught in Spanish from the Faculty of Law’s regular course catalog.

Professor Stella Elias is the faculty advisor for this program.

Pontificia Comillas website

Prospective Exchange Students

Comillas International Education [pdf]

Radboud University is located in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Every year Radboud sends its international law students to study abroad at exchange partner schools in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. Our exchange agreement with Radboud allows students to enroll in classes linked to its LLM program in European Law, choosing from a variety of courses taught in English especially for exchange students. Those with adequate fluency can also take law courses taught in Dutch. The exchange program is one semester, but students can make arrangements with Radboud for additional coursework to complete an LLM. Exchange students may participate in either semester. Exchange students pay Iowa tuition, and any travel, housing or other costs. Applications are due to Iowa in March, and to Radboud by April for a fall start and due to Iowa in September and to Radboud by early October for a spring start.

Professor Stella Elias is the faculty advisor for this program.

Radboud website.

The University of Prishtina has 45,000 students and was established in 1969.  It is the largest university in the Republic of Kosova, a nation of under 2 million inhabitants, which has recently celebrated ten years of independence.  The campus is located in the heart of downtown Prishtina, the national capital with 200,000 people.  The Faculty of Law has 5000 students and engages in a number of exchange programs.  There is a summer law program which many international students enjoy as well.

Professor Stella Elias is the faculty advisor for this program.

University of Pristina website

Founded in 1365, the University of Vienna is one of the oldest and largest universities in  Europe. The University of Vienna Faculty of Law has 10,000 students. It is known for its curricula in the key areas of International Law, Comparative Law, Commercial Law, International Investment Law, Legal Theory, and Legal Philosophy. Most courses are taught in German, but there are usually about five seminars in English each semester.  The winter semester runs from early October to late January. The summer semester runs from early March to late June.

Professor Stella Elias is the faculty advisor for this program.

University of Vienna Faculty of Law website

Zhejiang University Guanghua Law School is located in Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang Province in Southeast China, approximately 112 miles from Shanghai.  The University, founded in 1897, is one of China’s most prestigious universities and its Law School is home to a number of leading Chinese legal research institutes, including the Institute of International Law, Institute of Economic Law, Institute of Criminal Law, Institute of Civil and Commercial Law, Institute of Jurisprudence and Judicial Precedent, and the Institute of Public Law and Comparative Law.  The law school offers the full range of law degrees from undergraduate to masters and doctoral levels. The primary language of instruction at the Law School is Chinese, but the school offers an English-language LLM Program in Chinese Law for non-Chinese citizens, and exchange students are able to attend these English-language classes. 

Professor Stella Elias is the faculty advisor for this program.

Zhejiang University Guanghua Law School website

Iowa Law Internship Programs

Field Placement Program

Other Opportunities

Visit the ABA website for an approved list of foreign study programs.