International Exchange Program


The Program in International and Comparative Business Law is a semester program designed for students from our some 90 partner institutions in 31 countries. It takes place each fall from September to December. Courses are held in English, but students are also welcome to sit in on regular classes taught to Bucerius students if their knowledge of German allows.

The program is primarily intended for law students wishing to broaden and extend their understanding of the forces shaping international business law. Students gain insight into day-to-day legal practice from experienced professionals and professors. The program offers the unique opportunity to acquire first-hand knowledge of German, European and international law, covering topics such as corporate governance, international banking transactions, comparative contract law and much more.  

Academic studies are balanced by a well-rounded extracurricular program, including museum visits, day-long excursions, cultural events, special receptions and more. During the one week mid-semester break, the International Office offers an optional five-day study trip to Berlin and Potsdam. Students may also opt to enroll in a German language course.

Bucerius Law School has adopted the National Code of Conduct on Foreign Students at German Universities and is proud to grant international students the same rights available to German or EU students and above all, to offer them the particular services and assistance they need as international guests.

Who is eligible to apply?

The program is open exclusively to students from our partner universities. To check if your university has a cooperation agreement with Bucerius, please see the list of our partner faculties.

In countries (such as the United States) where law is studied at a graduate level, applicants must have completed at least one year of law school at the time the program begins. In countries (such as Germany) where law is studied at the undergraduate level, applicants must have completed at least two years of their legal education.

Each year Bucerius Law School welcomes some 110 students to the Exchange Program. In the last years, the number of applications has risen considerably, with applications far exceeding the available space. Applicants are carefully selected on the basis of their application materials and priority is given to those focusing on business law.