Admission & Application

Who can apply for the program?

The International Exchange Program is open exclusively to students nominated by Bucerius partner universities. Is your university not a partner? Then there is still the possibility to attend Bucerius as a visiting student!

Each year Bucerius Law School welcomes approx. 100 students to the Exchange Program. Applicants are carefully selected on the basis of their application and priority is given to those focusing on business law.

Please note that a nomination from your home university does not guarantee you a place in the Exchange Program.

Required level of legal studies

Applicants from countries where law is studied at the undergraduate level (such as Germany), must have completed at least two years of their legal education by the start of the program.

Applicants from countries where law is studied at a graduate level (such as the United States), must have completed at least one year of law school at the time the program begins.

English language skills

Participants are expected to have a good command of English in order to take part in the program. Students who are enrolled in a degree program taught in a language other than English must submit proof of English proficiency.

The minimum requirement to participate in an exchange at Bucerius is:

  • TOEFL Internet-Based Test (IBT): 90
  • IELTS Academic Program: 7.0
  • CAE: B or CPE: C
  • ILEC

German language skills are not necessary for an exchange to Bucerius, though optional coursework is made available to beginner, intermediate and advanced students of German who would like to improve their language abilities while in the country. German language coursework can be audited or followed for credit, though credit will not be counted toward the minimum course load requirements.


The application process is open now. Eligible students must be nominated by their home university and will receive access to the application portal after their official nomination. 

The exchange program will be offered in person on our Hamburg campus. 

How to apply

An application to the Bucerius International Exchange Program consists of two steps.

1. Nomination

A student's home university must complete an online nomination form and confirm that they have been selected to apply for the International Exchange Program at Bucerius. Nominations are due by April 1.

2. Application

Following nomination by their home university, students will receive login credentials for an online system. Applicants will be asked to complete a form and upload various materials (detailed below) by April 15.


Nomination Deadline April 1
Application Deadline April 15
Admission Decision Rolling Admission (starting in early April)

Please note that applications received after the deadline will be considered only if space permits.

Required documents

To submit an application, you will be required to upload the following items:

1. Proof of English language proficiency

2. One passport-sized photo to be used for a student directory and ID card

3. Transcript of Grades

The home university coordinator will be submitting the student’s transcript of grades (in English or accompanied by a certified translation into English), including a description of the grading system, during the nomination process. The transcript will then be automatically attached to a student's application form. If a transcript of grades cannot be submitted through the nomination portal, it will be sent directly to Saskia Lindner. This can be done by email or through an online transcript ordering service (such as eScript Safe, Parchment, etc.) if a university issues official transcripts this way.

Any Questions?

Saskia, our international programs coordinator for incoming students, will be happy to assist you! Send her an email or give her a call.

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