​Semester Programs

USD School of Law encourages students to take advantage of legal education opportunities abroad to increase their global fluency. International study prepares graduates to enter increasingly globalized legal markets, address international issues that impact the full spectrum of practice areas, and compete for clients, cases, and transactions on a global scale.

Through these partnerships, USD JD students and exchange students who study in San Diego have the opportunity to explore new cultures in an academic setting through a comparative perspective. Students are introduced to international legal principles and the law of the respective countries through specialized courses taught by leading legal experts. Through the programs, students have a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience living and learning in another culture alongside future world leaders in law, business and public service.

Exchange students pay tuition and fees to their home institution and are only responsible to the host institution for board and lodging (if applicable) and any obligatory membership fees to campus organizations. Credit for coursework undertaken on an exchange program generally can be transferred to USD, subject to approval by USD in the same manner as any coursework submitted for transfer under our Academic Rules.

If you are interested in applying for the Fall 2023 Semester Exchange program, please submit your Semester Exchange Nominee Application by February 15, 2023. Our partner schools include:

  • Barcelona, Spain - ESADE Law School
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina - Universidad Torcuato Di Tella School of Law
  • Copenhagen, Denmark - University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law
  • Jerusalem, Israel - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law
  • London, England - The Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London
  • Madrid, Spain - Universidad Pontificia Comillas
  • Mexico City, Mexico - Anáhuac University in Mexico City
  • Seoul, Republic of Korea - Seoul National University
  • Singapore, Republic of Singapore - Singapore Management University School of Law
  • Wiesbaden, Germany - EBS Law School

International Study Abroad Scholarship

If you are a USD student and interested in applying for a scholarship, please fill out the online International Study Abroad Scholarship form. Please note that the priority deadline to apply for the International Study Abroad Scholarship for the Fall 2023 Semester Exchange program is March 15, 2023.

 student at botanical garden in Copenhagen


Student Experience

"I am grateful to have had the opportunity to take part in very in-depth discussions with Danish and other international students about the legal systems in our respective countries. Overall, my study abroad experience gave me the opportunity to meet people that I would not ordinarily have come in contact with and make connections from the many corners of the world." - Ashley King, Fall 2020 Semester Exchange Program, University of Copenhagen

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