Bucerius Law School - Law only

Spend a semester of your law degree at Germany's leading law school in the vibrant city of Hamburg. 

Wander along the canals in the Old City or check out the world famous fish market of Germany's second largest City. Bucerius Law School offers courses in English with an academic focus on International and Comparative Business Law. 

Key information


Hamburg, Germany





Program type


Application information

Application status


2024-2025 applications

Program full.

University-specific additional requirements

Min GPA 2.7; One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

2025-2026 applications

Open November 1, 2024

Program details

About 20 courses are offered. For details on courses offered click here.

UCalgary Law students are required to take 30 ECTS credits (equivalent to 5 UCalgary courses). 6 ECTS = 1 UCalgary half course (3 units)

Bucerius offers the unique opportunity to earn a “Certificate in Management and Leadership for Lawyers”, which students can enroll in as an optional module during their semester at Bucerius.

The Fall semester runs from September to December. The academic calendar is available here.

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

    The estimated living costs are around EUR 7000 for 4 months in Hamburg. For details click here.

    Bucerius Law School has a small gym on campus, which students may join for a one-time fee of €50.

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?   
    Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

Bucerius Law School does not have on-campus housing, but they try to secure rooms in two dormitories in Hamburg. Accepted students receive information on applying for dormitory housing in May.

Bucerius Law School provides assistance in finding suitable accommodation. Often German Bucerius students who will be studying abroad sublease their apartment or room to international students. Further housing options and relevant information are provided once students are accepted to the program.

For more information on accommodation click HERE and scroll down to accommodation. 

This exchange is open to regular, full-time law students at UCalgary, who have completed at least 2 full years (20 courses) towards their law degree, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

Do I have to speak German?

No prior knowledge of German is required to participate in this exchange. Bucerius offers courses in English. However, a basic knowledge of German is recommended for everyday interactions. 

Can I take a German course?

Yes! Bucerius offers German language classes during the program, which stretch over 20 lessons (2 x 90 minutes a week). A written and oral placement test for non-beginners will take place during the Orientation Program. Students may choose to earn 1 ABA / 2 ECTS credits with the German language course, although these do not count towards the 8 ABA/16 ECTS credit minimum required by Bucerius. The German course needs to be paid extra. 

Which accessibility services are available?

Bucerius Law School tries to ensure that accessibility needs are met. The building, its lecture rooms and parking facilities are wheelchair-accessible. The city of Hamburg is continuously working on improving its accessibility services. The public transportation network currently offers low-floor buses and is taking measures to improve barrier-free access to its subways and train stations. 

Diversity and inclusion:

Furthermore, Bucerius Law School values student diversity and is committed to providing a learning environment where there is no discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion/belief, age, disability, pregnancy and maternity, sexual orientation, socio-economic background or other irrelevant distinction. No student should feel disadvantaged or excluded from class participation.

Other important information?
  • The International Office assists exchange students in setting up a German bank account. This helps them avoid international transfer fees.
  • Bucerius provides a public transportation ticket for the greater Hamburg area for all exchange students free of charge.
  • The International Office organizes a “buddy system” between exchange students and German students.
  • Students from our partners receive a discount of 15% off the full tuition fee for their participation in one of our Summer Programs.
  • Check out this video about Bucerius Law School or join a virtual campus tour


Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment. In these videos, you will learn much of the basics about Global Learning, which may answer your initial questions.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how this program might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions, please reach out to our office! We offer drop-in advising for general inquiries, and if you have questions about this specific program or any others, you can book an appointment with the responsible advisor.

Please use the link below to find the most up-to-date information about our current advising options.

View the Global Learning Advising page

The exchange advisor for this program is: Flavien Niederst

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.