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Historically, while studying Law at Cambridge, students have had the opportunity to take part in the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, a programme created and funded by the European Union. Through this programme, students have been eligible to spend a year studying at one of our partner institutions in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain to learn about the legal system of that country while being immersed in their language and culture.

Since the UK voted to leave the European Union, the UK will continue to participate in the Erasmus+ programme until 2020/21. This means existing Erasmus projects will continue in the 2020/21 academic year. Future participation after 2020/21 will be decided as part of the future partnership negotiations.

The Faculty will endeavour to maintain exchange schemes for its undergraduate students with partner universities in Europe wherever possible, and is committed to maintaining its international ties and continuing to facilitate beneficial student experiences.

Under the Erasmus+ scheme, our partner institutions are:

  • The University of Poitiers, France;
  • The University of Regensburg, Germany;
  • Utrecht University, the Netherlands;
  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain.

Under the current Erasmus+ scheme, applicants do not need to apply for the Erasmus+ scheme when they submit their UCAS application. Instead, they would apply at the beginning of their second year. The Faculty places high value on academic ability so to take part in any exchange scheme you will need to do well in your studies. In addition you will need to be competent in the relevant language (unless you intend to study in Utrecht, where classes are taught in English).

For me, Erasmus was definitely about experiencing new things Emma, Erasmus year in Madrid

If you choose to pursue a year abroad, you would complete your first two years of study at Cambridge as normal, go abroad for your third year, then return to Cambridge to complete a fourth and final year. Because this option will require four years to complete, it will be important for you to confirm that you have the necessary funding and accommodation available for all four years.

Exchange schemes open the door to an exciting and enriching experience: imagine living in a foreign land for a year, getting an insight not only into a different legal system, but also a different culture. Many employers now look favourably upon this sort of experience and the skills that you undoubtedly gain from it.