School of Law

Study Abroad

The School of Law offers direct-entry international degree programmes as well as the opportunity to transfer to a four-year course with a year abroad.

Direct entry programmes

The school offers the following direct-entry international degree programmes:

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Each of these degrees are four years in duration. You spend the first two years studying at Nottingham, the third year at one of the partner universities abroad (studying aspects of the relevant national law) and return to Nottingham to complete your final year.

The four-year programmes provide you with the opportunity to study a different legal system and culture, and offers a remarkable educational and cultural experience. Students who have participated in the four-year degree programmes have proved to be very attractive to employers generally and, in particular, to the leading international firms of solicitors.

Example destinations based on where previous students have gone to are Madrid, Barcelona or Malaga in Spain, and Toulouse in France.

LLB/BA Law with a year abroad

We also offer the opportunity to apply to spend a year abroad with our LLB and BA Law degree programmes. The practice is to transfer a select number of students who have successfully completed their first year of study on either the LLB Law or the BA Law degree courses. You can find out more about the options below:

How to apply

You cannot be admitted to read for these degrees directly; for that reason they do not appear in the UCAS handbook. If you are admitted to the school and successfully complete your first year of study on the LLB or the BA Law degree programmes, you can apply to transfer to one of the four-year degree programmes.

Students are selected for transfer on the basis of their examination performance in their first year of study and on their suitability for study abroad.

I was lucky enough to spend my third year studying abroad at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Not only did I have the chance to understand how law operates across borders, but it was also an invaluable opportunity to explore and immerse myself in a part of the world that I would not have otherwise been able to go to.
Jamie Davies, Law with New Zealand Law LLB

Fees for LLB/BA Law with a year abroad

Students who are transferred to the four-year degree programmes are exempt from paying tuition fees at the host institution (this condition does not apply to students transferred onto the International Legal Studies programme at the University of Texas). However, students will pay a fee to the University of Nottingham.

During your year abroad you are eligible for all Student Finance loans and grants as if you had been initially registered for a four-year programme. In addition, the university offers a number of international scholarships and bursaries, depending on your host institution.


Study abroad opportunities are dependent upon satisfactory performance and subject to availability. For the latest information, visit our study abroad pages.

Please be aware that study abroad, compulsory year abroad, optional placements/internships and integrated year in industry opportunities may change at any time for a number of reasons, including curriculum developments, changes to arrangements with partner universities or placement/industry hosts, travel restrictions or other circumstances outside of the university's control. Every effort will be made to update this information as quickly as possible should a change occur.


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