Fall 2023 Academic Calendar
August (TBC): Pre-Registration Online
September 4-5: Mandatory Orientation
September 6: Classes Begin
October 23-27: Exams, Session I
December 18-22: Exams, Session II
December 22: Classes End, Farewell Ceremony
Preliminary course offerings are posted on the Bucerius website. Additional courses may be added at a later date and course descriptions will be available online in July.
Students are welcome to register for a German language course while at Bucerius, but note that credit from language courses does not transfer back toward your Georgetown JD. Please notify the Law Center’s Office of Transnational Programs should you decide to register for a German language course. Students may also earn a Certificate in Management and Leadership for Lawyers by taking at least 4 specifically designated courses within the law curriculum.
Because course offerings may change from year to year, it is possible that not all eligible courses are listed above. Participants in this program who wish to enroll in any course not listed above must contact the Office of Transnational Programs by email to request approval. Participants should not expect to receive credit for courses that are not expressly approved by OTP.
Students can register for a maximum of 14 credits. Credits earned at Bucerius are calculated with reference to the ABA’s standard class formula (12.5 hours of class time, plus 30 hours of out of class preparation and studying, per one credit hour.) Students may be asked to verify the number of minutes each course meets in order to confirm the number of credits that the student will receive upon completion of their semester abroad program. See the Study Abroad Policy for details. Classes at Bucerius are graded on an A-F scale.
Housing & Facilities
Most Bucerius students find housing on the free market in an area of their choice and live within a 15 to 30 minute commute of the law school. Bucerius Law School does not have any on-campus housing of its own, but is able to reserve a limited number of rooms in several local private dormitories, which are offered on a first come, first served basis to admitted students. In addition, a limited number of apartments and rooms are available for sublet from outgoing Bucerius students. Most offers are for single students, but a few apartments for two or more students will be available. Rent can range widely — from €400 to €800 per month depending on size and location.
To facilitate the process of finding housing, Bucerius will post available sublets on their website. Students who are admitted to the Bucerius program will be able to access the website with their Bucerius password in May.
Bucerius Law School tries to ensure that accessibility needs are met. The city of Hamburg is continuously working on improving 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.
The International Office assists exchange students in setting up a German bank account which helps to avoid international transfer fees. They also organize a buddy system between exchange students and German students.
Bucerius provides a public transportation ticket for the greater Hamburg area for all exchange students free of charge.
Students at Bucerius also have access to library facilities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The budget below reflects 2022 amounts and will be updated for 2023 closer to the start of the program.
Click here for further program costs.
Bucerius also provides visa information and guidance.