If you are a full-time student at one of BU Law’s foreign exchange partners and are interested in spending a semester or year at BU Law, you should contact your program director to learn about your school’s application process and deadlines.

Our Partner Institutions* Include:

  • Basel University (Switzerland)
  • Bucerius Law School (Germany)
  • Graduate Institute of International Development Studies (Switzerland)
  • HEC—École des Hautes Études Commerciales (France)
  • Institute for Law and Finance (Germany)
  • National University of Singapore (Singapore)
  • University of Leiden (The Netherlands)
  • University of Tel Aviv (Israel)
  • Université Jean Moulin, Lyon 3 (France)
  • Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) (France)
  • University of Hong Kong (China)
  • University of Florence (Italy)
  • University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) (Spain)

If you are nominated by your school to attend BU Law as a visiting foreign exchange student under an exchange agreement, you need to complete application forms, a personal statement, letter of recommendation, TOEFL scores, and financial documentation. Information about the required application materials can be found here.

After reviewing your completed application materials, including the necessary financial documentation, the Graduate and International Programs Office will forward your information to Boston University’s International Students and Scholars Office. The ISSO will then begin to process your visa materials. The law school’s Graduate and International Programs Office will be in contact with you about pre-departure information and registration matters well in advance of your anticipated visit.

*Graduates of BU Law’s partner institutions who apply to a BU Law LLM degree program are eligible for an application fee waiver. Contact us at bullm@bu.edu for more details.


All BU Law students—including JD students, LLM students, and visiting foreign exchange students—live in off-campus housing. Namely, they rent apartments in neighboring areas near the law school. The Office of Graduate and International Programs will be in contact with nominated students with information about how to secure accommodations and will provide real estate broker lists as well as access to the University’s electronic housing database.

Please direct questions and inquiries about your visit to:

Graduate and International Programs Office

765 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 1003
Boston, MA 02215
Telephone: 617-353-5323
Email: gradint@bu.edu

Also available to assist are:

John N. Riccardi
Assistant Dean for Graduate & International Programs
Email: jriccard@bu.edu

Maureen Tracy Leo
Associate Director for Graduate and International Programs
Email: mtleo@bu.edu