Miami Law Exchange Program with Berlin Free University

Exchange Program with Berlin Free University

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Miami Law has entered into an exchange agreement with The Freie Universität Berlin Department of Law. The one semester exchange opportunity will be available for a maximum of two upper level J.D. students during the spring/summer terms, from April to July. Absolutely no knowledge of German is required. Course credits earned in Berlin will count toward your UM degree. The English courses offered in the law school this year can be found here. When viewing the courses on this site, keep in mind that the exchange program does not expect our students to take any specific class or any particular number of credits.

About the University

The Freie Universität, with its approximately 34,000 students, is one of Germany's largest universities and has distinguished itself in the humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, and medicine. Its three regional institutes for North American Studies, Eastern European Studies, and Latin American Studies, as well as its smaller programs like Jewish Studies and Dutch Studies, are unique in Germany. Its "Dahlem Conferences" have a worldwide reputation as a forum for interdisciplinary exchange.

Freie Universität Berlin is a full university with 15 departments and central institutes offering over 100 programs in all subject areas. Exchange programs for students have played an important role from the very beginning: the first exchange students went to Stanford University in 1949. Currently, Freie Universität participates in the European Tempus and Erasmus programs and also maintains agree¬ments with over 50 universities for direct exchange. Junior researchers are supported in Ph.D. programs under the auspices of Dahlem Research School.

About Berlin

Berlin is the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany as well as the largest city with a population of over 3 million. The city of Berlin regained its status as the capital after the reunification of Germany in 1990. It also serves as a major center of politics, culture, media and science, and a hub of air and rail transport. Berlin's cultural offerings have something for every taste: world-renowned museums like the Pergamon Museum and the Old National Gallery; names like Katharina Thalbach, Daniel Barenboim, and the Berlin Philharmonic with its chief conductor, Simon Rattle; and a young and creative alternative scene. This mix of cultural institutions rich in tradition and an independent experimental scene is what makes Berlin's cultural landscape so appealing. No other region in Europe has as high a concentration of scientific, academic, and research facilities as Berlin. More than 50,000 people teach, do research, and work at the city's four universities, three art colleges, seven other institutions of higher education, an international business school, and over 70 non-university publicly financed research institutes.

To Apply

There is no application form at this stage. All we need now is:

  • A short letter (1-2 pages) stating the reasons for your interest;
  • A listing of significant international experience (growing up in a foreign country, work in the Peace Corps, the military or business, studying for a semester or more abroad), and/or extensive academic training in international relations, international business area studies, or related fields;
  • A copy of your CV (including language competencies)
  • Your law school GPA and grades in relevant courses, or a copy of your law school transcript.

We need to receive the application by April 1st for winter semester and October 1st for spring semester. Please send the application to Sandy Abraham, Executive Liaison,

Tuition, Fees, Social Events & Housing

Students will pay tuition and other required fees to the University of Miami. Our students pay no tuition or fees to Berlin except for certain social events and discretionary fees.

If you need additional details or have any questions concerning the Berlin Exchange, please contact Professor David Abraham at


Miami Law International Exchange Program flyer

  • Broaden your legal perspective
  • Study transnational, EU, and interdisciplinary law
  • Build international networking contacts
  • Access international lawyers, students and faculty
  • Expand your foreign language skills
  • Learn in a different educational system
  • Gain exposure to the civil law tradition
  • Experience a unique culture and nightlife
  • Earn credit while being immersed in the culture of some of the world's most exciting cities
  • Apply with ease – administrative support and financial loan processing are arranged