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Law at the University of Trento

Law at the University of Trento
Spend a semester studying Law in English at the University of Trento.
Trento, Italy
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  • Take Law classes in English at a prestigious Italian university
  • Live in the beautiful city of Trento, located just south of the Dolomite mountains, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1997
  • Students are housed in apartments or flats located around Trento
Program Summary: 

Located in the northeast of Italy, the University of Trento boasts a prominent position in the rankings of Italian universities as well as a vibrant international community with over 800 students of 60 different nationalities living in the two halls of residence "San Bartolameo," situated just a few hundred meters from the town center, and "Sanbapolis." It is a medium-sized university where it is easy for students and teachers to meet one another and there is a continuous exchange of ideas among students.

Founded in 1962, the university is ideal for students of Law and offers many amenities to Law students: libraries, study areas (open until midnight), laboratories, computer classrooms, a language center and three sports centers. Students admitted to the KU Law School will have the opportunity to study alongside Italian students by enrolling directly in those university courses offered in English.


Trento, Italy is an Italian city located in the Adige River Valley, which is a glacial valley just south of the Dolomite Mountains in the Alps. Trento acts as a educational, financial and political hub in northern Italy, partially due to the University of Trento being located here. The city is surrounded by mountains, allowing for beautiful sights at all times of the day. The city center has a picturesque Medieval feel due to its historic buildings--such as Castello del Buonconsiglio and Trento Cathedral--that line the streets. Even though Trento maintains a Renaissance atmosphere, it is very much a cosmopolitan city in this day and age. Trento is actually located in one of the wealthiest provinces in Italy, and it is continuously ranked as one of the best cities in Italy to reside in. 

Academic Information: 

Law students studying for the semester at the University of Trento may earn up to 15 hours of transfer credit, which are applied toward the 35-credit elective requirement. Courses and grades will be posted as transfer credit on a student's academic transcript and grades earned at Trento will not figure into the KU Law GPA. Students must meet with a KU School of Law advisor to create a plan of study, which will be reviewed by the academic committee.

  • You can download a spreadsheet of law courses available in English at the University of Trento (Click on "HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES AREA" to view the relevant courses.).
  • You can also search the Trento course database for law courses in English; see directions below.
    • For academic year, choose the most recent term
    • For faculties, choose "Facoltà di Giurisprudenza" (Faculty of Jurisprudence)
    • For course, choose "All courses"
    • For lingua della didattica (language of instruction), choose "INGLESE" (English)
    • Click Search

Students participating in a bilateral exchanges with the University of Trento are eligible to apply for student accommodations through the Opera Universitaria, a provincial institution that supports students in finding accommodations in residences or shared flats at highly affordable rates.  Visit the University of Trento Accommodation webpage for additional information.

Life Abroad: 

The University of Trento welcomes international students, and will make you feel right at home with the many services and facilities they offer to exchange students.  The Welcome Office organizes activities throughout the term that are open to all international guests including: guided tours of Trento in February and September for newcomers; bus tours of the surrounding regions, Italian conversation sessions, and a buddy system for new students. 

Read about the cost of living in Trento here.


Open to current KU students in the School of Law who are 2L or 3L and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. 

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Students must notify the University of Kansas Office of Study Abroad through their online application portal, by letter or by e-mail of their intent to withdraw from the program. The withdrawal will be effective on the date that the written notification is received by the Office of Study Abroad.  If a student withdraws after signing the financial contract they received with their acceptance materials, s/he will be liable for the withdrawal fee outlined in the financial contract. Students are responsible for any and all costs arising out of his/her own voluntary or involuntary withdrawal from the program prior to its completion, including withdrawal caused by illness or disciplinary action by representatives of the University of Kansas. The sponsoring school reserves the right to cancel the program for any reason including insufficient enrollment. In the unlikely event of a cancellation prior to the program departure, notices will be sent to all students, and all money paid to KU will be refunded.


Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (PDF)


Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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