Law at the University of Trento


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Spend a semester studying Law in English at the University of Trento.
Location: Trento, Italy
Language of Instruction: English
Term: FallSpring
Academic Disciplines: Law
Program Type: Semester or Academic Year

  • 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

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 an 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. Trento is continuously ranked as one of the best cities in Italy in which to reside. 

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.

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 of the School of Law.

Students are encouraged to use the following resources to research available courses at the University of Trento and to determine if these courses will meet their academic requirements at KU.

Trento Course Catalogs:

  • 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.
    • If the page is displayed in Italian, click the picture of the British flag in the upper right corner.
    • For academic year (or Anno Accademico), choose the most recent term
    • For faculties (or Facolta), choose "Facoltà di Giurisprudenza" (Faculty of Jurisprudence)
    • For course (or Corso di studio), choose "All courses"
    • For working language (or lingua della didattica), choose "INGLESE" (English)
    • Click Search (or Cerca)

KU Course Equivalency Database:

The KU Course Equivalency Database is a list of:

  • Courses that are currently pre-approved for KU credit (approved equivalency)
  • Courses that students have had approved for KU credit in the past (possible equivalency)

Credit Approval Process

The Credit Approval Process: is the procedure for obtaining KU course equivalency approval for courses you plan to take abroad.

All courses taken and grades earned at the University of Trento will be reviewed by the Law School upon completion of the semester abroad. The Law School will make the final decision regarding posting of credits and the application of credits earned toward graduation requirements.

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.

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 (University of Trento).

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

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

Withdrawal/Cancellation

Students must notify KU Study Abroad & Global Engagement 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 Study Abroad.  If a student withdraws after signing the financial contract they received with their acceptance materials, they will be liable for the withdrawal fee outlined in the financial contract. Students are responsible for any and all costs arising out of their 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.