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The Erasmus+ scheme

While studying Law at Cambridge, undergraduate students have the opportunity to take part in the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, a programme created and funded by the European Union. Under the Erasmus Scheme, students are eligible to spend the third year of their Law Tripos degree studying in one of our partner institutions before coming back to Cambridge to complete their fourth and final year.

Participating institutions are the Universities of Poitiers (France), Regensburg (Germany), Utrecht (the Netherlands) and the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain)

The scheme permits approximately 20 students from Cambridge and the same number from partner Universities to participate each year. The Faculty’s Erasmus exchange programme has been running since 1992.


Outgoing students must pass the exams that are set in the partner universities. These exams take place at the end of the academic year and sometimes at the end of each term as well. Incoming students from Poitiers, Regensburg, Utrecht and Madrid have the choice of studying three papers (chosen from Groups I to IV) in the Tripos list of subjects found on the BA Tripos site, or studying two papers (again from Groups I to IV), participating in a seminar course and submitting an essay on a prescribed subject. It should be noted however, that studying law in Cambridge for a year does not provide for the relevant professional exemptions.  

Financial considerations

Tuition fees

Home/EU students, as from 2014/15, will be required to pay 15% of their tuition fees for the academic year spent in one of the partner universities under the Erasmus programme. Overseas students will be required to pay for half of their tuition fees under the Erasmus programme. All students are exempt from paying College fees during their year abroad. If you benefit from a local education authority grant, it should be extended for the year you spend abroad, and you should ensure that you inform them in writing that you will be taking part in the Erasmus scheme.

Erasmus grant

Students may also be offered an Erasmus grant (or 'mobility' grant) during their year abroad. The amount offered varies from one year to the next, and cannot be guaranteed. If candidates are offered an Erasmus grant it should be noted that the grant is a top-up rather than a maintenance grant.