European Legal Studies
50% of our 2016 ELS graduates achieved a First Class Honours degree. The four year degree gives you a stronger academic foundation and broader experience for future careers in law.
The European Legal Studies (ELS) degree stream provides first year LLB students with the opportunity to apply to study at a top European Law School for a year between stages 2 and 3 at Newcastle.
Successful applicants will have a year to prepare for their year abroad studies, and will receive information and detailed guidance on accommodation, finances, module selection, and health & safety before moving abroad. During the year abroad students will receive support and guidance from the host University as well as from Newcastle.
The ELS stream is very successful and offers exchange places with top ranking Law Schools; many of which appear in the top 200 global law school rankings.*
All of our partners teach in English so you do not need foreign language skills to take part in the ELS, although it many students try to improve their language skills during the year abroad.
Successful completion of the year abroad is recognised in your degree title on graduation: Law (European Legal Studies) LLB Honours, and the experience lasts a lifetime. Those interested in studying for the European Legal Studies (ELS) degree stream must apply during their first year on the Law (LLB Honours); there is no separate application process via UCAS.
*according to the QS World University Rankings by Law 2017
KU Leuven - Belgium
Founded in 1425, the University of Leuven is the oldest university in Belgium. With around 30,000 students enrolled and 5,815 administrative staffs, the university offers 42 bachelor programmes and 187 master programmes.
The majority of courses are taught in French, but the university is taking steps towards offering English courses. The campus possesses many student facilities, including 10 libraries, 2 sport centres and 2 museums.
Living in Leuven
The city of Leuven is an agglomeration of five communities: Leuven, Heverlee, Kessel-Lo, Wilsele and Wijgmaal. Leuven has approximately 90,000 inhabitants. Add to these the 35,000 post-secondary and 11,000 secondary school students and it should come as no surprise that the streets are filled with young faces and that the city lives at a student's rhythm: hectic weeks at the beginning of the academic year and relative calm during vacation and examination periods. The city has a great student nightlife.
The climate in Belgium is typically temperate; mild winters, cool summers; rainy, humid, cloudy.
Travel & Transport
The university buildings in the city centre are located at walking distance from one to another. In Leuven, there are many car-free pedestrian zones for short distance. For longer distances, the bicycle is ideal. There are special bus lines to the university campuses.
University of Pompeu Fabra - Barcelona
Established in 1990, Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) is a public university in Barcelona, Spain, the country’s Catalan capital. UPF is known for flexibility and dynamism. Studies at the university are increasingly customisable. The university’s main strengths are its Social Sciences and Humanities, Health and Life Sciences and Communication and ICT. It is the most efficient Spanish university, and the most productive, according to different national and international rankings. It ranks first in the national ranking of scientific productivity since 2009. Its studies on Economics & Econometrics have been ranked among the top 50 worldwide.
As a student, you can enjoy all the student welfare facilities you would need and much more. The library and IT Services provide essential support for a student's study, learning and research activities. UPF rounds off the educational offer with services and proposals to make your university experience unforgettable. The range is wide and includes activities such as the Theatre Workshop, the Chorus and Chamber Orchestra, the Sant Jordi Contest or the Open Opera, as well as other cultural activities outside UPF. With regard to sports, you can participate in university leagues and inter-university competitions, both in team sports and individual sports.
Living in Barcelona
Barcelona is a vibrant city with a unique architecture style and world famous beaches. Reliable, warm weather is a great backdrop to the city's many beaches and tapas bars that help give this thriving metropolitan area a relaxed feel. Even with endless entertainment and ideal locations, Barcelona is a cheaper city than London and can be accommodating even for students on a budget.
Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate, with warm to hot dry summers (temperatures can reach 30°C) and mild, wet winters with temperatures rarely falling below 0°C on the coldest days.
Travel & Transport
Barcelona has its own city airport that has a direct connection from the Newcastle airport. Once in the city, Barcelona offers comprehensive public transport including buses, trams, metros, and local and regional trains. There is a form of transportation for any traveller on any budget in Barcelona.
University of Copenhagen - Denmark
The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479. With over 40,000 students and more than 9,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen is one of the largest institutions of research and education in the Nordic countries. The University of Copenhagen has about 100 departments and research facilities and six faculties and is ranked 120th in the worldwide university ranking made by the Time Higher Education.
The University is a central part of Copenhagen and consists of four main campuses, three of which are in Copenhagen: North Campus, City Campus, and South Campus. The University has opened the Green Campus Office to facilitate the process of incorporating sustainability into the overall development, operation and general conduct of the University of Copenhagen. The University is also home to some of the city's most exciting museums and gardens and dispose of 6 different libraries spread around the campus.
Living in Copenhagen
Monocle Magazine ranked Copenhagen as the most liveable city in the world in 2008, 2013, and 2014. Indeed, Copenhagen has everything to satisfy you: High-standards of housing, a unique bicycle culture, efficient public transport, a rich cultural life, and many associations and clubs, where you can build a network while engaging in your favourite leisure activities and plenty of green recreational areas. In terms of nightlife, bars are generally underground and have a small dancing space. The clubs are not as glamorous in comparison to cities such as London, but they are still points of fun.
The climate in Copenhagen follows the four seasons of the northern hemisphere, but temperatures can vary considerably during the year. July and August are normally the warmest time of year with an average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius and February is generally the coldest with an average of two degrees
Travel & Transport
The public transportation in Copenhagen is very reliable, punctual, and it takes you everywhere. In Copenhagen, the trains, Metro, and buses (including waterbuses) can be accessed with the same ticket. All you need to know is how many zones you will pass on your journey. Note the Metro will take you from the airport to central Copenhagen in only 20 minutes.
University of Groningen - The Netherlands
Innovative, research-driven, and rooted in the number-one knowledge hub of the Northern Netherlands, the University of Groningen is an internationally oriented university with 30,000 students and 5,347 employees. With a rich, academic tradition dating back to 1614, Groningen university offers a high-quality education with ten faculties, nine graduate schools, 27 research centres and institutes, and more than 175 degree programmes. The Academic Ranking of World Universities has positioned the university 72th. Hence, the University aspires to further improve its international visibility and recognition.
With its magnificent Academy building, in the city centre, the university also has brand new buildings at the Zernike campus, making the university both traditional and modern. The international character of the University of Groningen is cherished; most people at the university speak English. In addition, the university has a lot of experience with accommodating international students: its familiarity with foreigners makes sure they know how to care for you, and a large amount of study programmes are taught in English.
Living in Groningen
With a population of 201,865, The city is nationally known as the "Metropolis of the North". Its cultural scene is vibrant and remarkable and most bars do not close until 5 in the morning. Groningen's nightlife depends largely on its student population. The city is also well-known for its eco-friendly value with many parks and bicycle routes. As one example of Groningen's many cultural sight, every August the Northern park is transformed to house ’Noorderzon’: ten days of music, circus, dance, theatre, food, and drink.
Groningen has a cool temperate climate similar to most of the Netherlands, although slightly colder in winter than other major cities in the Netherlands due to its northeasterly position. Weather is influenced by the North Sea to the north-west and its prevailing north-western winds and gales. Very rainy periods are common, especially in spring and summer. Average annual precipitation is about 800 mm and sunshine hours vary, but are usually below 1600 hours, giving much cloud cover similar to most of the Netherlands. However, it is quite unusual that the temperature drop below 0C.
Travel & Transport
Most of the people that live in Groningen have their one bicycle to move within the city or simply walk. Good public transport, and the transformation of the historic centre into a pedestrian priority zone foster walking and biking by making these active modes of transport comfortable, safe and, enjoyable. There are three train stations in Groningen and a fully equipped international airport, situated within a stone's throw of the city of Groningen.
Stockholm University - Department of Law
The Faculty of Law at Stockholm University is the biggest Law Faculty in Sweden, both in number of researchers and in number of students. Virtually all fields of law are represented at the Faculty of Law.
Founded in 1907, at what was then called Stockholm University College (Stockholms högskola), the Faculty was seen as an alternative to the more closed academic environments at the traditional universities.
The Faculty of Law has one department - the Department of Law. When referring to both the Faculty and the Department they are commonly called Juridicum. The law programme at Stockholm University has been the first-cycle programme with the largest number of applicants in Sweden since the autumn of 2008.
It is located in charming, renovated historic buildings dating from 1912. Their red brick fronts give a lot of character to the area and the buildings have heritage status in Sweden. The school hosts many types of different events and workshops and possesses several student associations to initiate the student to the business world with concrete, practical cases.
Living in Stockholm
Stockholm is a truly modern metropolis filled with historic architecture and a reputation for tolerance with approximately 900,000 inhabitants. Stockholm, and Sweden in general, is an expensive place to live. People in Sweden, and especially Stockholm, have a very active lifestyle throughout the year - from running and hitting the gym, to cross-country skiing, ice skating, and hiking in the forests.
The weather is Stockholm is great during the summer, with temperatures reaching 30°C. But there is no hiding from the fact that the winters are cold and long as Stockholm has a continental climate.
Travel & Transport
Public transportation in Stockholm consists of bus, metro, regional/suburban rail, light rail, tram, and archipelago boat that operate in Stockholm County. The underground is the easiest way to get around town. The city is divided into three zones, and zone tickets are good for several trips within 75 to 120 minutes. Because the city is very bike friendly, you can find many cycle routes to move around town.
The University of Oslo - Norway
The University of Oslo is an academic institution created in 1811. It is nowadays one of the biggest institutions of the country with more than 27,000 students and 6,000 employees. The university has 8 faculties and proposes many programmes taught in Norwegian and English. The University's buildings are spread out over four parts of Oslo. The main campus, Blindern, is located on the western outskirts of the city centre. The University of Oslo is ranked 113th by the QS world university ranking and has Four Nobel Prize winners, which is a good indicator on the quality of the research at the University.
64% of the student are postgraduate and only 36% of them are undergraduate. Plenty of welfare services are at disposal in the campus such as restaurants, coffee shop, bakery, supermarket, and hairdresser. Moreover, you can easily get involved in the campus life by joining one of its many student societies and participate to the events organised in the campus. With 18% of its student coming from abroad, the university is fully international and English is spoken by all of its students.
Living in Oslo
Norway is an expensive country, especially Oslo, and it takes a while getting used to the high cost of living. As a student, you will need a minimum of approximately NOK 10,000 per month in order to cover basic expenses. Oslo is smaller than most capitals, but offers all the cultural activities one expects to find in a modern capital. Oslo is a friendly and exciting city where you can find everything you need within a short distance from the downtown area. Norway is known for its outstanding nature, and all of this is easily accessible from Oslo. You can travel to see the Aurora Borealis (“Northern lights”), experience the midnight sun, and discover the beautiful fjords and mountains all over the country.
The climate in Oslo is milder than the latitude suggests although it is a strong Marine climate. In the summer the temperature normally exceeds 20°C. Yet, the winters are cold enough to make Oslo a popular venue for skiing. In the summer, the sun only sets for a few hours and the sky never turns dark.
Travel & Transport
Oslo has Norway's most extensive public transport system with six line Oslo Metro and the eight line commuter rail. Oslo Central Station acts as the central hub, and offers rail services to most major cities in southern Norway. The main airport serving the city is Gardermoen Airport, located in Ullensaker, 47 kilometres away from the city centre of Oslo. From the city centre you can easily get to the campus by metro. The metro stops at Blindern and Forskningsparken but other transport mode such as tram and bus are also at disposal.
The University of Trento - Italy
The University of Trento was founded in 1962. There are more than 17,000 students, about 600 professors and researchers and the same number of technical and administrative staff. Within the 10 departments and 4 centres of the University, there are 57 degree courses, numerous first- and second-level Master’s programmes, and continuing-education programmes. The Time Higher Education has ranked the university among the top 250 worldwide university in 2017.
Trento is one of the most international universities in Italy: Uni Trento excels in the quality and quantity of international relations and in the number of grants given to students in order to go abroad. In fact, Trento university offers to its student a good life environment with sport programme adapted to whosoever of athletic level.
Living in Trento
The city of Trento, capital of Trentino, is located in northern Italy in the Adige River Valley. It lies at the heart of the Italian Alps, with a rich setting of Roman, Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Trento is the town with the highest quality of life in Italy. With its 100,000 inhabitants, it is a people-and student-oriented town, set in an extraordinary natural and cultural environment. Austria and Switzerland are both within an easy reach, and their cultures have influenced Trento, making it an exciting and unique place to study in Italy.
The climate in the Trentino region makes it possible to enjoy sports and movement outside, the whole year round. You hardly can describe the climate characterising the Trentino region without talking about its geographic position and rich variety of landscapes. Due to the latter - and an overall altitude difference of 2,850 m - the Trentino region actually features a fairly wide range of climatic conditions. All in all Trento’s climate can be describe as an inland Mediterranean climate.
Travel & Transport
Trento is connected to the national and international train network. It is also possible to reach Trento by means of public transport. In fact, almost all national and international trains stop in the cities of Trento and Rovereto. These two cities are well-connected to the provinces of Verona, Venice, Milan and Rome, as well as Munich in Germany and Innsbruck in Austria. If you decide to come to the Trentino by plane, there are four airports located in the nearby provinces. The nearest airports are Verona y Brescia, Bolzano and Orio al Serio.