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General information

Country Portugal
About the University A law of June 1913 authorized the Portuguese Government to create the Faculty of Social Studies and Law. In 1918, this Faculty was renamed Faculty of Law. Its 1st Director was Afonso Costa. Initially located in an old palace, it was transferred to the actual building of the University Campus in 1957-1958. In 2000, renovation and enlargement works have been concluded, allowing the Faculty to include a modern library, several research offices, three new amphitheatres, one auditorium and one room for simulation of court audiences.

With only a few dozen students at the beginning, the Faculty of Law enrolled large hundreds during the 1940s and 1950s; during the 1970s and 1980s, the number of law students would surpass 4 thousand. Besides the graduation course (1st cycle), other programmes are offered, such as post-graduate, masters (2nd cycle) and doctoral programmes (3rd cycle).

Student exchange information

Method of application at the RUG Online application form:
Application deadline RUG 01 March
Available places 4 semester places or 2 academic year
Level of courses available for exchange students Bachelor
Main Language Portuguese
Language of instruction English
Language test results needed Yes: see extra requirements for more information
Language courses available Unknown
Extra requirements Given the strict requirements of a number of partner universities with respect to foreign students, students who want to apply for an exchange to Portugal, must have completed a language-proficiency course for the language in question or be able to show that they are already following such a course.
Evidence of this or a certificate must be submitted with the application.

Minimum Portuguese level at moment of application: B2 on CEFR scale.

Check and meet all language requirements of the Faculty of Law:

Link (law faculty) university View university website
Link International office View international office website
Visa needed No (unless you have a non-eu passport)
Vaccination needed No
Financial support / Grants More information on study and placement grants for law students can be found at the website

An Erasmus+ grant covers part of the travel and accommodation expenses involved in studying abroad. At the moment the Erasmus+ grant has been set at €170,-- to €270,-- per calendar month, depending on the country of your host university. This may change per academic year.

Your application for an exchange period at one of the Faculty’s partner universities also counts as your application for a grant. When you receive notification of a place for study abroad, you will also learn whether or not you have been awarded a Erasmus grant and receive more information on the Erasmus grant.

Student Reports

Lisbon Fall 2017.pdf (Size: 163 Kb | Create Time: 01 Mar 2021)
Lisbon Fall 2019.pdf (Size: 83 Kb | Create Time: 01 Mar 2021)


Course information can be found in the students report and on the website of the university.

Please be aware that the course list on the website of the university might not always be up to date, since the curriculum for next academic year might not be available yet. Furthermore keep in mind that you can only follow the courses open to exchange students. 

Some of the Law Faculty’s offer a limited range of courses taught in English. The course offer may vary from year to year. Even if law students intend to take only law courses offered in English, they will still have to meet the language requirements. Students who want to apply for an exchange to Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Argentina or Mexico must have completed a language-proficiency course for the language in question or be able to show that they are already following such a course.

Level of courses available Bachelor
LLB students: is a minimum of 30 ECTS available Yes
Last update (30 Mar 2020)