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Ad Hoc Study Abroad

For various reasons, some Penn Law students are seeking experiences at unique institutions or destinations, and therefore request to study abroad at non-partnered law schools. When proposing an “ad-hoc” program, applicants must verify that the quality of the coursework is comparable in rigor and classroom minutes to a semester at Penn Law. Financial arrangements work a bit differently for ad-hoc programs; these students are assessed a “non-matriculation fee” by Penn Law in addition to the overseas institution’s tuition. Please read Study Abroad Guidelines for additional details.


Some examples of successful ad-hoc petitions have included:


  • Bucerius Law School (Germany)
  • Central European University (Hungary)
  • Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Switzerland)
  • Queen Mary University of London (United Kingdom)
  • King’s College London (United Kingdom) — Read a student blog from London
  • Munich IP Law Center (Germany)
  • SOAS, University of London (United Kingdom)
  • University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • University of Leiden (Netherlands)
  • University of Roma Tre (Italy)


  • Qatar University (Qatar)
  • American University of Cairo (Egypt)


  • Peking University (China)
  • University of Sydney (Australia)

Latin America


  • The University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)