Study Abroad.

Study Abroad

The practice of law has become increasingly globalized with attorney and client often located in different countries.  As a law school located within minutes of an international border, the University at Buffalo School of Law keenly recognizes the value of studying law in another country.

Our study abroad options provide students with the opportunity to

  • pursue areas of legal study which will complement their Buffalo coursework;
  • to improve their understanding of a foreign legal system and cultural practices;
  • and to enhance their ability to work across cultures and borders in their future legal careers.

In addition, students will gain valuable skills navigating their way around a new school, legal system and country, while making linkages and friendships that will endure long past law school.

 Jordan Sieracki.

Jordan Sieracki '18 blogs about her experience studying abroad at the University of Glasgow, Scotland in the fall of 2016.

Contact Us

If you are interested in our Study Abroad program, please contact:

  • Meredith Kolsky Lewis, Professor; Director of the Cross-Border Legal Studies Center; Vice Dean for International and Graduate Programs

Our Bilateral Exchange Programs

When you visit either one of these institutions you are considered an international exchange student, which is governed by the formal exchange agreement with that partner school.

Scotland: University of Glasgow School of Law Spain: Escola Superior d'Administració i Direcció d'Empreses (ESADE) Australia: University of New South Wales Law

Spain: Escola Superior d'Administració i Direcció d'Empreses (ESADE)

This semester-long study abroad program not only exposes UB School of Law students to ESADE’s high-caliber legal curriculum and faculty, but also gives students an opportunity to live in one of the most vibrant cities in Europe.


The Escola Superior d'Administració i Direcció d'Empreses is part of Ramon Llull University located in Barcelona, Spain. Created in 1992, ESADE Law School provides an extensive international and comparative law curriculum that meets the growing demand for globalization in education.

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Eligibility & Application

This program is open to UB School of Law students in their third year of study who are in good standing (not on academic supervision). Students considering this program need to be nominated by the School of Law and should be aware of the following:

  1. The law school’s Registrar must confirm that courses taken at ESADE will meet the School of Law's graduation requirements if required (i.e. if you visit in your 3rd year and need a seminar we must approve the content of this seminar).
  2. Participants in this program are required to have a high level of Spanish proficiency. Students may be asked to submit to language testing before issuing final approval for their participation.
  3. The maximum credits taken cannot exceed 30.

Students interested in this program should contact Vice Dean for International and Graduate Programs, Professor Meredith Kolsky Lewis.  

Number of School of Law students attending the Bilateral Exchange Program with ESADE:

  • 2016-2017 Academic Year: 0
  • 2017-2018 Academic Year: 0



ESADE is located in a residential neighborhood called Pedralbes in the upper part of Barcelona. The main building is located at the top of Avinguda Pedralbes.


Courses taken at ESADE will be chosen in consultation with the Vice Dean for International and Graduate Programs and the current course offerings at ESADE. It may be determined that some will count toward UB’s concentrations or program requirements, which will be determined by the Director of that Concentration or Program.

Student Performance & Grading

Grades earned during a student’s time abroad are accepted at University at Buffalo School of Law.  

When law students finish their studies, a transcript is sent from ESADE School of Law, which is then translated by the UB Study Abroad Office and transferred to the University at Buffalo School of Law transcript. Course titles, credits and grades will transfer, up to 30 credits maximum. A grading scale can be provided upon request by UB’s Office of Records, Registration, & Financial Aid.


ESADE does not have housing facilities for students in Barcelona, but students are welcome to stay at the Residencia Sarria, which is a 15 minute walk down to the Pedralbes campus and about 25 minutes to the Sarrià FGC station. There is available housing in Barcelona, but it can be relatively expensive and takes time to find. Looking for an apartment on your own requires knowledge of the different areas (barrios) in Barcelona because prices can vary substantially from one area to another. It is highly recommended that you plan to arrive in Barcelona at least one week prior to the start of your program to locate accommodation. With this in mind you should book a room in a hotel, hostel or student residence for this initial period before arriving. The neighborhoods which are most popular with ESADE students are Gràcia, Sant Gervasi, Sarria and l’Eixample; Les Corts and Sants are also conveniently located.

Fees and Cancellation

Students continue to pay UB Law tuition, health insurance, and health service fees and will be billed through the usual UB process. ESADE may charge additional non-academic and housing fees. No tuition fees will be generated and you will be billed by the University at Buffalo for tuition, health services and health insurance fees. You will be responsible for accommodation fees.

ESADE reserves the right to cancel any course for reasons of insufficient student registration. Students will receive due notice to that effect. If changes are announced prior to a student's departure and the student is unable to identify satisfactory substitute courses, the student may choose to withdraw from the program. If cancellation occurs after a student has arrived in ESADE, substitute courses must be selected and submitted for approval to the Office of Records, Registration, & Financial Aid.

Library and Research Services

The ESADE Library provides teaching, research and training services for faculty, students, researchers and alumni. Specializing in management and law, the Library also houses extensive collections on related topics such as economics, business, sociology, political science and international relations.


The ESADE Pedralbes campus is accessible to students with disabilities.

Barcelona is working to achieve accessibility for disabled people with one main objective: to create a cohesive city which will favour quality of life and respect for diversity. Barcelona has done a lot to remove barriers, in search of freedom, autonomy and facilities so that the most characteristic places and public transport are accessible and the city can be enjoyed by disabled people.


Primary contact:

Patricia Saiz,
Director, International Relations
ESADE Law School
Office 147, Building 1 (first floor)
Tel. +34 934 953 848 (direct)

Additional contact:

Araceli Domènech,
International Relations Manager
International Relations Unit
ESADE Law School
Dean’s Office, Building 1
Av. Pedralbes, 60-62
E-08034 Barcelona
Tel. +34 932 806 162 (ext 2259)
Tel.: +34 932 803 900 (direct)