Study Abroad

Rome Study Abroad Program

The Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law is committed to enhancing its diversity, fostering intellectual growth, and providing students with a global perspective. As part of this commitment, the School of Law offers students a variety of opportunities to learn about and participate in activities relating to international and comparative law.  In addition to an array of international and comparative law courses in its curriculum, the School of Law provides opportunities to study and participate in externships abroad. 

Villanova Law students may earn up to six credits through participation in an ABA-approved summer abroad program offered by an accredited American law school.  In addition, our JD/LLM International Studies Program enables students to obtain, within approximately 3-3.5 years, a JD from the School of Law and an LLM or an MRes from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, the University of Leiden in The Netherlands, Birkbeck College of the University of London, the City University of Hong Kong, or the National University of Singapore. The School of Law also considers proposals from students seeking to enroll in similar programs at other universities or in approved externships and semester programs abroad. Villanova Law students have also earned master’s degrees from Cambridge University, Kyushu University, La Sorbonne, and Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía in Madrid, Spain. In addition, students have studied and externed abroad during the semester.

Through these programs, the Widger School of Law seeks to achieve the following educational objectives:

  • Facilitate the interchange of ideas among Villanova Law students and students and faculty from different backgrounds, cultures and legal systems;
  • Foster respect for diverse viewpoints;
  • Develop an understanding of the sources and systems of law of other countries and cultures;
  • Expose students to the impact of globalization on law, business and society;
  • Afford students the invaluable experience of living and studying in another culture; and
  • Allow students to experience educational opportunities that they could not otherwise experience while studying on-campus.