International Dimension of the Study Programme



The Department of Law, established in 2012 after the recent reform of the Italian University system abolished the Faculties, has taken up the tasks formerly entrusted to Department of Legal Sciences and to the Law Faculty, one of the oldest in Europe, founded by Marquis Alberto V d’Este in 1391.

The new Department continues the tradition as outstanding lively center of scientific research and teaching of the previous Faculty, with specific emphasis on the international dimension and on the chances to customize the individual learning program.

To this respect, besides the mandatory courses, the Department offers a number of elective courses that can meet a wide range of interests and needs, with special focus on European, international and comparative law subjects. Alongside the teaching activities in Italian, open to all Italian and exchange students, several optional courses in foreign language are available, among which a set of fourteen courses in English language is included in the five-year program of Laurea Magistrale in Ferrara.

In partnership with the University of Granada (Spain), the University of Ferrara has set up a Double Degree in Law which is recognised both in Italy and Spain (Laurea Magistrale in Giurisprudenza / Grado en Derecho). A French-Italian Double Degree in Law (Laurea Magistrale in Giurisprudenza/Licence en Droit, Master 1, Master 2) has been established in partnership with the University of Strasbourg.

Several opportunities are presented to students who wish to undertake a period of study abroad. Students are encouraged to apply for Erasmus +, Erasmus Mundus, Erasmus Placement and Atlantis Programmes. To implement these programmes, the University of Ferrara has entered into a number of bilateral agreements with prestigious Universities and academic institutions, both within and outside Europe.

Amongst the students who embark and successfully complete an internationally-oriented study programme in law, the most promising will be awarded the "Ferrara School of Law" Diploma, on top of the ordinary degree.

The Department of Law, as a member of the European Law Faculties Association (ELFA), aims at further strengthening its international relations.