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Study Abroad

An Experience of a Lifetime

A study abroad program undertaken at a foreign law school provides an excellent opportunity for you to expand your knowledge of comparative and international legal issues. Credits for semester abroad programs are governed by the rules of FIU Law and the American Bar Association (ABA). We seek to support the thoughtful educational goals of our current students, and we are aware that individual cross-border, cross-cultural exchanges often ripen into greater inter-institutional alliances.

 Seville Study Abroad Program 2020

The 2020 edition of FIU Law’s Seville Study Abroad Program focuses on the international, European and comparative dimensions of human rights law, and key constitutional and procedural aspects of U.S. and Spanish law.

Students will be able to earn 6 credits distributed in two courses especially designed and taught by faculty from FIU and the University of Seville.  All classes will be offered in a convenient schedule that allows the students to explore the surroundings of the magnificent city of Seville and travel throughout Spain and the rest of Europe.  Additionally, the program will include special day trips to the historic towns of Cádiz and Posadas, and visits to the Andalusian Parliament, a criminal trial court in Seville, and other legal institutions.

Additionally, students interested in gaining additional practical experience while in Spain, might be considered for internships with local law firms or projects with the clinics at the University of Seville, and other organizations.

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Course Descriptions

International Human Rights Law (3 credits) Law 6263

Professor Manuel A. Gómez

This course is an introduction to the international law protecting human rights. It examines the theory and the history of the field, together with key United Nations documents. International treaty and non-treaty mechanisms for protecting and promoting human rights, including regional systems and the role of non-governmental organizations, are covered. Special emphasis will be placed on the protection of human rights in the European Union, and its comparison with the United States.

 Comparative Law: Constitutions and the Judicial Process (3 credits) Law 6250

Professor Margaret B. Correoso

Professor Phyllis Kotey

This course is about the comparison of the court structure and pleading process of criminal cases in Florida, in Spain, a brief introduction of cases in the ICCJ, and the examination of crime and criminal procedure systems throughout the world.  During the first half, this course will explore the structure of the different court systems, including sentencing and post-sentencing procedures.  The students will receive a case file on either a Florida Rule Criminal Procedure 3.800 sentencing motion or Florida Rule Criminal Procedure Rule 3.850 ineffective assistance of counsel motion and write either a motion or a responsive pleading, and the students will present arguments on their responsive pleading at a mock motion calendar.  The students will also learn about the sentencing process in Spain and will have the opportunity to visit a Spanish law firm and/or visit the Spanish criminal court to observe a hearing.  During the second part of the course, the students will be expected to identify, analyze, and compare the criminal justice systems in the U.S. with those of other countries. The course will explain the basic worldwide philosophies of law, justice and the role of participants engaged in the criminal process as well as the conduct of criminal investigation and trial.

Other Academic Information

  • Classes and additional activities are scheduled Mondays through Thursdays until 3:30 pm.
  • Some classes and other activities will include guest lectures by University of Seville faculty.
  • Both courses are subject to the upper-level normalization as per FIU Law’s academic regulations.

The FIU Law Study Abroad Program in Seville is approved by the American Bar Association.


  • In-depth study of contemporary legal topics related to International Human Rights Law, European, Spanish and U.S. Law.
  • Overview to the legal system, institutions, and legal cultures of Spain, and the European Union.
  • Guided visits to legal institutions in Seville, Cadiz and Posadas.
  • English instruction with the possibility of enrolling in additional activities in Spanish.
  • Courses taught by faculty with extensive international and comparative law experience and other distinguished speakers

Professional development, networking, educational, social activities and other opportunities of immersion into the cultures of Spain and surrounding countries.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Have completed the first-year curriculum, be enrolled, and in good academic standing at an ABA accredited law school.
  • Hold a valid passport to travel to Spain.
  • Submit required forms and documents
  • Pay non-refundable Registration fee ($275).
  • Pay travel insurance premium ($175)
  • Attend personal or phone interview
  • Complete pre-departure orientation by May 1st, 2020.

Registration, Tuition, Expenses, and Financial Aid

Payable to FIU

  • Tuition (6 credits) $ 4,500           
  • Registration fee    $ 275
  • Travel insurance    $ 175

Estimated individual expenses**

  • Housing and meals $ 1,500
  • Airfare (MIA-SVQ-MIA) $ 1,200
  • Miscellaneous expenses $    500           

 (**) These amounts are for reference only as individual expenses vary from student to student.  Each participant will be responsible for his or her own travel, lodging, and related expenses.

 Tuition 2020:

The tuition of $4,500 for the four-week program covers two 3-credit courses. Registered students are required to all take six credits.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for FIU Law students through the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, RDB 1044. Contact Michelle Pestaina, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, at 305.348.8006. Students from other law schools should inquire about the availability of assistance at their own schools’ financial aid offices.

How to Register

COL Study Abroad Registration at FIU Global Affairs

  1. Complete online registration through FIU Study Abroad portal here
  2. Follow instructions, complete and upload the documents requested.
  3. Pay the mandatory fee of $175.00 for health insurance to cover you during your trip abroad when the prompt appears in your MY.FIU page which will be approximately two weeks before departure. If you are a non-FIU student, you will receive special instructions from the Office of International and Graduate Studies on how to pay the health insurance fee.
  4. Pay a non-refundable $275 FIU Law registration fee, via the College of Law Registration Fee or with a check or money order payable to FIU paid in person at the International & Graduate Studies office (RDB 2073)
  5. Non-FIU Law students, additionally have to complete Visiting Student Application and mail it in original form with the required documents to Lisbeth D’Lima ( at the International & Graduate Studies Office at FIU Law.

Cancellation Policy

FIU Law reserves the right to cancel this program at any time or make changes, modifications or substitutions to the program.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

Students with documented disabilities who may require specific accommodations while studying abroad should contact Lisbeth D’Lima ( at the International & Graduate Studies Office at FIU Law.

The Florida International University College of Law offers an ABA approved Study Abroad in Spain each summer. The courses are considered part of the FIU curriculum and are approved, administered, and assessed by FIU-approved faculty.

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