What Texas Law Alumni Say About Studying Abroad

Ranked third in the nation for the number of students who study abroad, UT sends more than 4,400  Longhorns (including 50+ Texas Law students) around the world each year on immersive academic, internship and service-learning programs that equip them with experience and skills to excel as global leaders. By living and learning abroad, UT students develop sought-after qualities like adaptability, intercultural communication, and self-awareness that prepare them for diverse professional settings. Our commitment to global education is reflected in the volume of programs we offer and our dedication to enacting solutions that make study abroad accessible to all students.

University of Texas at Austin International Office 2017-2018 Impact Report 

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“I chose to study abroad in Mexico City because I wanted to improve my Spanish language skills and I did not study abroad in undergrad , so I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity at Texas Law. I had heard great things about the program at ITAM in Mexico City from a friend in the class of 2023. I think law students should study abroad because it allows you to learn about different legal systems, meet people from around the world, and immerse yourself in a new culture.”

Megan Day ’24studied at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
Female smiling standing in front of a Mesoamerican pyramid outside of Mexico City, Mexico.

“Studying abroad was the best decision. First, I got to see some of the most beautiful sites in the world with my closest friends. Second, studying non-U.S. law gave me an alternative, diverse perspective in which to interpret legal matters. Lastly, it allowed me to return to my 3L year refreshed and ready to study for the bar exam. I would highly recommend it!”

Serene Ateek ’17studied at the Oxford Brookes University 

“I studied abroad in St. Gallen, Switzerland, and decided to pursue studying abroad because my undergrad abroad experience in Argentina was extremely fulfilling and gave me lots of perspective on international living, cultural exchange, and the joy of finding a home in a new country. I had a similarly incredible experience at St. Gallen, and highly recommend at least considering a semester abroad if you can do so–there will be so few times in your adult life where you can pack up and live in a foreign country for a few months and return pretty much seamlessly. Living abroad pushes you out of your comfort zones, teaches independence, bravery, and self-sufficiency, and brings you into the same orbit as people you may never ordinarily encounter, helping shape your worldview in a way that’s sometimes difficult to do if you stay put. Plus, you’ll see incredible sights, eat delicious food, and have so many great stories upon your return!.”

Klara Henry ’24studied at St. Gallen University, Switzerland
Student standing on field in front of mountain backdrop in Switzerland
Picture of student in front of Swiss mountain range

“Studying abroad in Switzerland during my 3L year was a life-changing experience! In addition to learning about an entirely different legal system and strengthening my skills in one of the premier international arbitration venues in the world, I visited fourteen other countries and experienced everything from paragliding in the Swiss mountains to sailing off the coast of Portugal. Living in another country provided a type of exposure that prepared me for my future interactions with non-US attorneys and clients. I highly recommend going abroad for personal and professional enrichment!”

Monika Dziemianczuk ’19studied at University of Lucerne, Switzerland 

“I spent my 3L year pursuing an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in International Human Rights Law at the University of Edinburgh, and it was a great decision for me. I was able to dive deep into an area of the law that fascinated me, while studying in a beautiful city and getting a real cultural experience. Now, after coming home, getting barred, and practicing at a domestic firm, I am pursuing my dreams by working at an International Human Rights Organization.”

Daniel Benowitz ’17studied at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland 
study abroad students in Oslo

“Going abroad my 3L year was the best decision I made in law school. The value of my law degree was increased twofold by the exposure to and study of several European legal systems I received while in Oslo. Aside from being the most fun four months of my life, my time abroad was a one-of-a-kind opportunity to study people, which has proved to be an invaluable asset in my (very young) legal career. I learned how to live with a new level of independence, self-sufficiency and curiosity that has made every part of my life more fulfilling since then. Spending a semester in Norway was by far the highlight of my time at Texas Law. I would recommend it to anyone.”

Erin Cusenbary ’18, studied at the University of Oslo, Norway

“Studying abroad at Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia was absolutely one of the greatest experiences of my life. It is so valuable and enriching to meet law students from different countries around the world and getting to learn about their respective legal systems. Those interactions, along with the comparative law classes I took at Bond, have helped me think critically about the laws in this country. Surfing, scuba diving, hanging with kangaroos, and camping in the Outback weren’t bad either! The decision to study abroad was the best decision I made in all of law school, and I truly can’t recommend it enough.”

Joshua Gold17studied at Bond University, Australia
student with monkeys on his head

“My semester in London was a once in a lifetime experience. Not only did I get the chance to immerse myself in another culture, but I was able to study the foundations of American law. I made lifelong friends and memories, and I am so grateful for my time there. I can’t wait until I go back.”

Aaron Schulze ’18studied at Queen Mary University London, England

“I spent the fall semester of my 3L year studying International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford (specifically New College; one of Oxford’s 38 Colleges!). It was an ad hoc program. I was able to dive deep into an area of the law that fascinated me while the world is facing complex international conflicts. At Oxford, I studied in libraries that were older than the United States and met students from around the world. I also had the chance to eat in New College’s dining hall almost everyday (and yes it was just like Harry Potter). I took every opportunity to immerse myself in British culture and I loved every minute of it. Studying abroad was the best decision ever! I also had some time to do the Camino de Santiago (a 500 mile hike across the north of Spain), which was a big highlight!.”
Gabe Oxford ’24studied at University of Oxford (New College), England (ad hoc program)