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Student Exchange Program Enriches Educational Experience

August 11, 2011

The USF School of Law welcomes University of Luxembourg student Christian Junck and City University of Hong Kong student Yuli Yan this month. Junck and Yan are the first international students attending USF through the law school’s new Student Exchange program.

The program, which brings international students to USF and offers USF students the opportunity to study in China, Luxembourg, and Spain for one semester, began in 2010. Three USF students studied abroad at the University of Luxembourg or City University of Hong Kong through the program last year. Graham Douds 2L will study in Hong Kong and Kate Emminger 3L and Jessica Watson 3L will study at the University of Deusto in Spain this semester.

“The purpose of the semester abroad program is to train lawyers to practice international law with a deep understanding of the dynamics and underlying legal culture of the foreign legal systems in which they will represent clients,” said Professor Dolores Donovan, who oversees the program.

USF students who attend the University of Deusto, which was founded in Bilbao, Spain, in 1886, study international trade, the judicial system in the European Union, European competition law, and arbitration methods for solving conflicts in the E.U.

In Luxembourg, students have the opportunity to study law in an international finance epicenter that houses several European institutions, including the European Court of Justice and the European Investment Bank. The University of Luxembourg, which was established in 2003, is the first and only university of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Students at the City University of Hong Kong gain a uniquely objective perspective on China’s legal system as they are in a city connected to yet separate from the mainland due to its British legal heritage, Donovan said. The school was founded in 1987 and offers courses in Chinese and comparative law, international economic law, common law, and arbitration and dispute resolution.

“For students interested in international law, commercial or investment arbitration, Hong Kong or China Law, City U offers an invaluable experience,” said Michael Dundas ’11, who attended the City University of Hong Kong in 2010. “The professors are experts in their respective fields and are focused on setting and achieving teaching goals.”