McGeorge School of Law

Graduate Summer Abroad Programs Policies & Disclosures

The information below applies to the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law Graduate Salzburg Summer Abroad Program.

Admissions and Enrollment

Students and recent graduates of ABA or state accredited U.S. law schools or fully-accredited foreign law schools, who have completed a minimum of one year of full or part-time study and are in good standing at time of application, are eligible for admission. Please note that admitted students who are academically disqualified or who disenroll from law school for other reasons either prior to the first day of class of the program or during the program will not be allowed to participate/continue in the program.

College or University Credit Information

Students enrolled in law schools other than the University of the Pacific should check with their appropriate school official regarding procedures to follow for transfer of credit earned from participation in classroom courses toward fulfilling degree requirements. Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program, is subject to determination by the student's home law school.


Class schedules, lecturers, and topics covered (i.e., the "syllabus") may be adjusted based on availability of lecturers or facilities. Visits to legal institutions or other tours and events may be altered based on the availability of facilities, guides, or lecturers, etc. Students will be provided with as much notice as possible and appropriate substitution will be provided. Adjustments will not substantially affect the content of the program, and do not constitute a "substantial modification" of the program.

Cancellations or Modifications

Unforeseen events beyond our control may require substantial modification or cancellation of a program. If the Program is cancelled, students will be immediately notified by email. Among the reasons a program may be cancelled or modified are the following:

  1. Area of Instability. If the U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet for the country in which the program is conducted indicates that it is an "area of instability," students will be promptly notified, and the program will be cancelled or modified. Even if the country has not been officially deemed an "area of instability," the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law may cancel or substantially modify a program where it deems the risk of harm to be at an unacceptable level.
  2. Travel Warning. If, prior to the commencement of a program or during the course of a program, a serious U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for the country in which the program will be conducted, students will be promptly notified of the warning and be given an opportunity to withdraw from the program.
  3. War, civil unrest, terror threats, epidemics, or health hazards which pose unacceptable risks of harm to participants.
  4. Unforeseen events, such as fires, extreme weather, or natural disasters, which render the classrooms or other site facilities including student housing unavailable or unsuitable for use.
  5. Labor unrest or strikes which make transportation to the site or the use of essential facilities at the site impossible, unduly difficult or hazardous.
  6. Incapacity or unavailability of key or necessary faculty or personnel, for which no substitute can be arranged in a timely manner.
  7. Low enrollment. Programs that have fewer than the minimum required number of admitted students as of April 1, 2019 are subject to cancellation. The School of Law will promptly notify admitted students of any cancellation or substantial modification and the reasons therefore.
Refund Policy

If the program is cancelled for the reasons as set out above, students will receive a full refund of all payments made within 20 days, except for the room and board payments utilized prior to the date of cancellation.

For withdrawal made prior to May 1, 2020 students will receive a refund of all monies advanced except for the deposit.

For withdrawal made after May 1, 2020 but prior to the first date of the respective program, students will only be refunded tuition. All other fees will be forfeited.

For withdrawal during the course of the program, all fees including tuition are forfeited.


Grading will comport with the University of the Pacific’s grading practices. Students attending from other colleges or universities should seek guidance from their home institution as to whether course units will credited and how grades will be reported on their official transcripts.

Class Attendance, Preparation, Participation & Performance

Regular and punctual class attendance is mandatory. The faculty expects that you will be fully prepared and that you will actively participate in class. The faculty is required to take class attendance, preparation, participation, and performance into consideration in grading. Your attendance and active involvement in class discussion form a central part of the learning process for you and your classmates. Failure to meet the minimum standards set by your professors may result in a lower grade, or exclusion from taking the final examination, resulting in a failing grade.

Financial Aid

University of the Pacific students receiving financial aid to cover summer abroad program tuition will have their student accounts debited once financial aid is disbursed. Important — If you expect to have funds from your financial aid office deposited to your bank account after you arrive in the program country, be sure to bring enough money to cover your expenses for several days. Program staff cannot cash personal checks that are drawn on a U.S. bank. University of the Pacific students should discuss availability of Financial Aid with the school's Financial Aid Office.

Students from other law schools should contact the financial aid office of their home institution.

Accommodations for Disabilities

Every effort is made to accommodate persons with physical, medical and/or learning disabilities; however, the University of the Pacific cannot ensure that the housing and classroom facilities used in the summer programs abroad will meet the same standards for accessibility as do the facilities of the school's campuses in Stockton and Sacramento. Please contact our Dean of Students about possible accommodation needs.

Travel Information

The U.S. Department of State lists current travel advisories, if any, for each of the summer abroad program countries.


United States citizens do not need a visa to enter Austria, although you will need your passport with a validity of at least six months to enter. It is required for students to have their passport on-hand while traveling throughout the European countries.

A passport is a document issued by your government allowing you to travel abroad. A visa is a permit issued by the government you are planning to visit allowing you to enter that country. Passports and visas are the responsibility of the student.

United States citizens can obtain a passport application from the nearest U.S. Department of State Passport Office or from certain State and Federal courts and post offices. If you lose your passport while abroad, contact the nearest U.S. embassy immediately.

To avoid any delay in obtaining your visa or passport, be sure to apply as early as possible.

Medical & Travel Insurance

Students who enroll in one of McGeorge's summer abroad programs will be required to provide proof of medical insurance that covers them overseas. We will retain these materials only for the duration of the program. To request more information about student medical insurance policies, contact Summer Abroad Programs.

If you are a student at UOP and have the student medical plan, you are covered while abroad, including travel assistance with evacuation benefits that meet most Visa requirements. Students who have other private medical or travel insurance should check their insurance plans to ascertain if the plan extends while away abroad.

If you need to purchase short term international medical insurance, please refer to the list of providers below:

Cultural Awareness and Local Law

When traveling abroad, you will have many new cultural experiences. You are reminded that you will be governed by the laws and regulations of the host country, and you need to be mindful that some of Austria's rules will vary significantly from the United States. An important aspect of the summer study abroad program is to be alert to these cultural and legal differences.