An amazing once in a lifetime experience



What is the Legal Grand Tour of the Faculty of Law of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam?

The Grand Tour is the traditional trip of Europe undertaken by mainly upper-class Europeans. It served as an educational rite of passage. The primary value of the Grand Tour lay in the exposure to the cultural legacy of classical antiquity and the renaissance.

Our program is in the spirit of the Grand Tour: travelling for the sake of curiosity and learning.

There will be six trips: to Rome, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, London and The Hague. Leading European cities in terms of politics, economics, culture and law. Each trip is from Thursday night to Sunday. Fridays will be spent on visits to key legal institutions such as the European Commission, the London Stock Exchange, UNIDROIT. Saturdays will be spent on culture; museums, private guided tours, city walks. Culture and law are the pillars of this program.

Programme and Dates

  • Rome – Where it All Began: 26 / 29 October 2017
  • Brussels – Heart of European Democracy: 01 / 04 February 2018
  • Paris – Great Works of European Art: 29 March / 01 April 2017
  • Berlin – Recent European and World History: 31 May / 03 June 2018
  • London – Fast Lane of Financial Industry: 28 June / 01 July 2018
  • The Hague – Legal Capital of the World: sometime in May 2018

For all details, please check the FAQ page.

As a young, ambitious lawyer, this program gives you the competitive edge. Travelling Europe no longer is a luxury for the well to do. It is a necessity. Legal rules are increasingly European, less national. On-going European integration requires an understanding of the member states’ cultural and legal backgrounds.

There is also, of course, pure fun. “Travel is intensified living – maximum thrills per minute and one of the last great sources of legal adventure. Travel is freedom. It’s recess, and we need it” (Rick Steves). Few will contest the truth in this quote. Five weekends abroad with a group of like-minded students will almost guarantee intense, lifelong, happy memories.

Our students’ experiences during the 2016 – 2017 trips…

“The Legal Grand Tour is an amazing experience and one that offers the ability to enjoy both the cultural aspects of many classical European cities and also to explore the workings of some of the most significant global organizations.  As a lawyer (or prospective lawyer), the institutions visited allow a greater insight to be obtained into the workings of supranational bodies – a valuable learning for any legal career.  The cultural activities are equally as rewarding, immersing the student into areas of Europe’s leading cities which are not always ordinarily experienced on the traditional tourist path.  Overall, a highly enjoyable and unique experience – I would strongly recommend this program for both European and non-European students alike.” (Matt from Australia)

‘The first two trips to Rome and Brussels were really great and a lot of fun. Both were very well organized, with a good mix between education and leisure/sightseeing. In Rome we were lucky to have great weather, which made it even more fun to discover this tremendous city. Cozy Brussels was really special with a visit to both the European Parliament and Commission! I’m very happy to have joined so far and am looking forward for the trips to come!’ (Don from the Netherlands)

“At the moment I have experienced the first two trips of the Legal Grand Tour, to Rome and to Brussels. Both were trips to remember. They were very well organised, and we got to see a lot of the city, including things you would normally not (be able to) see. Just to give an impression of the diversity: in Rome we went to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, Vatican City, a classical concert and we had an amazing group dinner. It is both educational and fun and I am really looking forward to the trips that are yet to come.” (Phebe from the Netherlands)

All students and alumni in the Master’s Programs  Law, Markets and BehaviorInternational Business Law and Ondernemingsrecht aan de Zuidas are admissible to the program.

If you are a VU law student and are not in any of the above-mentioned programs, you may also be considered for admission to the program. Please contact the program coordinator Ms Ioana C. Ciobanasu at to check the requirements.

For the 2017 – 2018 edition of the programme the deadline for registration is July 24, 2017. See for confirmation the FAQ.

Where we lay our scene: Amsterdam
For obvious reasons, this website focuses on the cities we will visit. But Amsterdam, the hometown of the programme, can match up any destination. It is home to the oldest stock exchange in the world, its 17the-century canals are on the UNESCO World Heritage list and its liberal climate suits most students quite well.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
This programme is organised by and based at the Faculty of Law of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. See the FAQ for contact details.