THEMIS represents a network of top universities which have come together to create a new standard in business law. The program was established in response to an ever-increasing demand for law professionals with international know-how and expertise.
Students enrolled in the master’s program Business Law have the opportunity to gain additional qualification with the THEMIS program. THEMIS is a certificate program with a focus on business law and international law, which is organized by the International Legal Network of Excellence. The program includes three elements: an exchange semester, an internship, and a seminar.
Students who successfully complete these three elements receive the program’s Joint Certificate in International and Business Law.
Main features of the THEMIS program:
Exchange semester at a renowned Law School abroad: Available exchange places and information about the application process can be found on the website exchange semester master.
Joint Certificate in International and Business Law
Tuition fee waiver: Students do not have to pay tuition fees at the partner university while studying abroad.
Intercultural experience and personal development
During the exchange semester, students are required to complete courses approved by the THEMIS partner universities for a total of 30 ECTS credits, of which at least 24 ECTS credits must be positive (these do not necessarily have to be recognized at WU).
If you receive a grant (e.g. Erasmus+ or the WU mobility grant), sufficient ECTS credits must be recognized at WU (see links under "Grants").
The semester abroad and internship in Europe can be supported by the Erasmus+ grant.
For THEMIS partner universities in Asia and New Zealand, the WU mobility grant can be awarded.
Please note that the courses completed abroad have to be recognized at WU.
Grants for internships outside of Europe are not available.
An internship with an international and business law focus is ideally to be completed abroad during the master's program. The evaluation of the suitability of an internship for the THEMIS program is carried out by the program management of the Master's program in Business Law.
Duration: In principle, six weeks of full-time internship work are foreseen (6 weeks x 40 hours = 240 hours). However, part of the THEMIS internship may be completed on a part-time basis. In this case, the following applies: at least one month of internship (4 weeks x 40 hours = 160 hours) must be completed as full-time work. The remainder may be completed part-time. The part-time work must be at least 10 hours per week (in total, the part-time work must comprise at least 80 hours). A total of 240 hours must be completed.
Focus on international business law: The internship is to be completed at an internationally active law firm, the legal department of an internationally active company, an NGO with an international focus, or an international organization. It is intended to complete the internship abroad, ideally directly after the semester abroad. If this is not possible, it is possible to complete an internship with a focus on international (business) law in Austria and have this confirmed for THEMIS.
Timing: Ideally, the internship is completed before or after the semester abroad. The internship is a prerequisite for obtaining the THEMIS certificate and must therefore be completed during the WU studies. Internships that have already been completed as part of the bachelor's program can also be confirmed for THEMIS if they meet the content and duration requirements.
Here you can find the pre-approvement form (document in German).
The THEMIS seminar takes place at one of the THEMIS partner universities. It lasts about three days and is held in the form of a block course on business law topics. The language of instruction is English. The costs for the THEMIS seminar have to be covered by the participating students themselves (travel expenses, accommodation and other expenses).
|2024||Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milano||To be announced|
(March 06 – March 08, 2024)
|2023||Freie Universität Berlin||Pandemics – Challenges for the Law|
|2022||Université Paris Est Créteil||The rule of Law in Europe today|
|2021||Maastricht University||Towards cultural standardization? The interplay between (inter)national and European economic law and culture|
|2020||ESADE Law School, Barcelona||Artificial Intelligence & the Law: Challenge or Opportunity?|
|2019||Universidade Nova de Lisboa||Competition Law and the Digital Economy|
|2018||Universität St.Gallen||Law and Corruption|
|2017||Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien||Europe – A Union of the People|
|2016||Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milano||Doing Business and Social/Human Rights|
|2015||Freie Universität Berlin||The Role of the ECJ in the European Integration|
|2014||Université Paris Est Créteil - Val de Marne||Financial Crisis|
|2013||Maastricht University||Law and Art|
|2012||ESADE Business School, Barcelona||International Litigation|
|2011||Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milano||International Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution|
|2009/2010||Freie Universität Berlin||European Contract Law and Economic Law|
|2008||Université Paris Est Créteil - Val de Marne||Intellectual Property|
|2007||ESADE Business School, Barcelona||Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions|
Application requirements and further information
Applications for THEMIS program places are submitted online in the winter semester. Students have to be enrolled to the WU LLM Business Law program in order to apply for a semester abroad.
The application date is announced here.
Information about the application process can be found here.
For further details, please refer to the infosheets of each THEMIS partner university.
To obtain the THEMIS certificate, the following requirements must be met:
Pre-approved and completed internship abroad
Exchange semester (at least 24 ECTS credits were positive)
Successful participation at the THEMIS seminar
Towards the end of studies: After fulfilling all requirements, students can request the THEMIS certificate by themselves and proactively at the International Office. This step is possible after students have applied for the official graduation documents.