European Studies - English - 3 years - Full-time

In a fast-paced, globalised era of constant change, employers need adaptable professionals to help run, market, represent and advise their organisations. This 3-year fast-track version of our interdisciplinary European Studies programme challenges you to explore Europe and all its complexity and equips you for a variety of jobs in both the public and private sector, or for a master’s programme, giving you international career options that are suitable for a true global citizen.

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  • Want to know more? Contact a student. Why was this the right choice for them?
    Click on this link to contact Simran Khan,  European Studies student and chair of our study association ESCAPE 
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    Any questions about subjects? About the study load? About the structure of the degree programme? Contact a lecturer. They are ready to answer your questions. 
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European Studies 3 years, 2022-2023

You have a Dutch diploma

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You have a non-Dutch diploma

To enrol for the ES 3 year programme you will need a secondary school diploma comparable to a Dutch VWO diploma and a good command of English.

Before we can decide on your eligibility, we’ll need to assess your secondary school certificate.
To make sure your certificate is evaluated fairly, we work with NUFFIC, an organisation that specialises in the assessment of international education qualifications.

This programme is taught entirely in English. You’ll need a good command of the English language, both spoken and written.

Bachelor’s candidates who are educated in the Netherlands, UK, Ireland, USA, Canada (Quebec only when the education language is English), Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or Malta, or students holding a diploma (including English as an exam subject) stated on this diploma list, don’t need to take an English proficiency test.
All other prospective students are required to hand in a valid and sufficient language test.
Please check our entry requirements for more information.

If you completed your prior education in another country than those listed above you might still qualify for exemption, for example if:

  • you have an American or International High School Diploma, or
  • you have a European or International Baccalaureate Diploma
Please contact the Enrolment Centre and ask for details.

Perhaps your academic background is not quite the right level. Or you need some help improving your English skills. Don’t worry. There might be some alternative options to help you get in, and prepare yourself for a successful start of your studies at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS).

Admissions Test 21+
If you’re 21 years old before 1 September 2022, but don’t have a diploma or a qualification that meets the entry requirements, you can take the 21+ Admissions Test. The 21+ Admissions Test is offered at several dates between January and the start of the academic year, and consists of a digital general capacity test. Please note that you can only participate if you have an EEA-nationality or residence permit for the Netherlands that is valid on the test date.

English Academic Preparation Programme
Need help with your English? If you haven’t quite reached the right level of English for your chosen Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme, you can enrol for English Academic Preparation Programme. After the successful completion of this programme, you’ll be ready to start your degree at THUAS and you will already have a good taste of studying and living in the Hague.

The Hague Pathway College
If you’d like to apply for a 3-year bachelor programme but don’t meet the academic entry requirements, you might be interested in joining The Hague Pathway College. This foundation programme has two intakes, one in September and one in January. It offers you the chance to bring your academic level up to the required level and work on your English at an academic level at the same time.Please check for more information.

This programme also offers a 4-year track

 If you have an academic background comparable to the Dutch HAVO level, you might want to consider enrolling for the 4-year track of this degree programme instead. Check out ES 4-year track.

There are no exceptions to the official admission requirements. The Enrolment Office is the only party that can make decisions regarding your qualification for admission based on official regulations. You can’t rely on any other sources of information for your qualification for admission.
All European Studies students follow French, German or Spanish throughout the programme and can start at an advanced level or at beginner level. Students with no previous language learning experience can start at beginner level. Students who already had French, German or Spanish at secondary school are strongly advised to continue with that language, for the following reasons:

· Doing an advanced language means you can graduate with a professional level, giving you an edge on your CV

· Advanced level languages expand your options for studying abroad

· Students doing an advanced language can participate in special projects and field trips.

Students with previous experience in French, German or Spanish can request a different language, but all students must keep in mind that space in beginner level languages is limited and we cannot guarantee that there will be enough room to accommodate all requests.


Almost half of our graduates go on to take a masters programme. Of those who don’t, the majority find employment. We know this from our alumni network and recent surveys. As many as one in three ES students who opt for a work placement are offered a job by their placement provider. Our alumni are generally positive about the programme and its role in their careers. Many maintain ongoing relationships with the programme by participating in events or working on projects with our students. Some even return to the university in a teaching role.

European Studies 4 and European Studies 3 cover the same knowledge and skills, but in different ways. Because the 3-year programme is shorter, it offers a more challenging route that requires more self-study.

In the first 2 years of their studies, all students have a supervisor: a member of staff who meets with them regularly to guide their study progress. After that, students are assigned specific supervisors for their projects, exchange, work placement and their final project. European Studies also offers a tutoring and a language partner programme, in which students pair up to support one another.

There’s a maximum of 31 students per class, but most classes have approximately 25 students. Reflecting the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of the programme, various teaching methods are used. At times you attend lectures with 2 or 3 classes, at others you take single-class seminars or participate in smaller workgroups. Most of your classes take an interactive approach.

Our testing methods are as diverse as the programme itself. You can expect anything from multiple choice exams to research reports, and from presentations to essays. Not only does this allow you to master a range of skills, it also gives students with different learning styles opportunities to shine. Whenever possible, the assessment of knowledge and skills is integrated into the production of professional products. This could be anything from a marketing or export plan to a piece of policy advice.

As an international programme, European Studies is committed to giving all students an international experience. This means that you work in mixed and multicultural groups from the very start of your studies. It’s an ideal way to develop the essential English skills you need for a successful career in today’s globalised world.

You are expected to speak and write English clearly and easily. But don’t worry, your English doesn’t need to be perfect! Students who are open to the international environment and are willing to make the effort will adjust right away. You will also take communication skills courses that help with your English. Some international students need an English proficiency certificate to join the programme. For details, take a look here or contact our enrolment centre at

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It takes a bit of thought and research to find the right programme. The Hague University of Applied Sciences organizes various activities throughout the year to give you the best possible idea of the various studies offered. You also learn what it’s like to study at THUAS. This way, you can click on the registration button without a doubt in mind. Or you’ll know for certain it’s not right for you. 

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The three-year European Studies programme (ES3) is very intensive. It is taught entirely in English (except during foreign language classes) and requires a great deal of self-study and personal learning outside the classroom. Taking on the challenges of a full-time programme like this is just like having a full-time job. Before you apply, you should consider that carefully.

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