European Studies takes an international and multi-lingual approach to private business and public policy, teaching research, communications skills and foreign languages from a practical perspective with a real career context. Our programme is also flexible and allows you to customise your own curriculum based on your own interests and career goals.
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in year one
Your first year at ES is about getting to know Europe and yourself a little better. You’ll study politics, business and culture as well as Europe’s government agencies, international organisations, non-profits and private businesses – your potential employers.
You’ll also learn the fundamentals of management and marketing within those organisations. Along the way, you’ll sharpen your professional skills and work on research and critical thinking. You’ll get comfortable with public speaking, study intercultural communication and work on your foreign language and English.
After this introduction, you’ll have the chance to make some choices to customise your curriculum starting in Year 2. You can choose to put more focus on business or on public policy, and you’ll begin preparing for a major milestone: going on exchange. Not only do you get to specify countries of interest, you’ll get to choose your own courses.
It’s a challenging year, especially with the fast pace of the 3-year programme, but you’ll have help from a mentor and access to tutoring and language support.
You’ll also have a lot of opportunities for extra-curricular learning and you’ll have a good time with field trips, clubs and parties put on by our study association.
In the second year of European Studies, you’ll take everything you learned in Year 1 to the next level, developing a deeper understanding of international business and public policy while doubling down on your professional skills and foreign languages. You will still have guidance and supervision, but you’ll also be given more independence and take on more complex challenges as you begin following a partly individualised programme.
The first half of Year 2 focuses on the tools you need to operate in the public and private sector organisations you learned about in Year 1. You’ll explore the decision-making processes used by governments, non-profits and companies and develop the skills to influence those decisions. You’ll study public and private policy making processes, but depending on how you have chosen to customise your curriculum, you’ll place more focus on practical politics or business strategies.
The second half of the year features one of the high points of the European Studies programme: a 5-month exchange to one of over 100 partner institutions all over the world. While mandatory for Dutch students, the study abroad experience, supported by the Erasmus Plus programme, is optional for internationals. While on exchange, or staying in The Hague, you will follow courses of your own choosing, giving you another opportunity to explore topics of interest and build a unique CV that is fully tailored to your own career goals. Choose wisely.
Professionalisation & Graduation
In Year 3, it’s time to get ready to start your career or to apply for a master. There are a few final courses, but you’ll spend most of your time on your internship at an international employer and a final research project showcasing everything you’ve learned.
You’ll have options for your internship. You can try to prove yourself in public service at a local, regional, national or international governmental organisation or at a non-profit. If you’re more business-minded, you can explore entrepreneurship at a small, large or global businesses. Wherever you work, you will likely be involved in doing research, producing policy advice, marketing, (social media) communications, event planning and other tasks. You could be assisting refugees with the Dutch legal system, or promoting lingerie on Instagram. You can do an internship abroad, but as the International City of Peace and Justice, The Hague also has a lot to offer. If you’re lucky, you’ll be offered a job. That happens to one in three of our interns.
But before you take that job, you’ll have to complete a final research project to finish your studies. The topic and the type of research will be up to you. Using your career goals as a guideline, you can choose to write a theoretical dissertation analysing European issues and public policy problems, or you can conduct applied research for an employer to provide them with practical analysis and advice, producing a marketing or export plan, for example.
Lecturer, Business Management
Guido van Hengel
Principal Lecturer – Public Administration
Lecturer, Business Management
Dr. Agota Szabo is a passionate and highly-motivated academic and business professional who believes in the power of good leadership and transparent governance systems. She spends most of her academic work understanding how top management teams make decisions, design their organizational governance systems and implement good governance practices to their organizations. As a lecturer, her goal is to educate the next generation of students to become ethical leaders of their organizations and to introduce change for a more transparent governance system. In 2019, she was invited as a visiting scholar to the George Washington University, in Washington D.C. Agota holds a Ph.D degree in Organizational governance from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a Global Business and Stakeholder Management degree from Erasmus University.
After finishing High School, I wanted to live abroad for a year and I went to Spain. I loved the country, the people and their language and culture so much that I started studying Spanish at the University of Amsterdam, and now, some years later, I transmit my love for the Spanish language and culture to students who choose Spanish at European Studies. Apart from teaching Spanish I co-ordinate the supervision of ES and, of course, I also supervise students myself. I like to motivate students, to help them discover their talents and think about their future career. You might also see me with a camera, because one of my passions is making pictures, and I also do this here at school.
Lecturer, Politics & Law
Maarten van Munster
I come from Spain and have been living in The Netherlands for some time. I enjoy helping my students to communicate in Spanish, which you will be able to do straight away once you start learning the language. In addition, I particularly enjoy sharing Spanish culture with my students and guiding them in discovering different aspects of the Spanish speaking world. Besides being a Spanish teacher, I also work in a university-wide team called Global Citizenship and Internationalisation as another passion of mine besides teaching Spanish is to make sure that our students have a truly international experience while they study at THUAS.
Lecturer, Business Management
Jonneke de Koning
I’m a lecturer in business and mom of two kids. My background is in business. I started my career as a management trainee at Unilever and worked there in various commercial roles. After that, I worked as consultant for Albert Heijn, where I analyzed big data to improve customer loyalty. Next to understanding how businesses work, I’m passionate about contributing positively to society. While studying, I did an internship with the UN WFP in the Gambia. Furthermore, I also was active in politics as a member of D66. However, recently I’ve changed my focus to social business, as it combines the best of both worlds: using effective methods to achieve meaningful goals. That’s why I’m so excited to teach at European Studies, were the private and the public world are mixed and students can learn about social enterprises and sustainability.
Guido van Hengel
I teach courses on contemporary European politics, history and culture. Before I joined the European Studies programme in 2015, I used to work as a historian, freelance writer, interpreter, communication manager, European youth worker, and editor. In my current position, I try to bring students into contact with scholars, journalists, thinkers, cultural entrepreneurs, policy-advisors and other stakeholders in the area of politics, culture and art. The PhD-thesis I defended in 2015 was on student mobility in the Austro-Hungarian Empire around 1900. Having learned what it meant to students to move across borders in the past, I now aim to positively contribute to a transnational student network in the present.
Lecturer, Internship Coordinator
In the last semester of your study, you do a work placement. As the placement coordinator for European Studies, I need to ensure that you make the right choice and are well prepared for this challenging experience. I think the placement is the most important step towards becoming a European professional. We offer placements in medium-sized and multinational firms operating on the European market, national and international governments and non-profit organizations. The choice is yours! The other part of my job is being a lecturer in Business Management. I love to teach topics like international marketing, export management, strategy and even research skills. My slogan is “teaching is fun, so show it”. I also enjoy helping students individually with their papers and projects. I’m patient and willing to explain the same thing over and over again (as long as you take the effort to come well prepared).
Principal Lecturer – Public Administration
Paul Shotton PhD is Principal Lecturer in European Public Policy within the European Studies Programme at THUAS. Prior to working at THUAS Paul worked in Brussels as a Public Affairs Practitioner (lobbyist) for a number of blue chip companies. Paul lectures in European Public Policy with notable courses simulating EU decision-making and lobbying campaign design. Paul’s research focuses on the Professionalisation of Public Affairs with the objective of promoting the definition of a body of knowledge for public affairs practitioners, developing courses and trainings for the profession as well as measuring impact and performance in public affairs.
I have always loved teaching and coaching students. I have worked in higher education as a French teacher for more than 30 years now, and I am extremely happy that since 2008 I’ve been able to do this at European Studies. In my opinion, there are no study programmes at universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands that offer a better language programme. I do a lot of other things besides teaching French: I am a study career supervisor, I coordinate the higher years of ES and I am the alumni officer for European Studies, which means that I stay in touch with our graduates. This allows me to see the variety of careers that European Studies alumni pursue and their success stories really make me feel proud of the programme.
Dave van Ginhoven
My favourite part of working in an international and interdisciplinary environment is the diversity. I get to do a lot of different things at once, across different disciplines, just like our students. In my case, I get to teaches courses about culture, media and politics, research and professional communications skills. Every day is different and thanks to the diversity of our staff and students, everyone is different and brings something unique to everything we do. I’m curious to see what you’ll bring to the party.
This 3-year fast-track version of European Studies (ES3) challenges you to earn a 4-year degree in just three years. That means taking on an ambitious courseload that doesn’t leave much room for optional courses, but some students like to follow extra languages or electives on political, cultural or economic topics as an extra-curricular activity.
International students who don’t go on exchange take minors, intensive packages of courses in which you’ll explore social entrepreneurship, study sustainability, sharpen specific skills, discuss cultural and political differences, investigate international law or take on other topics.
ES also allows students to earn credits for activities of their own choosing, including cultural projects like Zukunft Deutschland and Futur France. You can also get hands-on experience in marketing by joining the Student Public Relations Team or in event planning as part of our study association HEBOS; working as a language partner for someone who needs help learning your native language and much, much more.
Our curriculum has been recognised for excellence in internationalisation because it’s designed for a diverse student body and uses diverse methods. You can expect a mix of theoretical lectures and interactive workshops, as well as different types of assessment, from multiple-choice tests to essays, research reports, presentations, proposals and other professional products as well as simulations of real-life situations and projects. Some assignments involve group work and come with coaching on effective teamwork, but others will facilitate individual achievement.
Because we’re a university of applied sciences, our programme is practical. You will learn some theory, but the main goal is to put theory into practice and apply your knowledge and skills to something you need to be able to do in your career.
Whenever possible, we also like to take the learning outside the classroom, with field trips – including regular trips to Brussels – and a wide variety of extra-curricular activities.
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European Studies is committed to helping every student succeed. In addition to having a mentor who supervises your class and provides personal coaching, you will have access to a vast support network that includes confidential advisors, counsellors and a team of school psychologists. So if you run into any problems – whether they’re academic or personal – you can get the help you need.
The Hague University of Applied Sciences also offers personalised support for students with special needs. If you have any special medical or psychological needs, our team is ready to make the necessary arrangements to make sure that you have every opportunity to succeed. Ask your mentor for details.
To continue your degree programme after the first year, you need to earn 50 of the 60 credits (ECTS). Some degree programmes also set other requirements to pass onto the second year of the course. This could, for example, be a specific subject that you must pass and that counts towards the 50 credits. We call this a qualitative requirement. If you meet the credit requirements as well as the qualitative requirement where applicable, you will receive a positive binding study advice (BSA) from the Examination Board at the end of your first year.
If you earn less than 50 credits and do not meet the qualitative requirements where applicable, you will receive a binding negative study advice and will have to leave the degree programme. This is why this advice is called a Binding Negative Study Advice (NBSA).
Your academic progress may be affected by personal circumstances such as illness or the professional practice of a sport. It is important that you inform the Examination Board immediately of any personal circumstances that might apply to you. The Board can take these into account when issuing its study advice.
Read all the rules for the binding study advice in Chapter 7 of the Programme and Examination Regulations (PER) for your degree programme.