European Studies - English - 4 years

In an era of accelerated globalisation and rapid technological evolution, 21st century professionals face new challenges that prove an old saying: “it is not necessarily the strongest who survive, but those most adaptable to change”. European Studies at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) is an international, interdisciplinary programme, which gives young European professionals the tools they need to start an international management career. ES graduates will have the flexibility to keep up with the changing 21st century work environment. So, in a nutshell, ES ensures its students international employability through adaptability.


This four-year European Studies programme 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. For the four-year programme (ES4): you need a Dutch HAVO diploma or a foreign equivalent.

Admission requirements

You have a non-Dutch diploma

Before we can decide on your eligibility, we will 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 candidates who were educated in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, 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, doesn’t need to take an English proficiency test.

All other prospective students are required to hand in a valid and sufficient TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, or Cambridge (CAE or CPE)  certificate to the Enrolment Centre. The TOEFL, TOEIC and IELTS certificate must not be older than two years at the start of the study year.

See the document of the Language requirements 2016 for more information.

Please note: The Hague University of Applied Sciences does not accept Institutional TOEFL scores, TOEFL ITP scores or any other language test certificates.

Please note: if you take (or have taken) the TOEFL English proficiency test, please allow The Hague University of Applied Sciences to check your online results to verify your TOEFL certificate. The Institution Code of The Hague University of Applied Sciences is 7042.

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

  • you have an American or International High School Diploma, or
  • you have a European or International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Please contact the THUAS Enrolment Centre and ask for details.

If you have not quite reached the level you need to enrol for a degree but your results are promising, we offer an English Prep School programme, which takes six months or one year. On completion of this, you will not only be ready to join a Bachelor class, but you’ll also have learned a lot about the Netherlands, The Hague and our university.

If you don't meet the minimum entrance requirements, and you are 21 years or older, the Admission Test 21+ offers you the opportunity to still be admitted to this bachelor programme. Click here for more information on the Admission Test 21+.

You have a Dutch diploma

To begin the 4-year bachelor's degree programme in European Studies, you should have a havo- or vwo-diploma with a foreign language (French, German or Spanish). For some "profielen" certain subjects are required. You could also qualify for admission with a mbo-diploma level 4.
This programme is taught entirely in English.


  • N&T 2nd modern foreign language (French, German or Spanish)
  • N&G 2nd modern foreign language (French, German or Spanish)
  • E&M  2nd modern foreign language (French, German or Spanish)
  • C&M Immediately qualifies for admission


  • N&T  2nd modern foreign language (French, German or Spanish)
  • N&G  2nd modern foreign language (French, German or Spanish)
  • E&M  2nd modern foreign language (French, German or Spanish)
  • C&M Immediately qualifies for admission


  • Level 4, middle management or specialised secondary education programme
The most appropriate profiles for European Studies, at havo or vwo, are C&M and E&M. 
All European Studies students follow Modern Foreign Language courses in French, Spanish or German. As an mbo student, you are allowed to follow a beginners course in one of these languages. It is possible to request an advanced language course, but you will have to pass an intake test arranged before the start of the school year in order to make sure you have the right level.

What if you want to start your degree programme but you don’t have the required subjects in your havo or vwo profile? In most cases, The Hague University of Applied Sciences will offer you an opportunity to eliminate this deficiency by taking a deficiency examination (Dutch).

If you received a havo-diploma previous to 2009 or a vwo-diploma previous to 2010,  your diploma will be assessed individually to see if you qualify for admission. If you have any questions,  you can contact the Central Student Enrolment Office by completing the contact form.
If you don't meet the minimum entrance requirements, and you will be 21 or older when the new academic year begins, passing the Admission Test 21+ (Dutch) offers you the opportunity to still be admitted to the degree programme of your choice. The admission test for degree programmes offered at The Hague University of Applied Sciences tests your command of Dutch and English and also includes a programme-specific section.
There can be no exceptions made to the official admission requirements. The Central Student Enrolment Office is the only agency that can arrive at decisions regarding your qualification for admission as based on the official regulations. You cannot rely on any other sources of information with regard to your qualification for admission.

Student for a day

Get a taste of student life

7 April 2017

Open Day

An Open Day is a great way to visit our campus; get acquainted with current students, lecturers, and meet our team of study advisors. You can also attend presentations by our lecturers. They will introduce you to our interdisciplinary and intercultural vision of what we like to call Global Citizenship. You can pick up an overview of our courses and projects, speak with a foreign language teacher, find out about Work Placement opportunities and extra-curricular activities, and map out options for your foreign exchange.

9 - 10 March 2017

Trial Study Day

Sign up for a Trial Study to get a full preview of European Studies. This is your chance to catch a first glimpse of how ES readies you for an international work environment. You can follow interdisciplinary lectures on the public and private sector – and how they work together to solve problems. You will get a skills workshop on research and communication skills, including training in rhetoric and negotiation. Finally you will also get a taste of the international classroom you can expect at ES, where all classes have a mix of nationalities, different backgrounds and different perspectives.


Student for a day

Shadow a current European Studies student and experience what it is like to study at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. You will join discussions with existing workgroups and attend useful lectures. Lectures, for example, that could help you decide whether your main interest lies in international policy-making, or would you be more interested in writing a business plan to help a company like Coca Cola better its market position in Latin America.

Need help making a decision

We would like to help you make the right decision

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 study’s 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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