In a fast-paced, globalised era of constant change, employers need adaptable professionals to help run, market, represent and advise their organisations. Our interdisciplinary European Studies programme equips you for management and marketing jobs in both the public and private sector, or for a master’s programme, giving you international career options.
- 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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Karina Delgado Lara
About business and politics
Guus van de Ven
Using global procedures in my daily life
About business and politics
Karina Delgado Lara
“I’m from Ecuador, was raised in Spain and have lived in the Netherlands for many years, so I always considered myself international. I want to be a citizen of the world and loved the international focus of European Studies. I’m entrepreneurial and like to create things, so I wasn’t sure I was interested in politics, but now I know about business and politics and can work in both areas. I enjoyed learning policy argumentation and discovered I was good at it. I like to raise my voice about the things I believe in to make change, so now I am preparing to do a master on sustainability, either from a business or governance perspective.”
Guus van de Ven
“I always liked connecting with people from other cultures and hanging out with people from all other the world. This study makes that a reality. My friends are from Slovakia, China and even the Netherlands. I was active in politics and in Lion’s clubs before this, but now I’m specialising in private sector and I want to get into lobbying. Starting with that, you can actually change things.”
Using global procedures in my daily life
“One of the many reasons why I choose European Studies is because of its broad perspective. When compared to other programs European Studies has a respectable reputation and during the programme you will be open to variety of different subject areas such as Business, Economics, Law, Politics and Communication. Also, as a foreigner from a non-European origin (Jamaica) I wanted to increase my knowledge about society, not just the Dutch community but more about the continent/globe.”
You have a Dutch diploma
|Niveau 4, middenkader- of specialistenopleiding|
To enrol for the ES 4 year programme you will need a secondary school diploma comparable to a Dutch HAVO 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.
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.
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
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 2021, 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.
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.
11 May 2021
An open day is a great way to see our campus and meet current students, lecturers and our team of study advisors. You can also attend presentations by our lecturers. They’ll introduce you to our interdisciplinary and intercultural vision of ‘global citizenship’ and explain the different career paths that ES graduates typically follow. You can get overview of our courses and projects and speak with a foreign language teacher. Or find out about work placement opportunities and extra-curricular activities and map out where you’d like to go on an exchange. Do you want to view a programme presentation in advance? Watch this webinar.
Online day with a student
Shadow a current European Studies student online and experience what it is like to study at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. You will join online discussions with existing workgroups and attend useful online lectures. Lectures, for example, that could help you decide whether your main interest lies in international policy-making, or if you would be more interested in writing a business plan to help a company like Coca Cola better its market position in Latin America.