European Studies - English - 4 years - Full-time

We live in a globalised era that continues to create new challenges for Europe and its professionals. ES at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) will prepare you to meet these challenges head on. With an award-winning international curriculum, global exchange programme and international internships, ES turns students into ‘global citizens’. Ready to take on the world, change it for the better and adapt to a changing future.


The ES programme is very intensive. It is taught entirely in English (except during foreign language classes) and requires a great deal of group work, self-study and personal learning outside the classroom, as well as intense participation inside the classroom. Many courses are practical and require regular attendance and participation if you want to succeed. It goes without saying that learning a language requires constant practice.

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’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 qualification

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 TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, or Cambridge (CAE or CPE)  certificate at the Enrolment Centre. The TOEFL, TOEIC and IELTS certificate must not be older than two years at the start of the study year.

See our Language requirements for more information.

Please note: THUAS does not accept Institutional TOEFL scores, TOEFL ITP scores or any other language test certificates.
If you take (or have taken) the TOEFL English proficiency test, please let THUAS check your online results to verify your TOEFL certificate. Our Institution Code 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 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 the Prep School programme, which takes six months or one year. On completion of this, you will not only be ready to join a bachelor's, 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 qualify for this bachelor programme. This tests your command of Dutch and English and includes a programme specific section.

More information on the Admission Test 21+.

You have a Dutch diploma

To begin the 4-year ES bachelor's degree programme, you should have a HAVO or VWO diploma with a foreign language (French, German or Spanish). You could also qualify for admission with an 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
ES accepts all profiles, as long as you meet the language requirements. The programme is best suited to open-minded students interested in an interdisciplinary programme that combines business and politics. Above all, you’ll need a commitment to learning foreign languages, a gift for multi-tasking and an interest in exploring international opportunities. Even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone.  
All ES students take modern foreign language courses in French, Spanish or German. As an MBO student, you’re allowed to follow a beginner’s course in one of these languages. You can request an advanced language course, but you’ll have to pass an intake test arranged before the start of the academic year to make sure you are at the right level.

If you want to take a degree programme but you don’t have the required subjects in your HAVO or VWO profile, THUAS may offer you an opportunity to take an exam.

If you received a HAVO diploma before 2009, or VWO diploma before 2010, your diploma will be assessed individually to see if you qualify for admission.
If you have any questions,  you can contact the 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 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.

Student for a day

Get a taste of student life

4 November 2017

Open Day

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.

30 November 2017

Trial Study Day

Sign up for a trial study day for a full preview of ES. This is your chance to get 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 see how they work together to solve problems. You’ll attend a skills workshop on research and communication skills, including training in rhetoric and negotiation and you’ll put everything you learn into practice in interactive activities. Along the way, you’ll also get a taste of the international classroom you can expect at ES, with a mix of different nationalities, backgrounds and perspectives.

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. 
Contact our Study & Career Centre Contact us by phone (+31) (0)70 445 8595 or by email

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