European Studies - English - 4 years - Full-time

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.  

Structure of European Studies - English - 4 years - Full-time



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in year one

Year 1

Understanding Europe

Your first year at European Studies is all about understanding Europe and understanding yourself. You’ll study politics, business and culture while getting to know 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 languages and English. You’ll also begin a four-year personal development process to help you identify and pursue your own career goals. 

The first year provides the foundation for the rest of the programme and if you successfully complete all of your courses, you’ll earn a first-year diploma (Propedeuse). It’s a challenge, and you will have to do a lot of multi-tasking, but you’ll have help from a class supervisor and a student mentor from the second or third year who will help you to adjust to university life. You’ll also have 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 ESCAPE.


Semester 1
Introduction to European Politics – with integrated English language skills
Introduction to European Business – with integrated IT skills (Excel)
European Culture – with integrated career orientation activities and English language skills
Project Focus on Europe Today
Semester 2
International Cooperation in Europe & Beyond – with integrated English language skills
Marketing & Management – including Digital Marketing
Operating Glocally – including Intercultural Communication
Project Climate Conference
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Modern Foreign Languages – French, German & Spanish Plus
French, German, Spanish and Dutch Basic
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Year 2

Sustaining Europe

In the second year of European Studies, you’ll take everything to the next level, developing a deeper understanding of international businesses and organisations, public policy and European culture, while doubling down on your professional skills and foreign languages. You’ll also learn how to operate within those organisations in different situations. You will still have guidance and supervision, but you’ll also be given more independence and take on more complex challenges. 

Year 2 includes a deep dive into how Europe’s organisations deal with contemporary challenges like sustainability, as well as peace and security and you will explore the decision-making processes and strategies used by governments, non-profits and companies to take on those challenges. 

Throughout the year, you’ll continue working on your personal development and begin looking towards the future, as you get ready to go on exchange. You’ll get to specify several countries of interest and once assigned a destination, you will also get to choose your own courses for your exchange, giving you an opportunity to customise your curriculum around your own career goals.

Year 3

Discovering Europe (and the world)

Year 3 of European Studies starts with 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. 

The second half of Year 3 combines your ongoing career development with an analysis of the impact of diversity on Europe and its organisations that will ask you to look at contemporary issues from a business perspective, a political perspective and a cultural perspective. 

You will also continue with your foreign language learning and personal
development. By the end of the year, you should be ready to enter the final phase of your studies.


Year 4

Changing Europe

In this final phase of your studies, you’re going to have options and it will be up to you to decide you how you want to graduate, based on your own interests and your own personal development process. You will choose to specialise in either the public sector or the private sector, in politics or business, and you will customise your final year around that discipline. 

It will involve an internship at an international business, government agency, a non-profit or other kind of political or cultural organization that is in Europe and/or focused on Europe in some way. You can do this abroad if you like, but The Hague also has a lot to offer as the international city of peace and justice. Wherever you choose to 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 settling in Europe, advising on government policies or promoting brands to new markets in Europe and beyond 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 choose a graduation 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 conduct applied research for an employer to provide them with practical analysis and advice, producing a marketing or export plan, for example. If you have your heart set on a master, a more traditional research paper is also possible.  Whatever you choose, you should be able to walk out the door with an impressive diploma and a highly personalized CV.


Ans Janssen

Titus van der Spek

Dave van Ginhoven

Senior Lecturer

Anneke Schuurmans

Lecturer, French

Paul Shotton

Principal Lecturer – Public Administration

Bart Kuijpers

Lecturer, Internship Coordinator

Claudia Bùlnes

Lecturer, Spanish, Researcher

Maarten van Munster

Lecturer, Politics & Law

Marleen Berkhout

Lecturer, Spanish

Agota Szabo

Lecturer, Business Management

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Guus van de Ven

About networking

Maria Tanhuanpää

Deeping my knowledge

I wanted to specialize more in business and different cultures

Maria Tanhuanpää

Specializing in different cultures

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Minors and Electives

Shape your degree

European Studies offers you the chance to customise your curriculum with electives and minors. From Year 2 onward, you can follow elective courses on a variety of cultural, political or business-related topics. Examples include American Studies, Global Development Issues and Multi-Cultural Consumer Behaviour.

Later on, you choose minors, intensive packages of courses on subjects relevant to your interests. You can explore social entrepreneurship, study sustainability, sharpen specific skills, discuss cultural differences, peruse the possibilities of political ideologies, investigate international and human rights law and more depending on your interests and goals. Examples include Campaigning and Lobbying in the EU, Export Management, International Law, Language and Culture minors about different countries and much, much more.

ES also allows students to earn credits for extra-curricular activities of their own choosing, including projects like Zukunft Deutschland and Futur France, which explore the culture of nearby countries. 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.

Working methods

Lectures, seminars, study visits, self-study, group activities and project work

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.

Contact the programme

For questions about European Studies, contact the programme directly.
For questions about admission requirements, enrolment procedures or related matters, please contact the Enrolment Office,

Find and follow European Studies on Social Media

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Assistance during your studies

Study coaching and advice

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.

Collect ECTS

Binding Study Advice (BSA)

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.

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