The Hague Summer School

The Hague Summer School is a modular course made up of general and elective modules. You can choose to study for a two-week or four- week period. The two-week summer course consists of a general module and an elective module of your choice. The four-week summer course consists of two general modules and two elective modules. Each elective includes at least three visits to international organisations in and around The Hague like for example the Peace Palace, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons or the International Criminal Court.

Global Goals for Sustainable Development

In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. A set of goals for the world that aim to make our planet fair, healthy and sustainable by 2030. All courses in The Hague Summer School are linked to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. The Hague Summer School always focuses on wicked problems.  As a student you can choose different modules varying from Entrepreneurship to Human Rights and from Health, Well-Being and Culture to Sustainable Cities.

Sustainable Development Goals

The courses

Please note that below are the elective modules of The Hague Summer School 2019 to give you an impression of what is offered. Once we have electives confirmed for The Hague Summer School 2020, we will post them here.

General module week 1-2 and week 3-4 (1-12 & 15-26 July 2019):
All students will follow the general module in the morning, then have the opportunity to choose an elective module in the afternoon.

Global Trends (1 ECTS) and Global Challenges (1 ECTS)
Consumers and organisations are increasingly interlinked in our globalised world. This general module will have you and your fellow students focus on current trends and help shape future global trends for business and public sectors that are connected to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

Elective modules week 1-2
(1-12 July 2019):


Elective modules week 3-4
(15-26 July 2019):

Human Rights, Security & Development (3 ECTS)
Countries around the world are facing various security challenges, such as, border disputes and energy security. Join this elective and have a closer look at how disputes between states are being resolved.
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  Human Rights, Security & Development (3 ECTS)
Countries around the world are facing various security challenges, such as, border disputes and energy security. Join this elective and have a closer look at how disputes between states are being resolved.
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Sustainable Cities (3 ECTS)
The rapid urban development has various consequences, among which, is pollution. Therefore, establishing and maintaining the sustainability of cities is of great importance for the future of our world.
Join this elective and develop your critical thinking skills, detect problems and find solutions with regard to the innovation of urban systems.
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  Leadership for Sustainable Innovation (3 ECTS)
This elective is an open, experimental space for students and young professionals to explore their leadership skills with a special focus on bottom-up organizing.
Join this elective module to learn more about your inner leader potential.
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Health, Well-Being and Culture (3 ECTS)

Health is much more than just the absence of disease.
Join this elective module if you wish to acquire knowledge on well-being, health, and healthcare from a cultural perspective.
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Local Impact of Global Migration (3 ECTS)

In this module we will examine the consequences of migration in an urban context. We will look at images, pictures, cartoons, architecture and all other traces of migration in the city and compare and contrast these to other locations and to the literature and theories.
This module is organised in collaboration with the local foundation that works with refugees.
Join this elective if you want to evaluate global, national and local structures related to international migration on the EU and Dutch level.
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Sustainable Entrepreneurial Thinking (3 ECTS)
In this interactive and dynamic course you will explore your own skills and traits to understand what role best befits you in a social enterprise of own design that addresses one or more of SDGs. You will also learn how to pitch your solutions to a panel of judges.

Join this elective if you want to adopt design thinking principles to go  through a start-up incubation process; step-by-step.
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Teaching methods

The Hague University is a university of applied sciences. This means we employ a problem-solving approach, just like the professional world, with exercises that nurture personal and leadership skills, like games, debates and group work. You will experience an open-minded and interactive learning environment where it is important to have and debate about opinions.  Our guest lecturers come from different private and public fields in The Hague and The Netherlands.

Becoming a world citizen is only possible if we work  together, evolve and change ourselves. If we take a critical look at our present and future situation, we will see that we need new perspectives and solutions. We will find them more quickly if we constantly share and learn to apply one another’s insights, skills and methods.

Social programme

New friendships are a foundation for new and fruitful cooperation in the future, The Hague Summer School is not just about studying. You are also here to discover the city of The Hague and have fun. All students are paired with ‘buddies’ (students) from THUAS. During the afternoon and in the evening the students of the Summer School can attend an extensive social and cultural programme.

Scheveningen beach

Please note the social programme already starts one day before the start of the academic programme!

Reasons to apply

  1. The summer course is held in The Hague, the United Nations City of Peace, Justice and Security, packed with 131 international institutions, 80 justice organisations, 300 international businesses and numerous NGOs.
  2. You will gain an all-round ‘international classroom’ experience with fellow students, lecturers and professionals from different cultural backgrounds.
  3. You will prepare yourself for a future career in a multi-national organisation, enrich your personal growth and develop your talents through teamwork, debate and sharing knowledge.
  4. You will make new friends for life from all over the world during your time in The Netherlands.

THUAS Campus life

THUAS is a mini United Nations with a blend of around 150 nationalities on campus. You’ll get access to our state-of-the-art facilities, like our libraryonsite cafés and free Wi-Fi. You’ll get the chance to make new friends and feel part of our diverse international community.

About The Hague

THUAS is located right in the heart of The Hague, so you will get an all-round cultural experience, from galleries packed with Dutch masters to idyllic beaches and parks and buzzing nightclubs. The Hague is known as the International City of Peace, Justice and Security and is bursting with international legal institutions. Since 1913, the Peace Palace has been a centre of world justice, hosting the permanent Court of Arbitrations and the International Court of Justice. You’ll also find the International Yugoslavia Tribunal, Europol and the International Criminal Court in The Hague, along with many other courts, tribunals and NGOs. You will feel at home straightaway in The Hague. The city has all the benefits of a big city – the museums, restaurants and transport links – with a welcoming village feel. The Hague itself has many cultural highlights, including Mauritshuis and the Municipal Museum. The city also boasts excellent theatres and music venues.

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