The Hague University is a vocationally oriented university of approximately 23,000 students, and offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses ranging from European Studies to Informatics, some of which are offered entirely in English. It is a modern educational institute, striving to create optimal study and work conditions for its students and staff.
The campus is surrounded by water and is ideally located next to the city's main railway station and within walking distance of the city center. All but one of its colleges is in one remarkable building complex. The design of this complex provides each college with its own place to study, computer access, and areas to work and eat. There is a state-of-the-art library on the first floor, a sports hall in the lower level, a large auditorium, and a cafeteria.
The Hague lies on the North Sea and is a modern and sophisticated city, being one of four United Nation cities in the world. It is also one of the greenest cities in Europe, buzzing with outdoor activity and an abundance of recreational facilities. It is rich in history and is the home of the central government and the Royal family. The Netherlands was one of the six founding members of the European Union, and The Hague is known as an International City of Peace, Justice and Security. It is home to the International Criminal Court, Peace Palace, War Crimes Tribunal, and Europol.
Throughout the city, each square, street, and boulevard has its own ambiance. Step outside of town and find the Holland Flower Auction, where 80 percent of the flowers sold are exported around the world, or sit on the sandy beaches, soaking in the sun at Kijkduin and Scheveningen.
The Netherlands is one of the world's most prosperous countries due to its advanced industries, agriculture, role in world trade, and its large reserves of natural gas. It is a very international country with many of the Dutch speaking at least two foreign languages including English. It has one of the youngest populations in the European Union, and there are 16 million bicycles in the country roughly one for each person.
The Netherlands means the low lands because a quarter of its surface area is below sea level and would be underwater if not for its dikes and dams; God made the world, but the Dutch made the Netherlands. The climate is very temperate given its proximity to the sea and the warm North Atlantic Gulf Stream; however, the weather can be very unpredictable with mild winters and cool summers.