Study Abroad in The Hague

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A Guide to Study Abroad in The Hague

Situated on the west coast of the Netherlands, the Hague boasts medieval architecture, green parks, beaches, and more. The Hague is the third-largest city in the Netherlands, the Dutch seat of the government, home to the royal family, and the City of Peace, Justice, and Security. With the city welcoming over 1 million foreign visitors a year, you’ll discover a diverse culture of foods, languages, and music here. Study abroad in The Hague and gain a true international experience!

What you need to know to study in The Hague

With the addition of more campuses recently, The Hague has become more student friendly and offers even more options for academic courses. Rest assured, you won’t have problems taking courses in English because the Netherlands was the first non-native English-speaking country to offer international programs in English. 

Popular subjects to study. The Hague exudes a hodgepodge of diverse cultures, so foreign languages and linguistics are some of the most popular courses. French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish are just the tip of the windmill. With The Hauge’s diverse population, you’ll also likely be able to practice your target language in language exchange clubs as well! Other courses focus on solving global problems in the fields of law, business, environmental studies, natural sciences, and more. 

Short term and summer programs vs. long term programs. Programs are available in the fall, summer, spring, throughout the year, and for a full academic year. Summer classes are a great way to earn more credits while studying abroad, and the summers offer warmer weather and more sunshine. More academic course options are available for longer-term programs, so you’ll immerse yourself longer in a new culture, but the winters are generally cooler and darker. 

Attending universities vs. other program types. The majority of programs in The Hague are available through third-party programs that have partnerships with universities in The Hague; the program will help you arrange many of your needs and act as an intermediary between you and the university. You could also look into programs directly with universities in The Hague or through your own university, but it’s best to talk with your university’s study abroad office to help match you with your educational needs and more.

Life in The Hague for International Students

Life for students in The Hague is a lot of fun! The Netherlands offers a social culture with a plethora of bars, restaurants, sidewalk cafés available to build your live social network. The Hague also has several museums, monuments, and theatres for even more cultural doses of the country — Vermeer’s iconic Girl with a Pearl Earring painting is here too. You can easily get around The Hague on bike, rail, trams, and buses to explore the city. 

No matter what time of year you study abroad in The Hague, annual events from fairs to festivals to flea markets pop up for shopping and celebrations. If you’re here in the summer, there are fireworks festivals, volleyball tournaments, musical events, parades, etc. Don’t worry, there’s also kite festivals, Christmas celebrations, ice skating, and more in the fall and winter, too! 

The Netherlands may not be known for their cuisine, but it’s really their best kept secret. The home of Heineken has more to boast in their local brauereis, and you’ll love pairing popular local cheeses like edam, gouda, and limburger for the brave. Want something sweet to top off your meal? Stroopwafels to the rescue!

GoAbroad’s Inside Scoop for study abroad students in The Hague

If you plan on studying in The Hague for more than 90 days, you’ll need to apply for a residence permit, and you’ll need to get health insurance.The classes might be different from what you’re used to in your country — the classes are usually smaller and involve small group discussions. Students sometimes even lead the classes instead of relying on the professor to give lectures, and classes may be more rigorous than back at home too, as the Netherlands ranks in the top 10 for university education.

The Hague is more affordable than other western European countries, but the cost of living is still higher than the average United States city. Be sure to budget your money, fundraise, and apply for scholarships to help you with the added expenses. Many discounts are available to students, and you can also shop at local markets; keep in mind that many restaurants and shops are closed on Sundays. 

Immerse yourself in this elegant, cosmopolitan city studying in a campus by the sea. From tulip gardens to windmills to palaces to amusement parks, you’ll have plenty to do and see in your free time. With international students from all over the world, and you’re bound to experience more than the Dutch culture here. Study abroad in The Hague where you’ll encounter an excellent education, beautiful sceneries, and hospitable locals! 

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