Study Master's Degrees in Den Haag, Netherlands

Den Haag at a glance

With a vast multicultural environment and a wide palette of accredited programmes taught in English, Den Haag has been attracting a number of international students. Local universities integrate an educational system based on student-led learning, critical debate and practical experience, with a great focus on research as well. Den Haag (The Hague) is the seat of government in the Netherlands, and the capital city of the province of South Holland. The city is the third-largest in the country after Amsterdam and Rotterdam and the most populous. Den Haag is located in the west of the Netherlands, in the centre of the Haaglanden conurbation. 

Studying

Studying in Den Haag

Most universities in Den Haag offer strictly Bachelor and Master degree programmes and only a few institutions provide PhD courses; these are mostly dedicated to subject areas like: globalization and social studies, environment and population, emerging markets, arts.

In some universities, you will find special programmes called HBO Bachelor's and Master's degree courses that aim at developing skills closely linked to professional practice. International students can enrol in English preparation courses and foundation degree courses in many other fields.

Check with the university and see which fields of study are conducted in English and which are taught in Dutch. For any language you choose, you are required to present a proof of the language proficiency. IELTS or TOEFL are the commonly accepted tests for English and if you want to pursue your studies in Dutch, you need to pass the Dutch TUL intermediate exam or hold a Dutch NT2-II diploma.

The main fields of study you get to choose from in local universities are: liberal arts and sciences, communications, law, management, finance, MBA, design, European studies and music.

If you would like to specialise in technology, psychology, computer science, or arts, you will find these disciplines available as distance degree courses.

Career

Career opportunities in Den Haag

With a sustainable development, Den Haag covers more a service-oriented economy. The main industries supporting the local economic growth are: tourism, energy, ICT, finance, business services, trade.

Apart from the numerous international institutions, some of the biggest employers in Den Haag include companies like: Royal Dutch Shell, Aegon, ING Investment Management, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, Siemens, Huawei, Saudi Aramco, AT&T, Unilever, CGI, PwC.

International students will find an abundance of internship opportunities available not only in the numerous local companies, but also in the institutions and organisations.

Life

Den Haag city life

Den Haag or The Hague is an imposing and elegant city, that simply has it all: museums, green spaces, beach, an active night and city life.

Main places you can visit in Den Haag are:

  • Binnenhof – the cultural centre of the city
  • Noordeinde Palace and The Kneuterdijk Palace
  • The Escher Museum
  • The science museum Museon
  • The miniature town Madurodam
  • The Hague Tower

Wander around and relax in a variety of parks and green spaces, such as Park Clingendael, Westbroekpark and more.

Check out De Passage, the country's first covered shopping mall or the Denneweg street, where you can find antique and specialty shops.

Around the Plein and the Buitenhof you will find several bars, pubs, cafés and clubs. Try the Indonesian and colonial Dutch-Indies cuisine served in the local restaurants.

Go to the Nederlands Dans Theater for a dance show and if you are a sports fan, support the local football, cricket, ice hockey, handball or rugby teams.

Den Haag hosts many festivals and events like King's Day, Prinsjesdag (Prince's Day) – where the opening of the Dutch parliament takes place, Parkpop - every last Sunday of June, is a huge, free music festival.

Den Haag is close to the beach, so seize the sunny days and go to the Scheveningen beach, a popular spot for tourists and inhabitants alike.

Whenever you feel the need to change the air, you are only an hour away from Amsterdam and Utrecht, and around thirty minutes from Leiden and Rotterdam.

International atmosphere in Den Haag

Den Haag covers a large multicultural environment, due to the significant number of international students and because the city is home to many embassies and is one of the major cities hosting the United Nations. Den Haag is a unique place in The Netherlands where government agencies, international companies and foreign investors meet.

Several foreign residents (including expatriates) have chosen to live in the city; you will encounter a large "Indo" (mixed Dutch-Indonesian) community, Turks, Moroccans and Chinese.

Weather Den Haag

Located on the coast, Den Haag has slightly milder winter and summer temperatures than inland locations of The Netherlands. For the same reason, the city usually gets more sunshine. The average high temperatures in the summer are around 21 °C (70 °F) and in winter these range around 3 – 4 °C (38 – 39 °F). Snow is present in the winter and a significant amount of rainfall occurs during the whole year.

Universities in Den Haag

Let’s change. You. Us. The world. That’s our message at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS). We want to empower our students to change and improve the world they live in, but this can only happen if we work together – if we evolve and change.

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Hotelschool The Hague was recently ranked best public Hotel School in The Netherlands for the third consecutive year. In the research, done by Keuzegids 2017, Hotelschool The Hague was best ranked with a total score of 85 on a scale of 100. The results of Keuzegids HBO 2017 are based on the results of the National Student Survey (NSE) and the achievements of students.

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Global and personal: Leiden University offers a truly international environment with personal interaction and support. The university holds a leading position in many different fields, from natural sciences, life sciences, medicine and astronomy to the social and behavioural sciences, the arts, international law and non-Western languages. World-renowned for its research and education programmes, the university provides high quality education for the most motivated of students.

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As one of the world’s leading training grounds for these engineers, TU Delft views its role in society as supplying technological solutions that take us significantly further along the road towards sustainability and a flourishing economy. 

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