International students welcome in The Hague

The Hague has a large number of educational institutions which provide excellent study programmes in English. The city is lucky to have nearly 5,000 international students studying at these institutions each year.


About 30,000 students live, study and work in The Hague. Why? Because The Hague is a unique city with a lot to offer students. Our city welcomes international guests such as politicians, scientists, journalists and researchers every day. Many educational institutions in The Hague provide excellent study programmes in English, and almost 5,000 international students enrol at these institutions every year.

History and innovation

As the seat of parliament and government, The Hague is the hub of Dutch politics. It’s a city whose past and future are very much at the forefront. A city where modern architecture towers over historic buildings that are centuries old. And a city where experimental dance performances are held alongside traditional events such as the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Peace and justice around the world

The Hague is well known as the International City of Peace and Justice. Our city is proud of this title, and rightly so. In The Hague there are 200 international institutions and organisations with more than 18,000 employees all working towards achieving world peace. Thanks to the presence of the International Court of Justice, The Hague is the world’s second United Nations city after New York.

Study programmes for the future

As a student, you will see the city’s international character reflected in the study programmes available here. You can follow study courses in The Hague which will enable you to pursue an international career.

Educational institutions such as Hotelschool The Hague, the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatoire have a worldwide reputation. Leiden University College, which is entirely English-speaking, offers an academic study programme that responds to today’s global issues. And young professionals from countries all over the world choose to follow an advanced programme at the International Institute for Social Studies. The Hague University of Applied Sciences and Inholland University of Applied Sciences also provide study courses in English and an internationally-oriented programme.

Discover the city and meet new people

Of course, there’s a lot more to being a student than just studying. International students come here to see more of the world and meet new people. And there are plenty of opportunities to do that in The Hague! There’s a wide range of museums, theatres, music venues, restaurants and shops in the city centre. Festivals are held in The Hague all year round, and you can participate in all kinds of sports here, too. The city is located by the sea, so the beach with its cafés and the Scheveningen boulevard are within easy reach.

The Hague guarantees that international students will have the time of their lives and invites everyone to join in.

Tips for international students:

  • Study in The Hague: International students can now get the lowdown on what it's like to live and study in The Hague.
  • ACKU Cultuurburo: ACKU organises cultural events and helps you organise your own event, too. ACKU’s services are intended for all students living in the city.
  • The Hague International Centre: The Hague International Centre provides international residents with information on living and working in The Hague. International students are also very welcome to contact the centre if they have any questions about municipal matters.

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    Published: 12 January 2012Modified: 4 October 2019