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The Hague   STUDENT-CITY  

BEYOND Peace and Justice

The Hague is bursting with culture and creativity and offers students an all-round experience, from galleries packed with Dutch masters to idyllic beaches and parks and buzzing nightclubs. It’s a small-scale, hospitable city with an international attitude. In The Hague, students are in the hub of Dutch politics and international justice. The Binnenhof parliament building and many legal institutions are located in The Hague. Students graduating from The Hague have a head start in industry with an international outlook and names of renowned organisations on their CVs.

Cultural highlights

The Hague has many cultural highlights, including Mauritshuis, the home of Vermeer’s iconic Girl with a Pearl Earring painting, the Mondriaan collection at Municipal Museum and the Peace Palace. The city boasts excellent theatres and music venues and is reputed to be Holland’s top pop city. Parkpop, Europe’s largest free festival, takes place in June. Scheveningen’s sandy beaches, just outside the city centre are a popular place to relax.

City of peace and justice

The Hague has worked hard to earn its title - International City of Peace, Justice and Security. The city boasts around 131 international institutes and 80 justice organisations and follows only New York, Geneva and Vienna in importance as a United Nations city. Since 1913, the Peace Palace has been a centre of world justice, hosting the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the International Court of Justice. The International Yugoslavia Tribunal, Europol and the International Criminal Court are located in The Hague, along with many other courts, tribunals and NGOs.


The Hague’s international attitude and location in the heart of Europe attracts big-name multinational companies and organisations, including Shell, Siemens and KPN. THUAS taps into the resources of the 300 international businesses in the city, which collaborate on our programmes. Unilever, DSM, Shell and the International Criminal Court are just some examples of the companies and organisations offering work placements and providing guest lecturers.

An international city

It’s little wonder that this cosmopolitan city with its global business and justice links attracts over 40,000 students, making it a truly international student city. As well as being the seat of Dutch government, all foreign embassies to the Netherlands are located in The Hague. English is the preferred language of communication – and there is always the chance to pick up a little Dutch. The city’s diverse student societies are an ideal place to mingle with people from different backgrounds.