Universiteit Leiden

nl en

International Studies (BA)

Student life

The Hague is a real student city and has everything you’ll need to turn your time as a student into the time of your life

The Hague student city

With the presence of the king, the Dutch government international courts, embassies and multinational firms, The Hague is a city known all around the world as the city of peace and justice. Are you more of a city person? Or more inclined to seek out nature? Why choose between city and beach, when The Hague offers both? You can smell the sea from the heart of the historic city centre. The Hague has eleven kilometres of sandy beach within cycling distance of the historic city centre. The many student associations and study associations contribute to a vibrant student life.

Stijn Verbeek


Stijn Verbeek

"The Hague is a perfect combination of a lively city as well as a quiet city. It’s open and vibrant, and I really enjoy the fact that it’s international-oriented, both the University and the working life there. Wijnhaven is a good campus with a great location: it’s near the city center and the train station."

Maria Barroso


Maria Barroso

"The Hague is a vibrant city with some fantastic cafés and it’s a very open place, so you’re always mixing with people from all kinds of different backgrounds. I’ve made some great friends, and I learn new things from them every day. A programme like International Studies attracts people from all kinds of different backgrounds. Most of my friends I also hang out with during and after classes; we eat together, do nice things together and – of course – we go out in the evenings together, too."

HOP introduction week

The Hague Orientation Programme (HOP) is the official introduction week for new students studying in The Hague. During a five-day, festive and varied programme you will be able to get acquainted with the city and the student life that await you. The HOP is the perfect way to kick off your student life in the Hague, as you will meet new people, make friends, and get acquainted with the study programme, the University, and the many student associations.

Study association

BASIS (Bachelor Association for Students of International Studies) is the study association for you! Each year BASIS organises a wide range of activities that include lectures, seminars, field trips and excursions related to your international studies coursework. Besides these academic activities, BASIS also organises many social events, and publishes a magazine, BAISMAG.  For more information see the BASIS website or the BASIS Instagram page.

This website uses cookies. More information.