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International Studies (BA)

A day in the life

What is it like to study International Studies in The Hague? Read how Stijn, student of International Studies, spends his day on average.

Stijn Verbeek


Stijn Verbeek


Wake up, hop in the shower, and leave for uni.


I specialise in the East Asia region and I chose Korean as my language. So I start the day with a Korean language tutorial.
11:00  Tutorial Culture and Language: East Asia, we discuss cultural similarities and differences of the three most important East Asian countries: Japan, China, and South Korea. I give a short presentation on historical narratives in China versus Taiwan.


Lunch with friends, we buy a sandwich at the supermarket next to the university building.


Lecture Foundations of Political Economy, which focuses more on the socio-philosophical part of economies, rather than on the hard numbers, so to speak.


Self-study. Most of my time is spent on learning Korean, but I also need to write an essay for Politics.


Some friends from high school come over for dinner. After dinner, we take a walk through the nearby forest before heading into the city.
20:30  I drop by an event of our study association, BASIS. Tonight it’s a guest lecture on the relations between China and Africa. We end the evening by having drinks.
00:00  I am quite tired, but I’ve enjoyed my day. Time for bed!
Study in The Hague, home to many international organisations.

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