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Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges (BA/BSc)

Are you passionate about addressing the global challenges of the 21st century? Do you have broad interests and do you want to live on campus in an international environment in the city center of The Hague? Then this bachelor programme is for you!

Mai Nguyen

First-year student

Mai Nguyen

“In order to actually tackle global challenges efficiently, I need a broad schooling, which provides extensive knowledge and encourages my own critical thinking. This is what LUC The Hague provides.”

Paul Behrens

Lecturer Leiden University College

Paul Behrens

''I am a lecturer in Energy and Environmental Change. I teach about alternative energy, mathematics, statistics and sustainability. I also research environmental change, with a focus on Antarctic changes.''

‘I’m a lecturer in Energy and Environmental Change. I teach about alternative energy, mathematics, statistics and sustainability. I also research environmental change, with a focus on Antarctic changes.

I am very interested in energy systems and generation as globally we are using about 1200 space shuttles worth of power, every second, 24/7. We can do amazing things with it, but we are instigating large environmental changes because a lot of this power comes from the conversion of fossil fuels into energy, and the by-product is carbon dioxide. We do have options in renewable energy technologies, but we need to start converting to a carbon-free grid extremely quickly.’


‘I teach students about alternative energy strategy and energy science. It’s important to know how these techniques work. If you don’t know how it works, you can’t know how much impact it can have. The students are going to make policy on climate change, so they have to understand the physics behind it. Students often dread physics, but I always tell them it’s very normal and there’s nothing to be afraid of; the wind and sun are just what’s around us.’

‘ Energy science and alternative energy is where my real passion is. I really enjoy having students understand these systems and where the barriers are. It’s really interesting to study what the world would look like in the future. The amount of change in the environment depends on how we use energy. We have approximately fifteen years until the environment increases by 2 degrees, a critical point. People are worried about that. If we don’t want it to happen, we have to use renewable energy resources. That’s what I want to teach my students.’

‘ You can’t teach a course about alternative energy using the same material as last year. Things change so quickly. The increase in solar energy is extreme. The costs of batteries are going down, and that stimulates the development of electrical vehicles for example.’


‘ Some students are already going for internships with energy consultants. Other students are going into policy making and advise ministries about their environmental policy. There are also students who are going to work as an environmental consultant. The technology is there; now we have to wait for social acceptance of it. We therefore need students who understand the physics and the pressure of economics, politics and society.’

‘ I think 60 percent of my students are Dutch, but they are all very international. The students are all very interested in international problems and the environmental problem is a perfect example of something that can only solved internationally. The students at LUC are very driven, very enthusiastic and very good at interacting and asking questions.’

‘ We do have solutions up to a certain point, such as solar panels and wind power. In fact, there are a whole lot of options. You have the policy interface of that and the economic interface. Our students are able to look at the areas where these diverge. They are experts in multiple areas and can bring these different fields together. An engineer can build a wind farm, but he finds it difficult to advise a government on how many wind farms there should be. The students of LUC can fill that gap.’

‘If you are an engaged person interested in energy and environmental change, LUC will definitely suit you. If you want to know more about renewable energy, don’t take all the information online for granted. Look where the numbers come from, see a report and go have a look at the analysis. If you find that interesting, you will find my courses interesting.’

Lieke Bos


Lieke Bos

“After graduating from LUC The Hague one still has many options to continue your studies by doing a master’s programme. As I majored in Global Justice, I obviously applied for (Public) International Law, but my exploration did not stop there. I also applied for master programmes in International Relations, a field of study that combines aspects I studied at LUC in various interdisciplinary courses. Right now I have the opportunity to choose from among prestigious universities throughout Europe.”

What is Liberal Arts and Sciences?

A Liberal Arts and Sciences education is an approach to learning. This approach prepares you to deal with complex, diverse and interdisciplinary topics. It helps you develop a sense of social responsibility by exploring ideas and cultures from all over the world, from ancient times to today. It includes a variety of disciplines such as the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, languages, writing and mathematics. You can explore and combine your interests from various areas of study and talents into a programme unique to you!

Why study Liberal Arts and Sciences at LUC The Hague?

At Leiden University College The Hague (LUC) we offer English taught Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Liberal Arts & Sciences that focusses on the Global Challenges of today: Peace & Justice, Sustainability, Prosperity and Diversity. Rather than being a narrow programme with a single focus, our Liberal Arts & Sciences programme offers you a broad education on Global Challenges as well as a flexible, customizable curriculum with the opportunity to do an in-depth study in an area of your interest.

LUC The Hague is a joint initiative of Leiden University and the City of The Hague. It combines Leiden’s long academic tradition with the contemporary relevance of the International city of Peace and Justice.

What makes LUC The Hague special?

  • A challenging curriculum with a focus on Global Challenges: Peace and Justice, Sustainability, Prosperity and Diversity
  • A unique, student-centered and intensive academic programme, being ranked the number one University College in The Netherlands and a top rated programme
  • Interactive small-scale classes with research-active staff
  • A residential campus where all first and second year students live together, combining academic and social activities in a unique community
  • The location of the LUC campus is close to the International Criminal Court, the UN Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Royal Conservatory, many embassies and many more international organisations, offering students opportunities for internships and career development

Is this the programme for you?

  • Are you looking for a challenge and an interdisciplinary programme?

  • Do you want to study global challenges? 

  • Do you want to learn how to think critically about complex societal issues in a context from ancient times to today?

  • Do you have broad interests and an international orientation?

  • Are you talented and like to work hard?

  • Do you want to live on campus with fellow students in The Hague?

  • Are you looking for an English taught programme?

  • Do you want to ‘Build Knowledge for a Better World’? Then find out more about the programme here!

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