Public Administration (MSc)
The Hague is the international city of peace and justice, home to many international organisations, embassies and multinational corporations but also a fun student city filled with music, cafes, museums and the most popular beach in the Netherlands!
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The Hague student city
Studying on the Public Administration means you have full access to all the services and facilities Leiden University offers. Leiden and The Hague, two great student cities just 10 minutes away by train! Leiden offers you the university’s libraries, student and cultural associations; while the Hague is lively, close to the Netherlands’ most popular beaches, a thriving hub of expat culture and European politics and foreign affairs - with a great transportation system. More information here.
Student International and European Governance
'The Hague is an ideal city to study Public Administration. Whether that is the various ministries, Dutch government, or the vast variety of NGOs and international organizations in the area, there are many opportunities for internships and applying your knowledge'
There are countless reasons for choosing the MSc in Public Administration at Leiden, but if I were to pick my top reasons I would firstly note that The Hague is an ideal city to study Public Administration. Whether that is the various ministries, Dutch government, or the vast variety of NGOs and international organizations in the area, there are many opportunities for internships and applying your knowledge.
International and European Governance
Another reason is that the MSc-PA offers three specializations to meet students’ interests. I chose to specialize in International and European Governance as I was particularly eager to learn about how migration policies emerge on supranational levels. Ultimately, this program provides a strong foundation for conceptual thinking, and modules that involve applying practical skills necessary for my future career prospects. Furthermore, the program manages to keep class-sizes small, but very internationally diverse which is essential to learning decision-making skills in our ever-growing multicultural policy settings.
Finally, the program organizes events such as day trips to the European Commission in Brussels, meetings with the German ambassador, and a ‘Young Professionals meeting’ to network with previous alumni. Ultimately, being a part of the Public Administration program has unparalleled networking opportunities, and I recommend this program to anyone who seeks an academically and internationally-focused environment to policymaking.
The study association B.I.L. (abbreviation for Bestuurskundige Interfacultaire vereniging Leiden) organises activities, like ‘speed dates’ with companies and organisations, several networking events and company visits during the year (e.g. International Criminal Court) and a regular schedule of alumni dinners.. Participating in these activitities can give you contacts and insights into f your future possibilities as an alumnus or alumna.