The Binnenhof at night

Academic Program - The Hague, Netherlands

Why Study in The Hague?

The Hague is a city in the province of South Holland situated on the west coast facing the North Sea.  The Hague is known as the home of international law and arbitration and is the seat of the Dutch parliament and government. The Binnenhof building is a 13th century palace complex surrounded by open plazas, including the Het Plein and the Grote Markt. Today, it's the seat of the government of Holland. It used to be a castle, surrounded by oats on all sides but was modified over time to accommodate the government.In the city center, visitors will find historic architecture form the medieval, Renaissance, and baroque periods—all easily accessible on foot.

The International Court of Justice, the main judicial arm of the United Nations, is in the city, as are the International Criminal Court, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical WeaponsEuropol, and approximately 200 other international governmental organizations. 

The city boasts four royal palaces, one of which is now a museum housing a gallery dedicated to the work of graphic artist M.C. Escher.  You will also want to take a stroll along the Lange Voorhout, a large tree-lined square bordered by grand 18th century townhouses. On Thursdays and Sundays, passersby will find an antique and book market.

The Hague study abroad program contains four separate one-credit-hour courses. Classes will meet during the mornings, Monday-Thursday, leaving afternoons and three-day weekends free for travel and other activities. All course instructions will be in English.

Interior of government building

See Courses for a more complete description of the classes offered this summer.


Classes will be held at The Social Hub in The Hague, Netherlands. The administrative office of the resident directors for the program is located nearby the classroom.