International Studies, 2013-2014

International Studies is a three year bachelor programme that has started in September 2012 in The Hague. Its study programme is designed around three elements: core courses that introduce disciplinary concepts and that analyze the international setting, area courses that analyze the situation in a selected region from a disciplinary, and increasingly interdisciplinary, perspective and language courses that prepare students for access to the cultural context in the relevant language.

The core concepts, ideas and methods are taken from four broad disciplinary approaches:

  • History (mostly modern history)
  • Cultural Studies (modern cultural phenomena in their societal settings)
  • Economics (and the concepts from International Political Economy)
  • Political Science (and Sociology and Anthropology)

The areas offered in the degree, and their corresponding languages are:

Area Foreign Language East Asia Mandarin, Japanese, Korean Latin America Spanish, Portuguese Middle East Arabic (Persian, Turkish) North America French, Spanish Russia and Eurasia Russian South Asia and South-East Asia Hindi, Indonesian Africa Swahili, French (Afrikaans) Europe French, Spanish, Portuguese (Dutch, German, Italian)

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

The third year consists of 4 components:

• Discretionary space – 30 ec
• Practising International Studies – 5 ec
• Elective – 10 ec
• Thesis & thesis seminar – 15 ec

It depends on several factors how these components are spread over the semesters of the third year.