International Studies, 2017-2018

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 analyse the international setting, area courses that analyse 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 Japanese, Korean, Mandarin
Latin America Portuguese, Spanish
Middle East Arabic, Modern Hebrew, Persian, (Turkish)
North America French, Spanish
Russia and Eurasia Russian
South Asia and Southeast Asia Hindi, Indonesian
Africa Arabic, French, Portuguese, Swahili
Europe Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Additional Information


The Bachelors of Arts in International Studies provides students with the tools to investigate globalization and its regional effects, from a humanities perspective. They study these effects through the prism of four disciplinary perspectives: culture, history, politics and economics, coupled with in-depth knowledge of one of eight world regions. The humanities perspective is ensured by placing an understanding of the historic and cultural context central in the programme, and linking this directly to the political and economic conditions. Students learn to apply the acquired knowledge of the four disciplinary approaches in the analysis of a geographical area of their choice with the aid of a language native to that area.

For the programme's achievement levels please see the Course and Examination Regulations.

Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Duration: 3 years, full-time
Credits: 180 EC
Language of instruction: English

Additional requirements Binding Study Advice (BSA)

To be issued with a positive binding study advice (BSA) students must obtain at least 45 EC in their first academic year and meet the additional requirements set by the study programme.
For International Studies the additional requirements are passing the courses: Academic Reading and Writing (semester 1) and Foreign Language 1 (semester 2).

More information on the BSA regulations can be found on the University website.


Please note that the programme will undergo some changes from 2017-2018 onwards. For more information on this topic can be found here.
The programme’s combination of multidisciplinary knowledge, geographic specialisation, language training, and a global perspective, provides students with a unique understanding of the interactions of global, transnational, national, and subnational conditions and developments. Disciplinary understanding is introduced in three stages.
The programme starts with a general introduction of the relevant theoretical and methodological approaches. It goes on to provide students with practical knowledge of the historical, cultural, political and economic conditions in a specific geographical area, and completes the disciplinary understanding by placing these conditions in their international context.
Parallel to the disciplinary approach the students are equipped with a range of instruments essential to the study of the impact of global developments on an area, including language and research skills.
In their higher level courses students can further pursue self-selected combinations of an internship or exchange programme, electives and a consultancy project culminating in the BA thesis. Students thus exit the programme with a set of analytic skills and tools for investigating, understanding, and navigating the world and its diverse regions.

Discretionary Space

In the third year all students have 30 EC of Discretionary Space to spend on courses outside of the programme. There are different options to choose from: Study Abroad, conduct an Internship or follow a minor. More information can be found here.

BA Thesis and requirements for graduation.

The Bachelor programme is concluded with a Bachelor thesis (10,000 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography). The Bachelor thesis is written in the context of a Thesis Seminar specialising on the student's chosen area.
Requirements for graduation are: succesful completion of all courses in the Bachelor programme including the Discretionary Space and the Thesis.
In order to graduate you will be asked to fulfil certain administrative procedures, which can be found on the website of International Studies (BA).

Follow-on master's programme

Not applicable

Compensation Regulations (If applicable)

Not applicable

Transitional Arrangements

Year 1 courses 2016/17 Retake in 2017/18 Remarks
Global History (S1) Global History (S1) No change
Configuring the World (S1) Configuring the World (S2) Content change, course 5EC + 5EC additional assignment for retake (see below), Semester change
Reading and Writing in International Studies (S1) Academic Reading and Writing (S1) Name change
Introduction to Area Studies (S1) Introduction to International Studies (S1) Name change
Communicating Power (S1) Sociolinguistics (S1) Name change
Philosophy of Science (S2) Philosophy of Science (S2) Special course for retakers, no tutorials
Economics (S2) Economics (S1) Semester change
Cultural Studies (S2) Cultural Studies (S1) Semester change
Area History (S2) Area History (S2) No change
Foreign Language 1 (S2) Foreign Language 1 (S1) No change

There are no changes for year 2 and year 3 courses academic year 2017-2018.