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1. Why study abroad in The Hague?

Brandeis University has established its own study abroad program in this famous Dutch city, known as the “international city of peace and justice.” The Hague is home to international courts and tribunals, and to a lively community of human rights organizations and research institutions. Students live in the nearby university town of Leiden and engage with global networks of justice, reaching out from The Hague to all parts of the world.

2. What is the academic focus in The Hague?

This is an interdisciplinary program open to all Brandeis undergraduates. The summer program is also open to students enrolled at colleges outside of Brandeis. Developed by International & Global Studies (IGS) and Legal Studies, it offers courses tailored to the liberal arts curriculum and a diversity of majors, along with a field practicum based in the international courts and Hague justice networks.

3. Does the program operate only in the summer?

Brandeis in The Hague is available both in summer and in the spring semester.

4. What are the differences between Summer and Semester programs?

The summer program runs for six weeks (early June through mid July) offering eight Brandeis credits. Courses and workshops place special focus on the international criminal courts. The semester program runs from early February through May offering sixteen Brandeis credits. Coursework covers a wider range of human rights concerns, and there is a 4-credit practicum.

5. What is the deadline for studying abroad in the Spring?

The Spring 2015 semester program deadline has passed.  For the Spring 2016 semester the deadline is February 12, 2015.  (For Summer 2015, the deadline is March 19, 2015.)

6. How do the costs of these two Hague programs compare?

The semester program works the same way as any study abroad semester, including the normal use of most financial aid. By contrast, summer study abroad requires an additional fee. The cost for the summer program in 2012 was $8,800, with possible limited financial support. More details can be found under the financial section of The Hague website.

7. What if I have already been accepted to study abroad elsewhere in fall 2011 or spring 2013?

Students who have already applied to study abroad during the 2012/13 academic year may switch to the spring 2013 Hague program, prior to the September 24 application deadline.

8. I am currently a Junior at Brandeis. Is it still possible to study in The Hague in my final semester?

Normally students are not able to go abroad for their last semester. Exceptions can be reviewed for students who wish to go to The Hague in Spring 2013 on a case by case basis. Students should make an appointment to meet with Scott Van Der Meid, the Assistant Dean of Academic Services, to discuss this possibility.

9. Are Brandeis faculty involved in teaching in The Hague?

Both programs are designed and supervised by Brandeis faculty. Professor Richard Gaskins (LGLS) will lead both upcoming programs, and during the spring 2013 semester he will teach alongside cooperating faculty from Leiden University.

10. Where can I get more information about Brandeis in The Hague?

The Study Abroad website has full information about study in The Hague, both for the summer and the semester programs. Please also feel free to contact Professor Gaskins in Legal Studies (gaskins@brandeis.edu) or the Office of Study Abroad with any questions.