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Length: 4 years
Study pace: Full time
Education level: Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available: Yes
Location: The Hague
Language: English

Program Description

Peace, safety, trade, the greenhouse effect and human rights are all issues governed by international agreements. These agreements are made by governments and a range of international organisations, as well as companies. Do you have acute analytical skills, strong self-discipline and good social skills? Can you see yourself addressing international problems? Do you have a passion for politics, ideas, and good powers of persuasion? Are you ready to help design international policy?

Admission requirements

Since our international Bachelor programmes are taught entirely in English, you will need a good command of the English language, both spoken and written. Bachelor candidates who were educated in Holland, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, South Africa or Malta need not take an English proficiency test. All other prospective students are required to hand in a valid and sufficient TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), TOEIC, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or Cambridge ESOL (CAE/CPE) certificate to the Enrolment Centre.

The minimum TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS and CAE/CPE requirements are provided on our website  

If you have not quite reached the level you need to enrol for a degree but your results are promising, we offer an English Prep School programme, which takes six months or one year. On completion of this, you will not only be ready to join a Bachelor class, but you’ll also have learned a lot about Holland, The Hague and our university.

Degree & diploma

Bachelor of Public Management

Career prospects

Employment and professional practice

So, what kinds of jobs can graduates apply for with a Bachelor of Public Management? The possibilities are endless. In addition to governments, there are all types of international companies and organisations that need people who can combine management experience with specific knowledge of government policy. This said, there are four clear roles that are supported by the Bachelor’s programme:

Policy officer

Policy officers work on producing recommendations. Government organisations ask for policy recommendations to help solve all kinds of societal problems. Policy officers write up policy recommendations, weigh up different options and organise debates and discussions. In this role you act as a networker and negotiator, trying to find solutions that are acceptable to everybody.

Project manager

Practically all organisations need people who can manage large-scale projects, setting clear goals and results. National or international organisations – the choice is yours.

Operations manager

Operations managers are responsible for running entire departments, individual company or organisational units or specific sections of implementing agencies, e.g. as the team leader of a spatial planning department. You need a good head for figures and must know how to manage people.

Organisational support

Many major government departments have a section devoted to providing advice on operations management. People who work in this department identify problem areas and advise the management on how processes can be organised more efficiently. This type of position requires consultancy skills and an affinity for structure.


The first two years of the programme you will learn through a mix of lectures, group debates and discussions, team projects and individual assignments. You will cover the following core subjects:

  • Public management
  • Economics and governance
  • International law
  • Organisational science
  • Political science
  • Finance
  • Professional English
  • Management skills
  • International relations
  • Trade, economics and governance

In your third and fourth year you can take on pre-Masters subjects, or choose from a number of short specialist programmes such as:

  • European public management 
  • Management of public space
  • Integral safety
  • Auditing and consultancy
  • E-governance

You can also choose from a wide range of minor programmes
during your study.

What will you learn?

Year 1:

The first year focuses on establishing basic knowledge, and introduces practical work from the outset. During the programme, you will ‘learn by doing’. The entire study programme revolves around the four basic disciplines that make up Public Administration – political science, economics, law and sociology – supported by research skills, professional English skills, and study career advising.

Year 2:

As in the first year, you will develop the knowledge and skills that are required in your professional career, and work in teams on group projects that are based on real situations.

Year 3:

The last two years of the programme involve working on real cases, e.g. for a government organisation or multi-national corporation. More and more governments are expressing a desire to work with companies, and major corporations are being confronted with government policy. The knowledge and skills that you acquire in this manner can be applied to a wide range of roles and responsibilities. You will also need to choose two minors.

Year 4:

The final year involves applying all of your acquired knowledge and skills within an international organisation. You will need to choose your minors, work placement and final project topic in such a way that your final two years are tailored to helping you achieve your ambitions and career plans.

Tuition & fees

The Dutch government has fixed the standard tuition fee for the last academic year on € 1,835. This goes for most of full-time, part-time, and dual EU/EEA students. The tuition fee for non-EU students was € 7,785. Please complete the order information form for details on what tuition fee will apply in your situation. For the upcoming academic year the tuition fees haven't been set yet.

The Hague University of Applied Sciences offers a total of 54 scholarships to students who would like to start their bachelor programme during the academic year 2014-2015. At €5,000 each, the scholarships cover almost two-thirds of the total first year university’s tuition fee and will only be awarded once. For more information please visit

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Watch this video to hear how students from the public management program describe their experiences in the program, as well as adjusting to life as an international student in the Netherlands. 


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The Hague, Netherlands

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Contact information for The Hague University of Applied Sciences

The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Johanna Westerdijkplein 75
2521 EN The Hague
The Netherlands

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