International Politics in the Netherlands

Ref: 10003044


Postgraduate students in the Department of Politics, People and Place studying MA Politics, MA International Relations and MA Diplomacy and World Order and enrolled the MA Dissertation module (POPP5026) are eligible to apply for this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 15 and the minimum number the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Students will have the opportunity to potentially visit two leading research institutes directly related to different elements of their programmes of study. The planned activities for students will be visits to the Transnational Institute and the Clingendael Institute in The Hague. These are two prominent independent research institutes that concentrate on international politics from two very different perspectives, offering students various visions of their chosen discipline to develop their own project ideas. Timed just prior to their dissertations, the trip will stimulate new ideas for their projects and get them thinking about their possible next steps.

The Transnational Institute is “an independent research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable world” that has, for over 40 years, “served as a unique nexus between social movements, engaged scholars and policy makers”. With researchers working with and alongside grassroots organisations from Latin America to South East Asia, this visit will enable students to understand the major challenges faced across the globe and how communities and individuals respond to them.

Other potential visits include the Institute for Social Studies, the British Embassy in the Netherlands, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, or the Dutch Foreign Ministry. This will be confirmed prior to the trip.

Cultural activities

The Hague offers a range of cultural opportunities for students to access. The Binnenhof – the Dutch Parliament – is easily accessible with a range of tours available to members of the public. There are also museums and exhibitions held across the city, including the Escher Museum, Maritshuis and Gemeentemuseum. These feature, respectively, works by Escher, Mondrian and the famous ‘Girl With a Pearl Earring’ by Vermeer.

The Hague is also well-stocked with sites of major political importance, including the Peace Palace, International Court of Justice and International Criminal Court. Students can visit and arrange tours, for example, at the Peace Palace Library to understand the important and often-overlooked role played by the Netherlands in global politics today.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Dutch immigration requirements. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to the Netherlands and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for 15your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Saturday 6 April 2019
  • Return date: Wednesday 10 April 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £250-300
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 18 February 2019 9am