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					FOREWORD

Thank you for showing interest in one of the programmes of The Hague University. Every year
The Hague University welcomes more than 300 exchange students from outside the Netherlands
in our two English bachelor-programmes: International Business and Management Studies
(IBMS), The Hague School of European Studies (HEBO), Facility Management (FM) and
Marketing.
This guide for exchange students contains information about these four programmes and, more
specifically, about the procedure of becoming an exchange student at The Hague University.

We take great pleasure in receiving new exchange students each semester and accordingly are
always striving to make the process as smooth and efficient as possible. However, a large part of
our work depends on you. In order for us to be able to welcome you at our university as an
exchange student, it is important that you follow the guidelines and instructions as provided in this
guide and the enclosures. Filling out these forms correctly and sending us the required
information will ensure a smooth and fast procedure.

If your university has got a contract with HEBO, IBMS, FM and Marketing programmes, you might
have noticed that the enclosures (registration form exchange students, accommodation
registration form and subject choice forms) come in different colours: the forms for HEBO are
blue, the forms for IBMS are yellow and the forms of Marketing are green. Please make sure that
you use the right registration forms.

If you have any questions about becoming an exchange student at The Hague University, do not
hesitate to contact us at the address mentioned below.


Kind regards,


Marjo Bijman
Piet-Hein van der Ploeg

International Office
The Hague University

E-mail: Internationaloffice@hhs.nl
Tel: ++31-70-445 8505
Fax: ++31-70-445 8594

Postal address:
P.O. Box 13336
2501 EH The Hague
The Netherlands
TABLE OF CONTENTS



Chapter 1     General Information…………………………………………………………




Chapter 2     Registration Information……………………………………………………




Chapter 3     Fees & Costs………………………………………………………………..




Chapter 4     Residence permit & entry visa information………………………………




Chapter 5     Accommodation Information………………………………………………




Chapter 6     About The Hague University……………………………………………..




Chapter 7     An overview of The Hague………………………………………………..



Appendices:
Appendix 1    Information about accommodation on the private market
Appendix 2    IPS Insurance information

Enclosures:
Enclosure 1   Registration form Exchange Students 2006-2007
Enclosure 2   Accommodation Registration form
Enclosure 3   Subject Choice Form
Enclosure 4   Health insurance for foreign students in the Netherlands
Chapter 1: GENERAL INFORMATION

Introduction
Each semester The Hague University is fortunate enough to be able to welcome a large number
of guest (exchange) students. We take great pride in the fact that so many students want to come
to The Hague and the institute is committed to doing its utmost to make this stay worthwhile for
these students both from an academic and from a personal perspective. This booklet provides
you with all the essential information. If you carefully follow all the procedures set out in the
information and stick to the deadlines mentioned, you should not encounter any problems.

Registration as an exchange student
If you want to become an exchange student, you will have to send in a signed Registration Form
Exchange Students 2006-2007 (enclosure 1). In this form you will give all your relevant personal
details and information about your home university. In addition to this registration form, you will
have to send in the Accommodation Registration Form (enclosure 2) and the Subject Choice
Form (enclosure 3).

Accommodation
The Hague University does not have student accommodation on campus and you are free to
make your own arrangements. As The Hague University realises that it is especially difficult for
guest students to find accommodation all by themselves, it cooperates with a housing corporation
specialising in letting accommodation to students and young people under 30. Applications have
to go through The Hague University and students who wish The Hague University to arrange
accommodation for them are referred to the accommodation information in this guide (chapter 5).
We kindly ask you to return the Accommodation Registration Form even if you do not want
accommodation, to avoid any misunderstandings.

Staying in the Netherlands as a foreign student
All our exchange students plan to stay in the Netherlands for a period of over three months. For
that reason some students need a residence permit (in Dutch: VVR). Some need an entry visa
(MVV) as well as a residence permit (VVR). The Dutch immigration authorities distinguish
between three categories of students:
Category 1: Students from EU countries and Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway
Category 2: Students from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, USA and Vatican
            City
Category 3: Students from all other countries

Category 1 students do not need an MVV/visa or a VVR.

Category 2 students only need a VVR. During the introduction week at The Hague University,
they need to sign documents to apply for this residence permit.

Students from all other countries need an MVV/visa. During the introduction week at The Hague
University, they need to sign documents to apply for a VVR.

For more information, all categories of students are referred to the information in the visa and
residence permit section (chapter 4) in this guide.

Insurance
We are legally obliged to make sure that guest students are properly insured against medical
costs and liability when they come to the Netherlands. The most complete cover is provided by
the so-called Insurance Passport for Students (IPS). It includes cover for medical costs, legal aid,
liability, repatriation costs etc. More information can be found on www.acepolis.com/ips. The
insurance premium for IPS is around EUR 37.50 per month.

We do advise you to check carefully if your own insurance does not already cover you
adequately, because once you have ticked the relevant box in the registration form, The
Hague University will arrange insurance cover through the insurance company and charge
you. As we cannot then cancel the insurance policy, we will charge you even if it later
appears that you already have adequate cover.

Insurance: medical costs
Before coming to the Netherlands you must make sure that you are insured against medical costs
for the length of your stay. You are obliged to have health insurance if you wish to stay in the
Netherlands and must be able to prove this when you apply for an MVV and/or a VVR. Please
make sure that this insurance covers costs for repatriation.

Students from EU countries should check if their current EU healthcard is still valid. You must
have the appropriate or both form(s) with you. Please check the dates on this form. You should
have cover until you have returned to your own country.
Non EU-students who are privately insured in their own country but their policy does not cover
them abroad, will have to take out private health insurance in the Netherlands (enclosure 4).
In order to be of assistance to our guest students, The Hague University has made arrangements
with both a doctor (general practitioner) and a dentist. You will be provided with details when you
arrive in The Hague.

Insurance: liability or third party insurance
You must also be insured against any damages you may cause other people. On the Registration
Form Exchange Students 2006-2007 you can indicate if you want The Hague University to
arrange Third Party Insurance. If you do so, we will make sure that cover starts on the day of your
departure for the Netherlands. The cost of Third Party Insurance is about € 14 per semester. If
you fail to prove that you are covered for the costs mentioned above we will take
insurance on your behalf and charge you for the costs.

Part-time jobs
Most Dutch students have part-time jobs to help pay for their studies. These jobs are usually in
the evenings or the weekends. Experience has shown that some of our exchange students are
also interested in doing part-time work. It is sometimes possible for them to get a job through
temp agencies though nowadays it is very difficult (especially for students from non-EU
countries). Students who have part-time jobs are obliged by law to take part in the Basic Health
Insurance = Basisverzekering. Since the Basisverzekering is quite a bit more expensive than an
insurance like the IPS, you should consider this carefully. More information concerning this issue
can be found on the following website:
www.nuffic.nl/immigration/start/groups/register/workpermit.htm.

Fees and costs
For many students studying abroad does not come cheap. Living in a prosperous country like the
Netherlands may be relatively cheap if you are from a country like the UK, the USA or Sweden,
but it is (very) expensive for most students from outside the EU. When we allocate
accommodation to students we try to take this fact into account. Please read Chapter 3 about
Fees and Costs carefully.
Important dates for the academic year 2006-2007

                                                            HEBO             IBMS
Start of arrival for students, accommodation is            23-08-06          23-08-06
available to students
Start introduction period (compulsory for all students)     28-08-06         30-08-06
Start classes                                               04-09-06         04-09-06
End of second semester                                      20-01-07         20-01-07

Pick-up service
The Hague University is able to offer a pick-up service from one of the major railway stations in
The Hague:”Hollands Spoor”. This service is run by our Erasmus Student Network (international
student union). The students of the pick-up service will pick you up with your luggage and escort
you to your accommodation. If you arrive during office hours, they will bring you to the DUWO-
office first, in order to sign your rental-contract and collect your keys. Public transport in the
Netherlands is good and The Hague is easily reached from Amsterdam Airport and the ferry
ports. Information about the pick-up service at “Hollands Spoor” in The Hague will be in the final
information sent out to you about three/two weeks before you arrive.

For more information
If after reading through the information you are left with questions, please feel free to contact us.
We strongly advise you to do this via e-mail. We will do our best to give you an answer within
three working days. Should you feel that you need to talk to someone, you can of course phone
us.

e-mail: Internationaloffice@hhs.nl
phone: ++31 70 4458505 (International Office).

Checklist of what to do and what to expect during the coming period:

Before 31 May 2006
    send in original and signed “Registration Form Exchange “Students, the “Accommodation
       Registration Form” and the “Subject Choice Form”;
    send in all documents regarding application for MVV or VVR (if applicable). For more
       information about the MVV and VVR please read Chapter 4.
    pay the correct amount of money into the bank account of The Hague University.

After reception of the forms mentioned above, we will send you a confirmation within one week.
Once we have received your payment we will begin the process of reserving accommodation for
you, apply for your MVV (if applicable), etc.

Two to three weeks before your arrival:
The Hague University will send you final information about accommodation, pick-up service,
introduction period, etc.
Chapter 2: REGISTRATION INFORMATION

There are three registration forms for exchange students who want to come to The Hague
University. You must complete and sign the official Registration form Exchange Students, the
Subject Choice Registration Form and the Accommodation Registration Form. The
Accommodation Registration Form has to be completed even if you do not want The Hague
University to arrange accommodation for you.

Registration form Exchange Students
A completed and signed “Registration Form Exchange Students” is necessary before you can be
accepted by The Hague University as an exchange student for one or two semesters. You will
have to fill out several personal details. Special care should be given to the home address details,
because this will be the address The Hague University will use in its contacts with you after
receipt of the Registration Form. The details about birth and nationality are for official Dutch
immigration use. The Hague University uses this information to prepare possible visa and
residence permit applications. Any information that you provide will only be disclosed if this is
necessary and then only to the relevant authorities. Otherwise personal details will remain
confidential. The Hague University is bound by law to ask the question about a possible criminal
record.

Please note that if your exchange visit to The Hague University is still uncertain because of
marks that are still forthcoming, it is advisable to register as an exchange student anyway. It is
easier to opt out again and cancel your registration than be late and not be accepted any more.
The same goes for the required amount of money for housing application. By cancellation in time
we will return your amount of money.

Subject Choice Registration Form
Our updated academic guides are sent to our partner institutions each year. It gives you time to
have a look at all the subject descriptions available and to discuss them with the person in charge
of the International (Relations) Office at your home institution.

Please note that your subject choice has to be approved by the sending institution. Without the
signature of the contact person and official stamp of the sending institution the subject choice
form will be returned. You might need to change your pre-selected courses once you have arrived
in The Hague, depending on timetable clashes or full classes.

Accommodation Registration Form
After receiving this signed form The Hague University will forward the request to the housing
agency. So far, the housing agency has been able to help students, but no guarantee can be
given that a room can be offered to a particular student. Before completing this form, you are
advised to carefully read the information on accommodation in this guide.

Please note that The Hague University can only make a definite reservation for
accommodation after having received the correct advance payment. Students who send in
an accommodation registration form and make their payment after the stated deadline will
be helped on a first come, first served basis.
Chapter 3: FEES AND COSTS

Advance payment
Students who register as exchange student have to transfer money for certain purposes.

All students have to pay for the following items:
1. Deposit The Hague University                                                               € 100

Students who book their accommodation through The Hague University pay:
2. Half the semester‟s rent                                                                   € 850
    Housing deposit                                                                           € 150

Students from category 2 or 3 (see chapter on entry visa and residence permit) who have to pay
for a residence permit:
3. Residence permit fee                                                                 € 433

To sum up:
Students with accommodation through the University make an advance payment of:                € 1100
Students without accommodation make an advance payment of :                                   € 100
Students with accommodation and residence permit :                                            € 1533
Students without accommodation and with residence permit:                                     € 533

Deposit
The Hague University makes use of two amounts for deposit:
    - € 100 for students without accommodation through the University and
    - € 250 for students with accommodation through the University.
This deposit is used:
 to pay for any damage caused by the student to property belonging to the University.
 to pay for any outstanding debts incurred by the student, which, for some reason, he/she has
    failed to pay such as costs in connection with library books.
 to pay for damages to the accommodation a student has used.
 other costs made by The Hague University in connection with the student and unrelated to
    the educational process.

What is left of the deposit will be paid back into the student‟s account within three months of the
official end of the semester, so before November 2006. The transferral costs will be deducted
from the remainder of the deposit. Regretfully it is not possible to refund it earlier. Experience has
shown that information concerning registration of returned books, cleaning costs or returned keys
cost a lot of extra time before a final specification can be made.

Between six and eight weeks after the start of the semester, you will receive a statement saying
how much the actual rent for your room is and how much you have to pay for the second half of
the semester.
Please note that for all HEBO students a fee (€ 12) for membership ESN (international student
union) and (€ 25) for excursions is compulsory.

Please make all (advance) payments to:

Account number                    14.55.45.563
Name of account holder            Stichting HBO-Haaglanden
Name of Bank                      RABO bank
Address of the bank               Bezuidenhoutseweg 5
                                  2594 AB Den Haag
                                  The Netherlands
Swift code bank                   RABO NL 2U
IBAN number                       NL80RABO 0145545563
Please have the bank clearly state the name of the student for whom a payment is made
and have them add The Hague University, (advance) payment academic year 2006/2007,
semester 1!
If you fail to do so there may be considerable delay in tracing and registering your
payment.
Therefore we also ask you to send a proof of payment to the International Office.

Cancellation of registration
If a guest cancels his/her registration up to four weeks before arrival, The Hague University will
reimburse 100% of the money minus € 15 transfer fee.
If cancellation takes place between 2 to 4 weeks before arrival, there is an extra cost for students
of € 150.
If a student cancels his/her registration within two weeks before arrival, the extra cost is € 300.

Cancellation of accommodation is not possible as soon as the student has signed the
accommodation registration form.
Chapter 4: RESIDENCE PERMIT & ENTRY VISA INFORMATION


Note: In this chapter the following abbreviations are used:
MVV = Machtiging Voorlopig Verblijf, or in English: Entry visa.
VVR = Verblijfs Vergunning Regulier, or in English: Residence Permit



Introduction
Foreign students who wish to stay or study in the Netherlands for a period of over three months
fall into three different categories:

Category 1:    Students from European Union countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
               and Switzerland

               1. They need no special permission to study in the Netherlands


Category 2:    Students from Australia, Canada, Monaco, the United States of America,
               New Zealand, Vatican City and Japan
               Need the following documents:
               1. A VVR to study in the Netherlands.

Category 3:    Students from all other countries
               Need the following documents:
               1. A MVV/visa
               2. A VVR to study in the Netherlands


NOTE: All Categories need proof of third party insurance.


    I. Obtaining a MVV through The Hague University

All Category 3 students must have obtained a MVV before coming to the Netherlands. This
will be arranged by The Hague University. Do not apply for a visa yourself!!!
The Hague University has made arrangements with the Dutch Immigration Department (IND) to
speed up the application process for its students. This can only really work if The Hague
University receives all the relevant documents (see below) from you before the stated deadline. If
we do not have these documents before this deadline, we are unfortunately unable to help you
get a MVV before the start of the exchange period. If the application is accepted and a MVV can
be issued, the IND will inform the Dutch embassy or consulate in your home country.

Please note The Hague University acts only as an intermediary with the Immigration
Department. It has no influence whatsoever neither on the outcome of the procedure, nor
on the duration of the procedure.

The following procedure applies:
Complete and sign all the registration forms and return them to The Hague University before the
appropriate deadline (31 May 2006) together with:
1. Your birth certificate and a certified English translation.
2. Three copies of your passport showing passport photograph, personal details and expiry
   date. Please check that your passport is valid until at least two months after your exchange
   period at our university has ended.
3. Proof of income: if your are a student from outside the European Union you must show that
   you are able to finance your studies in the Netherlands. This means that you must have a
   minimum amount at your disposal of € 775 for each month you spend in the Netherlands in
   your own bank account, prior to departure. So should a student come for half a year (one
   semester) he/she must show proof of : € 775 x 6 = € 4,650 and a complete year (two
   semesters): € 775 x 12 = € 9,300. You must prove this by sending us a bank statement on
   original bankpaper of an account in your own name containing sufficient funds for the entire
   period of your stay in the Netherlands (all papers must be translated into English or German
   or French). The bank statement needs to show the logo and the address of the bank and also
   that you can freely withdraw money from this account. The bank statement must be dated
   and issued within three months of your arrival date in the Netherlands.

    If you do not have a bank account in your own name, there is an alternative solution.
    You (or a sponsor, like your parents, a friend, etc.) can transfer the complete funds
    into the bank account of the International Office. Staff members will make an
    arrangement with the specific student upon arrival to refund the amount .

    Accountnumber:               14 55 45 563
    IBANnumber:                  NL80 RABO 0145 5455 63

   So should you come for half a year: € 775 x 6 = € 4,650 and a complete year:
   € 775 x 12 = € 9,300. This entire sum must be transferred to the International Office before
   31 May 2006 clearly stating your name, the program that you are going to follow, and that you
   are an exchange student for the first semester. (f.e. Markos Fringus-Exchange student-
            st
   HEBO, 1 semester).
4. Written proof in English that you have health insurance. If you hand in a copy of your health
   insurance policy, it must be in English.

If the Dutch embassy concludes that all your papers are in order, you will be informed to go to the
embassy and collect your MVV. This MVV allows you to enter the Netherlands once. Visa costs
are about € 250. When you pick up your MVV, please ask for a D+C visa! This visa enables you
to travel within the Schengen area during the first 90 days after your first arrival in the
Netherlands.

On the MVV is mentioned that after arrival in the Netherlands one should report oneself at
the IND within three days in order to start the VVR-procedure. Do not pay attention to this!
We have got a special arrangement with local authorities and the aliens police that enables
us to start the procedure for you.

Please do not book a ticket before you are given an entry visa.
Students can only travel abroad during their studies in the Netherlands after they have obtained
a VVR. See below.



    II. Obtaining a VVR through The Hague University

The Hague University can assist Category 2 & 3 students who live in the Hague with the VVR-
application.
Please note that The Hague University only acts as an intermediary with the IND. It has no
influence whatsoever, neither on the outcome of the procedure, nor on the duration of the
procedure.
Students who entered the country with an MVV will have to have a tuberculosis check. The
Hague University will inform them when this takes place.
In following procedure for a VVR-application, The Hague University needs:
     1. Your birth certificate and a certified English copy;

   2. Three copies of your passport showing passport photograph, personal details and expiry
      date. Please check that your passport is valid until at least two months after your
      exchange period at our university has ended;

   3. Two passport size photos;

   4. Proof of income: if your are a student from outside the European Union you must show
      that you are able to finance your studies in the Netherlands. This means that you must
      have a minimum amount of € 775 for each month they spend in the Netherlands in your
      own bank account prior to departure. So should a student come for half a year (one
      semester) he/she must show proof of : € 775 x 6 = € 4,650 and a complete year (two
      semesters):€ 775 x 12 = € 9,300. You must prove this by sending us a bank statement on
      original bankpaper of an account in your own name containing sufficient funds for the
      entire period of your stay in the Netherlands (all papers must be translated into English or
      German or French). The bank statement needs to show the logo and the address of the
      bank and also that you can freely withdraw money from this account. The bank statement
      must be dated and issued within three months of your arrival date in the Netherlands.

       If you do not have a bank account in your own name, there is an alternative
       solution. You (or a sponsor like your parents, a friend, etc.) can transfer the
       complete funds into the bank account of the International Office. This sponsor
       must mention your name with the payment in order for us to know who it is for.
       Staff members will make an arrangement with the specific student upon arrival to refund
       the amount .

       Accountnumber:                   14 55 45 563
       IBANnumber                       NL80 RABO 0145 5455 63

       So should you come for half a year: € 775 x 6 = € 4,650 and a complete year:
       € 775 x 12 = € 9,300. This entire sum must be transferred to the International Office
       before 31 May 2006, clearly stating your name, the program that you are going to follow,
       and that you are an exchange student for the first semester. (f.e. Markos Fringus-
                                  st
       Exchange student-HEBO,1 semester).

   6. Written proof in English that you have health insurance. If you hand in a copy of your
      health insurance policy, it must be in English.

Students who need both an MVV and a VVR only need to send these items to us once.

Cost of VVR for Category 2 & 3 students: € 433.


   III. Additional Information

Passport photographs
For all VVR application procedures passport photographs are needed (3x4 cm). The student’s
name, university and country of origin must be written on the back.

More information
It may take up to several months before applications for a VVR through The Hague University
are accepted by IND. The Immigration Office will inform students when they can collect their
residence permit card. The card proves that a student can legally stay in the Netherlands. As
long as students who entered the country with a MVV do not have the official residence
permit card in their possession they are not allowed to travel outside the Netherlands
unless you have a D & C visa: this allows you to travel for the first 90 days! At the end of
their stay in the Netherlands, students have to hand in their residence permit cards due to the fact
that those cards are state property. If they fail to do so, they will not receive their study results.
For further information on immigration matters please visit: http://www.nuffic.nl/immigration.

Extension of your VVR/Residence permit
An extension of your residence permit will cost non EU/EER students € 52. Make sure that your
passport is valid for at least 2 months after your departure from the Netherlands.

Registration as a legal resident of The Hague
Students who live in The Hague for longer than three months have to go to the Immigration Office
and register as a resident of the city they live in. More information will be given upon arrival.
Chapter 5: ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION

Introduction
There are many things that you need to arrange when you decide to study abroad. Finding a
place to live is obviously one of the most important things. The Hague University realises that it is
difficult for its foreign exchange students to arrange housing all by themselves and has therefore
developed procedures to arrange this for them. These procedures are set out in this information
sheet. The Hague University would like to stress that its rules may seem strict, but that they have
been developed for the benefit of both the institute and the students themselves. The rules are
clear and students are expected to abide by them.

How does the system operate?
The Hague University itself does not own rooms. We work as an intermediary between exchange
students on the one hand and DUWO, a housing corporation, on the other. DUWO specialises in
letting rooms to students and young people under 30.
The Hague University tries to meet your wishes as far as possible, but we are dependent for the
accommodation service on DUWO.

Cost of accommodation
Rooms in The Hague do not come cheap, prices generally vary between €1,400 and €2,700 per
semester. As a guest student you will generally pay more than Dutch students do for the following
reasons:
    1.     Most accommodation in the Netherlands is non-furnished accommodation where the
           occupant has to provide his or her own furniture. DUWO accommodation is fully
           furnished, complete with the necessary living utensils (kitchen utensils, bedding).
    2.     Dutch students sometimes receive a substantial rent subsidy (provided by the local
           authorities) that is not available to non-Dutch residents.

What can you expect?
Most rooms are single rooms. Rent does vary according to size. For large single rooms the rent is
obviously higher than for small ones. DUWO does provide a limited number of double rooms that
are shared by two students and for which the rent per student is lower. If such a room is required
or if you are willing to share, please indicate this clearly on the Accommodation Registration
Form.

Although some rooms are nicer than other rooms, they are all suitable for a one-semester/ two-
semester stay. DUWO rooms are all in The Hague and the satellite suburbs of Rijswijk and
Voorburg. Distance from the University in itself is not a reason for The Hague University to
honour any request for cancellation of the Tenancy Agreement, as all rooms are within easy
commuting distance.

What does the rent include?
The rent includes gas, water and electricity. Rent for rooms varies between €1,400 and €2,700 for
the whole semester, including furnishing.

Allocation of rooms
The Hague University can only guarantee a room to you if you have sent in your Accommodation
Registration form before the stated deadline of 31 May 2006. Any applications received after this
date will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis. If there is no room available through The
Hague University, we will notify you as soon as possible. In that case, you will have to find
accommodation yourself. Students should realise that as soon as they sign the
accommodation registration form they commit themselves to accepting the room and pay
the total amount for the whole semester.
(Advance) payment of rent and accommodation deposit
All students have to pay half the rent for the whole semester in advance. This is a fixed sum for
everyone. In addition they have to pay a deposit. The total amount is € 850 (rent) + € 150 (deposit
accommodation) + € 100 (deposit The Hague University) = € 1,100.

Between six and eight weeks after the start of the semester you will receive a statement saying
how much the actual rent for your room is and how much you have to pay for the second half of
the semester. Please see Chapter 3 on financial information for specifics.

Reservation of rooms and Standard Tenancy Agreement
After receiving your Accommodation Registration Form and the advance payment, The Hague
University will start the process of reserving a room. We will send you a letter of confirmation.
Please note that upon arrival you will be asked to sign the DUWO Tenancy Agreement before
you are given the keys to the room. Also note that by applying for housing through The Hague
University, you accept the consequence that if you fail to pay the second half of your rent The
Hague University will withhold your marks and credits until this is settled. The reason is that The
Hague University will be held responsible by DUWO for any rent errors.

Cancellations
If a guest student cancels his/her registration up to four weeks before arrival, The Hague
University will reimburse 100% of the money paid minus € 15 transfer fee. If cancellation takes
place between 2 to 4 weeks before arrival, there is an extra cost for students of € 150. If a student
cancels his/her registration within two weeks of arrival the extra cost is € 300.

Collecting the keys
You will be provided with final information about 3 weeks before the start of the semester. This
will also contain details about the pick-up service and collecting the keys. Please note that if you
arrive outside office hours, you may not be able to collect the keys that same day. In this case
you will have to find temporary accommodation for one or two nights.

For a cheap place to spend a few nights, we advise you to contact:
Youth Hostel – Stay Okay
Scheepmakersstraat 27
2515 VA Den Haag
070-315 78 88
www.stayokay.com
Chapter 6: ABOUT THE HAGUE UNIVERSITY

At the beginning of the academic year 1996-1997 The Hague University moved to a brand new
building. The new campus is the centrepiece of district Laakhaven that is constructed in the old
port- and industry section behind one of the railway stations, Hollands Spoor. New houses,
offices, shops and restaurants are being founded in this district.

The building is spacious and light. The architects were instructed to make a building that was not
too massive or impersonal. They designed a collection of quite different buildings in which each
course and section of the University have their own place with their “own” study- and work
facilities and its own faculty canteen. It appears that the students feel at home in this new
building.


ART

In accordance with Dutch law, one percent of the construction cost of new public buildings has to
be spent on works of art.
Outside the main entrance you will find a sculpture of Hans van Bentem: a vase with the All
seeing Eye, Tiger, Angel, Burning Heart and Phoenix. These are mythical and symbolic figures.
Copies repeat themselves in various places in the University. As you enter the Atrium you will see
a large tree trunk on your left. On top there is a statue carved from the same trunk. The German
sculptor Stephen Balkenhol designed this statue.
Besides the tree trunk and the vase there is also a collection of photographs in the corridors of
the building. Part of this collection consists of the work of the Belgium photographer Carl de
Keyzer, who made a collection of photos of the previous University in 1994 to record what the
University and its population looked like in former times.


STUDENT LIBRARY

The Hague University has a well-stocked University library. The library is located right in the
middle of the University. In addition to the many text and resource books, you will find a varied
collection of international magazines. The library also has approximately 400 study places and 50
integrated work places from which information can be obtained from workstation catalogues, CD-
ROMs and the Internet. All exchange students, have access to the services the library provides.


SPORTS FACILITIES AND TIME-OFF

In addition to excellent study facilities, the Hague University offers a wide variety of leisure-time
options. You can visit the student bar or work up a sweat in the sport hall/fitness centre. There
you will meet students from other courses. You may eat a saté with a student from Engineering;
have a drink with a student from Health Care or work off all those excess calories in the company
of a student from Information Science on the fitness apparatus. That is what is so nice about the
new building. If you want to be alone with your “own” students that is OK, but if you want to
extend your horizons and meet other people it is also possible.

Another facility is the University restaurant. They have a good menu selection; from “broodje
kroket”(a croquette in a roll) to a hot meal. Somewhat less varied are the faculty canteens. Soft
drinks, dairy products, sweets, rolls, cold and warm snacks are available all day. Coffee, tea and
soft drinks can be purchased from vending machines, which are in several locations on each floor
through the University.
COMPUTERS

Students will receive their personal username, password and temporary e-mail address during
the introduction week. These will give the students access to all public computers (including free
internet access) within the University premises during the daily opening hours.


CHIPKNIP

The Hague University has its own card system for buying things like food and drinks at the
canteen and making copies on the copy machines. It means that all our students and staff in
possession of a Dutch bank account will use their Dutch bankcard containing a “CHIPKNIP”
(digital wallet) to buy all kind of available items (such as food, drinks, candies, copies, readers) at
the Hague University. This Chipknip is not available on bankcards from outside the Netherlands.
The Hague University therefore supplies exchange students with a special student chip card. To
add money on this card, you will need to have a bankcard with the MAESTRO logo. Make sure
that your bankcard has the MAESTRO logo, before you arrive in the Netherlands.

When presenting your University-student card/ or study declaration at the “Servicepunt” (Service
point) in the Oval, you can get a student chip card and decide how much money you wish to add
on it. The student firstly pins the desired amount with his own bankcard from the PIN terminal at
the “Servicepunt”. A receipt will come out of this terminal and the money will automatically be
deducted from your bank account. The receipt will form the proof of payment and the mentioned
amount will be put on the student chip card by the staff members from this department. As soon
as your card needs to be “upgraded” you can go to this same “Servicepunt” as it is the only
location in the Hague University and has especially been made for our guest students. This
student chip card is free of charge and has to be returned before departure. Should there still be
a rest amount of money left on the card it can be cashed through the central cash desk from the
Finance Department. Naturally you should take proper care of this card, because it will only given
to you once for free.

If you cannot get a bankcard including MAESTRO logo.
Pre-paid “Chipknips” of € 20 are sold at GWK offices (= Grens Wissel Kantoor) at Hollands
Spoor Station, Den Haag Centraal (station) and Delft Station. Naturally it is more expensive than
having a bankcard with Maestro logo but at least it will be less difficult than having to make an
arrangement with one of your fellow students.
Chapter 7: AN OVERVIEW OF THE HAGUE

The Hague is a city full of culture, with its fine historical buildings and monuments, and many
excellent museums. The Hague is also the official residence of the Dutch Royal Family. The
famous seaside resort of Scheveningen, known for its dunes, sandy beaches, leisurely
boulevards, and shopping malls, is only thirty minutes from the school by bus or tram.


Museums
In The Hague you will find a wide variety of museums, the most important of which are listed
below:
- the Maurits Royal Picture Gallery, with its world famous collection of 17th-century Dutch art.
- the Gevangenpoort Museum, which includes a medieval horror chamber
- the Houses of Parliament and Knights ‟Hall
- the Panorama Mesdag, an enormous circular painting, showing life in the old fishing village of
   Scheveningen in 1880
- the Gemeentemuseum (Municipal Museum) with its large collection of works by the Dutch
  painter Piet Mondriaan

Other interesting sights include the Peace Palace, a gift from the American, Andrew Carnegie;
Omniversum, Europe‟s first three-dimensional theatre and digital planetarium; and the miniature
city Madurodam. You can take a boat trip through the canals of The Hague to the historic town of
Delft, and visit “De Porceleine Fles”, where they make the famous Delft blue porcelain.


Shopping
The Hague is a paradise for shoppers. There are several large department stores and many
attractive small shops and boutiques. The “Passage” is an elegant shopping arcade, while the
city‟s finest fashion shops are on the Hoogstraat. For a special experience discover the antique
dealers and second-hand bookshops.


Entertainment
In the evening you can stop at one of Scheveningen‟s fine restaurants, and enjoy a delicious
meal in a relaxed atmosphere. Afterwards, take a stroll on the Pier, or have an after-dinner walk
at a sidewalk café. And if you feel like a little excitement, try your luck at the Holland Casino.
At night The Hague really comes alive. There are cinemas showing the latest movies, and bars
where you can sample a typical Dutch beer or glass of genever. The main theatres, featuring
dance, drama and music, are the Koninklijke Schouwburg, the AT&T Danstheater, and the Haags
Filmhuis; there are also several fringe theatres. The Hague has many restaurants, which cater to
a wide range of tastes, from exotic food to romantic bistro fare and elegant haute cuisine, the
famous “eetcafés” (inexpensive), and excellent Indonesian restaurants.


Parking and public transport
Parking can be difficult in the centre of The Hague and Scheveningen. We advise you to use
public transport or a bike.

Public transport is excellent in The Hague. Every ten minutes a tram or bus takes you to any part
of the town. You will have to pay with a „strippenkaart‟ available in tobacco stores, bookshops, or
the railway station. More information regarding to public transport in The Hague is available from
the HTM Customer Service (Wagenstraat 35 and in the departure hall of The Hague Central
Station and Station Hollands Spoor).
Appendix 1: INFORMATION ABOUT ACCOMMODATION ON THE PRIVATE MARKET

If you have decided to find your own accommodation, be aware that it will not be easy to find
suitable and affordable housing in The Hague. If you have not found accommodation upon your
arrival in the Netherlands, The Hague University unfortunately is not able to assist you in finding
accommodation. You can visit http://come.to/kamergids to place an advertisement for a room.
Below you will find useful addresses for finding accommodation in The Hague.

Kamerverhuurbedrijf AG vd Wel
Malakkastraat 56
2585 SP Den Haag
070-3552265

Direct Wonen
Laan van Meerdervoort 141
2517 AX Den Haag
070-3615726

Franke Beheer O/G
Joseph Ledelstraat 1
2518 PL Den Haag
070-3924772

Onder de Haagsche Toren
Gevers Deynootweg 128 F
2586 BP Den Haag
070-3639538

SHAM
Westeinde 28
2512 HD Den Haag
070-3603933

Vesting Vastgoed
Laan van Meerdervoort 271
2563 AD Den Haag
070-3650665
www.vestingvastgoed.nl

Housing Point International
070-3249873
www.housingpointinternational.com


If you just arrived and want a cheap place to spend a few nights, we advise you to contact:

Youth Hostel - Stay Okay
Scheepmakersstraat 27
2515 VA Den Haag
070-3157888
www.stayokay.com