Prospective students

Welcome to ISS!

The International Institute of Social Studies is a diverse intellectual community that challenges and debates with conventional, mainstream approaches that tend to oversimplify the study and practice of development.  More than 13,000 people from all over the world have studied here. ISS has become well-known as a truly international centre in a friendly, vibrant and cosmopolitan learning environment.

Why study at ISS - our students explain

Video about students's experiences of ISS

ISS students' experiences

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A lively and informative meeting place for prospective students, and ISS staff and students.
ISS Prospective students FB page
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Where do ISS students do after graduation? Find out on LinkedIn.
ISS alumni on LinkedIn
Got a question?
Go to our Prospective students FAQ page where you will find the answer to many of your questions.
Go to the FAQ page
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Request the study guide
Want to know what programmes we have on offer? Request the study guide.
Request the ISS study guide

Please be aware that ISS does not work with agents representing this Institute. If you are contacted by someone presenting him/herself as an ISS agent, even if they show official letters on ISS stationary, please break off contact and inform ISS at

Contact Darren Baradhan

Email address

Kortenaerkade 12
2518AXThe Hague

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