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.

**Please note that from the 1st of February 2019 from 16:00 until 4th February 09:00, our MA application system (OSIRIS) server will be down. During this time, you will not be able to apply for the MA programme. Our apologies in advance for the inconvenience caused. You will be able to apply for the programme again from the 4th of February 09:00 onward.

Why study at ISS - See the videos below

ISS Orientation Day 2017

ISS Student Testimonial

Video about students's experiences of ISS

ISS students' experiences

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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