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.

Apply to the MA programme

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Funding and scholarships

ISS scholarship finder

Scholarship Database

Academic requirements

What qualifications do you need to study at ISS

Academic requirements

After admission

Congratulations! What's next?

MA selection guide


How to defer your admission to next year?

How to defer your application

Visa information

Do you need a visa?

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Why study at ISS - See the videos below

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Contact Darren Baradhan

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The Hague
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