UCLA Travel Study

Global Studies:
The Global Governance of International Human Rights

  • Dates

    June 23- July 22, 2023

  • Location

    The Hague

  • Eligibility Requirement

    COVID-19 vaccine required to avoid onsite quarantine

  • Program Fee

    UC Undergrads: $6,900

    UC Grad Students: $7,500

    Visiting Students: $7,500

    Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents: View full fee disclaimer

This four week summer program in The Hague will introduce students to the history, politics, and governance of international human rights at local, national, and global levels.  The Hague is the country’s seat of government and houses the First and Second Chambers, the Supreme Court, as well as more than 150 international organizations, which have a rich legacy in criminal law and human rights. Examples include the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The program offers students a rare opportunity to live in a global center of international human rights and explore international human rights as well as international tribunals. Students will analyze social, historical, political, and economic forces that shape inequality and injustice in the world. They will pursue this interdisciplinary study with a view to the ICC, the ICJ, and the UNHCR in The Hague. With the examination of key texts, historical events, insightful legal case studies and site visits, students will gain a deep knowledge of the promises and limits of international human rights and examine the Eurocentric frameworks within which international human rights are discussed and litigated today.


Program Courses

All students will enroll in two required courses while attending the program:

  • GLBL ST 113AD (5 units)
  • GLBL ST 113BD (5 units)

Course Descriptions

GLBL ST 113AD (5 units):  Human Rights

GLBL ST 113BD* (5 units): Transnational Actors and Institutions of Human Rights

*Can be applied towards the Diversity requirement for the College of Letters and Science, School of Music and Public Affairs. 


UCLA Global Studies majors– GLBL ST 1, 102, 103, and 104 
Other majors and Global Studies minor– No prerequisites


During this program, students will immerse themselves in the historic city of The Hague and study key issues in international human rights and their governance—governance being one of the three pillars in Global Studies. They will learn the contested nature of human rights in modern history and examine the ICC, the ICJ, the UNHCR, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and other related non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as essential, yet challenging institutions of governance in the international humanitarian and criminal laws. In order to enrich class discussions with experiential opportunities for community engagement and intercultural competency, the program will include visits to relevant institutions on-site.

These courses will explore the multifaceted nature of contemporary globalization and the social, political and economic faces of developments. Students will examine the expansion of markets and its relationship to political processes and social dynamics. General themes about marketization, democratization and culture and identity will be analyzed in the context of the particular experiences of different countries around the world. The courses will combine required readings with class room discussion, experiential learning and primary research.

Courses fulfill UCLA Global Studies major/minor requirements (automatically); or one course can be applied to International Development Studies major Disciplinary Elective requirements; and one course can be applied to Political Science major/minor requirements by petition.


TBA.  Syllabus and schedule are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

Budget and Financial Aid

Budget Estimate UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Student
Program Fee  $6,900  $7,500  $7,500
Textbooks  $100  $100  $100
Airfare  $1500  $1500  $1500
Meals  $1100  $1100  $1100
Spending Money  $800  $800  $800

Program fee includes registration and course fees, accommodations, program excursions, and health insurance. 

Airfare, textbooks, optional courses, meals, and any COVID-19 testing required for travel are additional.

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents. View full fee disclaimer.

Document Fee

Non-UCLA students will be charged a $50 Document Fee. This is a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma and much more. Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for more information. Matriculated UCLA Students: Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for document fee information.


All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. 


We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, internet cafes, emergencies, etc.  How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.

Purchasing Airfare

We typically advise students to wait until late March to purchase airplane tickets for summer programs.

Optional 199 Course Fee
Optional 199 UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Students
Course Fee $279 per unit $349 per unit TBA

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents. View full fee disclaimer.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for Summer Sessions Travel Study programs is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this website.

On Location


Students will reside in a student residence hall in the Hague with access to shared cooking facilities. Room  assignments will be  mixed in single and double occupancy dorms. Students will have shared double occupancy hotel rooms on any overnight excursions.

UCLA Travel Study reserves the right to change housing location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable accommodations elsewhere.


Meals are not included in the Hague as students have access to shared kitchen space. 

Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have any special dietary needs as well as any physical or medical conditions. We will advise you accordingly.


This program includes several excursions as part of its curriculum, including one weekend excursion to Brussels and Ghent. A complete schedule of excursions will be available at a later date.

Limited free time is built into this program for independent sightseeing. If you plan on traveling, we recommend that you plan to do so after your program ends and that you budget additional spending money.