Global Criminal Justice in the Hague

Key Information


Application Deadline: 23/10/23 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

Ref: 10007923


Departure Date: 27/02/24

Return Date: 01/03/24


£350: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation (excluding any support). Students will also be required to pay for: in-country travel (£15), visits (£30-50), food and drink, visa (if applicable))


DMU Global Bursary: £150


Accommodation: Shared rooms will be provided in a hostel/hotel

Travel: Travel booked by DMU (students travel as a group)


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office -

Trip Lead: Emma Johnston -

How to pay

Payment details: Students will be required to pay £200 as a contribution towards the cost of travel, accommodation and transfers (if included) after being offered a place on the trip. The DMU Global bursary will be deducted directly from the overall cost of the booking.


Second and third year Forensic Science students are eligible to apply. There is a maximum of 30 places available, with a minimum of 15 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Trip description

The Hague is known as the home of international law. With this in mind, it is the perfect location to learn about and observe international criminal justice. Visits will include trips to the International Criminal Court, The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and Europol. Optional cultural trips include The Peace Palace (home to the U.N.’s International Court of Justice) The Escher Museum (an artist known for his optical illusions) and The Prison Gate Museum (an ancient prison home to torture, trail and punishment).

Sitting on the west coast of the Netherlands, on the North Sea, The Hague is home to thriving bars and restaurants, many located around three main squares. Take time to explore the city’s architecture, culture and nightlife in your free time as part of this trip for Forensic Science students.

Building on the Essentials of Forensic Investigation module and supporting Issues in Criminal justice and then Forensic Case Studies and the Presentation of Evidence, this trip is all about how to approach evidence and then ultimately present it in court. Whether that be framing casework in the UK or learning about how crime is approached internationally, this trip has lots to inspire forensic scientists of the future.

The estimated total cost for Eurostar and accommodation for this trip to The Hague is £350. Students will be expected to pay £200, as the £150 DMU Global bursary will be deducted from the total.

Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop a range of employability skills and competencies that enhance your studies. The objectives of this trip to the Hague are:

  • To understand the importance of their role as forensic scientists in international crime
  • To inspire students by seeing the potential opportunities to work beyond the UK
  • To see evidence be presented by an expert witness in court
  • To expose students to different culture to that of UK and widen knowledge of cultural life of different European country

This trip is open to all second year students. In this year students conduct a module called Issues in Criminal Justice. Within this module, a talk introducing the ICC and OPCW will be timetabled before their trip and a session to reflect upon their return.

Cultural activities

Whilst visiting The Hague students will be able to engage in a range of cultural activities that are relevant to their studies. This includes a trip to the Escher Museum (£10), which all about perspective and optical illusions, which correlates with the importance of forensic scientists not to show cognitive bias.

There will also be the chance to visit The Peace Palace (£14), which houses the International Court of Justice (which is the principal judicial body of the United Nations), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), The Hague Academy of International Law and the Peace Palace Library. Lastly, a visit to the Prison Gate Museum (£5 with student card), one of the oldest former prisons in the Netherlands will be offered.

Visa Information

Due to various external factors and an unprecedented demand for international travel, there are significant delays in visa processing, as well as very limited availability of application appointment slots for some countries and embassies.

We recommend that you take all appropriate steps to secure a visa as soon as practically possible, and to notify DMU Global if you face any issues. It is your responsibility to meet the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. Failing to do so may mean that you’re liable for the costs incurred to the university (including repayment of the DMU Global bursary).