Studying in the UK vs. NetherlandsWatch
Thanks in advance!
Leiden's 'International Relations and Organisation' might be an alternative to a University College. The one advantage the university colleges offer is guaranteed accommodation for the whole of your course. Lots of international students seem to be finding searching for accommodation in the NL really hard.
Also a bit of shameless self-promotion: UCU offers a development field course in East Africa and lets students complete their thesis in Aruba if their topic would benefit from it (usually development, geography, or economics students)
In general, I would recommend looking at university colleges if you are looking for a challenge, as they do carry a higher workload (longer breaks but same amount of credits means more work hours per week in termtime) and/or if you like the idea of developing more than one field of study (which implies breadth rather than depth, usually depth then comes from a masters or work experience)
Leiden University College the Hague is also a really good option if you are interested in anything remotely political (like development studies)