Stenden University of Applied Sciences is merging with NHL University of Applied Sciences. Continue to the new course page on for the latest information. 

Stenden University of Applied Sciences is merging with NHL University of Applied Sciences. Continue to the new course page on for the latest information. 

University of Applied Sciences

International Hospitality Management

(Ad Hospitality Management)

Full-time Associate’s Degree

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In summary

Do you enjoy an exciting and dynamic environment? Can you keep your cool even under great pressure? Do empathy and a service-minded attitude come naturally to you? If this describes you to a T and you also happen to enjoy working with people from all over the world, you’ll find that our Stenden Hotel Management School ticks all the boxes!

  • Receive a fully recognized higher education diploma within two years.
  • Experience being a student at Europe’s largest hotel management school.
  • Practical work experience up to supervisory level at the Stenden Hotel in Leeuwarden, or Restaurant Café Stones in Emmen, the Netherlands.
  • 95% of students in Emmen (NL) would recommend the study.


An Associate degree from the International Hospitality Management Programme puts you on the fast track to a career in the global hospitality industry. You can choose from any number of career paths, ranging from a supervisory position at a hotel or restaurant, theme park, conference center or event planning company to any number of roles in corporate services. Your degree will open up a range of career opportunities, whether you decide to stay in the Netherlands after you graduate or choose to work in another part of the world.

Variety on the job

As a professional in the hospitality industry, you will enjoy a high level of responsibility in a job that is never the same from one day to the next. With your knowledge and head for business, your job is to make sure everything runs smoothly, regardless of whether you’re managing a hotel, organising conferences, or managing a financial team.

Careers open to you after graduation include:

  • Restaurant Supervisor
  • Sales and Marketing Coordinator at a Hotel
  • Project Coordinator at an Event Agency
  • Event Manager Assistant
  • Junior Finance Advisor

About the course

The International Hospitality Management is where you’ll learn all about hospitality, culinary arts, catering, events, human resources, marketing, sales, and finance. During this two-year course, you will be trained as a specialist in these areas. On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded the title of 'Associate Degree in Hotel Management.'

First Year

Introduction to the hospitality industry

In your first year, you will learn about the fundamentals of the industry. How do you make sure your customers or guests are fully satisfied with the service they received when they go home? You get to study the finer points of human resource policy, marketing and financial management of a hotel. In addition to delving into theory, you will also spend ten weeks acquiring practical work experience at our 4-star property, Stenden Hotel (a commercially run hotel owned and operated by the School), covering all areas of the hotel business.

Second Year

Working as a supervisor and graduation

You will find out what running a hotel actually involves on a day-to-day basis: a process known as operational management. You will learn about business processes, marketing, budgeting, managing staff, procurement, logistics, negotiation and quality assurance. As part of one module, you and a classmate will even run your own virtual hotel, and as a work-experience student you will be promoted to supervisor in the hotel and manage a team of first-year students. You finalize your study with a research project for an organization within the hotel or service industry. Starting in your second year, you have the option to spend part of the year abroad, at one of Stenden’s International Campus Sites.

Continue for a Bachelor degree

After completing your Associate degree students can choose to continue their study and join the third year of the Bachelor degree Hotel Management course in Leeuwarden.


Problem-based learning (PBL) is a style of active learning in which you learn by solving problems, as well as develop your practical abilities, including cultural skills, management skills, and meeting and presentation skills. To round out the course, you will take classes in a foreign modern language. The language of instruction for all classes, coursework and projects is English. Additionally, you have can choose to take French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Russian or Chinese as second language.

Additional information

To view the full course programme, please feel free to download the Stenden Hotel Management School course catalogue.

Open Day

If you’re interested in learning more about International Hospitality Management, be sure to attend our Open Day and find out what it’s really like to be a student at our school.

Specialisation after Associate degree

If you decide to continue with the Bachelor's degree after the Associate degree, you can specialise yourself in different areas of the hospitality industry. Classes at the International Hospitality Management Programme cover all facets of management. In your third and final year, you will have the option to specialise by taking a number of minors: these are electives in which you focus on a specific subject or expand your knowledge by taking an additional subject. This allows you to truly take charge of your education by ‘customising’ your course.

You can take these minors at the Leeuwarden branch or at one of the Stenden branches located in South Africa, Thailand, Qatar or Indonesia (Grand Tour). You can also choose from minors offered by other courses and universities of applied sciences – this is all part of broadening your academic skills. A selection of minors offered by the Stenden Hotel Management School:

Please note that these specialisations are only possible in the Bachelor programme and are not part of the Associate degree.

Short Track (see Glossary)

Did you previously follow a programme in the field of hospitality, or do you have experience in this area? Then you van qualify for a shorter programme. For more information, please contact

3 Year Fast Track Programme

Students with an appropriate high school level diploma (entry level for academic universities) might be able to follow a 3 year Fast Track Programme.

Real world learning

As part of its Real World Learning programme, Stenden owns and operates various Learning Companies that are affiliated to the various courses and are open to students enrolled in these programmes. Run by students and supervised by industry professionals, the Learning Companies are designed for students to apply in practice what they learned in the classroom while at the same time gaining experience in interacting with customers on a day-to-day basis. 

Stenden Hotel (****) is a learning company affiliated with International Hospitality Management. Find out more in the video below:

Admission requirements

Academic Requirements

To be admitted to one of the Bachelor programs you have to meet certain admission requirements. Stenden University of Applied Sciences recognizes the following general international qualifications:  

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or European Baccalaureate Diploma.
  • High School diploma from an accredited institution.
  • Four GCSE/GCE ‘O’ level passes (final grade A, B or C) and two ‘AS’ level passes. These six passes combined must all be in different subjects.
  • Associate, Bachelor or Master Degree.

Furthermore some of our Bachelor programs demand additional entry requirements. The additional entry requirements can be found in the list of admissable diplomas. If your diploma is not mentioned in this list, please contact our Information and Registration Center.

Language Requirements

All non-EER applicants are required to submit an English proficiency test with their application. Exceptions are made for students, who have had their preparatory education in a country where English is the official working and educational language. The language requirements for EER students are the same as for Dutch students. If your diploma is mentioned in this list the additional English language test is not required.

Stenden University of Applied Sciences accepts three kinds of official language tests: IELTS, TOEFL and the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.

  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 for each skill).
  • TOEFL 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based) and 80 (internet based). Original test results must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Stenden. The TOEFL institution code for Stenden is 9215.
  • Cambridge ESOL score CAE-C.

Please note: If you do not have the appropriate level, it’s possible to enrol in our English Preparatory Language Course.


If you are aged 21 or older and would like to enrol in the Stenden Hotel Management School but do not currently meet the admission requirements, you are invited to register for the entrance examination (known in the Netherlands as Colloquium Doctum). 

  • Registration fee: €95, use the Direct Debit Form.
  • For more information, please contact Rita Dijk at +31 (0)58 244 15 00.

Practical information


Associate Degree (AD)

Course start


Application deadline 

EU students: 15. August
non-EU students: 31. May  

(please note that for the 3 Year Fast Track programme the deadline is earlier due to selection)


Emmen, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

Language of instruction



types of feesamountperiod
tuition EU students € 2,0062017/2018
tuition NON-EU students € 7,900 2017/2018
books and handouts € 600 per year 
uniform and chef’s whites € 600 one-time fee 
knife set € 95 one-time fee 
Study Start Week (student orientation) € 95 one-time fee

Please note: No additional financial contribution is required from students to obtain credits.

Stenden University of Applied Sciences and NHL University of Applied Sciences are merging. Would you like to start your studies in February? Then continue your application process on

Would you like to start your studies in September 2018? Then continue your application process on the new website The application process will be open starting 1 November 2017.