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