University of Applied Sciences

International Hospitality Management (3 year)

(B Hospitality Management)

Full-time Bachelor’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 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!

  • Experience being a student at Europe’s largest hotel management school.
  • Receive a fully recognized higher education diploma within three years instead of four.
  • Practical work experience up to supervisory level at the Stenden Hotel in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.
  • Direct admission to the one year Master Programs at Stenden.
  • Part of the programme can be done at the Stenden locations in South Africa, Bali, Thailand or Qatar.


A Bachelor of Business Administration 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 management position at a hotel or restaurant, theme park, conference centre 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 Manager
  • Sales and Marketing Manager of a hotel
  • Coordinator or an international convention bureau
  • Event Manager
  • Financial Advisor

About the course

The International Hospitality Management Programme (official Dutch name: Hotel Management) is where you’ll learn all about hospitality, the culinary arts, catering, events, human resources, marketing, sales, and finance. The three year programme is accessible to students with a suitable high school diploma (entry level for academic universities). This programme consists of 180 European Credits (60 credits per year) and is a shorter, more intense Bachelor programme on a higher level. On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded the title of ‘Bachelor of Business Administration’.

First Year

Introduction to the hospitality industry

In the first weeks of your study you take part in a programme that introduces you to the service industry with extra workshops, activities and self-study. By means of subjects such as Marketing, Human Resource Management and Finance, students will gain significant insight into the organisational structures of the hospitality industry. Next to theory classes you will get to know all departments of our 4-star Stenden Hotel during practice. This is a commercially run hotel owned and operated by our university. You will also be promoted to operational manager or supervisor during your first year. Theory classes will focus on tactical management insights, such as business procedures and quality assurance. In addition to lectures, workshops and PBL, a relatively high amount of self-study will be expected.

Second Year

Working as a supervisor and graduation

The second year focuses on strategic management including important topics such as financial management, increase of turnover, market research as well as writing a business plan. Together with a fellow student you will research the internal or external strategy of a company  to prepare for your dissertation. In the Stenden Hotel you get promoted to manager with responsibility for an entire department. To deepen and broaden your knowledge you can choose to do a specialisation minor in the Netherlands, at one of Stenden’s International Campus Sites in Thailand, South Africa, Indonesia or Qatar, or at one of our partner universities worldwide. You may also choose two minors, extending your study by ten weeks.

Third Year

Start up your professional career

In the third and last year of the programme you will do a paid management internship for 10 months. During your internship you will work on your dissertation as well. Stenden has access to a network of 600 internship companies in more than 30 countries including four- and five-star hotels, cruise lines, event agencies, banks and insurance companies and others. The majority of students find a job within four months after their graduation and are often even recruited by their internship company.


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 at the International Hospitality Management Programme for all classes, coursework and projects is English. Additionally, you will be allotted a second language from a shortlist you submit prior to your second year.  The second foreign language can be French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Russian or Chinese.

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 aboutInternational Hospitality Management, Be sure to attend our Open Day and find out what it’s really like to be a student at our school.


Classes at the International Hospitality Management programme cover all facets of management. In your third and final year, you choose a specialisation from a selection 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 the minor at the Leeuwarden location or at one of the Stenden branches located in South Africa, Qatar, Thailand or Indonesia (Grand Tour). You may 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:

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 get accepted for the Fast Track Programme students need a suitable high school diploma (entry level for academic universities). The list of accepted diplomas can be found in the list of admissible diplomas. If your diploma is not mentioned in this list, please contact our Information and Registration Centre. Additional requirements may apply depending on the country of origin. Please check the general admission requirements for Bachelor programmes on the website. Stenden University of Applied Sciences recognizes the following general international qualifications:  

  • Three GCSE/GCE ‘O’ level passes (final grade A, B or C) and three ‘A’ level passes. These six passes combined must all be in different subjects.
  • Cambridge pre-university diploma
  • Bachelor's or master's degree  

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.


This programme is accessible for a limited amount of students. Students will be selected by a motivation interview after application and before the summer vacation.

EU students need to apply online (via Studielink) for the education B International Hospitality Management, 3 year.

Practical information


Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

Course start


Application deadline

1. May


Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

Language of instruction



types of fees amountperiod
tuition EU students€2,0062017/2018
tuition NON-EU students€7,9002017/2018
books and handouts € 600,- per year 
uniform and chef’s whites € 600,- one-time fee
knife set € 95,- one-time fee 
Study Start Week € 95,- one-time fee

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

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