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

(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 meeting people from all over the world, you’ll find that the International Hospitality Management programme is perfect for you!

  • Experience being a student at Europe’s largest hotel management school.
  • Practical work experience up to management level at the Stenden Hotel in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands (a 4-star property).
  • Various specialisation possibilities: Event Management, Cruise Management, Gastronomy, Food and Beverage Management, Advanced Wine Studies and many more.
  • Part of the programme can be done at the Stenden locations in South Africa, Bali, Thailand or Qatar.
  • Ten-month internship in the final year offers excellent chance of employment after graduating.


Vlogs about this study programme

Ngân Lê

Life as a student in the Netherlands
Ngân Lê is a ( ... year) International Hospitality Management student. He is originally from Vietnam, and is now living in Leeuwarden. His vlogs give you a sneak peek into the life as a student in the Netherlands.

You can find more vlogs by Ngân Lê on this page.





A Bachelor’s 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 business consultant or even start your own business. Your degree will open up a range of career opportunities worldwide!

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 professional 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 of an international convention bureau
  • Financial Advisor

About the course

The International Hospitality Management (official Dutch name: Hoger Hotelonderwijs) is where you’ll learn all about hospitality, culinary arts, catering, events, human resources, marketing, sales, and finance. During this four-year course, you will be trained as a specialist in these areas. On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded an bachelor degree in International Hospitality 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. In addition to delving into theory, you will also spend ten weeks acquiring practical work experience at our 4-star property, Stenden Hotel. This unique commercially run hotel covers all areas of the hotel business and is owned and operated by our staff and students. 

Second Year

Working as a supervisor

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. Starting in your second year, you have the option to spend part of the year abroad, at one of Stenden’s International Campus Sites.

Third Year

Strategic management and specialisation

You will attend classes in strategic management, including financial analysis, revenue maximisation, market analysis and business plan writing. In addition, you will also take on a research project in preparation for your final-year project. As a work-experience student, you will be assigned the role of manager and run an entire department by yourself. You can specialise at this stage of the course by taking two minors. You also have the option to study abroad at one of our many partner universities or at one of the Stenden branches located in South Africa, Indonesia, Thailand or Qatar. We have a special name for this rite of passage: we call it going on a Grand Tour®!

Fourth Year

Management internship and graduation

In your fourth year, you will be taking on a final-year project. During a management internship, you will conduct research at a company in the Netherlands or another country of your choosing, such as the USA, UK or Spain. The internship could take you anywhere: a 5-star hotel, a cruise ship or an events company. Pick your destination from over 27 countries. During your ten-month internship, you will have the opportunity to really get to know the company, and many students find that they have a job lined up at their internship company as soon as they finish their studies!


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 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 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.

Student experiences

Stenden students would like to share their experiences with studying at Stenden. Are you curious what other International Hospitality Management students have to say about the study programme? Head over to the testimonials to find out. 


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:

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 admissible 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. 

Short Track 

Did you previously follow a programme in the field of hospitality, or do you have experience in this area? Then you can 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.

Practical information


Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

Course start

February and September

Application deadline

EU students: 17. January and 15. August
Non-EU students: 1. November and 31. May

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


Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

Language of instruction



types of fees amountperiod
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 You can apply now for academic year 18/19!