International Hospitality Management (Fast Track)

SubjectHospitality, Tourism


Type of DegreeBBA

CostEUR 2,060 2017/2018


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 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
  • First accredited member of THE-ICE in the Netherlands


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 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 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
  • Front Desk Manager
  • Conference Office Manager
  • Event Manager
  • Financial Industry Manager

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 the title of ‘Bachelor of Business Administration in International Hospitality Management.


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 the option to take French, German or Spanish as a second language (with Russian or Chinese possibly to be added as second languages in the future).


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:

  • Gastronomy (Netherlands)
  • Food & Beverage Management (Netherlands)
  • Advanced Wine Management (South Africa)
  • Lodge Management (South Africa)
  • Event Management (all Stenden branches)
  • Cruise Management (Netherlands)
  • Spa and Health Management (Indonesia and Thailand)
  • Marketing & Management in Asia (Indonesia and Thailand)

Read about UK student Sophie's Bray experience of studying this hospitality degree.

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