International Hospitality Management (3 year)

(B Hospitality Management), Bachelor’s Degree (3 years), Full-time

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 NHL Stenden Hotel Management School ticks all the boxes!

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

A world of opportunities

The hospitality sector is one of the most international fields and our hospitality programme reflects this. At Stenden Hotel Management School you can choose to go on ‘Grand Tour’ and do parts of your study programme at one of our international campuses in Indonesia (Bali), Qatar, South Africa, Italy, or Thailand. You can choose to study at more than 150 partner universities of applied sciences worldwide and do your internship at one of the school’s 600 industry connections in 40 countries around the world. Stenden Hotel Management School offers a world of opportunities.

*the master programme lasts 14 months 



  • Bachelor of Arts

Study start

  • September


  • Leeuwarden


  • English

Standard duration

3 years


This course amounts to a total of 180 ECTS.


  • EU students (per year) € 2,143
  • NON-EU students (per year) €8,350
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Application deadlines

EU: 10 August
Non-EU: 31 May

More information?

  • Visit the website of Stenden Hotel Management School for more information
Visit the website of Stenden Hotel Management School


A Bachelor of Business Administration degree from NHL Stenden Hotel Management School 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 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:

  • General Manager/owner
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Sales and Marketing Manager of a hotel
  • Coordinator or an international convention bureau
  • Event Manager
  • Financial Advisor

Admission requirements

Academic Requirements

To get accepted for the Three Year Track Programme students need a suitable high school diploma (entry level for academic universities). 

Please check the general admission requirements for bachelor programmes on the website. NHL Stenden recognises 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

You are also eligible for admission if your diploma is on this list of European VWO Equivalents.


If you are aged 21 or older and would like to enrol at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, but do not currently meet the admission requirements, you are invited to register for the entrance examination. 

For more information, please contact the admissions office at


All non-EEA 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 EEA students are the same as for Dutch students. If  your diploma is mentioned in this list and English is included as part of the final curriculum, the additional English language test is not required. The same goes for students who followed the English language programme of the European Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate and have subsequently received the EB-Certificate or IB-Diploma. 

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences accepts five kinds of official language tests in accordance with the Code of Conduct International Student in Dutch Higher Education

  • 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 NHL Stenden. The TOEFL institution code for NHL Stenden is C652.
  • Cambridge ESOL score FCE-C (169, or higher).
  • TOEIC 670 (Listening and Reading) and 290 (Speaking and Writing).
  • We are aware that test centres around the world have cancelled and/or postponed exams. Together with governmental organisations and higher education institutions in the Netherlands, we are working on solutions. Please check our Corona Q&A for up to date information. 

View the comparison between the different scores.

Please note: If you do not have the appropriate level, it is 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 1 June.

Students need to apply online (via Studielink) for the programme B International Hospitality Management, 3 year.

Additional requirements

You are also required to write a motivation letter (300/400 words) based on the following guidelines:

  •  What are the characteristics needed to be a good manager in your chosen field?
  • Why are you interested in a career in management (in your chosen field)?
  • Why should NHL Stenden accept you as a student in your chosen management programme?
  • Please elaborate on how you have researched your choice of study and how you have prepared for studying in the Netherlands.
  • Please include your résumé/Curriculum Vitae.

If you are looking to specialise after four years of study, we recommend that you enrol in the master programme International Hospitality and Service Management or International Leisure and Tourism Studies.

About the study course

The International Hospitality Management programme (official name: Hospitality Management) is where you will learn all about hospitality, culinary arts, catering, events, human resources, marketing, sales, and finance. During this three -year course, you will be trained as a specialist in these areas. On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Bachelor Degree in Hospitality Management.

At Stenden Hotel Management School, you will get the personal attention you need as you set out to discover your own world views. We will help you find your place in the Hospitality branch. You will learn to act in a smart and deliberate way, even when facing setbacks. There will be a lot of opportunities for you to deal with real guests from actual companies, while growing into a strong-willed and resourceful professional. You will be encouraged to take initiative and to work on innovations in Hospitality, together with others. One thing is certain: you will collaborate with people from all over the world.

The three year International Hospitality programme consists of intense self-studying. The amount of practical training in our training facilities and the period of the internship does not differ, compared to the four-year track. Students of the three-year course are also able to go on Grand Tour.

Practical experience 

 There are several moments during your studies where you will work in the diverse departments of our own Stenden Hotel. This provides the possibility to put the theory into practice. You will gain more experience on different levels. You will start at the bottom, at a practical level, and end up at a management level, all of this in a real functioning 4* hotel. You will get to know all aspects of running a hotel, gain management experience and function as a manager over an entire department. 

Study programme  

This study programme uses the concept of Design Based Education, with your personal development and skills providing the focal point throughout. You work and learn within different ‘Ateliers’, environments with a dedicated theme. In these Ateliers you will work in groups on a Design Challenge for a hospitality partner. Theory is combined with practical hours in our 4-star Stenden Hotel. During your studies you will work from operational to management level, to prepare you for the management internship in your final year – before becoming a game changer in the hospitality industry!

The Study:

Study introduction (4 weeks)

Phase 1: Focus on yourself and hospitality

  • Theory and practice intertwined
  • Practice on operational level
  • Choose your Design Challenge

Phase 2: Deepening and specialisation

  • Theory and practice intertwined
  • Practice on supervisory level
  • Choose your own Atelier and Design Challenges

Phase 3: Optional minor(s) and Professionalisation

  • Theory and practice intertwined
  • Practice on management level
  • Choose your own Atelier and Design Challenges

Minor 1 & 2: Specialise and explore

  • Minors at Leeuwarden and Grand Tour
  • Exchange (minor at our partneruniversities around the world)
  • Kies op maat (minor at another universtity of applied sciences in the Netherlands)

Internship & dissertation: Be the hospitality gamechanger

  • 10-month internship at management level
  • Dissertation assignment

During your studies you will learn more  about the following expertises: 

  • Management Skills 
  • Creativity & Innovation 
  • Critical thinking & Problem solving 
  • Decision Making 
  • Collaboration  
  • Intercultural proficiency 


Hostmanship is the heart of this programme and it is bigger than ‘hospitality’. It shows a mentality; the motivation to combine service, honest attention and leadership into an inspiring outcome. This is not just for our students, but also for our teachers and employees. 


Our ambition is to hand over students to the job market who are ready for the future and will become the ‘game changers’ in the hospitality industry. Young professionals with a strong foundation, which they can use to strategically anticipate on change and use for a positive input on tomorrow’s world. Do you share this ambition? 

International Opportunities

As a student of Stenden Hotel Management School you have various international opportunities. You can choose to go on Grand Tour and follow parts of your study at one of our international campus sites in Bali, Qatar, South Africa, Italy,  or Thailand.  

Facts and figures: 

  • 33% of the hotel school students are international 
  • 60% of the hotel school students spend at least a semester abroad 
  • More than 3000 hotel school students already went on Grand Tour 


Exchange: 190 partner universities worldwide 

Instead of Grand Tour you can also choose to go on exchange and spend a module (your specialisation minor) at one of the 190 partner institutions of NHL Stenden. From the United States of America to Australia; you have a world of opportunities.  

Internship possibilities in 40 countries 

Next to Grand Tour and Exchange, you may decide to follow your internship at one of our 600 internship companies worldwide. Our own placement office offers internship possibilities in more than 40 countries.  

''I chose to go on Grand Tour because I very much wanted to do the minor Advanced Wine Studies. And I absolutely have no regrets! It has been an amazing experience, during which I met incredible people, travelled the South African (wine) lands and most of all: I have learned a lot.'' 

Kees Grooteman, 4th  year Hotel Management student 


Classes at the International Hospitality Management programme cover all facets of management. You may 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 NHL Stenden branches located in South Africa, Qatar, Thailand or Indonesia (Grand Tour).​

A selection of minors offered by the Stenden Hotel Management School:

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

Real World Learning

As part of its Real World Learning programme, Stenden Hotel Management School 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.

International Opportunities

Education concept

Design Based Education

All NHL Stenden programmes are working towards a system of Design Based Education (DBE), which puts co-creation with professionals in the field front and centre. You will be working in small teams of students, teachers, researchers, and industry professionals.

With Design Based Education (DBE) you will have a big influence on your own study route. You will work in small groups with students of different study programmes on real-life issues. You will choose tasks, experiment and test solutions in the national and international market. It is all about learning by doing. Good feedback from peers, clients and teachers will help you to reach the best possible solution.