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 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, 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.



  • Bachelor of Business Administration

Study start

  • September


  • Leeuwarden


  • English

Standard duration

3 years


This course amounts to a total of 180 ECTS.


  • EU students (per year)€ 2060
  • NON-EU students (per year)€ 7975
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Application deadlines

EU: 1 May
Non-EU: 1 May


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:

  • 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 listed here, the additional English language test is not required.

NHL Stenden 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 NHL Stenden is 9215.
  • Cambridge ESOL score FCE-C (169, or higher).

    View the comparison between the different scores.

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.

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 in International Leisure and Tourism Studies.

About the study course

The International Hospitality Management Programme 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 Real World Learning, a relatively high amount of self-study will be expected.

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 NHL 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.

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. NHL Stenden Hotel Management School 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.


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 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 Management (South Africa)
  • Lodge Management (South Africa)
  • Event Management (all NHL Stenden branches)
  • Cruise Management (Netherlands)
  • Spa and Health Management (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

Problem Based Learning

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.

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.