International Leisure, Tourism & Events Management (Master)

Master International Leisure, Tourism & Events Management practical matters

Read below about the admission requirements for this study programme.


Accreditations and quality labels

This Master of Arts programme at NHL Stenden is accredited with a triple ‘good’ rating by the Dutch and Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO) which makes the programme the number one in its field. The master’s programme has also been accredited as first in The Netherlands by the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality Education (THE-ICE). Furthermore, the programme benefits from the official participation in the Centre of Expertise in Leisure, Tourism & Hospitality (CELTH), which is supported by the Dutch government.

Academic Requirements

To be admitted to this master’s programme, you will need to meet admission requirements as outlined in Dutch Higher Education law. For an international master’s programme at NHL Stenden, you will need a relevant bachelor’s degree that is at least equivalent to an NLQF 6/EQF 6 level (Dutch/European Qualifications Framework)*and comparable to an admissible Dutch bachelor diploma.

In general, you will need a relevant bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6) from a recognized university to be admitted to this master’s programme. Relevant fields of study for the master’s programme in International Hospitality & Service Management include Hospitality Management, Leisure / Tourism / Events Management, Economics and Business Studies.

Your qualifications will be assessed by an Admissions Officer at the Central Student Administration (CSA) department at NHL Stenden once you have applied for the specific programme in Studielink. In addition to the degree you have obtained, CSA will also consider your motivation letter and CV as part of the admissions procedure.

If you wish to apply but do not have a relevant bachelor’s degree, please apply anyway through Studielink as we evaluate applications for master’s programmes on a case-by-case basis. In all cases, an interview may form part of the admissions procedure.

If it is unclear what the equivalent level of your bachelor diploma is within the Dutch education system, NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences will have your diploma evaluated by the Nuffic, a Dutch organisation specialised in the assessment of international qualifications. For an indication of how your educational system compares to the Dutch system, please visit the Nuffic website.

* The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is a tool for understanding and comparing qualifications awarded in different countries and by different education and training systems. Its eight levels are described in terms of learning outcomes: knowledge, skills and competences. The levels of the Dutch Qualification Framework (NLQF) are linked to the levels of the EQF.

Language Requirements

All non-EU/EEA applicants are required to submit an English proficiency test with their application to show that their English language skills are at a high enough level to succeed in their studies.

Exceptions can be made for students who have had their preparatory education in a country where English is the only official educational language.

If you are applying for an associate degree and hold a diploma from a European institution listed here, and English was included as part of the final exam curriculum, then the additional English language test is not required. The same applies to students who have attained General Certificates of Secondary Education (enough O and A/AS levels with the sufficient score), the European Baccalaureate Certificate, International Baccalaureate Diploma, or an IB career-related programme taught fully in English.

All other applicants need to submit a valid and adequate English language test result with their application.

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

  • Academic IELTS with a minimum overall score of 6.0** (with an advised minimum of 5.0 for each skill)  

  • TOEFL *** iBT with a minimum score of 80 We accept the following TOEFL iBT tests:  

    • TOEFL iBT Traditional**

    • TOEFL iBT Paper Edition** 

  • Cambridge ESOL score FCE-C (169, or higher).  

  • TOEIC score 670* (Listening and Reading) and 290 (Speaking and Writing). 

*We only accept TOEIC® certificates from public programs and not from institutional programs. Public programs are organized in public centers and delivers an official score report which is recognized worldwide.
** IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC certificates more than 2 years old (at the start date of the study), will not be accepted.
***TOEFL iBT Home Edition - we are aware that some centers, offering recognized tests, are temporarily closed. To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas. NHL Stenden decided to accept the TOEFL Home Edition test if the test centers are closed and students are unable to do a TOEFL Traditional or Paper edition. Before registering for this test, you can include our TOEFL institution code of C652 for the verification process. Original test results must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to NHL Stenden. For further information check here.

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Languages requirements grades and scale

Please note: If you do not yet have the necessary level in English, you may enrol in our Preparatory English Language Course or the Pre-Master Programme.


As a student, you pay tuition fees every year. How much tuition you pay depends on a number of factors, such as your nationality and your higher education diplomas. Read more about the tuition fees and the amount here.

‏‏‎ ‎ 2022-2023
EU students Statutory tuition fees (per year) €2,209
NON-EU students Institutional tuition fees (per year) €11,995
Additional costs for (e.g.) books, field trips approximately €500

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