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 Bray's experience of this hospitality degree.
Fast Track Option
Degrees at Universities of Applied Sciences usually take four years to complete, including extensive work experience, often paid. Fast track opportunities that take only three years to complete are available on some degrees at Stenden to students with excellent performance in their A' levels, Highers or International Baccalaureate.