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Tourism Management

Can you think beyond borders? Is discovering new destinations and cultures something you really love? Are you a traveller and interested in a healthy lifestyle, gastronomy trends and developments in leisure industries? Can you relate to the keywords creativity, enterprising, change management and hospitality? The English-language Tourism Management bachelor, where you'll become a pioneer within the tourism and hospitality industry, will be a perfect match for you!

As part of  the bachelor Tourism Management you will develop new products within the tourism industry aimed at needs and wishes of the target group. By knowing your guests you can create an unforgettable experience and evolve a strategic vision. You are passionate to work in an intercultural context. Skills that appeal to you are; being hospitable,  easily getting in touch with people, creative and organisation talent. Change means challenges and opportunities to you and you think in possibilities. You are the linking pin between tourism organizations, guests and the company you work for.

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Programme

The regional and international tourism-and-hospitality industry is the primary focus of this course. Hostmanship and guest experience are key elements in this program. You'll learn how to make people feel welcome, whether they're a guest or employee. You're prepared to create connections, making you the link between the company, the employee, and the guest. You also have the skills to connect different organisations together to promote a city or a region. You'll learn about subjects like marketing, human resource management, research, intercultural communication, strategic management, financial management, and international law. From the beginning you'll develop your entrepreneurial mindset and you'll learn everything there is to know about entrepreneurship.

You'll be working with other students on projects for actual companies from day one. You'll also get industry experience from your first year with internships and company visits, and you'll take steps towards your future career in a hotel, restaurant, events agency, or holiday resort. You'll also choose a minor as part of your course. Most Tourism Management students pick an international minor or internship. We have an international network to help you along the way. You'll also develop your research skills on this course and learn how to conduct independent research.

In the third and fourth years, you can schedule your classes according to your interests. Do you want to go on to get your master's? Then undertake extensive research and write a thesis. Are you a more practical person? Then you can do multiple internships to help you learn about the range of careers and sectors, or you can do market research in preparation for starting your own business.

You'll get to know the industry starting from your first year through guest lecturers, company visits, and internships. You'll work on actual industry projects and present them to real companies. In the third and fourth years, you can schedule your classes according to your interests. Do you want to go on to get your master's? Then undertake extensive research and write a thesis. For instance, you could research booking behaviour in young people or the competitive advantages a coastal location can offer convention centres. Are you a more practical person? Then you can do multiple internships to help you learn about the range of careers and sectors, or you can do market research in preparation for starting your own business.

Read more detailed course information in the Academic and Examination Regulation.

Specialisations

Developing Hotels, Resorts and Parks

You will learn how to improve the business processes, image, and quality of products and services for companies like hotels, bungalow parks, resorts, and campgrounds. This specialisation focuses primarily on lodgings and you'll concentrate on what the guest needs during their stay,  from the moment the guest arrives to the hotel design and room layout. 

Guiding Gastronomy, Advancing restaurants

You'll learn how to trends like slow food, organic food, and using local products can be applied to the gastronomic sector. You'll be ready to advise restaurants on implementing the right experiential concept.  You'll also learn how production processes can optimise a company. 

Stimulating visits by branding destinations, tours and events

You'll join with other organisations to draw attention to a certain city or region (city marketing). You'll be ready to develop products and services that offer the tourist an authentic experience. An example could be organising a tuk-tuk tour that visits local markets to buy ingredients and topping it off with a local cooking workshop. You'll also learn all the ins and outs of event management. 

Promoting Wellbeing & Healthy Lifestyle

You'll specialise in integrating and implementing a healthy lifestyle into the tourism and leisure industry. This includes wellness, detox and yoga travel, but could also mean improving the work-life balance of employees within an organisation with the help of techniques such as mindfulness.

International

This programme is international. You'll be studying alongside students from around the world. The entire programme will be conducted in English. You'll learn theory by studying international examples from the industry. You can make it as international as you want it to be. You'll do an internship at the end of the first and second year, just before summer break. That gives you the opportunity to extend your stay abroad and perhaps even combine a summer job with extra language studies. With the exchange minor, you'll spend five months abroad studying specific subjects in an area you're interested in developing further. Of course, you can also write your thesis or do your internship abroad.  

Requirements

Before you apply to the Tourism Management programme, you have to meet a few admission requirements. 

Admission requirements

To be admitted to the Tourism Management programme you need:

  • A qualification equivalent to a Dutch secondary education diploma, which gives you access to higher education.
  • A good command of written and spoken English. Your level of English should be equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0.

Read more about the admission requirements. 

Alternative entrance exam

If you don’t have the appropriate secondary school diploma, and if you are at least 21 years old, you may be exempted from this requirement. The HZ provides the possibility of taking an alternative entrance exam.

Language requirements

Read all about the language requirements here

Practical information

Read everything about the fees and finances, what it's like to study in the Netherlands, what you need to arrange when studying abroad and how to apply for a study programme.

Fees and finances

Next to  the tuition fees and costs of living there are extra costs for your study programme (study materials and books). These costs are approximately between €400,- and €700,- per year. You will have excursions on regular basis. These costs are about €500,- for the first two years.

Read more about the fees and finances here.  

Applying

Have you made your choice? Read all about our application procedure

Pre-arrival information

Visa, health insurance, accomodation and a Dutch bank account..You need to arrange quite some things when you decide to study abroad. Read all about it here

Studying in the Netherlands

What it's like to study in the Netherlands? And what is Vlissingen like? Read all about Zeeland, the Netherlands and HZ.

Contact

Do you have any questions or do you need more information about the study programme? Please contact our admission office: study@hz.nl.

Three-year track

In the academic year 2018-2019 we start a three-year track that consists of 180 ec’s for students that are highly motivated and equipped for an intensive and challenging programme.

After graduation

Congratulations, you're now graduated! From now on you may use the title ‘Bachelor of Arts’. 

Did you participate in the Honours Programme? You will get an extra certificate with your diploma. 

Get a copy of your diploma here.

After graduation, you'll be well prepared to take on a variety of challenges thanks to your strategic and analytical ability to handle issues methodically.  You could work in a marketing department or put your specialty knowledge into practice in the hospitality world. You can use your knowledge and skills both domestically and internationally to provide your guests with the ideal experience.  

With a HZ diploma, you can continue with a Master’s programme. If you want to do a Master abroad, you can usually start straight away. If you wish to do a Master’s degree at a research university in the Netherlands, you may be required to follow a pre-Master’s programme.

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