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Do you dream of creating an unforgettable experience for your guests? After this study, you develop hotel concepts that are both nationally and internationally on the map.

Short Degree

Saxion’s Short Degree Programme is a study programme consisting of 1-2 years. The duration of the Short Degree Programme for you personally is depending on work experience and relevant education at university/bachelor degree level (min. 3 years of higher education in a related educational programme). You have to have command of the English language at IELTS level 6.0 or higher, or passed an exam at a comparable level. More information on the requirements for a Short Degree can be found under the tab ‘requirements’.

The admission officer has been authorized by the Dean to establish the relationship of the foreign educational programme with the degree course and, on behalf of the Dean, advise the department DOS-ISO on permission to enroll in the main phase. Then there will be set up a study route for you.

High Year Enrolment

If you do not meet the requirements for this Short Degree Programme (so 1-2 years), you possibly will meet the requirements for the Higher Year Enrolment (this means that you will be enrolled in the mainphase of the study). You will be enrolled to a Higher Year if:

1. You have a certificate of the first-year examination of the relevant degree programme at Saxion, or

2. You have a certificate of the first-year examination of another degree programme at Saxion if the first-year examination is the same, or

3. proof of exemption of the requirements as described under sub 1 and 2 in the EER (Education and Examination Regulations)

The Dean can also decide to enroll a student to the mainphase if he or she does not meet the above mentioned requirements. In that case, the diploma that is gained is presented to the Examination Board. They will advise the dean about the possible study route.

In the information below you can find the content of all 4 study years HM or TM (when doing the full time bachelor Degree). However, as you can read above, your study route (when doing a Short Degree or Higher Year) is tailor made on your situation and depending on different factors. Therefore it is likely that you will not run through all 4 study years, but will only cover a part of them.

THE FIRST YEARGetting to know the hotel manager

In the first year you will gain the broad basic knowledge you need to succeed in the hospitality business, but the focus will be on hotel management. You will take courses on management, communication and business economics. You gain expertise in hotel management, hospitality and event organization. You get to know various companies through excursions, guest lectures and a short traineeship.

Going abroad

During your studies you have to spend at least six months abroad. You could, for example, do an internship abroad or a minor at a European university college. In addition, there are many other possibilities to gain international experience, such as taking part in the annual European Mise and Place Cup and the Young Hoteliers Summit in Lausanne.

Study load

  • 50% Theory
  • 45% Practical and group work
  • 5% Study career counseling

These three themes are central to the Hotel Management programme

  • ​Hospitality
    ​During your studies hospitality is the common thread. You learn all about the international hotel industry, the value of hospitality and the differences worldwide.
  • Business
    The business side of the profession is fully discussed during the course. Think of subjects such as business economics, marketing, organizational management, consumer behavior and entrepreneurship.
  • Communication
    ​Communication is an important theme. It's reflected in topics and subjects such as target group-oriented communication, event communication, personal development, English and a second modern language.

  • World of hotel management
  • Hotel industry dynamics
  • International hospitality
  • Event organisation
  • Business economics
  • Marketing
  • Introduction to research
  • Organizational behaviour
  • Business English
  • Spanish, German or French
  • Personal development
  • Research
  • Writing skills for target groups

More about the study structure

Would you like more information about the content, courses and tests of this program within the various years? Click on the button and view this training in the Saxion Course Catalog for detailed information.

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Learn about entrepreneurship

The Hotel Management programme is about putting theory into practice. That is why in the second year you will be doing a six-month internship in the Netherlands or abroad. In addition, you will take modules that focus on entrepreneurship for six months. You focus on languages, management theories, business management and economics.

  • Entrepreneurship in hotel management
  • Reporting
  • Quantitative research
  • Event management
  • Intercultural management skills
  • Event management
  • Business law
  • Human resource management
  • Business English
  • Spanish, German or French
  • Internship

THE THIRD YEAR​Hotel Management and the hospitality business

​In your third year you will deepen your knowledge of hotel management and the hospitality business. The courses will be taught in both Dutch and English and revolve around innovation, conceptual thinking and strategy.


​Minor and graduation

​In this last year you choose a minor that either deepens or broadens your knowledge. This can also be a management internship here or abroad. You conclude your studies with a research and consultancy assignment.

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

After you graduate you hold the title of Bachelor of Arts and are ready to start your career in the hotel business or one of the many other organizations for which hospitality is essential, such as hospitals and banks. There are many job opportunities in this international industry.