The Bachelor Programme
Great reasons to study at Hotelschool The Hague:
- Ranked Top 5 worldwide
- Best value of all International Hotel Schools
- International programme
- Develop your social skills, business skills and practical skills
- Two international placements at leading organisations
- First year on campus accommodation
- Excellent career opportunities
- Small scale
- Start in February or August
Your Passport to the World
Are you professional, ambitious and do you want to work in an international business environment? Then join us at Hotelschool The Hague for our Bachelor Business Administration in Hotel Management (BBA.HM).
A business study set in the context of hospitality, you learn all there is to know about hospitality from a strategic, tactical and operational perspective. This knowledge and experience is valuable for those of you seeking careers in hospitality, but also for those with interests in other industries where hospitality makes a difference such as Retail, Financial Services and Event Management.
Hotelschool The Hague has been ‘At the heart of hospitality’ since 1929 and you join a warm, welcoming and international community with students from over 50 nationalities. In the first year you live together at our Skotel, forming life-long friendships. Read more about the student life at Hotelschool The Hague.
You explore the world of hospitality, participating in two international internships at leading companies around the world. In your final year you work together with your coaches to kick-start your career in hospitality. After four years, you graduate with a Hotelschool The Hague Bachelor’s Degree: It’s your passport to an international career in hotel and hospitality management.
International Fast Track
If you already have a previous qualification in hospitality-related studies, then you may qualify for our International Fast Track Programme. This accelerated programme enables you to complete the Bachelor Hospitality Management programme in approximately 2 years.
Hotelschool The Hague is consistently ranked as one of the top Hotel Schools in the world. Our educational programme has been awarded 11 out of 16 ‘excellents’ in the most recent audit of Dutch and Flemish universities by the Dutch/Flemish Accreditation Committee. The school is specialised, independent and dedicated. The selection procedure guarantees a community of talented, ambitious and motivated students that can help you get the best out of yourself.
What is more, as a government subsidised school, Hotelschool The Hague offers the best value of all the top international Hotel Schools. In addition to our strong accreditation, our students and alumni win many international awards in recognition of their achievements and talents.
Independent research shows that Hotelschool The Hague’s students rate their study with 4,20 on a scale of 0-5
Nationwide, independent research done by De Nationale Studenten Enquete (The National Student’s Survey), has shown that student’s satisfaction at Hotelschool The Hague is high. The National Student’s Survey is held on a national level. Opinions are asked on the faculty, the content of the study, study-facilities, study guidance and numerous other aspects. In 2014 Hotelschool The Hague students rated their study with 4,51 (on a scale from 0-5) when it came to recommending their study to friends, family or colleagues. The atmosphere and the feeling towards the study in general also demonstrate high rates. View the NSE Factsheet for more information.
Your Hospitality Career
Our graduates can be found all over the world, working as Hospitality Leaders, Hospitality Entrepreneurs, Consultants and Management Specialists in a variety of industries. Your degree is respected by a broad and varied group of employers. They know that Hotelschool The Hague graduates combine business skills with practical experience and optimal social skills with a flair and passion for hospitality.
Hotelschool The Hague provides an all-round and excellent education. While putting the emphasis on worldwide industry trends, it also focuses on character-building of its students; a crucial necessity in today’s ever-changing business environment.
Monique Dekker (1995), General Manager Park Hyatt Vienna.
Developed from the demands of the Industry, the school’s curriculum is designed to challenge you, mixing the classic hospitality disciplines in the form of real life cases and projects. You will work in small multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, learning from each other’s skills and cultures. As a university, our courses are based on thorough research and analysis, you are always expected to give a structured report of your findings. You’ll learn to present your results professionally and effectively. Our Training and Management Skills are cited by our alumni as being unique and one of our greatest educational assets. Language competency is also an essential hospitality skill: not only is the degree programme 100% English, you choose a second language from a wide range of modern languages.
Read more about the different courses:
You aren’t just taught management theories, you apply them directly in practice whilst working on your personal development. You combine individual learning with group work. With your team you work on multi-disciplinary case studies which place you directly in the role of manager or consultant.
The programme is divided into three phases. Phase I (one year) is all about hospitality performance; you learn to do the existing well. Phase II (one and a half years) emphasises the tactical application of this knowledge; you improve on the existing. In the final phase, Phase III (one and a half years), you apply your learning and experience strategically; you add value to the existing, searching for new innovative combinations and entrepreneurial solutions.
Read more about the Didactic Concept and all the Courses of our Bachelor Programme.
Practical and management experience
You need real practical experience to succeed; you have to learn how the hospitality industry really works. That’s why you follow two external placements as well as practical training courses during your time at the Hotelschool. In Phase 1 you gain basic and practical hospitality experience by working for 10 weeks in our own facilities: restaurants, receptions and the hotel. In Phase 2 you select a 20 week in-service training in a European 4 or 5 star hotel from our large international network. You complete a management and leadership course to further develop your management skills in the day-to-day hospitality operation of our own facilities.
This culminates in phase 3, where your international management placement forms an essential ingredient of the Launching Your Career (LYCAR) programme. During this final phase you start to plan your future. Do you want to become a manager at a hotel, start your own business or follow a master programme? Under the inspiring guidance of several coaches you write your Career Launching Plan. By combining research and an internship in the international world of hospitality you figure out the career path you want to follow. Hotelschool The Hague has built an extensive network since 1929 which you can use to jumpstart your career.
"Many guests ask me how I ended up in Hong Kong all the way from the Netherlands. During my interview at the placement office I was asked where I would like to go. My reply was “anywhere, as long as it's not in Europe”. I said this partly because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. In retrospect, I got exactly what I asked for (and maybe more).
Hong Kong may be a former British colony, but it feels very different from London where I was for my first internship! Life is much faster here than at home, I work 9 or 10 hours per day, 6 days a week. After a few weeks I got used to this and noticed other differences in the way people interact with each other. New habits you first perceive as strange, but slowly take over.
Hong Kong is a great city to explore, if you like to explore cultures, I can warmly recommend an internship in Hong Kong! I love to have a free day to wander and get lost in one of the many neighborhoods that are so typical for Hong Kong. This way you get really in touch with the local culture and you will not be dragged along in the endless stream of tourists visiting the many highlights of Hong Kong.
This internship, city and the people who live and work here have given me a real culture shock. It is very interesting to experience the cultural differences and similarities. Of course I miss my family and friends in the Netherlands, but once you are traveling alone, you are much more receptive to new people. Travel, for me, is one of the best ways to make new friends! In addition, it also helped me to understand what hospitality truly means."
Justin Herwerden, Management Placement Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
"I followed two internships during my studies at Hotelschool The Hague. The first one was in St. Lucia and the second in Nicaragua.
St. Lucia is an English island in the Caribbean Sea. I worked for 5 months in a great all inclusive honeymoon resort, with mostly American guests. I have gained experience in various departments (F&B, FO, events, etc.) so I gained a good general idea of a hotel business.
During my second internship, I worked with a Dutch couple who run a non-profit hotel in Nicaragua. Despite it being one of the poorest countries in Latin America, it was a very impressive country with the nicest people! We worked in a small team (the hotel had only 16 rooms), so I had to be pretty flexible. I gave tours, I worked at the reception and made many analyses and assignments for the management couple. During this internship I perfected my Spanish.
This internship was the opposite of my first internship. The hotel was much smaller and therefore we had very nice contact with our guests. Guests came mainly from USA, Germany and the Netherlands and stayed at the hotel for the feel-good feeling that the hotel gives you. After all, all proceeds go to local education projects. In St Lucia I spoke almost only English, while in Nicaragua I spoke Spanish, English and Dutch.
Because both internships were so different, I have a wide experience. In addition, I realise now that tourism is more interesting than the hotel business. That is why I will follow a master in tourism next year. I could never made this conclusion without my two internships.
I learned a lot from the lectures in The Hague, but the two internships have shaped me into who I am now. Placement makes you independent, mature and provides important experience but also gives you great fun and a memorable time!"
Julie Vissers, Management internship at Hotel Con Corazon, Granada, Nicaragua
"Internships are your opportunity to pilot not only what you`ve learnt through your studies at Hotelschool The Hague, but also your interests in terms of positions, location and future growth. My internships have provided me with an expanded network globally and a thousand irreplaceable experiences in which I would never have the opportunity to do, this easy, with another university.
Today, our industry is demanding young, motivated and talented hospitality students to continue developing restaurant and hotel- concepts onto their next level through innovation and education. The studies at Hotelschool The Hague have enabled me to open doors into some of the worlds` most recognized restaurants – and that has definitely been of substantial benefit when applying for jobs in a fiercely competitive career market."
Julia Maria Soldic
Start Bachelor: August 2009
Current employed at: The F&B Department at Starwood Hotels & Resorts EAME Divisional Offices, Brussels as a F&B Management Trainee
Next career step: Switzerland or UAE within Starwood Hotels in the F&B Arena
"I still remember how one moment I wondered about passing an exam and the next moment I already had to decide where to spend the following five to six months. Going on safari in South Africa, drinking tea in London or going out in Berlin? I decided to go where everyone wants to go for their holidays: Saint Barthélemy in the French West Indies. Only two weeks after my interview, I jumped on a plane and arrived 20 hours later in paradise.
The HR Manager immediately introduced me to the entire team and showed me the property of the beachfront hotel Le Sereno that offers 36 suites and 3 Villas. After getting used to the temperatures for a couple of days I started working at the Front Office and in Guest Relations with several VIP clients from France, America and Brazil. Three weeks later, they transferred me to Reservations and now I am working closely together with the General Manager for Marketing and Sales. My biggest challenge was and still is the language, French. As it turned out I need more than just “Je voudrais faire une reservation!” However the team goes easy on me and even though French people are not known for this, they do speak English if they want to. The Management is really supportive and is highly interested in developing my skills by giving me responsibilities and my own projects that suit my interests. Thanks to the promotion I do not only have an AC in my office now, but also normal 9-to-5 shifts. Therefore I can not only enjoy every evening in one of the several restaurants or the 3 clubs on this island, but especially the weekends. Making trips to other Caribbean islands, jet skiing, catamaran sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving and of course the beautiful beaches are only a few ways of how I currently spend my time off.
Sometimes when I walk from my trainee room to the office and look over the blue lagoon in front of the hotel with all the kite surfers I still cannot believe that I actually get a grade for this and I start to understand why most people who once came to this island for holidays never even thought about leaving again."
Helena Rickmers: Trainee Marketing & Sales, Hotel Le Sereno, St. Barths
Open days & Fairs
Last year we organised 26 open days and we have welcomed many great new students and their parents.
The new open days will start in September 2014. From 1 September 2014 on, you can sign up for these open days on our website.
If you would like to get to know Hotelschool The Hague better before applying, come and visit one of our open days. These are held regularly at both campuses on Wednesday afternoons. You’ll learn more about what we can do for you and enjoy a guided tour of the school and our facilities.
If you do not have the possibility to visit one of the open days in the Netherlands it is also possible to meet us abroad. We have a stand at several education fairs abroad throughout the year. Our representatives and students of Hotelschool The Hague will be travelling to different countries and are delighted to meet you at one of these fairs to inform you on our study programme and to answer all your questions.
Hotelschool The Hague also organises selection days abroad.
Click on the map and see where and when we can meet each other. If you have questions about meeting us abroad please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have any questions about our open days in The Netherlands, please contact Ms Geerinck: email@example.com.
Find out more about our school
If you are not yet certain whether Hotelschool The Hague (in Amsterdam and The Hague) is the right choice for you, we invite you to visit one of our many open days.
Please register for this open day online:
As Hotelschool The Hague is a state funded school, the costs for the Bachelor programme are significantly lower than other known private hotel schools.
Hotelschool The Hague is part of a programme called ‘Ruim baan voor talent’ (Make way for talent), started by the Ministry of Education, Culture & Science. A number of Universities of Applied Sciences, including Hotelschool The Hague, are allowed to charge higher tuition fees on the grounds of demonstrable added value for students.
Hotelschool The Hague demonstrates its added value through the following points:
- demonstrable international character;
- demonstrable strong(er) personal growth;
- demonstrable ability to deal with complex problems;
- demonstrable favourable position in the labour market.
Application & Selection
Study choice activities
A new Dutch law 'Kwaliteit in verscheidenheid' is coming into force stating that new students have to register for their studies before 1 May. If you register before 1 May you have the right to participate in study choice activities which will help you to decide which programme is best for you. This rule doesn't apply for universities with selection. Hotelschool The Hague uses selection days to select new students and is therefore excluded from this rule.
Should you wish to be part of Hotelschool The Hague's vibrant student community, then you are more than welcome to apply for our programme starting either in February or August each year.
The formal application deadline for our Bachelor Programme and International Fast Track Programme was 1 May 2014. Formal applications for 2015 will open again in October 2014.
You are not alone in wanting to study at Hotelschool The Hague. The small-scale of our international hotel management school is one of the reasons we are able to offer such a unique and successful programme. That is why you will be invited to a selection day after you have applied via this site and meet the entry requirements. During this selection day you are given the opportunity to demonstrate your motivation and affinity with the world of hospitality.
If you do not have the possibility to come to one of our selection days in the Netherlands, it is also possible to visit one of our selection days abroad. The selection days are listed when you apply.
Read more about the visa policy for The Netherlands.
Do you have questions about requirements, the content of the programme, open days, application & selection, etc.? You can contact our Service Desk with all your questions, either by email or by calling us.
T: +31 88 0281800
Are you a student counsellor (in Dutch: decaan) and you want to know more about Hotelschool The Hague, do not hesitate to contact Ms Geerinck: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We organise special open days for student counsellors.
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If you do not have the possibility to come to one of our selection days in the Netherlands, you are more than welcome to come to one of our selection days abroad. The selection days are listed when you apply.
Hotelschool The Hague is not a private school as we are funded by the government. Our small-scale university is one of the reasons we are able to offer such a unique and successful programme.
The Bachelor programme is split up in three phases. Phase 1 is all about hospitality performance; you learn to do the existing well’. Phase 2 emphasises the tactical application of this knowledge; you improve on the existing. In the final phase you apply your learning and experience strategically; searching for new combinations. In each phase, you follow different courses. Please read the course overview here course_overview_bachelor_programme.pdf
You can apply online by following the steps: Apply for Bachelor Hotel Management at Hotelschool The Hague. As soon as we have received and processed your application, and you meet all the requirements, you will be invited to one of the selection days. It is possible that the selection days are fully booked near the final application day. Therefore keep in mind to enrol as soon as possible.
How to apply:
The formal application deadline for our Bachelor Programme and International Fast Track Programme was 1 May 2014.
We would still like to review your application so please send your motivation, CV and clearly state if you wish to apply for our Bachelor or Fast Track Programme to email@example.com. We will then give you personal advice on how best to proceed with your application. Formal applications for 2015 will open again in October 2014.