International Fast Track

International Fast Track

International Fast Track


Great reasons to follow this programme:

  • Two-year international programme
  • Ranked Top 5 worldwide
  • Best value of all International Hotel Schools
  • International programme
  • Focus on personal development, leadership and management
  • Small scale, personal guidance
  • International internship
  • Excellent career opportunities
  • Strong heritage, established in 1929


Do you already have a previous qualification in hospitality-related studies, and are you ready to take your career to the next level? Are you ambitious and do you want to achieve a Bachelor degree in Hotel Management? You may qualify for our International Fast Track programme! This programme is an accelerated version of the Hotel Management Bachelor’s programme enabling you to build on your experience and management skills in roughly two years. 

This two-year programme starts with a five week Summer Preparation Course, which enables you to follow the regular Bachelor programme in its second phase. After completing Phase 2 and Phase 3 you will graduate with the internationally recognised ‘Bachelor Degree Business Administration in Hotel Management’ (BBA.HM).

Do you want to know more about the student life at our campuses in The Hague and Amsterdam? Read more about the student life at Hotelschool The Hague.

Our Quality

Hotelschool The Hague is consistently ranked as one of the top Hotel Schools in the world. 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. 

The International Fast Track programme is taught in English and combines theoretical and practical learning with team work and individual challenges. We facilitate you to achieve the best with a combination of our academic and industry experienced international faculty, the most recent research fi ndings from our Research Centre, and our international partnerships with leading business and hospitality companies. We place a special emphasis on soft skills, such as behavioural competencies and interpersonal skills, designed to assist you in fulfi lling your full potential.

With thousands of alumni working all over the world, you will find Hotelschool The Hague alumni in leading positions at international organisations in a wide range of industries. What is more, as a government subsidised school, Hotelschool The Hague offers the best value of all the top international Hotel Schools.

Your Hospitality Career

The two-year International Fast Track programme (IFT) results in the internationally recognised ‘Bachelor Degree Business Administration in Hotel Management’ (BBA.HM).

A Hotelschool The Hague Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management opens doors to the World of Hospitality. You find jobs at the level you have studied for: management level in leading international hotel chains. However, not everyone chooses to work in hotels; hospitality as you will learn here, goes much further. You can for example set up your own company, work for major multinationals, banks, in healthcare or event companies.

 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.


Programme Structure

The International Fast Track programme starts every year in July with an intensive fi ve week Preparation Summer course, preceded with reading assignments. You live in our Skotel, the school’s training hotel and student residence, and form a close international community. During these five weeks, you apply what you have learnt in the past and add new knowledge in all the essential hospitality management fi elds, building a solid theoretical foundation. By passing the Preparation Summer course, you are ready to successfully continue with the IFT programme. 

Once you have graduated from the Preparation Summer course, you embark on an intensive two and a half year programme. Developed from the demands of industry, the Hotelschool The Hague approach is unique. The university’s curriculum is designed to challenge you, mixing the classic hospitality disciplines in the form of real life case studies and projects. Lecturers act as coaches, not as teachers. Group sizes are small, so there is a high level of interaction and personal feedback. The programme includes a wide range of work methods including lectures, workshops, group work, and individual study. In the last phase of the programme you focus on innovation, strategy and creativity. As a manager in the hospitality industry you need to find solutions to anticipated challenges. 

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 complete a management and leadership course to further develop your management skills in the day-to-day hospitality operation of our own facilities such as rooms division, banqueting or Le Début kitchen.

Launching Your Career
In your final phase course, called ‘Launching Your Career’(LYCAR) you start to plan your future. Do you want to become a manager at a hotel, start your own business or follow a master’s programme? You figure out the career path you want to follow by combining research and a management placement of approximately 20 weeks at a renowned international company. 

Do you want to find out more about your life as a student at Hotelschool The Hague? Click here for more information about the campuses, the facilities and the school.

Admission Requirements

Dutch applicants
Did you finish Horeca Ondernemer/Manager, or do you have another hospitality related diploma? You are more than welcome to apply for the International Fast Track programme if you have a final grade of 7 or higher for English, Entrepreneurial skills, Leadership skills and Numerical ability.

Foreign applicants
If you are a foreign applicant, you need to have a secondary school diploma, allowing you to go to university (or German Fachhochschule) in your own country, plus a diploma of a course in hospitality of at least two years full-time. 

All applicants
All applicants (Dutch and foreign) need to be have a good command of English, a sufficient TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge score is required: 

  • TOEFL test - Minimum score 80 Internet-based and 550 paper-based
  • IELTS test - Minimum score 6.0
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency - Any pass grade
  • Cambridge Certificate  of Advanced English - Grade A, B, or C
  • Cambridge First Certificate - Grade A

After being selected for the International Fast Track programme, you start with the Summer Preparation Course. After passing this course you continue with the Bachelor Degree programme.

If you do not meet the requirements you can always apply for the regular four-year Bachelor programme.

Open days & Fairs

If you would like to get to know Hotelschool The Hague better before applying, come and visit one of our open days. You can visit one of the regular open days which are held at both campuses on Wednesday afternoons. We also have special IFT open days on Thursdays. You’ll learn more about what we can do for you and enjoy a guided tour of the school and our facilities. Check the map for all dates and possibilities.

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 date of the Open Day of your choice below the world map to register.

Do you have any questions about our open days in The Netherlands, please contact Ms I. Geerinck: If you have questions about meeting us abroad please send an email to:

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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 HBO schools, 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

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 in July each year.

How to apply:
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.

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Contact us

You can contact our admissions office for all your questions, either by email or by calling us at the number below.

T: +31 88 0281800

Hotelschool The Hague            
The Hague Campus                   
Brusselselaan 2                        
2587 AH The Hague                  
The Netherlands                        

Hotelschool The Hague
Amsterdam Campus
Jan Evertsenstraat 171
1057 BW Amsterdam
The Netherlands

How do I apply for the International Fast Track Programme and when?

You can apply online from 1 October 2013 on by following the steps: Apply for the International fast Track programme 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.

Can I apply for Hotelschool The Hague while I’m abroad?

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.

Do IFT students also stay at the Skotel, the Training & Study Hotel during the first year?

The International Fast Track programme starts with a 5-week Summer Preparation course that starts every July. During these 5 weeks you live in the Skotel, the Training & Study Hotel of the school.  After the Summer Preparation course you continue with phase 2 and 3 of the regular Bachelor programme, both covering one year. During this period, you arrange housing yourself.

Is Hotelschool The Hague a private school?

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. 

How many courses do I have to follow during the International Fast Track Programme?

The International Fast Track programme starts with a 5-week Summer Preparation course that starts every July. After the Summer Preparation course you continue with phase 2  
and phase 3 of the regular Bachelor programme, both covering one year. To read more about our curriculum, please visit the Programme structure page.


How to apply:

Formal applications for August 2015 will open in October 2014. Please visit our website again to apply through our online application system. We look forward to receiving your application!