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International Leisure and Tourism Studies | NHL STENDEN UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

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International Leisure and Tourism Studies | NHL STENDEN UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

The 14-month Master’s programme in International Leisure and Tourism Studies focuses on sustainability and quality of life within the context of the past, present and future. You will explore established theories relating to leisure and tourism (past), discuss current cases (present) and use scenario planning as a tool for identifying future trends and developments (future). The courses contains different education methods such as seminars, workshops, lectures, presentations, group assignments and guest lectures.

Earn a dual degree and get a Dutch Master of Arts (MA) and British Master of Science (MSc) in 14 months.

Our partner, University of Derby (UK), is ranked number one in the Guardian University League 2015 in Hospitality, Tourism, and Events education.


Starting date: September 2018

You can apply until: August 15, 2018

Degree title: Master of Arts and Master of Science (Dual Degree)

Programme intensity: Full-time

Program duration: 14 months

 Language: English

Program location: Leeuwarden

Tuition fee: Single Degree (MA): € 2.060 - Dual Degree: (MA/MSc): € 5.310

As part of your studies, you will take three modules that prepare you for the process of writing your final-year thesis. You will learn how to develop a research proposal and how to collect and analyze data. 

Module 1: Theoretical Perspectives on Leisure and Tourism

Module 2: Quality of Leisure and Tourism

Module 3: Policy and Planning & the future of Leisure and Tourism?

Module 4: Master’s thesis and elective

Lecturers from the University of Derby will regularly be visiting NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences (NL) to conduct lectures and seminars with Master students in preparation for the field trip.

Three-week field trip to the University of Derby (UK) - students will be able to visit the UK and participate in an intensive two-week workshop schedule at the University of Derby. Lectures will be conducted using a variety of classroom-based activities as well as venturing into the heart of the Peak District National Park to build operational skills such as communications and teamwork.

All courses and examinations will be in English, so you need a good command of spoken and written English.

The level required for admission should be an equivalent of the Academic IELTS 6.0 (International English Language Testing System), with a minimum of 5.0 for each skill.

TOEFL 550 (paper based), 213 (computer-based) and 80 (internet based).

Cambridge ESOL score FCE-C (169, or higher).

You require a Bachelor’s degree to be admitted to the International Leisure and Tourism Studies programme. If you do not hold a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Business, Management, Hospitality, Tourism, Leisure Studies, or a related course but would like to enroll in the Master’s programme in International Leisure and Tourism Studies, your application will be assessed on individual merits. A personal interview is part of the application process.

We advise you to apply before May 1, for the September study start.

Stenden University of Applied Sciences has the right to refuse applications by students, which meet the admission requirements, but which are sent after May 1.  

Ultimate closing date for applications for the September 2018 study start: August 15, 2018.

Finding a place to live in the north of the Netherlands, where NHL Stenden’s branches are located is relatively easy.

Once you have been admitted and have registered for a study programme at NHL Stenden, you should start looking for accommodation. We recommend you to start early with finding a suiting accommodation. This way you can ensure you find the right place to live during your study.

In the Netherlands, it is common for students to rent a room in a shared house or apartment with other students. There are also options to rent a one-bedroom or studio apartment. Student accommodation is usually provided by real estate agents or private landlords who advertise their rooms on different platforms.  

Many people use Facebook to advertise accommodation and to find flatmates. 

Graduates of our Master’s programme in International Leisure and Tourism Studies have a variety of career opportunities in the labour market. These include jobs as policymakers at the local, regional or national level or as managers at a hotel chain, theme park, or other venue.

Careers open to graduates include: Policy and Planning - Research and Education - Consultancy and Development – Management.