Bachelor of Science Leisure Studies (Academic), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


International Leisure Studies is an academic programme in leisure. In 3 years' time, you will become an expert at finding and understanding answers to complex issues in the leisure sector.

The programme offers you intensive training in research methods and techniques. You will learn to study and critically assess existing perspectives, theories and academic literature. You will explore the disciplines of psychology, socilogy and anthropology, but also marketing, economics and business innovation. Your future position is likely to be within sport associations, consultancy and engineering agencies, event organisations or within state, provincial and local authorities. Examples of professions are: academic and applied researcher, consultant, lecturer, leisure policy developer or project manager. You'll investigate and expand the scientific foundations underlying the exciting world of leisure.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

Course Characteristics

The academic bachelor in International Leisure Studies is 'competency-oriented'. During your studies you develop a number of academic and management competencies. To do this, you will often work independently and sometimes in small groups on cases and assignments.

This programme is completely English taught. Academic literature is often only available in English and each university graduate has to be capable of writing an article in English. As study (and future work) will take place within an international setting, you have to be prepared to communicate in English.

The Academy for Leisure also offers two professional bachelor programmes in the field of leisure: International Leisure Management, which is also taught in English, and Vrijetijdsmanagement, which is taught in Dutch.

Course planning

The programme runs over three years. Each year is organized into two semesters and/or four terms (for the first year)

Year 1

In the first year, you will get a solid introduction to different branches of business and social science, as well as research methods, underscoring the varied nature of the leisure field. In semester 1, the courses will focus on the consumer perspective, whereas in semester 2, the business side is more prominent. You will learn to apply your knowledge in several practical cases.

Year 2

In the second year, you will strengthen your knowledge on what kinds of activities people choose in their leisure time, and how companies can organise those activities and profit from them. In addition to theoretical lectures, practical seminars, debates and case studies, you will work on several projects for commissioners from the leisure field. In these projects, you will apply the research techniques and theoretical insight learnt in the various courses.

Year 3

In the 5th semester, you will choose a minor at another university in the Netherlands or abroad. In the 6th and final semester, you will apply everything you have learnt by:

  • considering leisure activities across different cultures;
  • studying fundamental philosophical questions aboutthe relevance of leisure and the ethical questions it raises;
  • investigating the contribution leisure can make to the development of urban space and city culture.

The third year also includes a practical assignment and the completion of your Bachelor (graduation) thesis.

Projects and Minors

In addition to lectures, seminars, debates and case studies in the first two academic years, you work on a number of projects in each semester. In these projects, you apply the methodological knowledge and skills gained to a subject related to that semester’s theme. Projects will become increasingly international as your studies progress.

Academic Requirements

Admission requirements for Dutch students

For this programme, the admission requirements are:


not admissible


N+T > admissible
N+G > admissible
E+M > admissible
C+M > admissible


not admissible

You can be admitted to the programme with:

  • a vwo diploma (all profiles)
  • a degree from a higher professional (hbo) or university (wo) programme
  • a propeadeutic certificate from a higher professional (hbo) or university (wo) programme
  • a diploma / degree issued outside the Netherlands which is equivalent to the diplomas / degrees mentioned above

If you do not fulfil these minimum requirements and you are you are older than 21, you may request an exemption based on a Colloquium Doctum entrance examination.

Admission requirements for foreign students

You can be admitted to the programme with:

  • An International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
  • A European Baccalaureate (EB) diploma
  • Another secondary or high school diploma that equals the Dutch vwo diploma (such as Abitur in Germany)
  • Hbo diploma or propaedeutic certificate

Test Of English as a Foreign Language

As a non-native speaker of English, you must also show sufficient results of one of these tests:

  • TOEFL test (minimum score 80 internet-based and minimum sub score for Speaking 20)
  • IELTS test (minimum overall band score 6.0 and a minimum sub score for Speaking 6.0)
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 8369 International
  • EUR 1906 EU/EEA


Scholarships / Grants:

The Holland Scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science as well as 48 Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. This scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor
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NHTV Breda:
Per year there is a limited number of scholarships available for non-EU/EEA-students to contribute in the costs of the tuition fee.
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