Leisure Studies, B.Sc.

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


The Leisure Studies (Academic) programme at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences combines Business Administration (marketing, economics, innovation and organisation) with Social Sciences (sociology, psychology and anthropology).

Multidisciplinary, academic and research-based approach
  • How can we predict trends in the way people spend their free time?
  • How can traditional leisure companies use social media more effectively to connect to their customers?
  • What new business models and strategies are needed in an increasingly complex and dynamic leisure sector?

After your graduation, you will be a flexible and all-round bachelor of science (BSc) with a broad background in business and social science, specialised in the diverse leisure field.

Your career?

As a leisure expert, you may take up a career in large enterprises in the cultural and leisure sectors, consultancy and engineering agencies, property developers, sports associations, event organisations or state, provincial and local authorities. Career examples:

  • strategic leisure policy making
  • leisure marketing and management
  • research, either at research or consultancy firms

Why study Bachelor of Science Leisure Studies at NHTV Breda?

  • best large university of applied sciences in the Netherlands according to Keuzegids HBO 2015
  • recognized by the World Leisure Organization as the third World Leisure Centre of Excellence in the world
  • imagineering, learning to create leisure experiences with emotional added value
  • intercultural education by Dutch and foreign scientists and professionals
  • possibility to go on exchange to a foreign university in year 3
  • small-scale programme, allowing for personalised coaching
  • direct access to Master of Science Leisure Studies at NHTV


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:

  • CAE, Cambridge Advanced Certificate or CPE, Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • IELTS test (minimum overall band score 6.0 and a minimum sub score for Speaking 6.0)
  • TOEFL test (minimum score 80 internet-based and minimum sub score for Speaking 20)

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 9446 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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