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
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.
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:
Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
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.
The programme runs over three years. Each year is organized into two semesters and/or four terms (for the first year)
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.
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.
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:
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.
For this programme, the admission requirements are:
You can be admitted to the programme with:
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.
You can be admitted to the programme with:
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:
Check the programme website for information about funding options.
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