BA in International Leisure & Events Management

NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences

Program Description

BA in International Leisure & Events Management

NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences

This English-taught professional bachelor's programme prepares you for a career in the international leisure industry. In 3 or 4 years’ time, you will become a professional in this creative and dynamic industry. In this degree programme you learn how to create memorable and meaningful experiences which contribute to a more beautiful world.

Study programme

The International Leisure & Events Management programme is delivered thematically. This means that subjects such as economics, management, communication and market research are dealt with in content-related projects and assignments, rather than in separate topics. Examples of modules are: Leisure productions, Running Businesses, Imagineering, Design & Marketing and Stakeholder Management.

The International Leisure & Events Management programme is also offered in Dutch. The Dutch name is Leisure & Events Management. NHTV also offers a three year academic programme in Leisure, Bachelor of Science Leisure Studies.

International classroom

The ‘international classroom’ involves a mix of Dutch and non-Dutch (international) students in one classroom. The ratio of Dutch students to international students in an international classroom should be approximately 65 to 35%. Over the past four years, the increase in the number of Dutch students in the propaedeutic phase (first year of study) outpaced the growth of the number of international students, as a result of which this ratio has not been consistently observed. That is why the study programme management reserves the right to decide – if necessary - to place a Dutch student in a class group with a relatively high number of foreign students for one semester, and in a class group consisting of only Dutch students for the other semester. In this way, the concept of the ‘international classroom’ can be better upheld.

Fast track

The regular programme takes four years, but there is a possibility to do the 3-year programme, which is referred to as the fast track (or accelerated programme). Depending on your previous education (vwo, abitur) you will start in the 2nd year of the regular programme. By completing some extra courses and passing the progress test at the appropriate level you will prove that you are able to process the year 1 knowledge as well.

Please note that that this 2nd year you start in will be YOUR first year and, as a result, the propaedeutic phase of your studies. A binding study recommendation of 60 EC is attached to the propaedeutic phase.

Power and passion

  • Can you convert an old factory into a multicultural community centre?
  • Are you able to organise a sensational music festival or dance event?
  • Could you develop a fascinating concept for an attraction park?
  • Will you be able to operate a music venue?
  • How will you use sport in order to activate children?

After your graduation as a leisure manager you will be able to combine creativity, business insight and organisational skills in creating meaningful leisure products!

Your career?

As a leisure manager, you could take up a career in:

  • theatres
  • music labels
  • sports centres
  • theme parks
  • conference/event agencies
  • development of leisure areas
  • city marketing

You may be in charge of the operational management of a company, the development of new leisure products, the organisation of exhibitions, conferences or events, or be involved in processes regarding societal matters in which leisure plays an important role.

Why study leisure management at NHTV Breda

  • Recognised as the third World Leisure Centre of Excellence by the World Leisure Organization
  • Awarded best in its category in the Netherlands by the National Student Survey (NSE)
  • International classroom
  • Possibility of taking part in an honours programme in Imagineering or Entrepreneurship
  • NHTV has 50 years of experience in leisure and tourism
  • Many opportunities to go abroad
  • After this programme you have direct access to the Master in Imagineering at NHTV


In the Nationale Studentenenquête 2017 (Student Survey), the programme was voted No.1 of all government-funded Leisure programmes in the Netherlands.

In addition, Keuzegids HBO 2018 ranked the International Leisure & Events Management programme No. 1 in its own category.


International accreditations from the World Leisure Organization underline the quality of education in the field of leisure at NHTV.

International Leisure & Events Management has been awarded a special distinctive feature of ‘Imagineering’ by the NVAO.

Admission requirements for international students

An equivalent of the Dutch diplomas of higher general secondary education (havo) or pre-university level (vwo) is generally required to enrol on a study programme at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences.

Please, find your level of education in the list of Non-Dutch diplomas compared with the Dutch educational system.

After having received your application, NHTV will inform you if you meet the educational requirements. If there is any doubt, NHTV will have your diploma evaluated by Nuffic (the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education) for advice.

Test of English as a foreign language

As an international applicant, you will also be required to demonstrate sufficient results of one of these tests:

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

Exemptions from taking the English test

You do not need to submit English language test results to be allowed to attend an English-language programme if:

  • you are a Dutch havo or vwo graduate
  • the language of instruction of the secondary school or university you attended or are attending is English in a native English-speaking country (i.e. one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (Quebec excluded), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America)
  • you have obtained a diploma that is included in the list of diplomas compiled by Nuffic and one of your exam subjects was English.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 1, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
3 - 4 
Full time
2,060 EUR
EU students. 9,693 EUR for non-EU students.
Netherlands - Breda, North Brabant
Start date : Sept. 2019
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Sept. 2019
Netherlands - Breda, North Brabant
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