BSc in Tourism


Program Description

In a joint degree with Wageningen University we offer an academic bachelor’s degree programme where you will research the developments in tourism and its impact on society, the environment and the economy. The Bachelor of Science Tourism is the only academic programme in the field of tourism in The Netherlands.

In this academic bachelor’s programme you will combine economic, social and environmental sciences. You will study theories and concepts, will receive intensive training on research methods and will learn how to critically evaluate these. You will also get practical experience.

Study overview

The Bachelor of Science Tourism is a three-year joint degree programme delivered by staff from both Breda University of Applied Sciences and Wageningen University. Year 1 and 2 take place in Breda. In the first year, you explore the complex and multifaceted tourism phenomenon from different angles. In the second year, you deepen your knowledge of sustainable tourism development. This year includes an international field project in Southeast Asia. The third year takes place in Wageningen and consists of a minor of your own choice and your bachelor's thesis.

During your studies, you will move towards increased (educational) independence. This means educational guidance is at its height during the first year and gradually decreases over the next two years.

Breda University of Applied Sciences also offers an English-taught professional bachelor's programme Tourism Management, and two Dutch-taught programmes, one of which leads to an Associate Degree. Finally, Breda University of Applied Sciences offers a master's programme in the field of tourism.

Year 1

You get introduced to the social, economic and environmental sciences and their contribution to tourism. Through disciplinary courses, you get an overview of concepts, theories and their application in sustainable tourism. The main teaching methods used are lectures, tutorials and field assignments.

Year 2

You will deepen your knowledge of tourism development, policy, governance and law, organisational behaviour and business management. You also expand your academic skills and study philosophy of science. In the interdisciplinary courses in the fourth semester, you will explore directions for sustainable tourism development. This year includes a four-week international research project.

Year 3

In the first semester, you choose a minor - this may be towards your master’s degree or pursuing your personal area of interest. You can - for instance - choose a minor in international development studies, management studies or environmental sciences. You can also choose to do your minor at another university in the Netherlands, or abroad. In the final semester, you will gain insight into the principles of entrepreneurship and the latest innovations in policy, technology and sustainability. You finish your major with a bachelor’s thesis.

The total study load for this programme is 180 ECTS, which means approximately 40 hours a week.

Admission requirements

For this programme, the admission requirements are:

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 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, we will inform you if you meet the educational requirements. If there is any doubt, we 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

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.

3-year track

If your secondary school diploma is comparable to the Dutch vwo-diploma, you may be eligible for admission into the three-year track.

After your bachelor

After your graduation you can decide whether to find a job in the (sustainable) tourism industry or continue on a master's programme such as one of the master's programmes at Wageningen University.

Last updated Dec 2018

About the School

Breda University of Applied Sciences is a medium-sized, government-funded higher education institute. More than 7,000 Dutch and international students from some 100 countries are studying at our insti ... Read More

Breda University of Applied Sciences is a medium-sized, government-funded higher education institute. More than 7,000 Dutch and international students from some 100 countries are studying at our institute. Read less