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What will I learn?

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.

The Bachelor of Science Tourism programme is offered jointly by Wageningen University and Breda University of Applied Sciences.

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.

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.

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.

Year 1: introduction to the phenomenon of tourism (Breda University of Applied Sciences)

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: deepening your knowledge (Breda University of Applied Sciences)

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: broadening your view (Wageningen University)

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 an 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.

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Breda University of Applied Sciences

Mgr. Hopmansstraat 2,

BREDA,

Noord-Brabant,

4817 JS, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

You can be admitted to the programme with: An International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, including Math Standard or Math Higher. A European Baccalaureate (EB) diploma, including Mathematics (3 hrs). Another secondary or high school diploma that equals the Dutch vwo diploma, including Mathematics. You will also be required to demonstrate sufficient results of one of these tests: CAE, Cambridge Advanced Certificate with a minimum sub score for Speaking of 169; CPE, Certificate of Proficiency in English with a minimum sub score for Speaking of 169; 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).

For international students

You can be admitted to the programme with:

  • An International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, including Math Standard or Math Higher.
  • A European Baccalaureate (EB) diploma, including Mathematics (3 hrs).
  • Another secondary or high school diploma that equals the Dutch vwo diploma, including Mathematics.

You will also be required to demonstrate sufficient results of one of these tests:

  • CAE, Cambridge Advanced Certificate with a minimum sub score for Speaking of 169
  • CPE, Certificate of Proficiency in English with a minimum sub score for Speaking of 169
  • 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)
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