Leisure Studies, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
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  • English


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

Programme Structure

The academic Bachelor of Science in Leisure Studies is 'knowledge-oriented'. During your studies you develop a number of academic and management competencies by analysing academic knowledge. 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 programme runs over three years. Each year is organized into two semesters and/or four terms (for the first year)

  • Year 1- Introduction to the core disciplines of the leisure field
  • Year 2 - Deepening your knowledge
  • Year 3 - Knowledge expansion
For more information please visit the programme website!

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 80

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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

Student Visa

Students from United States need a visa in order to study in the Netherlands.
Read more about visa information and requirements for this country.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 9446 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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