Bachelor of Science Tourism

Breda University of Applied Sciences
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Bachelor of Science Tourism

In a joint degree with Wageningen University we offer an academic bachelor’s degree program 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 program in the field of tourism in The Netherlands.

In this academic bachelor’s program 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.

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Admission requirements

You can be admitted to the program 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.

English language requirements

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

  • Cambridge C1 Advanced/ Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), with a minimum subscore for Speaking of 169
  • Cambridge C2 Advanced/ Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, with a minimum subscore 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 more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1: Introduction to the phenomenon of tourism ([Breda)

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)

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)

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.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


n the academic year 2022-2023 the statutory tuition fee for bachelor's programmes is €2,209. First-year's students pay €1,105.You pay the statutory tuition fee if you:

  • have the Dutch nationality or the nationality of another country that is part of the EEA, or the Surinamese or Swiss nationality and
  • have not already obtained a bachelor's degree from a government-funded program in the Netherlands at the start of the academic year.

In all other cases you pay the institution tuition fee of Wageningen University (€15,700.00).


After your graduation from the Bachelor of Science Tourism degree program you are entitled to the degree of Bachelor of Science

Continuing studies

After finishing your Bachelor of Science Tourism you may choose to continue your education in master's programs in tourism, international development, economics & management, or environment & landscape. Our graduates have enrolled in more than 35 different master studies at over 20 different universities domestically and abroad.

Career paths

The Bachelor of Science Tourism prepares you for a broad range of MSc programs or direct career opportunities. With strong knowledge of sustainable tourism development, graduates entered careers in the domains of Leisure & Tourism; Environmental Sciences; Society & Culture; Economics & Management, and International Development.

As a Bachelor of Science Tourism graduate, you can find a job in:

  • Strategic Tourism Management
  • Tourism Marketing, Sales & Product development
  • Tourism Policy-Making
  • Tourism Research & Consultancy

Work is carried out from a broader conceptual perspective than that of a future practice-oriented marketeer, project leader or entrepreneur.

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Breda University of Applied Sciences

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. We offer bachelor’s and master’s programme at professional and academic level in...

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I am currently a 4th year International Tourism Management student at the Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas). What I really like the most about this study is that it is focussing on different themes and perspectives of the tourism industry. In addition to that, I also really like the fact that stakeholders of the tourism industry are in...

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The Bachelor of Science in Tourism at Breda University of Applied Sciences and Wageningen University & Research is a very broad program. It includes something interesting for almost everybody. If you are not 100% sure what you want to study, and you have an interest in tourism and travelling and the social sciences combined with science (like ge...

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Mgr. Hopmansstraat 2
4817 JS Breda
The Netherlands

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