Year 4

In the fourth year of your studies, you will opt for a minor in order to either broaden or deepen your knowledge. The minor is followed by a graduation track during which you will write a thesis. Alternative options are completing a one-year track in student training company Newways, YTP@Work. If your academic results are high enough, you will be offered the opportunity of attending the pre-master’s programme Strategic Business Management and Marketing. This degree will give you access to several universities where you can subsequently earn your Master of Science (MSc) degree within one year’s time.


In the first semester of the fourth year you have the opportunity to do a broadening or a deepening minor, earning you 30 study credits.

Deepening minors

If you do a deepening programme-specific minor, you will deepen your knowledge and skills by further specialising in your own specialisation that you have chosen in year 3.

Broadening minors

If you attend a broadening minor, you will broaden your knowledge and skills, looking beyond the boundaries of your own discipline. You will work together with students and lecturers from various academies and disciplines, enabling you to adopt a more interdisciplinary thinking and working approach. Projects and case studies are developed in cooperation with the industry. Our broadening minors are delivered in English, and they are open to all students. Here you can find an overview of the broadening minors.


Writing a thesis

Upon completion of your minor, you will work on a thesis in the final phase of your studies. You will write this thesis for an industry client or on a topic you choose yourself.

Working in a student training company  

NHTV offers you the opportunity of combining your graduation phase with a year of work experience in one of the student training companies. You will work for the training company 3 days a week, and you will work on your graduation assignment 2 days a week. An additional advantage is that you will acquire many industry contacts. 

  • Newways
    Student training company Newways will give you an opportunity to spend your entire fourth year organising and executing study trips, events, and conferences, for internal as well as external clients.
    As a member of the Newways team, which consists of 10 to 14 students, you will organise these events from beginning to end. You will deliberate with the client, have contacts with suppliers, negotiate about prices, develop the programme, handle all communication with the participants, and you will usually be there when the event is executed. 
  • YTP@Work
    Within student training company Young Tourism Professionals @ Work (YTP@Work), students work on industry assignments throughout the entire year. These assignments may vary from customer journey research and consultancy to creating, improving and/or analysing online marketing and communication strategies. 
    Apart from completing the assignments, you – as a team – are responsible for MIYO-Travel, an online platform with the best holiday deals for students.  
    You will work on the assignments together with at least 2 fellow students. The YTP@work team consists of 10 to 14 students.

Felice completed her thesis

'Wow, did I do that on my own? I’m proud of myself. My thesis, my work, but also the end of 4 years NHTV. I’m happy and sad at the same time.'

In her blog, Felice tells about the thesis period.