Academic versus Professional education

In general, the difference between ‘academic’ and ‘professional’ programmes lies in the content, working methods, independence, freedom of choice, course transferability and graduation perspectives. They are similar in atmosphere and attitude.


The key points that will be found in an academic education but not in higher professional education are that you:

  • become acquainted with the latest theories and academic knowledge
  • learn to place issues in a broader socio-economic and political perspective
  • explore problems and solutions in the field of leisure through your own research
  • develop a critical attitude towards current developments
  • can think strategically about the future of leisure, the leisure industry and policy

At NHTV, the academic bachelor in Bachelor of Science Leisure Studies differs from the professional bachelor's programmes (Leisure & Events Management and International Leisure & Events Management) as follows:


  • More ‘knowledge-oriented’; theory is studied in greater depth and breadth.
  • Multidisciplinary.
  • More emphasis on research, leading to the development of theories and models.
  • Extensive use of research models and their applications.

Working methods:

  • Carrying out more individual research.
  • Developing a critical, academic approach to ideas, theories, policies and strategies.
  • Academic discussion on theories, models and their applications.
  • More independent work on problems, projects and essays.


Attitude and Atmosphere:

NHTV students distinguish themselves by:

  • Passion, commitment, creativity, self-reflection and the willingness to realise their full potential.
  • Participation in field trips, excursions and other activities, even if they are not obligatory.
  • The willingness to work on the development of individual competencies.