Fast track

The International Tourism Management programme offers you the opportunity to finish your study programme in three years if you already have a pre-university education (vwo or Hochschulereifezeugnis)or a higher professional / university education (hbo/wo) propaedeutic certificate or degree.

If you choose to register for the three-year track, you have to determine two choices in advance:

  1. as you enrol on the regular programme in year 2, you have to choose one of the four tracks (information can be found below)
  2. choose a foreign language

    1. information for Dutch students
    2. information for foreign students

Course of study

In this fast track you will enter in Year 2 of the regular study programme, as a result of which you may complete your studies in three years’ time. 

Year 1

You will largely attend the same programme as second-year students from the regular programme. Some units of study have been removed from the programme because you have acquired sufficient knowledge of them. Instead you will attend some supporting courses from Year 1 that will facilitate your integration in the second-year programme. Consequently, your study load will be comparable to the regular second-year students’ study load.

Before you start with the programme you have to make a choice for one of the following tracks:

Year 2

You will choose a specialisation in your second year of study. Your options will be:

  • Tourism Business (focus on revenue management, sales and entrepreneurship)
  • Tourist Experience (focus on behaviour, creativity, knowledge of human beings, inspiration and entertainment)
  • Tourism Design & Development (focus on analysis, policy, networking, dynamic context)
  • E-Tourism (focus on online tools, online revenue models, online customer profiles, analytics)

You will also do a 20-week work placement. You will choose a host company yourself. Are you going to choose a tour operator, an accommodation provider, an airline or perhaps an attraction park? Is it going to be the Netherlands or would you choose a company abroad? It’s up to you!

Year 3

In the final year, you will determine whether you would like to complete a minor tho either broaden or deepen your knowledge. There is a wide variety of courses you can take, for example, corporate communication, entrepreneurship or e-business. In the latter half of the year, you will focus on the graduation project, for which you will write a thesis.

You could also choose to combine your graduation project with a year’s work experience at one of our student-run enterprises Newways or YTP@ work. You will work for this student-run enterprise for three days a week and on your graduation project for two days a week.

If your results are good, you will be given the opportunity in the final year to attend the pre-master’s programme in Strategic Business Management and Marketing. Upon completion of this programme, you will have access to a Master of Science (MSc) degree at various universities (which you may complete in one year’s time).


If you are interested in this fast track or if you have any questions, please contact us here.

Paulina saved one year by entering the fast track

'I have already gained a lot of experiences, both professional and personal (read 'fun' ) ones!'

Read all about her study programme and her field trip to Bali.