Top-up (Bachelor) Hospitality Management


Course Name: 
IBA Hospitality Management (FY)
Course Type: 
Bachelor (Final Year Top-up degree)
Course Sector: 
Business & Finance
Course Duration: 
1-2 Years


Entry Points Per Year: 
6 x entry per year possible
Next Starting Date(s): 
4 December 2017, 12 February 2018, April 2018 ...MORE DATES
Degree or Qualification: 
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
Tuition Fee: 


Wittenborg University offers 2 distinct Double degree Bachelor International Hospitality Management pathways

- Double degree in Hospitality Management - 3 years in Apeldoorn, with 2 Work Placement Periods - 


The International Business Administration (IBA) Bachelor degree programme with specialisation in Hospitality Management, combined with the BA Hons in International Hospitality Management is aimed at students who are wanting to follow a management career in the service industry, in an internationally focused organisation or enterprise. The current Hospitality, Tourism and Lesure sector is looking at branding and sustainability, talent management and strengthening marketing and sales. An IBA graduate specialised in Hospitality Management will understand all these issues!

This degree programme leads to a Business Administration career in the exciting profession of hospitality management or tourism. Business travel and renewed interest in domestic and foreign tourism is increasing the demand for hospitality managers in hotels, event spaces, and food service companies. The International Business Administration (IBA) Bachelor Degree with a specialisation in Hospitality Management will introduce students to the management aspects required to oversee the everyday operations of resorts, gaming venues, and banquet facilities, or the management of specialty event-planning departments of schools, healthcare organizations, and businesses.


- The Euro BA - a 3 Year Double Degree  - IBA Hospitality Management / BA Hons degree in International Hospitality Management -

The Euro BA is for the true international student! This 3 Year Double Degree combines Wittenborg's IBA Hospitality Management degree (240 credits) with the Bachelor Hons degree, awarded by the University of Brighton, requires students to study the programme in 3 different countries:

Year 1 kicks off in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, at Wittenborg University. Students will study Year 2 at ANGELL Business School, in Freiburg, Germany. The 2nd year ends with a work placement. Year 3 sees students spend Semester 1 at the University of Brighton (UK) and returning to Apeldoorn for the final semester to gain their double degree.

The Hospitality, Tourism and Service Sector industries remain the fastest growing sectors in the world, with countries such as China and India developing their internal markets, and companies in Europe and the US focusing on brand development in a worldwide presence.

Course Content

The Euro BA in International Hospitality Management and the IBA in Hospitality Management programme covers the business manager’s role in the world of hotels and travel. We look especially at a leisure-orientated market from an international perspective. You will learn that hotel chains are companies like any other, that macro and micro demographics cause changes in direction and policy - just as in any other industry.

You will study the administrative processes involved in hotel management and catering, discovering the special importance of human resource management, marketing and quality control in this leading business segment. You will also gain an accurate insight into the changing global scene in the tourist industry, focusing on the opportunities, as well as some of the risks, associated with this exciting market.

The programme includes modules such as Hospitality Operations, Hotel Management, Service Management, and also areas such as International Standards and Law in Tourism, Economics and Tourism and Strategic Management in the Hotel Industry. Students will be expected to fulfil a work experience position in a company such as a restaurant, hotel or travel agency in which they will discover and learn about the business administration in these industries.


Final Year Bachelor International Hospitality Management
Contemporary Issues in International Hospitality[1]
- (seminar)
International Labour Relations
- (seminar) Labour Negotiation & Work's Council
Business Plan
Strategic Marketing
- (seminar) Marketing in Turbulent Times
Research Methodology & Quantitative Methods
- (seminar) Business Research Methods
Hotel Management
Advanced Corporate Strategy
- (seminar) Corporate Social Responsibility
Strategic Management in the Hospitality Industry
- (seminar)
International Marketing for SME's
- (seminar) International Marketing in Practice
2nd Foreign Languages /
Intercultural Business Communication for Managers
PDP 3 - Personal Development Plan & Tutoring
Work Placement Module

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements Final Year Bachelors Degree

Direct Entry to IBA Final Year (Top-up) degree programmes (Advanced Placement)

Students with successful study experience equivalent to 160 European Credits (2 - 3 Years Higher Education) in a related business or economic field are able to enter directly into the Final year programme (80 credits, 1-2 years). The judgement of entry qualifications for non-Dutch applicants is based on NARIC - UK NARIC and / or  the Nuffic Country Modules and a Nuffic evaluation, if required. 

In some individual cases, the Graduation and Examination Board will also decide on entry based on credit transcripts and qualifications presented.


UK qualifications:

For top-up courses we can consider the BTEC Higher National Diploma (3 year Diploma) holders for entry into IBA Final Year (Top-up) degree programme depending on subjects studied.

Note: we can consider the BTEC National Diploma (2 year Diploma), combined with MBO4 Certificate holders for entry into IBA Phase 2 degree programme depending on subjects studied.

Chinese Qualifications:

For top-up courses we can consider Dazhuan (Zhuanke - 3 year Diploma) holders for entry into the IBA Final Year (Top-up) degree programme if the Dazhuan has been completed in a field of Business & Economics.

Swiss Colleges:

Students transferring from Swiss Colleges will always be required to present their transcripts to the Graduation and Examination Board, through the admissions office at Wittenborg. The Graduation and Examination Board will make an independent decision on entry based on an individual students previous study.

English Language Requirements
IELTS 6 or TOEFL Equivalent. Click here for an overview of the equivalent scores.
TOEFL Code of Wittenborg is 4889.

NB: Students who receive Advanced Placement are not entitled to any Exemptions and applications for Exemptions to the Examination and Graduation Board will not be accepted.

The Industry

Hospitality Industry - a rapidly growing industry around the globe.. The hospitality industry comprises a full range of exciting and expanding career opportunities. Almost every part of the world is seeing its tourism and hospitality industries grow as a result of increased wealth, stability and prosperity and it is predicted that 2013 the Hospitality and Tourism industries will generate more than 250 jobs worldwide, accounting for more than 10% of the global workforce. A business degree in the fields of Hospitality and Tourism will open the doors to business in many fields and sectors.

The hospitality industry consists of a wide range of exciting and growing career opportunities, in traditional sectors such as hotel, restaurant and resort management, but also in areas such as event and sport management, theme parks, entertainment management, casinos and health and fitness centres. The most successful hotel managers in today’s world tend also to be some of the most skillful business administrators.

Accustomed to dealing with a most diverse, daily assortment of tasks, they often work under great time constraints while combining a range of skills and managerial competencies which are without parallel in the conventional business community. Global tourism largely drives today’s hotel industry. Informed knowledge of where and when to invest, build a hotel or develop a new resort is vital to managers who wish to succeed in this flourishing market.

Career Prospects

Bachelor International Hospitality Management at Wittenborg University

Important facts about today's Hospitality Industry

Current figures estimate 200 million employees worldwide - 600,000 of these are employed at senior management level.

Employment opportunities will continue to grow: currently it is estimated that each year the number of positions within the Hospitality and Tourism Industry grows by 37%, resulting in millions of new positions available throughout the world, and resulting in the responding positions for business administrators!

As a result, there is a shortage and therefore, a demand for talented, qualified and competent professionals within the industry, especially graduates who have learned to work hard, take responsibility and lead the way - Wittenborg graduates!

Wittenborg graduates can be found in both the hotel and the tourism industries, working in international companies such as Hilton and Radisson, but also operating their own tourism companies either in the Netherlands or abroad. A number of graduates have also gone on to open their own restaurants, where fellow alumni are of course always welcome!

With a European Bachelor in International Hospitality Management degree, you can apply for positions worldwide.

A List of possible positions available to those who wish to start their professional career:

  • Banqueting and Conference Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Assistant Yield Manager
  • Assistant Purchasing Manager
  • Assistant Operations Manager
  • Front Desk Manager
  • Assistant Restaurant Manager
  • Assistant Head Housekeeper
  • Assistant Marketing Manager
  • Assistant Cost Controller
  • Trainee Manager, International Hotel Groups

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