Bachelor of Science Tourism

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

Why choose BUas?

  • Excellent opportunity to study tourism at an academic level and in combination with Wageningen University & Research 
  • Interdisciplinary degree programme with challenging research projects dealing with sustainability, climate change, health, etc. 
  • Small-scale and intercultural learning environment with a lot of attention for personal development 

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Study overview

The Bachelor of Science Tourism is a three-year joint degree programme delivered by staff from both Breda University of Applied Sciences and Wageningen University. Year 1 and 2 take place in Breda. In the first year you explore the complex and multifaceted tourism phenomenon from different angles. In the second year you deepen your knowledge of sustainable tourism development. This year includes an international field project in Southeast Asia. The third year takes place in Wageningen and consists of a minor of your own choice and your bachelor's thesis.

During your studies you will move towards increased (educational) independence. This means educational guidance is at its height during the first year and gradually decreases over the next two years.

Breda University of Applied Sciences also offers an English-taught professional bachelor's programme Tourism Management, and two Dutch-taught programmes, one of which leads to an Associate Degree. Finally Breda University of Applied Sciences offers a master's programme in the field of tourism.

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.

The total study load for this programme is 180 ECTS, which means approximately 40 hours a week.

In general, the difference between academic and professional programmes lies in course content, teaching methods, independence, freedom of choice, course transferability, and graduation perspectives. Similarities can be found in terms of educational philosophy and mindset.


As opposed to a professional bachelor's programme, an academic bachelor's programme will:

  • approach topics and subjects from a wider perspective
  • make you more intensively acquainted with existing theories and academic literature
  • give you extensive training in research methods and how to carry out individual research
  • stimulate you to develop a critical attitude to theories and perspectives


Your career

After your graduation from the Bachelor of Science Tourism degree programme you are entitled to the degree of Bachelor of Science,.

You can decide whether to find a job in the (sustainable) tourism industry as strategic policy advisor, consultant or researcher, or continue on a master's programme such as one of the master's programmes at Wageningen University.

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