10 reasons to apply for HMSM

"Dutch and English programma, small-scale and intensive education, living on campus, internships abroad and great career prospects, HMSM has it all!"

You’ve had a look at our website or visited an open day. You are interested in the hospitality and career opportunities of the Hotel Management School Maastricht. But there are more reasons for you to join our international hospitality community. 

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1. National and international accredited

Over the past year, the HMSM has worked hard on an intensive accreditation process. The objective was to obtain both national and international accreditation for its study programme while still retaining its distinctive feature of ‘Small-scale and Intensive Education’. The result? A pass with flying colours in all aspects of the assessment. The assessment panel – made up of representatives from the NVAO (the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders), and THE-ICE (the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education) – graded the study programme as GOOD for each of the four NVAO standards used for the limited accreditation of educational institutes. It also found that the HMSM met all of the criteria that THE-ICE sets for its members. The panel members were of the opinion that the study programme continues to deserve the ‘Small-scale and Intensive Education’ distinctive feature, citing its close community, the many extra-curricular activities and the above-average results of graduates as just some of the reasons.

2. Dutch and English programme

The study of hotel management has a Dutch and an English language stream. We have many international students from different cultures. At the hotel school you make friends for life because you study and work together on projects. Many of the students spend their free time together too. In that respect, the school and student city Maastricht offer you great opportunities. 

3. Ranked as "Top Opleiding"

The Keuzegids HBO (published by Centre for Higher Education Information (C.H.O.I.) has awarded the HMSM with their accreditation of ‘Top Opleiding’, which means it’s a highly regarded course. 

4. Small scale, intensive education

In July 2013, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (an independent organisation that evaluates all degree programmes against a set of standard criteria) granted the Hotel Management School Maastricht the quality feature 'Small-scale, intensive education'. 
The prime focus within this small-scale, intensive education is on:
•    Innovation (the next step in hospitality)
•    Connecting gastronomy
•    Development of a global mindset
•    Cooperation with alumni
These are points by which the HMSM distinguishes itself both nationally and internationally.

5. Living on campus

As a first-year student, you will live on campus for a whole academic year. This experience is partly educational but mostly for fun! You will learn to live together with other students and deal with the challenges of sharing a living space. This way, you will develop important skills to become successful in the hospitality industry.
Your student life starts on campus. You will make new friends and establish relationships for which will transcend into your careers and future life.
We are currently working on the construction of new student residences. The first two buildings are ready in September 2020 and in February 2021 the third building opens its doors. Joining in these periods will mean you will be living in a completely new accomodation! Curious as to what they will look like? Follow us on Facebook and stay informed!

6. Practical internship

In the second half of the second year (fourth semester) you will complete an internship abroad. This means that for five months you’ll be working in the Rooms Division or Food & Beverage department of an international hotel. You can choose from countries in Europe or Asia but also in the United States or the United Arab Emirates. The Internship Office will help you to find the location that suits you best. The Hotel School works closely with well-known companies, which means we will be able to offer you an internship in which you can realize all your learning goals.

7. Management internship

The last five months of the course are reserved for your management internship. This may be in the Netherlands or abroad, and in a hotel or other hospitality-related company, depending on your track. One of your tasks will be a specific internship assignment. The management internship is perfect preparation for your first real job and, in fact, it’s not unusual for companies to offer students a contract upon completion of the internship.

8. Study coach

At the Hotel Management School Maastricht, you will train to be a competent hospitality manager. Apart from a thorough knowledge of his or her field, a good manager also has a number of personal qualities, which is why we devote a lot of attention to your personal development.
During your study, we will regularly ask you to take a long, hard look at yourself. And based on a Personal Development Plan, you’ll work on skills like co-operation, planning, giving feedback and providing leadership. What’s more, all students have a personal study coach to assist them in developing the right personal competences.

9. Career prospects

Graduates of Hotel Management School Maastricht usually find a job quickly. The main reason for this is that the hospitality industry recognizes them as good employees with an excellent attitude and a thorough basic knowledge. This makes them suitable for a variety of positions.

Various sectors
Wherever you go in the world, you will meet alumni of the Hotel Management School Maastricht. Many of them have managerial jobs in the international hotel industry, but our students are also in demand elsewhere. They may, for instance, work in management or consultancy jobs, for healthcare institutions or service companies, in the conference and exhibition sector and in financial services. Banks and insurance companies select our students for their customer-focus. Take a look at some of the positions our graduates hold.

After graduation from the Hotel School, you may opt to start your own business. Your degree will fulfil the requirement of professional competence for starting or taking over a hotel, restaurant or wine merchant company.

International career
If you wish to start an international career, you can apply to many hotel chains for a manager in training programme. Every year, representatives of various hotel chains give presentations on the career opportunities in their organizations.

Postgraduate study
You can also opt to continue your studies after graduation:

•    postgraduate studies at a university 
•    Master Facility and Real Estate Management

10. Starting in September of February

As from February 2018 Hotel Management School Maastricht has two starting moments. You can start our bachelor programme either in February or in September each year. 

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