Admission and selection

Do you want to be part of the top hotel management professionals? Is hospitality encoded in your DNA? Then we sincerely hope you will meet the admission requirements of the hotel school. Before you enroll, check all our admission requirements and selection procedures thoroughly. On this checklist, you can view our admission requirements.

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Admission requirements

Secondary education

Candidates must have an academic qualification enabling them to follow Higher Professional Education, in accordance with the guidelines specified by an independent body. Please check if your secondary diploma meets our requirements (pdf) (please note not all diplomas are included in the overview). If your secondary education is not on the list, then feel free to go to Studielink and submit your application and copies of your diplomas there. We will be pleased to verify your eligibility free of charge for you.

Proficiency in English

Candidates must demonstrate adequate proficiency in English. Candidates who:

  • are native speakers of English and/or;
  • have completed at least two years’ full-time education in the previous three calendar years with English as the language of instruction and/or;
  • have completed their secondary education in the European Union and have had English as an exam subject in their last year of study

are deemed to have fulfilled this requirement.

Those candidates to whom this does not apply must submit proof of sufficient scores (before 1 July 2020) on one of the following tests when applying:

  • TOEFL test (Internet-based score must be at least 80, paper-based score must be at least 550, computer-based must be at least 213, please refer to their website www.toefl.org) and please note to use the academic version.
  • IELTS test (score at least 6.0 IELTS, please refer to their website www.ielts.org)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (any pass grade, please refer to their website www.cambridgeenglish.org)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (grade A,B or C, please refer to their website www.cambridgeenglish.org)

Only limited dates are available for testing. Please register in time for the test to ensure you have the results back in time.

Please note: We do not accept certificates that were issued longer than two years ago from the date stated on the certificate.

Second modern language

Proof of advanced knowledge of a second modern language (for example exam subject or acknowledged Language Certificate at A2 level or above). International students whose mother tongue is French, German or Spanish are barred from choosing that particular language.

If you are a Dutch candidate who would like to enroll for the English Hotel Management study, the following admission requirements apply:

  • Havo or vwo diploma: all profiles are admissible as long as you have chosen two modern foreign languages within your profile. Furthermore, it is recommended that you have chosen economics or management & organisation (M&O) in your profile. For the havo profile ‘cultuur en maatschappij’ it is mandatory to have economics or management & organisation (M&O) included in your profile.

Do you meet the mentioned admission requirements for our hotel school? And have you enrolled via Studielink? (note: Studielink will indicate that additonal requirements apply to our study programme. This refers to the selection). Then you will receive an invitation for the selection procedure. We have two intake moments each academic year, one in September and one in February.

The final enrolment date for each intake moment is yearly before the 1st of May. If you apply in a timely manner, you will have a better chance of being enrolled in the intake date of your choice. 

Advice

Don’t meet our admission requirements (yet)? Read our advice to increase your chances of being admitted.

Important 1
You may only participate in the selection once per study year (cohort). Admission is only valid for the following study year. So only register if you can start our programme in that study year.

Important 2
If you take part in our selection for the second time, we ask you to complete this form.

Selection procedure

After your enrolment via Studielink, you will receive a confirmation notice within 3 weeks. If you have filled in all information as required, the selection procedure will start. The selection for the bachelor study Hotel Management consists of two phases.

The first phase

During the first selection day you will be assigned a writing assignment. Within this assignment we will ask you to reflect on a concrete statement. After the first selection day you will be informed whether or not you will be advancing to the next phase.

The second phase

Did you advance to the second phase? Then you will be invited for a second selection day. On this day we will determine if Hotel Management is a fitting study for you. You will fill in a personality test. This test will determine if you possess the right character traits for a career in the hospitality sector.

Furthermore we will engage in a personal conversation with you. Two representatives of the hotel school - most of the times made up of a teacher and a student - will ask you several questions. This is the ideal opportunity to present yourself in the best way you can! Show us that you are motivated and show us that you have a true feeling for the world of hospitality.

And after that? Then you will need to have some patience. A score for your educational background to date* is added to the scores for each of the elements of the selection process. Candidates are ranked according to the final scores and the highest scoring candidates are admitted into the bachelor Hotel Management.

​​​​​​​* for international candidates, this is replaced by a cognitive ability test score

Selection days for the bachelor Hotel Management

For international candidates who live in the Netherlands or are able to come to Maastricht, the international selection stage this year will take place on Friday, 5 June 2020. Both stages will then take place on this particular day.

Please note candidates living abroad who are unable to attend the International Selection day are able to complete the Selection procedure online.

Dutch applicants applying for the international bachelor may be invited on the following selection days:

The selection procedure for the first phase will occur between 4pm and 8pm on the following days:
28 January 2020 - 17 March 2020 - 26 of May 2020

The selection procedure for the second phase will occur on the following saturdays:
7 March 2020 - 18 April 2020 - 20 June 2020

Failed your final exam?

You will only be admitted into the study on condition that you passed your final exam. If you did not receive your diploma, your right to be admitted will expire. However, you are allowed to enroll for selection for the following academic year.

Open days

Visit one of our open days.

Apply for the programme

deadline is 1 May - apply via Studielink

Apply now

More information?

For questions regarding your application, admission or obtaining a language certificate please contact: Melody Mast (international recruitment)

study.hmsm@zuyd.nl

+31 6 - 435 77 147

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