Quality guaranteed

The Hotel Management School Maastricht is internationally recognized as one of the most esteemed hotel management courses and has various national and international certifications. 

For example, the study programme scores 4 out of 5 stars in the Keuzegids Hbo. In addition to the Dutch-Flemish accreditation, it is also awarded: THE-ICE accreditation from the International Center of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education from Australia. We are praised for the distinctive feature of 'small-scale and intensive education'.


Accreditation NVAO and THE-ICE

The study programme is audited every four years and a visitation panel consisting of representatives of the NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization) and THE-ICE (International Center of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education) visits the hotel school. The last time this happened was in the spring of 2018.

NVAO assesses the study programme on the following four standards:

  1. Intended learning outcomes
  2. Teaching-learning environment
  3. Student assessment
  4. Achieved learning outcomes

For all four standards, the Hotel Management School Maastricht was awarded the highest possible score of ‘good’. We also meet all the criteria set by THE-ICE.

The panel believed that:

  • the intended learning outcomes were ‘ambitious’; 
  • the programme was ‘solidly good’, with a good balance between education, practical experience and research;
  • the exam programme (year 4) was described as being ‘well considered and innovative’;
  • the tutors were found to be ‘well-qualified and very committed’; 
  • the tutoring and coaching of students was described as ‘excellent’.

Furthermore, the panel found that our alumni are very much sought after within the hospitality industry and that they are usually promoted to management positions. They also remain very much involved with their ‘alma mater’, and in doing so, continue to contribute to the quality of the study programme.

Distinctive feature 'Small-scale and intensive education'

The distinctive feature 'Small-scale and intensive education' has been awarded to the Hotel Management School Maastricht by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO), since July 2013.

Among other things, because of the close-knit community, the many extra-curricular activities and the above-average results of the graduates.

To further develop this quality feature, the Hotel Management School Maastricht is permitted to deviate from statutory tuition fees. Therefore, our tuition fee is higher.
The prime focus within this small-scale, intensive education is on:

  • Innovation (the next step in hospitality);
  • Connecting gastronomy;
  • Development of a 'global mindset';
  • Co-operation with alumni.

Above average score on student satisfaction in the NSE 2022

Hotel Management School Maastricht scores above national average on student satisfaction in the NSE (National Student Survey) in 2022.

Students rate us above average on student satisfaction, content and structure of the study programme, testing and assessment, and whether or not they would choose to study at HMSM again. For a number of themes, such as how our programme connects to the work field, study guidance, and involvement and contact between school and students we are par with the national average. 

The NSE survey is sent out to all our students each year. Students assess our programme on a range of questions, and the results are benchmarked against other Hotel Management programmes in The Netherlands.

Apply for the programme

You can apply via Studielink

​​​​​​​Start September 2024 & February 2025
All candidates can apply between
​​​​​​​1 October 2023 –1 May 2024

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