hotel management school NHL Stenden


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Dear future Hoteliers,

We are more than excited to invite you to join this year’s SSW/Onboarding Week! We have developed a very exciting programme to ensure a great head-start for you at Hotel Management School NHL Stenden Leeuwarden.

The first part of this Onboarding period will be composed of dinners, parties, an introduction of Leeuwarden, and more activities to meet your fellow classmates. The second part is a full introduction to the schools’ curriculum through working on a real design challenge from an external industry partner, having workshops and masterclasses guided by student association and industry professionals.
And what’s best, you are going to do these fun things together with your “Homegroup”, which consists of your classmates for your first two years of the study at the HMS.

Furthermore, you and your group mates will have two actual HMS students that will be your hosts. They will guide you through your Onboarding period and help you during your first months at HMS NHL-Stenden.

We strongly recommend you to attend the upcoming Onboarding Weeks, as important information will be shared with you, and connecting with your future classmates will be very beneficial!

The dates for the Onboarding Weeks are from the 24th of August until the 2nd of September.
If you have any questions, please contact

NOTE: Associate Degree, IBC and Master students are following a different programme and therefore do not need to register via this registration form. The times and activities displayed in the program are subject to change.


HMS PROGRAMME Study Start Week September 2021

24th of August – 2nd of September

Week 1


Tuesday 24th of August
Time Activity Location
10:00-12:00 Registration HMS Building
12:00-16:00 Get to know each other / Lunch / City Tour HMS Building / Leeuwarden City
16:00-17:00 Presentation for family and friends Online
17:30 Themed Dinner: “Summer Chique” Blokhuispoort


Wednesday 25th of August
Time Activity Location
10:00 – 12:00 Computer workshop / School tour HMS and NHL Stenden Building
12:00 – 12:30 Energy boost Parking lot
13:00 – 15:00 Challenge 1 Outside HMS Building
22:00 Themed party: Coachella Club Red


Thursday 26th of August
Time Activity Location
All day Pick up suit Test Hall
10:00 – 11:00 DBE Intro by Tjeerd Online
11:00 – 13:00 Meeting with home group activator HMS Building
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch Outside HMS Building
13:00 – 15:00 Student association workshop HMS Building
22:00 Into the Wild Festival Club Red


Friday 27th of August 
Time Activity Location
All day Pick up suit Test Hall
11:00 – 12:00 DBE Blitz by Niels van Felius Online
13:00 – 14:30 Challenge 2 Outside HMS Building
14:30 – 15:00 Landing week 1 Outside HMS Building
21:00 Open Air movie night Parking lot HMS Building



24th of August – 2nd of September

Week 2


Monday 30th of August  
Time Activity Location
9:00-17:00 Day one Postillion DBE Hackathon THERE Leeuwarden: Heliconweg 60


Tuesday 31st of August
Time Activity Location
9:00-17:00 Day two Postillion DBE Hackathon THERE Leeuwarden: Heliconweg 60


Wednesday 1st of September   
Time Activity Location
9:00-17:00 Day three Postillion DBE Hackathon THERE Leeuwarden: Heliconweg 60
17:00 Submit video and description Upload on Google Drive


Thursday 2nd of September  
Time Activity Location
11:00 -12:00 Introduction to Ateliers Online
13:00 – 14:00 Introduction to Practice Online
15:00 Announcement winner DBE Hackathon Online

Good to bring list

Passport and/or ID 

Price and payment

Booklist and ordering

The booklist of International Hospitality Management can be found here. Studystore is the selected supplier of NHL Stenden and provides all students with a 10% discount on their study books. Nevertheless, you are also allowed to purchase your books second-hand.


For all questions regarding the Study Start Week of Hotel Management School Leeuwarden, please contact:

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Study start

The official start of your class will depend on the group that you are in and will be communicated during the SSW.