International Sport Management - English - 3 years - Full-time

Curiosity and active involvement are at the heart of our ISPM programme. You will experience a variety of teaching methods … you will get a bit of sports marketing, sports policy, financial management and other topics about the impact of sports on society. All topics in the three-year ISPM programme have an international approach, whether it’s courses, group projects or individual assignments. The world of International Sport Management truly opens up a world of choice and ISPM prepares you for this!

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Structure of International Sport Management - English - 3 years - Full-time

ISPM 3 Year Curriculum Overview*

Courses below are *not* listed in order of delivery during years 1-3

Current case studies, practical assignments and internships provides the student with an applicable hands-on foundation which enables graduates to successfully enter the workforce or continue onto their Master’s study with relevant skills.

Students will learn through a multi-disciplinary approach:

  • Introduction Week
  • Venue Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Sport Policy
  • Internship 1
  • Sport for Development
  • Sport Philosophy/Ethics
  • Sponsorship
  • Sales in Sport
  • Sport Economics
  • Event Project
  • Social Media
  • Strategic Management
  • Sport Tourism
  • Sport Entrepreneurship
  • Sport Sociology
  • Research 1-4 (Methods, Quantitative, Qualitative,Marketing)
  • Sport Classes (3ECTS)
  • Sport Marketing
  • Cultural Issues in Sport
  • Legal Issues in Sport
  • Public Relations in Sport
  • Sport Finance 1 & 2
  • Leadership
  • Sport Media
  • Event Management 1 & 2
  • Field Trip
  • Inter-cultural Communication
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Graduation Project
You will be required to participate in an Internship during your second year. The Graduation Project will be a professional experience and assignment: on-site at a sport organization, hands-on comprehensive business related project.

By completing the required academic coursework,  internship and graduation project, you will have developed a solid foundation to prepare you for employment or directly into a Master's study. We strive to design a process that will advance career progression and create a structured pathway to success.

* Disclaimer: As our curriculum has not yet been fully designed there may be some adjustments to the overview.. The above overview should be viewed as a guideline for the curriculum.

Year 1


Block 1.1
Introduction Week
Management and Organisation
Introduction to Sport Management
Research 1
Sport Economics
Introduction to Intercultural Comminication (ICC)
Personal Professional Development (PPD)/ICC
Sport Classes
Event Volunteerism (event support)
Block 1.2
Field Trip
Cultural Issues/Sociology
Sport Finance 1
Personal Professional Development (PPD)/ICC
Event Management 1
Sport Classes
Event Volunteerism (event support)
Block 1.3
Sport Marketing
Research 2
Personal Professional Development (PPD)/ICC
Sport Classes
Venue Management
Event Volunteerism (event support)
Block 1.4
Strategic Management
Sport for Development
Personal Professional Development (PPD)/ICC
Sport Classes
Event Volunteerism (event support)
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Year 2

The specific courses for Year 2 are under development.  Please refer to the programme overview.

Year 3

The specific courses for Year 3 are under development.  Please refer to the programme overview.

Working methods

Lectures, seminars, study visits, self-study, group activities and project work

ISPM strikes a perfect balance between theory, group projects mentored by international teaching staff, and case studies put forward by top of the bill experts currently working in the international world of sports. Prospective ISPM students from all over the world will also get the opportunity to follow several international internships at esteemed sports federations and governing bodies, like: the Union of European Football Associations, Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) and the International Tennis Federation ITF. And to top it all off, you will follow courses at the new Sportcampus Zuiderpark and support The Hague City Council during many of its international sporting events.

Assistance during your studies

Study coaching and advice

If needed, a personal supervisor can help you keep track of your study progress and further guide your career development. He or she will also support you if you have any personal problems that can adversely affect your schoolwork. Furthermore, a coaching assistant − usually a second- or third year student− can also tutor you. He or she can assist you with the day‐to‐day practicalities of studying International Sport Management. By improving your time-management skills for example, or finding the right people within the programme to answer more complicated questions.

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Binding Study Advice (BSA)

If you haven’t acquired the basics needed to continue the degree programme of your choice, you will have a hard time completing it successfully. To make sure that you have these basics, you will have to meet an academic progress standard during your first year as a student (the foundation year). If you have earned at least 50 of the 60 credits (or, if relevant, have satisfied a qualitative requirement), the Examination Board will give you a positive binding study advice to continue your degree programme. In most cases, if you earn fewer than 50 credits, you will receive a Negative Binding Study Advice (NBSA) and you will have to leave the degree programme.

But the Examination Board will always consider personal circumstances. These could include illness or participating in elite sports: personal conditions that might have kept you from meeting the required academic standard. In such cases, the Examination Board can postpone giving its study advice. This means that you can continue your degree programme for the time being and that your study advice will be issued later, possibly with additional conditions imposed.
It is important, however, that you inform the Examination Board immediately of any personal conditions that might apply to you.

In conclusion: every student is responsible for his or her own academic progress. For this reason, make sure to contact your academic career coach early on if things are not going well. Read all the rules and requirements for the binding study advice in Chapter 7 of the Programme and Examination Regulations (PER) for your degree programme.

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