Sport Studies | 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!

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

The ISPM programme contains topics regarding management, sport, policy, finance and research. Each year comprises of a combination of courses that relate to these overall topics. Click below on the year to find out which subject is taught in what year of the programme.

Each year also includes practical learning from the work field. In year 1 this occurs during the field trip; this is a one week study trip where students visit a country in Europe and meet with sport organizations in order for the students to learn about “the world of sports”. In the 2nd year students go on an internship during the second quarter of the year. During this internship the student receives work experience at the sport organization that hosts him/her. The internship needs to be outside of the Netherlands and preferably not in the home country of the student; this increases the international experience the student obtains during the study. Lastly, the students finalize the programme by implementing their final graduation internship at a sports organization of their choice, where they write their final graduation report/thesis.

Please be aware of the fact that the field trip, the internship and the graduation internship may bring extra costs for the student regarding housing, travel and insurance.

Year 1

The first year is the introductory (propadeutic) year

Disclaimer: Please note that our curriculum is still under construction. Subjects might change.


Block 1.1
Induction/Introduction week
Management and Organisation
Intro to SPM (including sport organisation)
Research 1 (deskresearch/APA-writing report)
Sport Economics
Introduction to Intercultural Communication (ICC)
Personal Professional Development (PPD)/ICC
Sport Classes Rowing - teambuilding
Event Volunteerism (event support)
Block 1.2
Cultural Issues/Sociology
Sport Finance 1
Personal Professional Development (PPD)/ICC
Event Management 1
Sport Classes Highland Games
Event Volunteerism (event support)
Block 1.3
Sport Marketing
Research 2 - Quantitative
Personal Professional Development (PPD)/ICC
Sport Classes Salsa - presentation skills/ leading skills
Venue Management
Event Volunteerism (event support)
Block 1.4
Strategic Management
Sport for Development
Personal Professional Development (PPD)/ICC
Sport Classes Track & Field - reaching goals
Event Volunteerism (event support)
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Year 2

Disclaimer: Please note that our curriculum is still under construction. Subjects might change.


Block 2.1
PR in Sports
Sport media
Sport Finance 2
Event Management 2
Block 2.2
Internship "abroad"
Block 2.3
Project Management
Social Media
Research 3 - Qualitative
Legal Issues
Elective credits
Block 2.4
Sport Policy
Research 4 (marketing)
Sport Tourism
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Year 3

Disclaimer: Please note that our curriculum is still under construction. Subjects might change.


Block 3.1
Minor: with possible subjects Sport Marketing, Sport for Peace and Management of Disability Sport
Block 3.2
Minor: with possible subjects Sport Marketing, Sport for Peace and Management of Disability Sport
Block 3.3
Graduation project
Block 3.4
Graduation project
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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.

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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.

Collect ECTS

Binding Study Advice (BSA)

To continue your degree programme after the first year, you need to earn 50 of the 60 credits (EC or Credits). In some cases, the degree programme may also require that you pass a specific subject as European art of the credit requirements. We call this a qualitative requirement. If you meet the credit requirements as well as the qualitative requirement where applicable, you will receive a positive binding study advice (BSA) from the Examination Board at the end of your first year and you will be able to continue your degree programme.

If you earn less than 50 credits or don’t meet the qualitative requirements where applicable, you will receive a negative binding study advice and will have to leave the degree programme. This is why this advice is called a Negative Binding Study Advice (NBSA). 

Your academic progress may be affected by personal circumstances such as illness or the professional practice of a sport. It is important that you inform the Examination Board immediately of any personal circumstances that might apply to you. The Board can take these into account when issuing its study advice.

Read all the rules for the binding study advice in Chapter 7 of the Programme and Examination Regulations (PER) for your degree programme.

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