Breda University of Applied Sciences

Situated in the South of the Netherlands, in the city of Breda, Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas) is a premier higher education institution with about 7,500 students from over 60 countries. The University was founded in 1966 as an institute offering management programmes in tourism and leisure and conducting research in this field.

BUas’s unique approach and teaching and research outlook, proactively combined with an effective international classroom experience has gone a long way in developing an ideal learning environment for its students. BUas offers 17 bachelor & 12 master’s Programmes in a wide variety of disciplines: Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure, Gaming, Logistics, and Media.

Since its inception, the institute has received several notable awards for its excellence in teaching and innovative programmes. Almost all of BUas’s Bachelor Programmes were awarded with the highest ranks in the Dutch National Student Survey. The institute has received international accreditations from the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO/TedQual), the World Leisure Organization, and The International Facility Management Association. BUas has been consistently ranked amongst the Top 30 Global Institutions in the QS Subject Rankings for Hospitality & Leisure around the world.

BUas collaborates with a wide variety of partners. In the Netherlands we are one of the three core members of CELTH, the National Centre of Expertise in the sector of leisure, tourism, and hospitality. The Dutch government engages with this center to identify trends and developments in the hospitality and tourism sectors and initiates cooperation between industry and education. BUas is accredited by the THE-ICE which is the International Centre of Excellence in Hospitality & Tourism Education (see, which has members in Switzerland, France, Australia, The Philippines, UAE, Qatar, Taiwan and Fiji amongst other countries. Our programmes are also certified by the United National World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) though its TedQual process. In addition to also being an Affiliate member of UNWTO, we are also a member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

Our innovations are award-winning on a global level, such as the development of the Carmacal Carbon Calculator, which was recognized with a WTTC Award in 2016, and a UNWTO Award in 2018. We also offer executive education and masterclasses to large and small organizations in tour guiding, sustainable tourism and ecotourism, digital tourism, social impacts of tourism and other areas.

BUas has experience in organizing international conferences and is equipped with all the amenities and infrastructure required to host an event of this size.

BUas offers its students plenty of opportunities to pursue their dreams in a small-scale and international study environment. Between 2016 and 2020, the campus was fully redesigned and renovated, as well as expanded by the acquisition of the adjacent monastery. This former monastery is now the base of the Academy of Tourism. We think the delegates will be really impressed with the building and its facilities.

The campus itself is modern and spacious, with a range of facilities that are designed to meet the needs of visitors and students. The classrooms are equipped with the latest technology, and there are plenty of spaces for workers and students to work individually or in groups. The library is well-stocked and offers a quiet and peaceful space for students to work, while the various cafeterias and restaurants provide a range of delicious and healthy food options.

Some Practical Information


Breda train station is connected by NS Dutch trains, including trains to/from Belgium. EuroStar Trains (to/from the UK) arrive/depart from either Rotterdam or Brussels – with a direct local connection (30 minutes from Rotterdam or 90 minutes from Brussels).


There are four airports close to Breda – Amsterdam Schipol Airport (60 minutes, direct train), Brussels National BRU (90 minutes, direct train), Rotterdam (50 minutes, bus connecting to train) and Eindhoven (about 75 minutes, bus connecting to train).

How to get to BUas

Breda University of Applied Sciences is located about a 15-minute walk from Breda central railway station; alternatively, you can take several buses.

Three days in Breda

Historic and lively, Breda is a city where dynamism knows no bounds. It reveals itself as the perfect place to ‘enjoy life’, where creatives, impact makers and innovators meet and have the space to pioneer. And where life is simply wonderful.

Breda is the place to admire modern street art, enjoy the countless restaurants, cafes and terraces and find peace in the boundless nature.

What to do in Breda