​​​​​​​Are you adventurous, curious, do you have a good command of English and do you love to organise? Then International Facility Management is the programme for you!

Every person needs a pleasant, safe and well equipped environment to live, work and to relax in. At home you can create your own living environment, perfectly catered to your own needs. Most people however spend a great deal of their time in public places or buildings where there are other people about: at work, at school, or at the local sports club. It's a Facility Managegement Professionals job to organise good facilities in such places.

Yeni, Pieter, Tia, Merle and Riemer tell you about their jobs as Facility Management Professionals. They all studied International Facility Management at Hanze UAS. 


Providing services is all about people. It is a proven fact that people function better in a pleasant environment, whether at work or in their spare time. Facility Managers are responsible for creating this pleasant atmosphere in a building (such as a school or office building) or an event (such as a concert).

Creating a pleasant working environment can be realised on various levels, which include:

  • The Facility Manager as a member of the board who, by virtue of his/her profession, takes part in deciding on the purchase, renovation and use of buildings
  • The Facility Manager as an advisor who makes recommendations about the design of office spaces (e.g. sustainable new initiatives in housing)
  • The Facility Manager as an organiser who designs, implements and monitors facility processes​
  • The Facility Manager as a purchaser of necessary products and services at good prices and oversees the desired quality.

Facility Managers are requested almost anywhere people work in an organisational environment such as in office buildings, business parks or locations where guests reside such as hospitals, schools and banks. Facility Managers are always active at conference centres, hotels, recreation parks and large events.

IFM is​​​ international

IFM prepares students for careers both in the Netherlands and abroad. In our student population many nationalities are represented. Students come from all over the world including European Union countries, Eastern Europe, Middle America and the Far East. Students are expected to master written and spoken English. Throughout the programme students give presentations and write reports in English. Teaching is supported by guest lectures and seminars are given by experts specialised in the field of Facility Management.

Job​ Prospects

First you have an international (bachelor of Business Administration) degree. Secondly Facility Managers can fulfil various executive positions: Head of Facility Organisation, Hospitality Manager, New Development Project Manager, Relocation Coordinator, Catering Manager, Regional manager of Cleaning Services, Events Project Manager, Head of Safety and Security, Purchase Manager etc. So there are plenty of job opportunities for Facility Management graduates all over the world. An extra possibility is that IFM students have the possibility to do a master's degree in one year.​

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International Facility Management

Educating students thoroughly in the area of International Facility Management means hard work for students as well as lecturers. 
The first two years focus on providing a thorough grounding in the area of International Facility Management. After that, there are various options for determining your personal course of study. The following flow chart represents the course outline. The arrows indicate the points within the programme where you can choose how you wish to continue your studies, allowing you to decide on the type of Facility Manager you want to become. A study coach will help you within this process.

Theme based programme

The International Facility Management curriculum consists of four years, each of which is composed of four blocks. Every block takes ten weeks and deals with one specific theme. Theory is assessed by exams but also practically tested by means of projects and assignments carried out both alone and in groups of international students. These are tailor-made to fit the theme of the particular block concerned.

The International Facility block overview can be found here.

First year

The first year is an introduction to (International) Facility Management. You will gain insight into policy making as well as developing a sustainable and innovative (office) work environment. Furthermore, you will have the possibility to learn how Facility Managers evaluate the effectiveness, efficiency and service level of the Facility Organisation as well as manage and structure services, e.g. cleaning or catering for a Health Care Institution.

Full course outlines can be found on this page.

Second year

In the second year you will prepare yourself for either the specialization 'Corporate' or 'Commercial' Facility Management. Within the specialization 'Corporate' Facility Management you will gain knowledge and skills with regards to purchasing services or products as well as policy planning for long term housing for instance. 'Commercial' Facility Management focuses on creating marketing strategies for newly developed services or products related to Facility Management (Security, Cleaning, Building Maintenance, etc.) and on drafting plans for the improvement of the quality of the facility performance of service providers.

Full course outlines can be found on this page.

Third year: your year abroad

Once you have mastered the general concepts of International Facility Management, you will specialise further in either 'Corporate' or 'Commercial' Facility Management. You have the opportunity to study abroad for five months at one of our partner institutes in Europe, Asia, the U.S. or Australia (For Dutch students it is mandatory). On top of that, you will put all your knowledge and skills into practice in a five-month placement/traineeship at an organisation or company related to either the 'Corporate' or the 'Commercial' profile.

Full course outlines can be found on this page.

Fourth year: the final year 

The first semester of the fourth year offers you a programme matching your specialization prior to the graduation phase. You will deal with Strategic Management in the 'Corporate' profile or Entrepreneurship in the 'Commercial' stream. In both profiles you learn to deal with change management. The graduation phase, the final part of the Bachelor programme, involves a graduation project in which you will act as a junior Facility Management advisor and you will execute a complicated assignment, independently, for a company in the area of Facility Management in an international context.

Full course outlines can be found on this page.

Career Opportunities 

After graduation you are able to find a job at a management level. Examples include: Head of Facility Organisation, Hospitality Manager, New Development Project Manager, Real Estate professional, Catering Manager, Events Project Manager, Head of Safety and Security and Purchasing Manager. Facility Managers are needed in almost every business and location of employment. Everything revolves around facility managers who maintain contact with management and translate policy into execution. 

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