Does working in a hotel, hospital, the event, catering or security business appeal to you? Or, alternatively, working as a purchasing, project, services or workplace manager? Is creating a sustainable and pleasant (work) environment your goal? Then International Facility Management is the right programme for you. 

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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 Management 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 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 Services, Hospitality Manager, New Development Project Manager, Real Estate professional, Catering Manager, Events Project Manager, Head of Security & ICT and Purchasing Manager. 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

The first year focusses 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.

Theme based programme

The IFM 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, projects, presentations and assignments which are related to the theme of the block. They are either carried out individually or in project groups consisting of students from different countries.

The International Facility block overview can be found here.

First year

You gain insight into how to develop a sustainable and innovative work environment and you learn the fundamentals of management and human resources. Furthermore, you learn how FM professionals analyse and structure businesses and services with efficiency and customer focus as key aspects. You also learn various communications skills.

Full course outlines can be found on this page.

Second year

In the second year, you apply your knowledge of the first year by creating, designing and marketing a service or product in the first block. In the second block you focus on optimizing the work environment of a company with people as the most important factor. During your 5-month internship as 'an assistant to the manager' you turn into a budding FM professional and go through an enormous personal development.

Full course outlines can be found on this page.

Third year

In the third year, you have the opportunity to do either a minor here at Hanze, at another Dutch university or partner university of ours abroad. You have the option to go, for example, to
Austria, Norway, Finland, Russia, Spain, Turkey, the United States, Canada, or countries in Asia. One semester is taken up by purchasing in which you also do a mini-placement.

Full course outlines can be found on this page.

Fourth year

During the first semester of the fourth year, you take management to a higher level. You focus on strategic and change management with an emphasis on the demand and supply chain. During the second semester you do your graduation research assignment for a Facility Management related company and act as a junior consultant.

Full course outlines can be found on this page.

Career Opportunities 

Facility managers can fulfil various executive positions, for example: Head of Facility Organisation, Hospitality Manager, New Development Project Manager, Relocation Coordinator, Catering Manager, Events Project Manager, Head of Safety and Security and Purchase Manager. 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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