Stenden endorses both a practical and theoretical approach to learning, believing that a balance between the two is the most beneficial approach. The first year is a foundation phase, and the following two years are the post foundation phase. Each year is divided into two semesters of two modules each.
Real World learning is the integration of theory and industry (practise) and is extremely important as:
- It prepares students for professional life
- It actively aids in Problem Based Learning, giving students the opportunity to test theories and techniques in real life situations
- It provides students with contacts and assists in networking
- Students are exposed to working life in a top, internationally recognised, learning hotel, such asMyPond Hotel or another partnering institution.
Stenden offers a three year Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Hospitality Management, and is the only institution in South Africa to do so. Students will experience a critical practical learning experience in their 1st, 2nd and 3rd years of study, by working at a hotel learning facility such as My Pond Hotel for a number of weeks.