What is Otium?

"Otium can be a temporary time of leisure, that is sporadic. It can have intellectual, virtuous or immoral implications. It originally had the idea of withdrawing from one's daily business (negotium) or affairs to engage in activities that were considered to be artistically valuable or enlightening."

- Julia Conoway (2008)

Our story

In the year 2015, in the centre of our beautiful city of Breda, a group of students founded Study Association Otium for the students of the ILS Program. All the academic students that follow (BSc/MSc) Leisure & Tourism at Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas) are welcome at our association. And yes, it's a very young association, but don't let that fool you as we are very busy with networking and profiling ourselves within the studentlife of Breda. Our connection with the academic program at the BUas ensures a tight community with our members whom we organize several activities throughout the year for. Our goal is therefore to form a community with all the Leisure & Tourism Studies Students at the Academy for Leisure at the Breda University of Applied Sciences.

By combining both educational and leisure related activities, we create learning moments and possibilities to escape the busy academic life. This way, we add value to the study program and we ensure the best possible studyexperience with our members!

Our mission and vision represent this idea fully, it definitely suits our ambition to grow and the idea that the community enhances both personal and professional development.

Our Mission

Our mission is to bring leisure students of the bachelor and (pre)master studies in Leisure and Tourism together and to create an excellent study environment for the leisure studies program.

Our Vision

The aim of the association is to create a community for the students of the Leisure Studies in which they gain knowledge and experience within the leisure industry.


Our board

Each year, a board will be elected of three ambitious and hardworking students to make all of this possible. These students will combine their study year with their boardfunction to ensure that it will be an amazing year for the members of Study Association Otium.

Curious to see who will be taking on the challenge this year?

Meet the board

Our Academy

We are incredibly proud to have a connection with Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas). Our study program consists of three years Bachelor of Science or one year the premaster course followed by the Master of Science in Leisure and Tourism Studies.

This study combines the Business Administration aspect (marketing, economics, innovation and organisation) with Social Sciences (sociology, psychology and anthropology).

Want to know more about this study? Take a look at the website of BUas.