To participate in the EMCup, the following criteria have to be met:

  • The school educates students for a Bachelor degree
  • The school is located in Europe
  • The school participates with maximum one team, consisting of minimum 4 and maximum 5 students and 1 or 2 coaches
  • Students are not allowed to participate in the competition more than once


The competition consists of several assignments, some of them are pre-assignments which have to be completed prior to the competition days and others will be assessed during the competition days itself. All assignments are assessed by the Business Jury which are professionals of the hospitality industry. In the overview you will see the procedure of judging throughout the whole competition.



To provide a high quality programme, a maximum of 36 schools can participate in the EMCup. Admission takes place on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis.

Hosting city

We invite you to Maastricht! A truly European city, known around the world for its hospitable character. Not only was the important ‘’Treaty of Maastricht’’ signed here in 1992, the city itself is located in at international crossroads and cities as Brussels Liège, Aachen, Cologne and Düsseldorf are within an hour’s journey.

Location competition

We welcome you to the Hotel Management School Maastricht to open the EMCup and start the competition. The competition will continue in MECC Maastricht. Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre is the perfect location for a professional competition. Here, all teams will compete with each other to become the winner of the EMCup.

Hospitable stay

A hospitable stay is important in order to achieve the best result in this competition. The Student Hotel Maastricht and NH Maastricht will comfort all students for a two night stay including breakfast from Saturday the 11th to Sunday the 12th of February and from Sunday the 12th to Monday the 13th of February. This to make sure you can leave Maastricht with a satisfied and rested feeling. The room division will be made by the organisation based on gender.

Coaches & Business Jury

For the coaches and business jury members a stay at the Hotel NH Maastricht is provided. The hotel is right next to the MECC.


For each participant in the EMCup we ask for a participation fee of €250,-, which includes the following:

  • Two overnight stays in a hotel, including breakfast, from Sunday the 4th to Monday the 5th of February 2024.

Students will be sharing double or triple rooms. One room per coach is available.

  • Transport during the official EMCup programme.
  • Food & Beverage during the official EMCup programme.

Possible other costs

As usual, transport to and from Maastricht has to be organised and paid by the participating team itself. Pre- and post-nights are not included, but special requests can be taken care of by the EMCup organisation.


Do you want to broaden your horizon and expand your international network? Then the EMCup is the perfect opportunity!