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Study tourism abroad

An in-depth guide to studying tourism as an international student.

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Tourism degrees abroad

Tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the world, employing hundreds of millions of people all over the world. By studying a tourism degree abroad you’ll get the skills and experience you’ll need for an exciting career in this dynamic industry.

Tourism degree programs can cover a wide range of disciplines including business, geography, management and finance. You’ll learn about the major trends and developments in tourism around the world and often get the chance to travel and experience tourist attractions in the local area and further afield.

As an international student, studying abroad will give you a real insight into global tourism management. You can study in tourism hotspots and get firsthand experience of how the industry works, at the same time as expanding your own personal horizons.

Tourism program structure

Tourism programs are often offered in combination with other subjects like event management, hospitality or business. In some countries, tourism programs are often referred to as tourism management or international tourism management.

As an international undergraduate student, there is a range of degree qualifications you can study in tourism including foundation, certificate, diploma and bachelor’s. A BA in tourism will usually take three to four years to complete, and often comes with the option of spending a year abroad or on a work placement.

If you study in the US, you’ll have the option of studying tourism as a major or minor subject at bachelor’s level. The liberal arts model means you can study a variety of disciplines at the same time as specializing in one or more major subjects.

You can also study tourism at master’s level as an MA, or as an MSc depending on the precise program you choose. At postgraduate level many programs are offered as a specialization of tourism focusing on things like business, management or marketing.

Most tourism programs are taught through lectures, seminars and group workshops, but many also include regular field trips to local tourist destinations. The content of every tourism program will be different, but here are some common subjects and modules you can expect to cover:

  • The tourism industry
  • Marketing for tourism
  • Business for tourism
  • Hospitality
  • Tourism and globalization
  • Professional development
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Attraction management

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Tourism study abroad programs

Tourism undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in tourism

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    Hospitality and Tourism - BAMgt University of New Brunswick, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,788 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,357 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Tourism Management - BA Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,979 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,080 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Business Administration: Tourism and Hospitality Management (Vernon Campus) - BBA Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,471 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,440 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Marketing, Tourism & Sport (Add-On) - BB Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,785 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Tourism Management - BSc University of South Carolina, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,928 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,928 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Associate in tourism

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    Hospitality and Tourism Management - AASc Southwestern Oregon Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,791 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,791 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March, June
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    Tourism and Hospitality - ASc Black Hills State University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,422 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,422 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in tourism

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    Global Tourism & Hospitality Management - AdvDip North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,041 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,640 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Tourism Management - Dip Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,979 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,080 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Tourism Management - Dip Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,248 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,160 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Tourism & Hospitality Management (Level 4) - UGDip C3S Business School, Spain
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    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    4,870 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,000 EUR

    Start date
    February, September
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    Tourism - Dip Alpha College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,365 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,565 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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Certificate in tourism

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    Global Tourism & Hospitality Management - AdvCert North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,041 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,640 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, July, September
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    Tourism - PBcCert Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,979 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,080 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Studies: Tourism and Hospitality Management (Salmon Arm Campus) - Cert Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,471 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,440 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Hospitality and Tourism Administration - Cert California State University, Sacramento, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,800 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Pathway in tourism

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    International Tourism Management (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,348 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Tourism graduate programs

Master's in tourism

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    Entrepreneurship for the Global Hospitality and Tourism Industry - MA César Ritz Colleges, Switzerland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    47,594 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 42,600 CHF

    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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    Tourism and Hospitality Management - Dual MSc ESEI International Business School, Spain
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    9,059 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,440 EUR

    Start date
    February, October
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    Tourism & Hospitality Management (Barcelona/Munich) - MTHM EU Business School, Spain

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,803 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,800 EUR

    Start date
    January, March, October
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    Innovation and Tourism Management - MA UCAM Universidad Católica de Murcia, Spain
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    4,870 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,000 EUR

    Start date
    January
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    Aviation and Tourism Business - MHM Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,567 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,500 EUR

    Start date
    January
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Diploma in tourism

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    Tourism - PDip University of Otago, New Zealand
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    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,751 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,056 NZD

    Start date
    February
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    Tourism - Travel - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,546 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,052 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Tourism and Hospitality Management - PGDip University of California, Riverside Extension, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    18,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,200 USD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in tourism

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    Hospitality and Tourism Operations Management - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,420 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,376 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Food Tourism - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,132 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Hospitality and Tourism Operations Management - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,133 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,532 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Sustainable Tourism Management - PGCert Central Queensland University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,037 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,920 AUD

    Start date
    March, July, November
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Pathway in tourism

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    Business, Hospitality, Tourism and Social Sciences, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of Brighton, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,629 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,230 GBP

    Start date
    June, July, August
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    Management, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism, Pre-Masters - PGP University of Surrey, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    16,193 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 GBP

    Start date
    February, September
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    Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Pre-Master’s - PGP Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,629 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,230 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Future tourism careers

Tourism management graduates are well placed to pursue an exciting career in the tourism industry. There are a wide range of job roles you’ll have the skills to take on, including:

  • Hotel manager
  • Travel representative
  • Tourism officer
  • Travel agent
  • Air cabin crew
  • Tour manager
  • Event manager

Many tourism degree programs give you the chance to spend a year on placement gaining real-world experience. This is a great way to get a taste for working in the tourism or hospitality industry and could help you work out which role would suit you best. It also means you’ll have valuable experience to put on your CV when you’re looking for a job after university.