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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
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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    Tourism and Recreation Management - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,848 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, August, May
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    Tourism & Hospitality Management - BSc/BA Black Hills State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,724 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, August
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    Business Administration: Tourism and Hospitality Management (Penticton Campus) - BBA Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,440 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, September
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    Business and Management (Tourism Management) - BA (Hons) Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,910 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Business and Management with Leisure and Tourism - BSc (Hons) Edge Hill University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,250 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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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

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, June, March, January
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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

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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Diploma in tourism

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    Tourism Management - Dip Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,160 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Fundamentals of Hospitality and Tourism - Dip Toronto School of Management, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,248 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, March, November, September, July, May
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    Global Tourism & Hospitality Management - AdvDip North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,640 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Hospitality and Tourism Administration - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,531 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Tourism - Dip Alpha College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,565 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, May, September
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Certificate in tourism

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    Business Studies: Tourism and Hospitality Management - Cert Okanagan College, Canada
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    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,440 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, September, May
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    Global Tourism & Hospitality Management - AdvCert North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,640 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, July, May, January
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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

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January
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    Tourism - PBcCert Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,080 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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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
    10,900 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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Tourism graduate programs

Master's in tourism

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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
    9,500 EUR

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January
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    Business Administration (Tourism and Event Management.), MBA - MBA Midway University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,810 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

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

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,800 EUR

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    October, March, January
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    Business Management: Tourism & Travel - MSc (with foundation) Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,300 EUR

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    May, November, October, August, March, February
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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
    42,600 CHF

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    July, October, January, April
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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
    31,056 NZD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    February
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    Tourism - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,390 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    Tourism - Travel - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    17,052 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    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

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in tourism

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    Food Tourism - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,531 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Hospitality and Tourism Operations Management - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,376 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    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
    16,532 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    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
    13,920 AUD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    November, July, March
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    Tourism, Environmental and Cultural Heritage - PGCert University of Tasmania, Australia
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    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    33,450 AUD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    February
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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
    13,230 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    June, July, August
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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
    13,230 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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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
    11,500 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, February
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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.