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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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    Tourism: Sustainable Tourism and International Development - BSc University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons, Switzerland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    3,100 CHF
    Start date
    September
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    Recreation and Tourism Management - Hospitality Emphasis - BSc Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,186 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Business (Tourism) - BA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,634 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Hospitality, Restaurant & Tourism Management - Human Resources Emphasis - BA University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Parks, Recreation and Tourism - BSc University of Vermont, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    41,280 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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Associate in tourism

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    Tourism and Hospitality - ASc Black Hills State University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,422 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Certificate in tourism

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Tuition fees per year
    13,635 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, July, September
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Tourism graduate programs

Master's in tourism

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    Business and Services: Tourism - MSc University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons, Switzerland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    3,100 CHF
    Start date
    September
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    Entrepreneurship for the Global Hospitality and Tourism Industry - MA César Ritz Colleges, Switzerland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    42,600 CHF
    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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    Global Management (Sustainable Tourism) - MGM Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,714 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Leisure and Tourism - MPhil University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,895 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Tourism Management - MA Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in tourism

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    Tourism - Travel - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Tuition fees per year
    17,052 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in tourism

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    Sustainable Tourism Management - PGCert Central Queensland University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    13,920 AUD
    Start date
    March, July, November
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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
    Tuition fees per year
    16,532 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Food Tourism - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Hospitality and Tourism Operations Management - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,376 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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Pathway in tourism

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    Management, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism, Pre-Masters - PGP University of Surrey, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    11,500 USD
    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
    Tuition fees per year
    13,230 GBP
    Start date
    September
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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
    Tuition fees per year
    13,230 USD
    Start date
    June, July, August
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    Pre-Masters Program - Master of Arts in Tourism Management (MATM) - PGP Royal Roads University, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 months
    Tuition fees per year
    11,030 USD
    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.