Dubai, Botswana, New York, Venice; the whole world is at your feet. The travel industry is looking for you! After earning the International Tourism Management bachelor’s degree, you will sell the world online and offline. You design trips, purchase at sharp rates and establish contacts all over the world.
You might work as, for example, a product manager, event manager, travel adviser or city marketer. You can also start your own business.
Is this bachelor programme right for you?
Tio’s International Tourism Management bachelor programme combines knowledge of the world of tourism with aspects of e-commerce. This means you will feel right at home in the online world as well. Do you recognise yourself in the following description? Are you:
Eager to travel?
Do you want to see more of the world? Pack the latest Lonely Planet list and hit the road? This bachelor programme allows you to see more of the world! As a future travel professional, you organise your own study trips. Additionally, you can choose international internships or spend some time studying abroad at one of Tio’s partner universities.
Looking for the best deals?
Are you always on the lookout for the best deals online? If so, Tio is looking for you! Tio wants people with a sharp eye for detail and – most of all – for getting the best value for your money. After this bachelor programme, you will be able to market the trips you design at a sharp rate online.
Interested in other cultures
The world is your playing field when working in the tourism industry. Even during your studies, you will come into contact with different cultures during the various study trips, your international internship or while studying abroad. This is the perfect opportunity to come into contact with different ways of life!
Interested in composing holidays?
Do you love composing holidays? Instead of going for the standard holiday, you take on the challenge of creating your own trip. This is the perfect bachelor programme for you. When you work for a tour operator, you not only choose the destination but also purchase plane seats, hotel beds and excursions. You create the trip as you see fit!
Do you like to be in charge? Do you want to further develop your leadership skills? During this bachelor programme, these skills are further developed during the Management Skills course. Of course, you can take charge of the various projects you work on.
An organisational talent?
Do you love organising events and can you motivate others? You can learn to excel at organising events – from festivals and sports events to conventions and trade shows. Organising events is something you learn in practice during the Incentive & event travel project.
A language guru?
Hallo, hola, hello, bonjour? Do you love speaking other languages? Knowledge of foreign languages is a key aspect of any tourism programme. In addition to English, you can delve into German, French and/or Spanish.
Do you have a sharp eye for detail, are you always up to date and would you like to go behind the scenes of the world of tourism? The researcher in you will get everything they want. During the study programme, you will visit tour operators and trade shows and go on a study trip every year. You will be in the perfect position to learn all there is to know about organising (study) trips.
Do you recognise yourself by these descriptions? Take a look at the curriculum for more information about this bachelor programme or attend an open day to experience the atmosphere and meet students and lecturers.
Why do students choose International Tourism Management?
- Tio offers the option of accelerated studying: complete a bachelor’s degree in just three years.
- The tourism sector has a strong need for young professionals with in-depth knowledge of e-commerce. That is why Tio graduates are in high demand.
- Last year, Dutch tourists booked 78% of their trips online. The travel industry needs specialists in this field. The International Tourism Management programme therefore combines knowledge of tourism with e-commerce.
- You study at the Netherlands’ best tourism programme. Eight years running, as elected by the Higher Education Guide.
- Tourism involves much more than just booking a trip. MICE has become an integral part of the tourism sector, which is why event management is a major component of the International Tourism Management study programme.
- You will have many career opportunities available to you after completing this study course.
- At Tio, you are not a number; there is a strong focus on personal development and supervision.
Practical is the keyword: learning by doing! Nearly 60% of the International Tourism Management bachelor programme has a practical focus. The curriculum was designed in collaboration with branch association ANVR, the Fellowship for Event Managers and Thuiswinkel.org and experts from the field. This ensures the study course ties in well with the sector’s needs and the latest trends.
Below, you will find an overview of the courses and projects you will attend at Tio’s International Tourism Management bachelor’s degree. The curriculum is divided into five components: international tourism, event management, e-commerce & management, intercultural communication and internship & final thesis.
Given the importance of having international experience, you complete at least one component of your study programme abroad (e.g. an internship, graduation project or an international exchange programme).
Travel destinations, tour operating and tour management: expertise is the foundation needed to provide custom solutions. You will learn all there is to know about tourism, leisure and business trips and you will visit renowned organisations in the industry. You will put your knowledge into practice during the Tourism Business Innovation project that is hosted in cooperation with the branch association ANVR.
You will immediately put your knowledge of tour management and destination management into practice. Together with a team of fellow students, you will compose two trips: an incentive trip and a group holiday. The team with the best trip will get the opportunity to actually go on that trip. As a future travel professional, you will also organise your own study trips in the first and second academic year. Each group is given a budget with which to compose, book and carry out the trip.
Tourism involves much more than just booking a trip. MICE has become an inseparable part of the tourism sector. Event management is therefore an important aspect of the International Tourism Management bachelor’s degree.
E-commerce & management
As a result of significant changes in the tourism sector, International Tourism Management focuses extensively on e-commerce. You will learn to promote a trip online and how to optimise a website to allow visitors to quickly and easily book their holidays.
This bachelor programme focuses extensively on learning to communicate. With the help of role-playing scenarios, you will learn how to handle complaints, sell holidays and present products. You will practice your language skills and learn to do business with people from other cultures.
Internship & final thesis
During the two (international) internships, you will apply what you have learned into practice. Everything comes together in your final thesis.
Some subjects and courses are optional and therefore not mandatory. Exception is the Introduction to Finance & Accounting course, which is mandatory for students whose prior education does not include Management & Organisation.
Your International Tourism Management bachelor’s degree will open many doors for you. What about being a manager of sustainable tourism at TUI or working as a project manager at Zoover? Would you like to know more about your potential career paths?
This International Tourism Management bachelor’s degree has been accredited by the NVAO and educates students in three or four years for the professional competence level in Tourism & Recreation Management (ISAT-code: 34927). This degree allows students to use the internationally recognised title of Bachelor of Arts (BA).
Below, you will find an overview of the admission requirements for the bachelor programme International Tourism Management, with which you can determine whether you can start this unique bachelor programme.
- Havo, vwo (any profile), mbo4-diploma.
- Comparable diploma, e.g.: German Fachhochschulreife or Abitur (algemeine Hochschulreife), British GCE A-levels, French Baccalaureat, American High School (incl. a college preparatory programme) or secondary tourism school education.
- CEFR: ≥ B2. TOEFL: iBT ≥ 75-80 points (Institutional TOEFL code Tio: 4764). IELTS academic: ≥ 6.0. Cambridge exam: ≥ 160 points / Cambridge First Certificate.
- For students who have not previously studied Management & Organisation, the preparation course Introduction to finance & accounting (FA) is mandatory.
- Students whose prior education did not include a second foreign language may choose German 1 or Spanish 1.
After we receive your registration, Tio will send you a written confirmation of your admission (provided that you meet the pre-education requirements and there is no waiting list). If your pre-education is insufficient for the programme you wish to take, we will schedule an interview and an assessment. The assessment costs € 80. The admissions committee will decide whether you can be admitted into the programme.
Register on time
Tio’s programmes are popular and the number of available positions is limited. Every year, this leads to waiting lists. If you are sure about your choice, you should enrol as soon as possible. Positions are assigned in the order in which students register.
Selection and draw
Tio’s selection process is based on whether students meet their prior education requirements and timely registration. Tio does not select students by lots.
You will be invited to an introductory interview with your study coach before the start of your education at Tio.