International Tourism and Leisure

Professional bachelor (English)

Location: Belgium - Mechelen -Campus De Vest

Make a living from your lifestyle

  • Unique, full English programme in Tourism and Hospitality Management to prepare you for your international future. 
  • Turn your passion for travel into a genuine profession in the tourism sector.
  • Gear yourself up with the knowledge and skills you need to build  life-changing experiences, even in today’s challenging context.
  • Learn how to apply disruptive business models and innovative marketing and distribution channels to create new commercial opportunities. 
  • Discover solutions to reduce tourism’s social and environmental impact. 
  • Grow and nurture your multilingual, multicultural and multidisciplinary skills during an unforgettable international study exchange and an inspiring international internship. 
  • Gain a competitive advantage on the job market by building your professional network in tourism and hospitality during your studies. 
  • Get the flexibility to start this 6-semester programme either in February or September. 

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Liesbeth Uvin
Liesbeth Uvin
Programme coordinator
For all your questions on the content and promotion of the programme.
rudy
Rudy Geens
Programme manager
Questions about the programme.
Ariane Buysschaert
Ariane Buysschaert
Study counsellor & Care coordinator
Questions about your individual study programme & on studying with use of facilities.
Admissions
Admissions
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Mariana
Mariana Makhoka
Degree student
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Hinde Nkaïri
Abridged programme student
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You will blend into the international community if you choose to go on international study exchange in phase 2, and during your international internship in phase 3. The sky is not the limit with more than 100 partner schools and a well-stocked internship database. Direction fascinating job in an international context.

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Learn from professionals

During guest lectures and field trips the top of the tourism industry will share their experience and you will collaborate on real assignments in co-creation with industry professionals. Furthermore, we offer a wide range of extracurricular activities: e.g. EuroChrie University Challenge, Young Hotelier Summit, IMEX Future Leaders Forum, and  workshops with industry partners.

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Future proof study

The unprecedented challenge of COVID-19 has completely changed the travel industry. But tourism is alive and kicking! Our programme is continuously evolving to ensure that with a degree in tourism and leisure management you are fully prepared to become the Travel Consultant of Tomorrow.

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Programme

  • Structure
  • Courses
  • In practice/Workplace learning
  • Personal coaching
  • Go international
  • Start in February
  • Short programme
  • Admission requirements
  • Structure

    • Phase 1 | Here, we lay the foundations of our innovative travel and tourism programme and ensure that you get a broad industry perspective through tourism, languages, management and communication classes. 
    • Phase 2 | From phase 2 onwards, you will further develop your commercial flair and financial insight. As well, you'll get an immersive learning experience during the courses Immersive Tourist Experiences Lab (SEM 1) and Strategic Hospitality lab (SEM2). Connecting theoretical concepts and trends with practice and within a simulated environment.
    • Phase 3 | During phase 3, you will get to know various players in the Corporate Travel Management sector and work on a real-life assignment during the course Corporate Travel lab.  Also, will you be ready to successfully work on your bachelor project and to depart on your 15-weeks international internship
  • Courses

    Below you can find an overview of the courses ( under reservation of changes), with the number of credits per phase. Credits express how many hours you need on average to process the subject matter (incl. lessons). Count about 25 to 30 hours for 1 study credit. 

    • We have explained the most important courses in a blue tooltip.  
    Phase123
    INTERNATIONAL TOURISM & LEISURE
    Tourism Fundamentals i 3
    Travel Accommodations i 3
    Tourism Destinations i 3
    Culture & Art Topics i 3
    International Tourism i 3
    Hospitality Basics i 3
    Business Travel Fundamentals i 3
    Design Thinking in Tourism i 3
    Destination Management and Incoming Tourism i 3
    Aviation Lab i 3
    Travel Technology i 3
    Trends in Tourism i 3
    Hospitality Business and Experience i 3
    International Tourism Project i 3
    Lobster Online Hospitality course i 3
    Tourism Research i 3
    Sustainable Tourism Development i 3
    E-Tourism i 3
    Communication courses
    English for International Tourism 3
    Intercultural Communication in Tourism 3
    Business Communication Topics 3
    Business & Management
    Business Fundamentals 3
    Introduction to Financial Management 3
    Phase123
    Sales 3
    Digital Skills 3
    Business Intelligence Fundamentals 3
    Business Analytics 3
    Marketing Fundamentals in Tourism 3
    Financial Management in Tourism 3
    Sales Management 3
    Tourism Legislation and Regulations 3
    Management skills 3
    Process & Project Management 3
    Personal Development
    Personal development 3
    Corporate Social Responsibility 3
    LANGUAGES i 6 6 6
    Major language choices (French, Spanish, Chinese, German or Dutch)
    YOU CHOOSE ELECTIVES 3 3
    Business, Intercultural or Tourism electives
    IATA GDS Fares and Ticketing
    TOURISM LAB COURSES / PRACTICUM
    Immersive Tourist Experiences i 6
    Strategic Hospitality Lab i 6
    Corporate Travel Lab 6
    @Work
    Bachelor Project i 10
    International Internship (15 weeks) 23
    Phase123
    INTERNATIONAL TOURISM & LEISURE
    Tourism Fundamentals i 3
    Travel Accommodations i 3
    Tourism Destinations i 3
    Culture & Art Topics i 3
    International Tourism i 3
    Hospitality Basics i 3
    Business Travel Fundamentals i 3
    Design Thinking in Tourism i 3
    Destination Management and Incoming Tourism i 3
    Aviation Lab i 3
    Travel Technology i 3
    Trends in Tourism i 3
    Hospitality Business and Experience i 3
    International Tourism Project i 3
    Lobster Online Hospitality course i 3
    Tourism Research i 3
    Sustainable Tourism Development i 3
    E-Tourism i 3
    Communication courses
    English for International Tourism 3
    Intercultural Communication in Tourism 3
    Business Communication Topics 3
    Business & Management
    Business Fundamentals 3
    Introduction to Financial Management 3
    Sales 3
    Digital Skills 3
    Business Intelligence Fundamentals 3
    Business Analytics 3
    Marketing Fundamentals in Tourism 3
    Financial Management in Tourism 3
    Sales Management 3
    Tourism Legislation and Regulations 3
    Management skills 3
    Process & Project Management 3
    Personal Development
    Personal development 3
    Corporate Social Responsibility 3
    LANGUAGES i 6 6 6
    Major language choices (French, Spanish, Chinese, German or Dutch)
    YOU CHOOSE ELECTIVES 3 3
    Business, Intercultural or Tourism electives
    IATA GDS Fares and Ticketing
    TOURISM LAB COURSES / PRACTICUM
    Immersive Tourist Experiences i 6
    Strategic Hospitality Lab i 6
    Corporate Travel Lab 6
    @Work
    Bachelor Project i 10
    International Internship (15 weeks) 23

    Timetable

    Check out an example timetable for phase 1.

  • In practice/Workplace learning

    Thanks to our Partners in Education network, we are privileged and able to invite top industry guest lecturers during several classes and seminars. You can learn from the experts first-hand, in the classroom, online or during field trips.

    In the last semester of your studies, you will work full-time for 15 weeks during an instructive internship abroad. This your chance to prove yourself and build further on your network.

  • Personal coaching

    Yes, we care  

    During your time here, you can count on a whole support team to truly make you feel at home at Thomas More. Our study Counsellors, Student Services (STUVO), all of our lecturers and many more will personally guide you to ensure that you blend in from the beginning and prosper so that we help you to deploy and nurture your talents. You will never feel alone.  

  • Go international

    Going international is key. You will have classes with students from various countries, this will help you develop intercultural and multilingual skills to be fully prepared for a fantastic international career. You can opt for ACEEPT, a short-term international project organised by and for tourism students of our international partners. You will learn even more tricks of the trade going abroad on your international study exchange and by selecting an internship that is aligned with your professional aspirations. For your international study exchange, we offer you a wide variety of 80 partner schools, within and outside of Europe, so you can really pick the right match. In the last semester of your studies, you will work full time for 15 weeks during your international internship. ForeWe provide a jam-packed internship database or you apply for your own internship. These international experiences will help you become a true globetrotter.

  • Start in February

    The academic year in Belgium starts in September. However, you can start with your classes in February. You can graduate within 6 semesters. For more details about your programme: contact our study counselor Ariane Buysschaert

  • Short programme

    International Tourism and Leisure abridged programme

    For globetrotters who already have a degree and still want to make a professional career out of their passion: this way please! 

    Are you a creative, communicative travel savvy who wants to become a tourism professional? Do you have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Business (Marketing, International Business and Trade, Logistics,…), Communication Management, Office Management or Hospitality Management? Which means your current bachelor’s degree contained mainly business/management courses and languages?  Then we are happy to invite you to our brand new one-year International Tourism and Leisure programme! 

  • Admission requirements

    Our application process is really straightforward.
    You will only need to meet 3 simple requirements:

    1. Secondary education diploma
    2. English Language Certificate (B2)
    3. Passport/ID card or residence permit

    Some more good news! Thomas More has no numerus clausus procedure, nor do we have a limit on the number of admitted students.

    Find more specific information on our admission requirements page
    You can find more specific information about our admission requirements here.

After Graduation

  • The job of your life
  • Additional Studies
  • Working in Belgium
  • The job of your life

    You can work as an advisor, project or sales manager, marketeer, executive, supplier or a buyer in the broad tourism and hospitality industry:

    • Hotels and other lodging facilities
    • Tour operators & Travel Agents
    • E-tourism, marketing and distribution providers. 
    • Event and incentive companies
    • Tourism Boards, Incoming or Destination Management Companies
    • Conference or congress centers
    • Theme parks, Airlines, Cruise lines
  • Additional Studies

    IATA

    We are the only recognized IATA training center in Belgium! 

    Each year more than 100 Bachelor students in international tourism management and hospitality graduate from Thomas More.  In addition we also offer various IATA courses.

    IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents about 240 airline carriers or 84% of all air traffic.  You can find more information about IATA via this link

    Masters

    Bachelors

    Extra bachelor in a one year abridged programme at Thomas More

    Postgraduate

  • Working in Belgium

    Search Year

    International students can now apply for a new residence permit status upon graduation so they can extend their stay in Belgium up to 12 months to find work! Eager to launch your career in Belgium after your studies? No sweat! We’re here to help you navigate the Search Year application process. 

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