International Tourism and Leisure

Professional bachelor (English)

Location: Belgium - Mechelen -Campus De Vest

Make a living from your lifestyle

  • The world is your playground and every horizon, an invitation to go further. 
  • Unique, full English programme to prepare you for your international future. 
  • Turn your passion for travel into a genuine profession.
  • Get ready for an inspiring international career in leisure and business travel.
  • 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 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 with the universally  recognised qualifications of this full degree programme. 
  • Get the flexibility to start this 6-semester programme either in February or September. 

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Programme

  • Structure
  • Courses
  • In practice/Workplace learning
  • Personal coaching
  • Go international
  • Short programme
  • New in 2020
  • 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 | The highlight of your second phase is that you will select a foreign partner university for your international study exchange and this will contribute to your development to thrive in an international environment and to be fully prepared for an international future. 
    • Phase 3 | As you advance through your programme, in phase 3 you are ready to successfully work on your bachelor project and to depart on your international internship. You will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills that will be the start of a wonderful professional career. 
  • 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 Accomodations i 3
    Tourism Destinations i 3
    Culture and Art Topics i 3
    World Cultures i 3
    Trends in Tourism i 3
    Design Thinking in Tourism i 3
    International Tourism Project i 3
    Travel Technology i 3
    Destination Management and Incoming Tourism i 3
    International Study Exchange i 30
    Tourism Legislation and Regulations i 3
    Tourism Research i 3
    Sustainable Tourism Development i 4
    E-Tourism i 3
    Managing Tourist Experiences i 4
    Bachelor Project i 10
    MANAGEMENT
    Business Fundamentals 6
    Business Intelligence Fundamentals 3
    Digital Skills (Excel and PowerPoint) 3
    Phase123
    Entrepreneurial Management 1 3
    Marketing Fundamentals in Tourism 3
    Business Analytics 3
    Financial Management in Tourism 3
    Sales and Marketing in Tourism & Hospitality 3
    Process and Project Management 3
    Ethical Managerial Problem Solving 4
    COMMUNICATION
    Dutch 3
    English for International Tourism 3
    Intercultural Communication in Tourism 3
    YOU CHOOSE!
    Language Elective (Spanish - French - Chinese - German) 3 3 3
    Language or Business Elective 6
    Expert Classes 6
    EXPERT CLASSES
    Aviation and Business Travel 3
    Hospitality Businesses and Experiences 3
    @WORK
    Personal Development 3
    International Internship in Tourism 20
    Phase123
    INTERNATIONAL TOURISM & LEISURE
    Tourism Fundamentals i 3
    Travel Accomodations i 3
    Tourism Destinations i 3
    Culture and Art Topics i 3
    World Cultures i 3
    Trends in Tourism i 3
    Design Thinking in Tourism i 3
    International Tourism Project i 3
    Travel Technology i 3
    Destination Management and Incoming Tourism i 3
    International Study Exchange i 30
    Tourism Legislation and Regulations i 3
    Tourism Research i 3
    Sustainable Tourism Development i 4
    E-Tourism i 3
    Managing Tourist Experiences i 4
    Bachelor Project i 10
    MANAGEMENT
    Business Fundamentals 6
    Business Intelligence Fundamentals 3
    Digital Skills (Excel and PowerPoint) 3
    Entrepreneurial Management 1 3
    Marketing Fundamentals in Tourism 3
    Business Analytics 3
    Financial Management in Tourism 3
    Sales and Marketing in Tourism & Hospitality 3
    Process and Project Management 3
    Ethical Managerial Problem Solving 4
    COMMUNICATION
    Dutch 3
    English for International Tourism 3
    Intercultural Communication in Tourism 3
    YOU CHOOSE!
    Language Elective (Spanish - French - Chinese - German) 3 3 3
    Language or Business Elective 6
    Expert Classes 6
    EXPERT CLASSES
    Aviation and Business Travel 3
    Hospitality Businesses and Experiences 3
    @WORK
    Personal Development 3
    International Internship in Tourism 20

    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 of the industry guest lecturers in several classes. You can learn from the experts first-hand, in the classroom, online or in the field.  

  • Personal coaching

    Yes, we care  

    Throughout your student career, 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 carrier. You will learn even more tricks of 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 for you. For your national or international internship, our staff will help you in your exciting journey to select the internship of your dreams. These international experiences will help you become a true globetrotter.  

  • Short programme

    International Tourism and Leisure short 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! 

  • New in 2020

    More flexibility

    It has never been easier to start your studies in February. It’s now possible for you to graduate within 6 semesters, even with a start in the second semester, just like those who begin the programme in September. The programme is under construction and will soon be published online. In the meantime, feel free to reach out if you would like more information.

    New tracks

    In 2020-2021, we will launch 3 new tracks within International Tourism and Leisure. Your final degree will be in International Tourism and Leisure, but you can now tailor your degree to your own specific interests. All tracks offer a double international experience, i.e. a study exchange and an internship abroad. We’ll help you look for the perfect match for your professional future.

    Travel & Tourism

    This track is the perfect foundation if you want to become a highly skilled tourism professional. Since Thomas More is the only IATA Authorized Training Center in Belgium at a University of applied sciences, you’ll get the unique opportunity to integrate the course into your programme. This added value demonstrates to employers across the globe that you are a committed tourism professional and that you are an expert in taking care of passengers.

    Hospitality & Events

    Do you want to become an expert in hospitality and events? Do you strive to take your customer’s experience one step further? Then, this is the track for you!  In this specialisation, you’ll acquire the essential knowledge and skills you’ll need for roles related to planning and organising events as well as those necessary for the hospitality sector as a whole.

    Digital Innovations

    As tourism is subject to rapidly changing contexts, it’s almost needless to say that the tourism and travel industries are always looking to attract and retain the most digitally savvy talent they can find. So, if you’re looking for a strong foundation in tourism, combined with digital skills and e-tourism technology, and topped up with a big dose of innovation, this track is for you.

  • 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.
    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

    • Travel agent/consultant 
    • Hospitality manager 
    • Tour operator 
    • Incoming agent 
    • Museums and cultural organisation 
    • Event planner 
    • Congress centre 
    • Meeting and incentive houses 
    • Theme parks 
    • Airlines 
    • Cruise lines 
    • Conference guest relations sales  
    • Project manager 
  • Additional Studies

    IATA 

    Earn your IATA Certificate at Thomas More – the only IATA Authorized Training Center in Belgium. This certificate demonstrates your expertise and commitment to employers across the globe. 

    Masters

    Bachelors

    Extra bachelor in a one year abridged programme at Thomas More

  • Working in Belgium

    Working in Belgium after graduation

    If you are an EEA citizen, check the EURES website for more information about working in Belgium and other EU countries. 
     
    4 ways to work in Belgium after graduation (non-EEA students): 
     

    1. (NEW!) Residence permit with the purpose of finding a job 
    2. Working as a highly qualified person 
    3. Working as a trainee/intern 
    4. Self-employment 

    See the KU Leuven website for more info. 

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