International Tourism and Leisure Short Programme (English)

Short Programme of the Bachelor's Degree International Tourism and Leisure

Location: 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.  
  • You already have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Business / Communication / Office / Hospitality Management? 
  • Obtain this extra diploma in 1 year.
  • Get the flexibility to start this 2-semester programme either in February or September.  
  • Short track students have their own class group 

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Vicky Steylaerts
Programme Manager
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Curt
Curt Van de Poel
Study counsellor
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Anneliese Messens
Care Coordinator
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Why choose International Tourism and Leisure Short Programme (English)

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Your home: the sky is not the limit

You want a fascinating job in an international context? We will make you feel at home amongst the main industry players. You will blend in the international community even more through your international study exchange and international internship.  

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Technology is the skillset to your future

The pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation in the travel industry and beyond. Having the right blend of technology skills and adaptability will be key skillsets, that is why at Thomas More, we put technology at the heart of our courses

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Your future: Travel Consultant 3.0

The unprecedented challenge of COVID-19 has completely changed the travel industry and our programme is continuously evolving to ensure that you are fully prepared to become the Travel Consultant of Tomorrow in both leisure and business travel. 

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Programme

  • Structure
  • Targeted students
  • Courses
  • Your schedule
  • In practice
  • Specific diploma requirements
  • Personal coaching
  • Go international
  • Structure

    •  SEM 1 | During the first semester, you get to dive into the world of travel and tourism. Both Business and Leisure travel, both domestic and international tourism, both incoming and outgoing tourism are covered.  
       
    • SEM 2 | Your second semester will turn you further into a tourism professional. You will get an excellent training during the practical classes. Very often we’ll take you into the real world of tourism by inviting industry experts, or by taking you to tourism organisations and attractions. Real-life assignments are also included in your programme. In the end, practice by internship, makes perfect. You will have the choice to either take your 8 week internship during summer (July-August) and thus finish in exactly 1 year, or to plan your internship in the adjacent semester. In the latter case you will graduate in 3 semesters time. 
      • We offer a wide choice of internship positions, both in Belgium and across the globe, so you can jump-start your international career. Please note that International Tourism and Leisure students always take an international internship. 
  • Targeted students

    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 unique International Tourism and Leisure programme! 

  • 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.
    Fase 1
    First semester International Tourism and Leisure Short
    Business Travel Aviation 3
    Travel Technology i 3
    Destination Management and Incoming Tourism i 3
    Tourism Fundamentals i 3
    International Tourism Project i 3
    Travel Accommodations i 3
    Tourism Legislation and Regulations i 3
    Design Thinking in Tourism i 3
    Managing Tourist Experiences i 3
    Hospitality Business and Experiences i 3
    Tourism Destinations i 3
    Sustainable Tourism Development i 3
    COMPULSORY DUTCH COURSE 3
    (depending on previous study and language of study)
    Survival Dutch
    Dutch A2
    Fase 1
    Professionele Communicatie 1
    Second semester International Tourism and Leisure Short
    COMPULSORY
    Culture & Art 1 i 3
    Intercultural Communication in Tourism 3
    International Tourism 3
    Business Travel Fundamentals 3
    Trends in Tourism i 3
    Marketing Fundamentals in Tourism 3
    Internship in Tourism & Leisure 14
    COMPULSORY DUTCH COURSE (alternative for 1st semester!)
    (depending on previous study and language of study)
    Survival Dutch
    Dutch A1
    Elective Courses
    ELECTIVES (Language, Business, Intercultural) sem 1 and/or 2 6
    Fase 1
    First semester International Tourism and Leisure Short
    Business Travel Aviation 3
    Travel Technology i 3
    Destination Management and Incoming Tourism i 3
    Tourism Fundamentals i 3
    International Tourism Project i 3
    Travel Accommodations i 3
    Tourism Legislation and Regulations i 3
    Design Thinking in Tourism i 3
    Managing Tourist Experiences i 3
    Hospitality Business and Experiences i 3
    Tourism Destinations i 3
    Sustainable Tourism Development i 3
    COMPULSORY DUTCH COURSE 3
    (depending on previous study and language of study)
    Survival Dutch
    Dutch A2
    Professionele Communicatie 1
    Second semester International Tourism and Leisure Short
    COMPULSORY
    Culture & Art 1 i 3
    Intercultural Communication in Tourism 3
    International Tourism 3
    Business Travel Fundamentals 3
    Trends in Tourism i 3
    Marketing Fundamentals in Tourism 3
    Internship in Tourism & Leisure 14
    COMPULSORY DUTCH COURSE (alternative for 1st semester!)
    (depending on previous study and language of study)
    Survival Dutch
    Dutch A1
    Elective Courses
    ELECTIVES (Language, Business, Intercultural) sem 1 and/or 2 6
  • Your schedule

    • 26 course weeks, two semesters, 1 academic year, 67 credits
    • Short track students have their own class group
    • Overlapping of courses is absolutely avoided by our planning team. At Thomas More, we guarantee you can take your courses without any double bookings.
  • In practice

    • You will have the choice to either take your 8 week internship during summer (July-August) and thus finish in exactly 1 year, or to plan your internship in the adjacent semester. In the latter case you will graduate in 3 semesters time.
    • We offer a wide choice of internship positions, both in Belgium and across the globe, so you can jump-start your international career. Please note that International Tourism and Leisure students always take an international internship.
  • Specific diploma requirements

    In addition to the general admission requirements for an English bachelor programmes, these are the specific diploma requirements for the abbreviated/one year degree:

    • You have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Business (Marketing, International Business and Trade, Logistics,…), Communication Management, Office Management or Hospitality Management.
    • And/or your current bachelor’s or master’s degree contained mainly business/management courses and languages.
  • 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.  

After Graduation

  • The job of your life
  • Additional Studies
  • 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.  

    Bachelors 
    Extra bachelor in a one year abridged programme at Thomas More 

    Masters