International Tourism and Leisure

Professional bachelor (English)

Locatie: 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 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.
  • Get ready for an inspiring international career in leisure and business travel and hospitality.
  • 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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The sky is not the limit

Do you want a fascinating job in an international context? We will make you feel at home amongst the main tourism & hospitality players. You will build an international network during your studies. You will blend in into the international community even more through your international study exchange and international internship.

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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: a hackathon around hospitality, a visit to the world exhibition or a workshop with Accor.

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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 | 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 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
    Study exchange i 30
    Sustainable Tourism Development i 3
    E-Tourism i 3
    Tourism Research i 3
    Management lab /practicum (choice) 6
    Managing Tourist Experiences Lab i
    Hospitality Management Lab
    Business Travel Management Lab
    Phase123
    Business & Management
    Business Fundamentals 6
    Web Fundamentals 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
    Communication courses
    English for International Tourism 3
    Intercultural Communication in Tourism 3
    Dutch (survival/A1 or A2) or Professional communiation 3
    Personal Development
    Personal development 3
    Ethical Managerial Problem-Solving 3
    You Choose! Electives 3
    Major language elective (French, Spanish, Chinese or German) 3 3 3
    Extra Language or Business elective 3
    IATA GDS Fares and Ticketing
    @Work
    Bachelor Project i 10
    International Internship 20
    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
    Study exchange i 30
    Sustainable Tourism Development i 3
    E-Tourism i 3
    Tourism Research i 3
    Management lab /practicum (choice) 6
    Managing Tourist Experiences Lab i
    Hospitality Management Lab
    Business Travel Management Lab
    Business & Management
    Business Fundamentals 6
    Web Fundamentals 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
    Communication courses
    English for International Tourism 3
    Intercultural Communication in Tourism 3
    Dutch (survival/A1 or A2) or Professional communiation 3
    Personal Development
    Personal development 3
    Ethical Managerial Problem-Solving 3
    You Choose! Electives 3
    Major language elective (French, Spanish, Chinese or German) 3 3 3
    Extra Language or Business elective 3
    IATA GDS Fares and Ticketing
    @Work
    Bachelor Project i 10
    International Internship 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 industry guest lecturers during several classes and seminars. You can learn from the experts first-hand, in the classroom, online or during field trips.  

  • 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 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 for you. For your national or international internship, our staff will help you to select the internship of your dreams. 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.

Na je studie

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

    • Tourism is a people's business. It is about people, hospitality and experiences. But it also requires business acumen, creativity and organising talent. 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 

    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

    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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