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A Guide to Tourism Degrees Abroad

What better way to pursue a degree in travel and tourism than by taking on the role of international adventurer yourself? Earning your tourism degree abroad will set you up to succeed in a competitive industry by giving you every chance to practice, learn, and network your way to the top. Start your career in globetrotting the right way by earning your tourism degree abroad!

Why Earn a Tourism Degree Abroad

Becoming a stranger in a strange land is the best way to get a firm gage on what the tourism industry is all about. Not only will earning your tourism degree abroad place you in prime position to develop the necessary cross-cultural skills needed to excel in the field, it will also place you in the shoes of your future clientele who will be world travellers themselves. Earning a full degree abroad requires ambition, adaptability, and a desire for total cultural immersion – it may surprise you what you become capable of.


Travel and tourism degree programs are available all over the world, so rather than cover every potential destination we’ll focus here on some major factors that should narrow down your decision.

First, where are the most prestigious programs available? If studying tourism at a top-notch university is one of your main criteria, then you may want to check out programs in countries such as Switzerland, Spain, the United States, and Australia.  These countries, all exceedingly popular travel destinations in themselves, boast some of the most respected tourism and hospitality schools out there.

Next is the language barrier. While many tourism programs abroad are offered in English because that is the world’s current lingua franca, this is not always the case at full universities. Domestic colleges tend to use their own country’s language as the medium for education, so make sure that there are English speaking tourism courses available if you are not sufficiently adept in the language.

Finally, you should consider earning your degree abroad somewhere that you could actually see yourself making a career in as well. If you are travelling to a country, learning its customs, and studying its language in order to pursue your tourism degree abroad, then odds are you will have established a pretty solid foundation by the time your program is over. You never know what kind of job opportunities may sprout up!

Tourism Degrees Abroad

The most common degrees abroad that students pursue in the field are typically either a Bachelors or Masters degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management. While the degree may look similar on paper after graduation, tourism programs abroad are actually very diverse in nature, so be sure to research as many programs as you can in depth before making your decision.

While different in many ways, most tourism degree programs follow the general arc of general business courses followed by the choice of specialization in areas such as tourism, event management, hospitality, travel, and recreation. Some other general courses you might take include hotel management, food management, brand management, travel law, and travel finance. Tourism is a huge professional field with many niche areas to study, so sample as many areas as you can before choosing your focus.

Many tourism degree programs abroad will also require you to complete an internship and/or final research paper as part of your studies (this is more commonly required at the postgraduate level than at the undergraduate level).  By the time you earn your degree you will be fully prepared to begin the path towards  running hotels, travel agencies, major festivals and events, or whatever your heart desires!

Benefits & Challenges

Travel. You are at the early stages of beginning a career in the tourism industry, and there is no better way to sow the seeds of success than by becoming a world-traveller yourself in earning your tourism degree abroad.

Learn. Being able to apply your classroom lessons to your own experience as a traveller will enhance the learning process tenfold when earning your degree abroad in tourism.

Network. It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know. At school and while travelling you will constantly be making connections abroad which will turn into great friendships and valuable professional contacts down the road.

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