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International Tourism and Leisure

Thomas More University of Applied Sciences
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

International Tourism and Leisure

Make a difference in the world of tourism and leisure. You are a digital native, with digital skills. You understand the traveller or customer, new business models, and the world of online distribution and marketing. You’re an intercultural communicator. You finished a degree in English and speak at least one other language. You are a global citizen, you’re international. Last but not least, you follow up on trends, and are able to deal with an ever changing context.

In 2020-2021, we launch 3 new tracks within International Tourism and Leisure. You can now tailor your degree to your own specific interests.

  • Travel & Tourism | Become a highly skilled tourism and aviation professional while taking into account the consequences of tourism for nature and local residents.
  • Hospitality & Events | 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 | If you’re looking for a strong foundation in tourism, combined with digital programming skills, e-tourism technology development, IoT, and topped up with a big dose of innovation, this track is for you.

Admission requirements

Diploma Conditions

You want to enrol for a full degree (3 years)

You will need to prove that you meet the conditions to start an equivalent course program in higher education in the country where you obtained your diploma. Please note that candidates with a diploma obtained in a non-EEA member state may be set additional requirements.

Language Conditions

English Language Conditions for all English-taught Degree programs

You can prove you are reasonably proficient at speaking and writing English (level B2, European Framework), if you:

  • obtained a Flemish secondary education diploma or a Dutch VWO-diploma, MBO-4 diploma, HAVO + propedeuse
  • passed the ITACE test level B2 (in Antwerp, Leuven, Brussels or Ghent).
  • obtained the minimum score (e.g. 6 overall band score on the IELTS test or equivalent) on internationally recognised language tests such as Cambridge Assessment English, IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, SAT. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic IELTS Indicator and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition are also accepted .
  • obtained an English-language diploma in secondary or higher education from an institution of one of the following countries: United Kingdom, United States of America, New Zealand, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, Caribbean islands & South Africa. This implies that applicants who did not obtain their GCE A Level certificates in Australia, English speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the USA have to submit language test (cf. above) results.
  • followed your previous education in a partner institution with which Thomas More has an agreement on language requirements.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Phase 1

Semester 1


  • Business Fundamentals
  • Entrepreneurial Management 1
  • Tourism Fundamentals
  • English for International Tourism
  • Digital Skills

1 Language Elective

  • French /Spanish / Deutsch / Chinese


Digital Innovations

  • Internet of things
  • Travel Technology

Hospitality & Events

  • Travel Accommodations
  • Process & project management

Travel & Tourism

  • Travel Accommodations
  • Tourism Destinations

Semester 2


  • Business Intelligence Fundamentals
  • Culture & Art Topics
  • World Cultures
  • Marketing Fundamentals in Tourism
  • Business Analytics
  • Intercultural Communication in Tourism
  • Personal Development

1 Language and/or Business Electives

  • French /Spanish / Deutsch / Chinese
  • Professionele communicatie 2
  • Dutch A1
  • Asian Business Topics
  • International Trade


  • Web Fundamentals
  • Artificial intelligence in Business ( web?)
  • Corporate & social Events
  • Hospitality basics
  • Latin-American Business Topics
  • International Tourism

Elective courses (language, business and/or intercultural courses) (6 ECTS)

In phase 1 you must enroll in at least 1 major language elective course (French, Spanish, German or Chinese).

Phase 2

Semester 1


  • Financial Management in Tourism
  • Emerging Markets 2: Eastern Europe & Russia
  • Trends in Tourism
  • Design Thinking in Tourism
  • Aviation
  • Travel Technology
  • International Tourism Project
  • Destination Management and Incoming Tourism

Semester 2

  • International Study Exchange

Elective courses (language, business and/or intercultural courses)

In phase 2 you must enroll in at least 1 major language elective course (French, Spanish, German or Chinese).

Phase 3

Semester 1

  • Tourism Legislation and Regulations
  • E-Tourism
  • Tourism Research
  • Sustainable Tourism Development
  • Ethical Managerial Problem-solving
  • 3 Language (at least 1) and/or Business Electives

Semester 2

  • Managing Tourist Experiences
  • Bachelor Project
  • International Internship in Tourism & Leisure

Elective courses (language, business and/or intercultural courses)

In phase 3 you must enroll in at least 1 major language elective course (French, Spanish, German or Chinese).

Scholarships & funding

Thomas More offers a non-monetary scholarship to international students. You can get a discount on the tuition fee via the merit-based scholarship or tuition fee waiver.

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

EEA Students

  • Fixed Registration Fee: € 245.2
  • Cost First Semester (30 ECTS): € 351
  • Cost Second Semester (30 ECTS): € 351
  • Total Tuition Fee Per Year (Fixed Fee + 60 ECTS): € 947.2

Non-EEA Students without Scholarship

  • Fixed Registration Fee: € 1,700
  • Cost First Semester (30 ECTS): € 2,250
  • Cost Second Semester (30 ECTS): € 2,250
  • Total Tuition Fee Per Year (Fixed Fee + 60 ECTS): € 6,200


IATA Certificate

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.

Continuing studies

Additional Studies


  • Master in Tourism at KULeuven (Dutch)
  • Master abroad


Extra bachelor in a one year abridged programme at Thomas More

  • International Journalism
  • International media & Entertainment Business
  • International Communication and media 
  • International Business and Trade 

Career opportunities

Job Opportunities Ahead

With your English bachelor’s degree in International Tourism and Leisure, you will have a competitive advantage in the job market.

Your Future: Working Around the Globe

  • Aviation
  • Middle managagement positions in the industry
  • Incoming Agents
  • Hotel Sector
  • Tourism Boards & Destination Management Companies
  • Museums and Cultural Organisations
  • Event Agencies
  • Meetings, Incentives and Conferences
  • Tour Operators & Travel Agents

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Thomas More University of Applied Sciences

Thomas More is the largest university of applied sciences in Flanders, offering more than 30 Dutch-taught and a range of English-taught bachelor degree, short and postgraduate programmes in the province of Antwerp. Next to that, Thomas More offers exchange programmes...

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Zandpoortvest 60
2800 Mechelen

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