International Hospitality and Tourism Management BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry
Why choose this course
Surrey is one of the UK’s top universities for events, hospitality, tourism and transport, ranked number 2 in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2019, in the top 5 by the Guardian University Guide 2019, and top 10 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. We are also ranked 4th for hospitality and leisure management in the QS World University Rankings 2018 and ranked 5th for hospitality and tourism management in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018.
Our School of Hospitality and Tourism Management has an outstanding reputation around the world and our programmes are truly international in nature. From hotels to casinos, airlines to cruise ships, tour operators to resort development, our International Hospitality and Tourism Management programme primes you for a career at the heart of one of the world’s most exciting and fastest growing sectors, blending core business and management studies with specialist Hospitality and Tourism modules.
What you will study
Through the business modules you will explore the key approaches and techniques vital to managing and running an international business, whilst specialist modules give you a detailed appreciation of the unique features and challenges of the hospitality and tourism industries.
Our approach combines theory and practice in a way that gives you the chance to apply your knowledge, making use of case studies, business simulations and site visits. This balance gives you both the in-depth knowledge to thrive in international hospitality and tourism and a broader range of transferable skills that can be applied to a variety of managerial and entrepreneurial roles.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||36 months||N230||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||N231||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
International Hospitality and Tourism Management placements
The Professional Training placement is an integral part of our programme. Our prestigious placement partner organisations will provide opportunities for you to gain valuable experience in a professional working environment, increasing your confidence, skills and employability when you graduate.
You can choose to spend your placement in the UK, Europe or even further afield.
Some examples of organisations that participate in this scheme include:
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Graduates of our degree have proven to be highly employable across a range of organisations, not just within hospitality and tourism.
Some of our graduates choose to go into operational management roles, running hotels, holiday companies and resorts around the world.
Others specialise in marketing, human resources, IT and other head office positions in large hospitality and tourism-based corporations. Many find excellent career opportunities in hospitality and tourism consultancy businesses.
Recent International Hospitality and Tourism Management graduates have entered employment with organisations such as:
- Air Berlin
- Fairmont Group
- Four Seasons
- Thomas Cook
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
We encourage you to add an international experience to your degree by studying overseas for one semester during your second year (typically the autumn semester).
The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management currently has 17 exchange agreements spanning four continents of the globe. Our international partners include:
- Victoria University, Wellington
- Ryerson University, Toronto
- La Trobe University
- Nanyang Technological University
- Melbourne University
- University of Central Florida
- Modul University
Our partners complement our commitment to excellence in teaching and research and enable students to enhance their international outlook. If you choose to study at one of our European partners, you will be eligible for an Erasmus grant.
Taking part in the exchange programme is an invaluable experience that will expand your knowledge of international hospitality and event management, broaden your horizons, enhance your CV and enrich your life on a personal and professional level.
In your third year you might then want to think about spending your Professional Training placement abroad. Students have worked in many places, both in Europe and beyond; if working in Europe you will again be eligible for an Erasmus grant.
This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also to improve or learn another language.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
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"I got to study Japanese and spent an entire year working as a corporate travel coordinator and business developer for a large tour operator in Tokyo, Japan."
"What makes my course special is the opportunities that are on the table. All you have to do is reach and new doors are sure to open to a world of experiences and more opportunities."
Dorothée Coupat is an alumna of BSc International Hospitality & Tourism Management. Since leaving Surrey, she has moved to Canada and founded her own company, ’Menu A La Carte’, which provides translation services for the hospitality sector.
"Surrey gave me the flexibility to run and develop my business whilst gaining a respectable degree from one of the top ten universities in the UK."