International Tourism Management

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Sep 15, 2021
StudyQA ranking:1473 Duration:3 years

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As a tourism manager, I can certainly explore the glamorous world of luxury hotels, cruise ships and tropical islands, and I can obtain the skills and knowledge to do that at Karlshochschule. After my studies, I'll be able to work in management for airlines, luxury hotels or cruise operators.

However, as well as all that, I can gain experience as a professional tourism manager from an anthropological and philosophical point of view, which brings a whole new perspective to the concept of "travel". As you know, travel has become a part of our daily lives. Even if I simply visit a museum or go to the cinema, I am still basically a tourist. And when I use the internet to offer tourists my couch to sleep on, I get a whole new range of intercultural perspectives and virtually travel through this cultural exchange.

In other words, this study programme expands my views on travel and puts tourism under a critical spotlight, especially with regard to its environmental and social impacts. I won't just study the traveller's point of view, but also those of the locals and the travel companies. In fact, I imagine my journey has already begun, and it's definitely going to be an exciting trip. It's one of the reasons I've chosen this degree course in International Tourism Management at Karlshochschule.

Educational organisation

Students are given a comprehensive overview of the different types of tourism activities and of mobility management in an intercultural context and acquire the ability to analyse, design, plan, manage, evaluate and critically assess tourism services. This is achieved by combining qualifications specific to the industry with general management skills and foreign languages.

The tourism modules are: Introduction to International Tourism Management, Consumption, Markets and the Tourist, Tourism Geographies, Strategic Planning and Destination Development, Critical Perspectives on Tourism, Tourism Operations, Current Issues and Trends in Tourism: Research Colloquium, and Internationalising Tourism Management: Field Studies.

Study abroad unit(s)

Optional (recommended):
In the fifth semester, the future international tourism managers go abroad for one semester, in order to test and apply the knowledge they have acquired in a foreign culture. This experience makes them even more appealing to employers.

The university has established cooperation agreements with partner universities so that all the modules can be completed at a university abroad without any loss of time. During the semester abroad, students have the opportunity to discover another country, benefit from cross-cultural exchanges, and broaden their horizons. Thus, they greatly increase their chances of successfully finding a job after graduation.


At the end of your Bachelor's studies, you will have to pass a practical phase. During these three to six months, you will prove your knowledge and enthusiasm under real circumstances - and you might develop your Bachelor's thesis. We will help you to find your internship with great contacts in the business world.

Forms of assessment

Exams, presentations, term papers

Language requirements

English proficiency:
Level C1 or above according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or IELTS of 6.5 or above or Internet-based TOEFL score of at least 100 points unless English is your native language

Academic requirements

To study as an international student at Karlshochschule International University, you must have a university entrance qualification that allows you to study in Germany. Furthermore, we emphasise your English language skills and something very special: you! Here we focus on your experiences, your character, and your personal qualifications.

Enrolment fees

All students pay 68 EUR per semester to the Karlsruhe Student Union.

Costs of living

Rent at a hall of residence or shared flat: 260-350 EUR
Health insurance: 65 EUR
Food: 160 EUR
Miscellaneous (books, computer, leisure, etc.): at least 120 EUR

Arrival support

  • Advice on accommodation for students
  • Assistance with student visas and residence permits
  • Introduction days at the beginning of the study programme
  • Pick-up service from Karlsruhe train station

Services and support for international students

Integrating and supporting our students is our top priority. This involves close contact with professors as well as a service-oriented, accessible administration and academic offices.

We offer:
  • Programmes instructed in English
  • German and English language courses at different levels
  • German culture classes
  • Academic counselling
  • Open-door policy of professors
  • Assistance with application procedure
  • Advice on accommodation for students
  • Assistance with student visas and residence permits
  • Counselling on financing and scholarship programmes
  • Counselling on internship applications
  • Assistance with practical matters and organisation of leisure activities by the International Office and student advisers
  • Introduction days at the beginning of the study programme
  • Excursions and extra activities with professors
  • Specific events and excursions for international students, e.g. to Heidelberg, Strasbourg or Berlin
  • Pick-up service from Karlsruhe train station
  • Online platform for international students
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