In the current panorama of international tourism, concern for sustainability, growing competition between destinations and demand for quality at a reasonable price are challenges that come together in an environment that is already by nature subject to continuous transformation and, in some cases, instability.
In response to this situation, the Ostelea School of Tourism and Hospitality offers a new Bachelor Degree in Tourism and Leisure, which is underpinned by an international approach in which trips are not seen simply as the act of travelling or intermediation and commercialization of tourism products, but rather, just the contrary, it encompasses all of the activities and agents involved in the tourism sector that manifest themselves through trips. Moreover, leisure is understood to be the consumption of tourism reflected in a cross-disciplinary way in all of the elements of the tourism system
The main aim of the Bachelor Degree is to equip professionals working in any functional department to successfully manage companies and businesses primarily dedicated to planning and managing international tourism and leisure destinations and products.
To this end, the Bachelor Degree provides a broad range of tuition covering tourism companies, resources, products, destinations and tools for international tourism management, in order to enable our students to attain a strategic global vision applicable to any of the professional and career opportunities for which this Bachelor Degree has been designed.
Reasons to take Bachelor Degree in Tourism & Leisure at Ostelea:
- Bilingual program in Spanish and English, with optional languages Russian and German.
- Compulsory internships from the first year onwards.
- ERASMUS Program.
- International exchanges: As well as the ERASMUS program, Ostelea has a great number of private partnership agreements with foreign universities that enable the international mobility of the students on selected programs with tuition programs that coincide with the School’s. These partner institutions include UPC in Lima (Peru), the Universidad Anáhuac Mayab (México) and INSEEC (Paris).
- Series of meetings with hotel directors and restaurant company executives and international tourism consultants.
- Command of specialized software: The students on the Bachelor Degree learn about travel booking management using Amadeus E-learning, one of the leading booking platforms at a global level. Students who successfully complete the course obtain a certificate issued by Amadeus accrediting that they have passed.
- Attendance at sector trade fairs: Students attend sector trade fairs throughout the four years, such as Barcelona Travel, considered to be the most important trade fair in the sector in Catalonia, and IBTM, one of the leading events in business tourism.
- International faculty: Part of the content on certain courses is taught by lecturers from Ostelea’s partner business schools and universities. In the 2015/2016 academic year, guest lecturers included Greg Richards, from Tilburg University (Holland); Maria Kirstine Lovén from the Copenhagen Business School. and José Antonio Vázquez from the Universidad Autónoma de México.
- Visits to companies and organizations: Within the framework of the courses, students go on practical visits that enable them to round off the content covered in the classroom. The visits conducted to date include the Hotel Cotton House, the Poble Sec Air Raid Shelter, the Boqueria Market, the Calella Tourism Museum, the Hotel ZT Villa Olímpica Suites, and the Mercat del Born Cultural Centre, among others.
- Cross-disciplinary Project: The students work on a project conducted jointly by all of the courses, in both the first and second year, The Cross-disciplinary Project simulates a real professional setting.
- Option of choosing two itineraries with a major.
- Research group: Members of the Master’s academic faculty form part of Ostelea’s multidisciplinary tourism research group (GRIT), the scientific output of which focuses on the field of international tourism management.