Bachelor of International Tourism Management Overview

Tourism is the world's largest industry, and makes a huge contribution to the global economy and workforce. Study tourism with us, and you'll be well prepared to play an effective role in this exciting industry.

The Bachelor of International Tourism Management provides you with a sound understanding of the tourism industry and its role in the world. Explore how tourism businesses operate, how tourists behave and the impact of tourism on countries, cultures and the environment. Your study includes an industry placement in your last semester — an invaluable opportunity to apply what you have learnt and make industry contacts.

Programme code: AK1277
Level: 7
Points: 360
Duration: 3 years full-time / equivalent part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 29 February 2016 / 18 July 2016

AUT encourages early application. These qualifications will remain open until all places have been filled.

Entry requirements


No major option

You can also study the Bachelor of International Tourism Management without a major. Students undertaking the BITM without a major may choose a subject from the list of additional majors and minors available from outside of their degree to fulfill the elective component. The availability of additional majors and minors will depend on timetabling and some subject restrictions.

Structure and content

You complete core papers, a minimum of eight tourism papers, plus papers from your major. These provide the essential knowledge to understand the tourism industry and its position within New Zealand as a major employer and contributor to the economy.

Year 1

You complete eight papers that provide a comprehensive awareness of tourism as an industry and its role in New Zealand and around the world. This includes three core papers: Undergraduate Writing for Academic Purposes, Introduction to Tourism, and Customer Service and Selling. You will also select a major or choose the generic pathway of study.

Year 2

Papers in business management, social sciences, hospitality, and environmental studies broaden your understanding of the social, cultural and economic perspectives of tourism.

Year 3

You will complete one of the core papers, Tourism Information and Research, plus advanced level papers in your chosen major and/or electives in Semester 1. In your final semester, you complete a co-operative education project that involves practical experience. This helps you build further skills in the workplace, develop industry networks and help you make a decision on your professional career after graduating.

Core papers

COMM510 Undergraduate Writing for Academic Purposes
215020 Introduction to Tourism
215101 Customer Service and Selling
217004 Cooperative Industry Placement
217903 Tourism Information and Research

Tourism papers

215010 Tourism Industry Operations
215011 Visitor Attractions and Activities
215012 Maori and Tourism in Aotearoa 
215103 Inbound Tourism Product Development
215109 IATA International Fares
216001 Tourism Heritage and Culture

216003 Ecotourism
216004 Asia and Tourism
216014 Distribution and Information Systems

216015 Global Tourism 

216901 Tourism Marketing

217001 Urban Tourism
217002 Tourism in the Information Age
217003 Tourism and Indigenous Cultures
217005 Special Topic
217900 Tourism Planning and Development
217901 Contemporary Issues in Tourism
217902 Tourist Behaviour

Additional papers

216010 International Spa Contemporary Issues
216012 Gastronomic Tourism
216013 Gastronomy Aotearoa
217014 Spa Design and Management
217015 Wellness Tourism
GAST601 Gastronomy
MGMT721 Leadership Practices and Principles

Additional majors and minors

Having skills in more than one discipline can give you the competitive edge and increase your career opportunities. If you choose a second major or a minor you can study an area of interest from a range of subjects.

Related programmes

Master of International Tourism Management

Last updated: 12-Aug-2015 11.19am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.