Bachelor of International Tourism Management Overview
Tourism is the world's largest industry. A degree in international tourism management is a great qualification if you want to play an effective role in an industry that makes such a valuable contribution to the global economy and workforce.
The Bachelor of International Tourism Management (BITM) provides you with a sound understanding of the tourism industry and its role in the world. You study how tourism businesses operate, how tourists behave and what impact tourism has on countries, cultures and the environment.
- Only university degree in international tourism management in Auckland
- Major in business, environmental studies, hospitality or social sciences, or complete the Bachelor of International Tourism Management without a major
- A wide range of electives
- Work-integrated learning with opportunities for co-op, internships and work placements
- Strong industry links with airlines, travel agencies, tour operators and other tourism industry organisations
- Close ties to AUT's New Zealand Tourism Research Institute
- Academic staff with strong tourism industry experience from around the world
- Opportunities to study overseas in countries like Canada, Hong Kong, Scotland or Germany as part of your tourism degree.
Programme code: AK1277
Duration: 3 years full-time / equivalent part-time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 20 July 2015 / 29 February 2016 / 18 July 2016
AUT University encourages early application. These qualifications will remain open until all places have been filled.
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 in your chosen major, plus a minimum of seven elective tourism papers. These provide the essential knowledge required to understand the tourism industry and its position within New Zealand as a major employer and contributor to the economy.
You do eight papers in Year 1 that provide a comprehensive awareness of tourism as an industry and its role specifically within New Zealand, as well as internationally. The eight papers include three core papers: Undergraduate Writing for Academic Purposes, Introduction to Tourism and Customer Service and Selling.
Papers in business, social sciences, hospitality, environmental sciences and event management broaden your understanding and perception of the social, cultural and economic perspectives of tourism.
You will complete advanced level papers in your chosen major and/or electives in Semester 1. For your final semester, you will undertake a cooperative education project that involves practical experience. This helps you build further skills in the workplace, develop networks and consolidate your decision on your professional tourism career after graduating.
Core papers165600 Undergraduate Writing for Academic Purposes
215020 Introduction to Tourism
215101 Customer Service and Selling
217004 Cooperative Industry Placement
217903 Tourism Information and Research
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
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
216010 International Spa Contemporary Issues
216012 Gastronomic Tourism
216013 Gastronomy Aotearoa
217014 Spa Design and Management
217015 Wellness Tourism
MGMT721 Leadership Practices and Principles
Additional majors and minors
If you undertake the Bachelor of International Tourism Management you may choose a second major, either from those available within your degree (double major) or from the list of additional majors from other degrees. Minors are also available in these subjects.
- Read the Additional Majors and Minors Schedule (11 pages/0.78mb)
- View the schedule of available majors and minors in the Faculty of Culture and Society
Last updated: 22-May-2015 9.10am
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.