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

CLSY500 Culture and Society
COMM570 Academic Communication
TOUR501 Introduction to Tourism
TOUR707 Tourism Information & Research
TOUR797 Cooperative Industry Placement

Tourism papers

TOUR502    Visitor Attractions and Activities
TOUR503    Maori and Tourism in Aotearoa
TOUR504    Tourism Industry Operations
TOUR505    Customer Service and Selling
TOUR506    Inbound Tourism Product Development
TOUR507    IATA International Fares
TOUR601    Tourism Heritage and Culture
TOUR602    Ecotourism
TOUR603    Asia and Tourism
TOUR604    Distribution and Information Systems
TOUR605    Global Tourism
TOUR606    Tourism Marketing
TOUR701    Urban Tourism
TOUR702    Tourism and Indigenous Cultures
TOUR704    Tourism Planning and Development
TOUR705    Contemporary Issues in Tourism
TOUR706    Tourist Behaviour
TOUR707    Tourism Information and Research

Additional papers

GAST602 Gastronomic Tourism
TOUR607 International Spa Contemporary Issues

MGMT721 Leadership Practices and Principles
TOUR708 Spa Design and Management
TOUR709 Wellness Tourism


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: 05-Oct-2015 8.53am

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