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
Level: 7
Points: 360
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.

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 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.

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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.

Year 3

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 papers

165600   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

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.

Related programmes

Master of International Tourism Management

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.