Bachelor of International Tourism Management Overview

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Students experience Auckland as tourists

As part of the Visitor Attractions and Activities paper, first year Tourism students had the opportunity to get out of class and around Auckland to experience some of the city’s key attractions.

The bus tour took students through the lush suburbs of Devonport and Northhead, where they meandered through the tunnels and enjoyed views of the Hauraki Gulf and the city skyline.

The group also had the opportunity to visit the AJ Hackett Bungy site, at the base of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, where Sales Manager Tash Lawrence spoke about her experience in the tourism industry and demonstrated safe bungee practices (pictured). 

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: 18 July 2016 / 27 February 2017 / 17 July 2017

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 cooperative education project that involves practical experience.

Cooperative education

Co-op education 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: 31-Mar-2016 9.14am

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