Tourism Studies

Diploma
24 months
Application deadlines: March 31
Application fee: CA$40
Full-time
Intakes: September
International tuition: CA$20,002
Domestic tuition: CA$7,828

Program overview

This program is offered as a mandatory Co-operative Education format with four academic semesters and two paid Co-op placements. The focus of this program is on the provision of leisure experiences for domestic and international visitors. The program assesses the impact of tourism on individuals, communities, and the environment in order to develop best practices for sustainable tourism development. The features of the program include the provision of applied skills and knowledge, direct leadership experience, a co-operative education model (paid employment), and small class sizes.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus

Requirements

Graduation from high school or equivalent. Proof of English language proficiency is required from applicants for whom English is not their first language or from those whose education was completed in any country where English is not the official language. For students who meet the academic requirements but not the English language requirement, conditional acceptance to VIU may be granted. In this case, admission is granted pending completion of VIU’s English Language Centre program (level AP5). Exceptions may apply. Up to 30 advanced credits may be granted for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate (higher level) courses. Academic programs may have additional program admission requirements and course prerequisites. Please check your specific program requirements from VIU programs. International students who are BC high school graduates must have a minimum grade of “C” in English 12 for direct entry into an academic program. The Duolingo English Test (only For Fall 2020 and Spring 2021) - 110

Career opportunities

The management of tourism services is a challenging career in this increasingly leisure-oriented society. Dynamic, creative and innovative people are needed to plan, organize and supervise leisure experiences in a variety of diverse settings. The types of positions that graduates may occupy include the following: Commercial Recreation and Tourism Enterprises, such as private tour companies, leisure-related retail outlets, tourism attractions, health spas, fitness complexes. Adventure Tourism and Park Management, providing nature-based leisure experiences like camping, wilderness experiences, risk recreation, as well as environmental education and managing the resources required for nature-based leisure. Tourism Services, including destination resorts and hotels, theme parks, tourist attractions, convention and meeting business, and special events and festivals. Tour operations, including the packaging, marketing, and operation of tours, tour guiding and interpretation services.

Campus location

Nanaimo , Canada