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What are the best universities for Hospitality and Tourism degrees?

27 Sep 2020 - Barni Homden

Hospitality and Tourism is a fascinating and subject, and very relevant in today’s international jobs market. These are the best universities for Hospitality and Tourism degrees.

Best universities for Hospitality and Tourism degrees in the UK

The UK is an incredibly popular destination for tourists. In fact, in 2019 London was named the 3rd most visited city in the world by Forbes!

Here, you can study exceptional bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Hospitality and Tourism for international students at great universities.

Bournemouth University

students at beach in Bournemouth

Based on the UK’s scenic south coast, Bournemouth University (BU) is ranked 10th in the country for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism (Complete University Guide 2021).

Bournemouth is an ideal destination for students of Tourism degrees — in fact, more than 6 million tourists visit the seaside town every year, and in 2018, its beach was named best in the UK by the popular travel website TripAdvisor.

At BU, you can study a range of Hospitality and Tourism subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including Events Marketing, International Hospitality Management and Tourism Management.

University of Essex

students in Essex

Named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2018, the University of Essex is another great destination for Hospitality and Tourism students.

Part of the reason for this is that the University is home to the Edge Hotel School, the only hotel school of its kind in the UK. Here, you’ll study your degree while gaining hands-on experience in a real 4* hotel!

Degrees on offer at Essex include Hospitality Management and Tourism Management. You can even opt for a degree which includes an optional year in industry so you can gain even more experience while you study.

University of Westminster

students at London Bridge

Another top university for tourism degrees is the University of Westminster benefits from its prime location in central London, a city that attracts more than 18 million visitors a year. This, coupled with London’s status as the top academic city in the world (QS Best Student Cities 2019), makes its Hospitality and Tourism degrees extremely relevant!

Westminster also enjoys a ranking of 11th in the UK for Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism (Guardian University Guide 2021).

At the University you could opt to study degrees such as Tourism Management, Tourism Planning and Management and Tourism with Business.

Best universities for Hospitality and Tourism degrees in the USA

You’ll find many highly ranked universities in the USA, as well as some of the world’s most visited attractions. New York even features in the top 10 most visited cities list (Forbes 2019).

Arizona State University

students in Arizona

One top university to offer Hospitality and Tourism degrees in the USA is Arizona State University (ASU). ASU is based in Phoenix, which also welcomes a lot of tourists alongside international students, with more than 45 million people visiting in 2018.

ASU is also the number 1 most innovative university in USA (U.S. News Education 2020), and has been for 6 consecutive years! At ASU, you could study degrees like Community Resources and Development (Tourism) or Tourism Development and Management.

You’ll have lots of choice at ASU too, like the option to specialise in an area that interests you. Areas of specialism at ASU include Resort and Hotel Leadership and Sustainable Tourism, an increasingly important topic.

Pace University

students walking in Pace

Pace University also enjoys a superb location for Tourism degree students, in the heart of Manhattan in New York City. New York has an enormous tourism industry, with the sector contributing billions of dollars a year to the city’s economy.

Pace offers the only AACSB-accredited Hospitality and Tourism Management degree in the New York City area, and gives students the chance to gain exposure to some of the city’s world-class hotels and restaurants.

Where could a Hospitality and Tourism degree take me?

There is a huge array of career options and job opportunities in the tourism and hospitality sector. Find out where a related degree could take you! Watch our handy video:

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