The Bachelor of International Tourism requires three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time). The course is offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law.

Admission requirements

The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements. 

Course aims

This course aims to enable students to:

  • examine issues, trends and approaches in the global tourism industry
  • examine issues in tourism development and planning that allow for the retention of the authentic character of a place and investigate the approaches required to best deal with opportunities and challenges presented in global tourism
  • promote and utilise strong links with the tourism industry
  • develop a critical and theoretical understanding of tourism as a global phenomenon and apply that understanding to international, national, regional and local circumstances by examining diverse industry practices in a range of contexts
  • undertake an industry practicum and an industry-linked research project
  • analyse trends in worldwide tourism and their impact with practical contact with selected local, regional, national and international aspects of tourism
  • develop a sound understanding of policy, strategic development and global best practice for sustainable tourism.

Learning outcomes

Graduates will help to shape developments in a sustainable and responsible international cultural tourism industry. Graduates will be able to:

  • apply the appropriate knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes for successful careers in the field of International Tourism
  • explain the concepts of tourism in an international context, and demonstrate a broad understanding of its role in relation to the arts, culture, environment and/or heritage of a place
  • demonstrate a broad understanding of international trends in tourism
  • communicate in a professional manner through analytical reports and effective verbal presentations in a variety of disciplines and collaborative situations
  • apply both theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to specific case studies
  • demonstrate how theoretical concepts can be applied in the workplace by undertaking an appropriate industry placement in tourism
  • demonstrate skills in quantitative and qualitative evaluation, management and marketing in a tourism context
  • demonstrate an awareness of the significance of the conservation and sustainable development of environments and assets, the preservation and management of heritage, and the preservation, development and distribution of cultural and environmental capital in the management of tourism
  • act ethically as professionals within the field of the International Tourism industry. 

Program of study

To qualify for The Bachelor of International Tourism, a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study. The award of a grade of Fail (F) on more than one occasion in the same topic may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

Students undertake 63 units of core topics and 45 units from one of the following streams:

Core - Year 1 topics

31.5 units comprising

 BUSN1011  Accounting For Managers  (4.5 units)
 BUSN1022  Marketing Principles  (4.5 units)
 COMS1001  Academic and Professional Communication  (4.5 units)
 TOUR1101  Introduction to International Tourism Management  (4.5 units)
 TOUR1102  Interpretive Tour Guiding  (4.5 units)
 TOUR1103  Event Design and Practice A  (4.5 units)
 TOUR1104  Tourism Portfolio  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2 topics

18 units comprising

 LEGL2114  Regulating Small Business  (4.5 units)
 TOUR2101  Place, Culture and Tourism  (4.5 units)
 TOUR2102  Introduction to Tourism Research  (4.5 units)
 SCME2004  Introduction to Digital Graphic Design  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 3 topics

13.5 units comprising 

 TOUR3101  Contemporary Issues in Tourism  (4.5 units)
 TOUR3106  Tourism Business Planning  (4.5 units)
 TOUR3113  Sustainable Tourism Planning and Development  (4.5 units)

Stream - Cultural Tourism

Year 1 topics

4.5 units of elective topics #

Year 2 topics

ARCH2108  Cultural Heritage Management  (4.5 units)

plus 13.5 units of elective topics #

Year 3 topics

 TOUR3102  Tourism Placement A  (4.5 units)
 TOUR3104  Tourism Research Project A  (4.5 units)

Plus 13.5 units of elective topics#

Stream - Festival and Event Design and Management

Year 1 topics

4.5 units of elective topics #

Year 2 topics

 TOUR2103  Event Design and Practice B  (4.5 units)

plus 13.5 units of elective topics #

Year 3 topics

TOUR3109  Event Studies Placement  (4.5 units)
TOUR3111  Event Studies Research Project  (4.5 units)

plus 13.5 units of elective topics #

Stream - Nature Based Tourism

Year 1 topics

4.5 units of elective topics #

Year 2 topics

18 units of elective topics #

Year 3 topics

TOUR3110  Nature Based Tourism Placement  (4.5 units)
TOUR3112  Nature Based Tourism Research Project  (4.5 units)

plus 13.5 units of elective topics #

#A list of recommended elective topics for each Stream is available from the Course Coordinator


A student who has completed all the requirements of The Bachelor of International Tourism, or another qualification which the Faculty Board agrees is equivalent, may be accepted as a candidate for the honours degree providing a sufficiently high standard has been achieved in fulfilling the requirements for The Bachelor's degree.

Refer to Bachelor of International Tourism (Honours)

Combined degrees

The Bachelor of International Tourism may also be studied in a combined degrees program with a: