Business (Tourism) BA (Hons)

This course is delivered and awarded by Arden University in Berlin.

Arden University’s Business (Tourism) BA (Hons) is for those seeking to develop professional skills and insider knowledge of the tourism industry. The course offers you the foundation you need to manage or start a business in this field, with a curriculum that enforces a range of transferable and relevant business skills. You will develop an understanding specific to tourism management that will enable you to respond to specific industry requirements in national and international contexts.

You’ll study in Germany, the most popular option for international students looking to study in Europe.^ Germany is recognised for its high-quality education.

^According to statistics and data from ICEF monitor.

About Arden

This programme is designed, delivered and awarded by Arden University: a UK university regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for England (QAA) and the UK government.

Arden has helped 50,000 students from around the world succeed in its 26+ years of providing higher education. This institution was rated 4.2 out of 5 for student satisfaction, with 96% of graduates in employment or further study 6 months after graduating.*

*2016/17 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE)

Who should take this course?

This is the perfect course for those who want to introduce their passion for tourism and travel into their careers. The programme will enable you to build a promising professional future.

How will you learn?

You will learn using a combination of face-to-face and online learning. Arden University's innovative distance learning techniques mix traditional face to face classes with the flexibility of online studying. You will also have access to online study materials and resources 24/7 to support independent study, as well as online lessons, tutorials, forums and virtual classrooms and libraries. Assessment methods consist of assignments, essays, presentations, case studies, portfolios and exams.  In addition, you will receive regular academic support from Arden’s expert tutors and your own student support coordinator for any administrative, technical, or motivational help. 

Programme Structure

Alongside learning the fundamentals of tourism management and the inner workings of the industry, students will acquire an understanding of the key concepts such as it's unique supply chain, what motivates tourists, and how government decisions affect the sector.

You will be able to grasp key concepts of business pillars such as marketing, finance and human resource management and learn in greater detail management techniques, including motivation, conflict management and team building.

Modules overview

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • Developing personal and management skills
  • Understanding the business environment
  • Principles of marketing
  • Introduction to finance
  • People in organisations
  • Understanding the tourism environment

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • Managing across cultures
  • Business processes
  • Enterprise & entrepreneurship
  • Business analysis
  • Contemporary issues in tourism management
  • Sustainable tourism management

Year 3 (Level 6)

  • Contemporary management issues
  • Strategic management
  • Managing self and others
  • International destination management
  • Research methods and dissertation

Please note that the modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change.

Programme objectives

  • Develop an awareness of those entrepreneurial skills which best encourage the growth of enterprise and support the creation of new businesses.
  • Facilitate students in developing professional skills in tourism, supplemented by an understanding of a range of associated business disciplines, such as hospitality.
  • Promote understanding of the key aspects of current practice in the field of tourism while acknowledging current and emerging developments in related disciplines.
  • Prepare students to work within diverse settings and to appreciate the complexity of decision making in local, national and international contexts.
  • Develop an awareness of those entrepreneurial skills which best encourage the growth of enterprise and support the creation of new businesses.

Career direction

Upon completion of the course, graduates have a wide variety of career options available to them. Positions that graduates can expect to take up include travel consultant, hotel manager, tour manager, travel agency manager, event organiser, travel administrator, business development executive, among many others. Graduates can also choose to embark on postgraduate study.

Why study in Berlin?

  • Voted 7th best city in the world for student living by Top Universities in 2018
  • Option to apply for an 18-month post-study residence permit**
  • Excellent employment prospects
  • Learn from world-class international faculty in an international environment
  • Reasonable cost of living in comparison to many other European countries
  • Attractive to international students pursuing an education abroad
  • Rich in culture, history and entertainment
  • A vibrant start-up entrepreneurial city
  • Delivered in the most popular European country for international students^

** For more information please visit our section for International students

^ Based on an annual survey by ICEF.

Fees and funding

In addition to the qualification, fees cover a range of student support services, including visa application support, as well as German language classes for international students.

Scholarships for this course will soon be available. To find out more, contact a programme advisor.

Tuition fee - €8,000 / Year

Flexible payment plan

Arden University offers flexible payment plans* that allow you to spread the cost of your programme fees across multiple instalments.

More information on the flexible payment plans available can be found here.

*Terms and conditions apply

Entry requirements

Standard entry requirements: 

  • Two subjects at GCE A level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; or
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent
  • Personal statement 

For students whose prior learning was not taught in English

  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (no less than 5.5 in any element)

Non-standard entry:

Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they have a strong motivation to study the programme. A personal statement will be needed if you do not meet the standard entry requirements. This statement should be between 350-500 words and should include your references, relevant prior experience and qualifications.

Furthermore, we will ask for references and evidence of a minimum of 2 years’ work experience.  

A completed application form is required for all entry routes.

Career statistics you need to know

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Germany has the 2nd best unemployment rate in the EU, at 3,4%*

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Berlin was voted 7th best city in the world for students by Top Universities

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4th Best Graduate starting salary at £40,650**
in Europe, with a growing economy

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  • Full-time
  • Arden Study Centre Berlin, Germany
  • 3 Years
  • Feb, Apr, Jun, Sep, Nov
  • € 8000 per year.

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Student satisfaction rating on this course*

*Arden University 


Years of support by Arden University


Of students employed or in further study 6 months of graduating*


Of students saw their career improve as a direct result of their studies*

Studying in Berlin has provided me with the exposure I needed to think outside the box. I choose to pursue a postgraduate degree as it will take me one step further towards my goal of becoming a professor.

Benedictus Agbelom, MSc Project Management