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Tourism Studies

VIU International, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 13,746

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  • 2 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Diploma

Interested in travel and love working with people? A career in tourism can open up the world to you. If you’re seeking variety and a creative career with a human touch, you can join one of Canada’s fastest growing industries as a tourism professional.

VIU's Tourism diploma program combines in-class instruction with hands-on paid co-op placements over two years. As a hospitality and tourism studies student, you will learn about sustainability, marketing, risk-management, diversity, and event-planning - providing you with the knowledge and expertise to seamlessly transition into a diverse range of careers available in the tourism industry.

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.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023

General admission requirements apply.

  • Official transcript of grades from high school (and post-secondary institutions where applicable).

Year 1

  • Introduction to Tourism
  • Marketing Tourism Experiences
  • Co-operative Education Preparation
  • Risk Management and Legal Liability in Tourism
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Tourism
  • Organizing and Leading Tourism Activities
  • Event Planning I
  • Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
  • Business Computer Applications
  • University Writing and Research


  • First Co-operative Education Work Placement

Year 2

  • Sustainability in Tourism
  • Understanding Visitor Behaviour
  • Tourism Management Principles and Practice
  • Co-operative Education Preparation
  • Tourism Places and Spaces
  • Market Research in Tourism
  • Event Planning II
  • Business and Technical Writing
  • Three Electives

  • Fees for One Year Amount Tuition (31 credits x $156.80 per credit) 4,860.80 
  • Student Activity fee (4% of tuition) 194.43 
  • Student Services fee (31 credits x $6.93 per credit) 214.83 VIU
  •  Students' Union fee (12 months x $20.90 per month) 250.80 
  • Co-op fee ($681.00 per term) 681.00 
  • Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00 
  • Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year 1,600.00 
  • Total 8,076.86

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