Top 10 Universities in Australia for Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality

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Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality 

With the rise of the hospitality industry and it’s employment scope in recent years, many students are looking towards a degree within the tourism and hospitality field. This field is highly beneficial as it is a rapidly growing industry with few skilled staff and many global career opportunities. It is a field with a lot of practical work and a lot of learning about people, cultures and tourism industries. The job scope within this industry varies from being involved in hotel management and, culinary arts to even event coordinators and aviation staff.

Why study Tourism and Hospitality in Australia?

Australia has the third highest number of international students in the world and seven of the top 100 universities in the world and ranks eighth in 2019 QS World University Rankings. Some of the most important factors that make Australia an excellent country to study is that students are able to work while studying and gain hands-on experience during the course of their education. Additionally, most universities in Australia have attractive scholarship opportunities which can be beneficial to students as they have a variety of programs to reduce their academic expenses.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will most likely be meeting the 2-years on-shore study requirement and eligible to apply for an eighteen months work permit to remain and work in Australia. If the student is able to gain relevant working experience during this period, they might qualify additional points to apply for permanent residency later. In some states, graduates might able to request for state sponsorship to have the permanent residency title. Chat with us to know more.

These are the Top 10 universities for Tourism and Hospitality

1. Griffith University

Griffith was one of the first universities in Australia to develop degrees in Tourism and Hotel Management and had continued to lead the field in the world today. In 2019 QS World University Rankings, the Hospitality and Leisure Management subjects were ranked number one in Australia and eleventh globally. This course is available in Gold Coast and Brisbane.

Students will learn on industry-standard systems and have opportunities to get into the field through study tours to some of the world’s most exciting tourism destinations such as Dubai, Rome, Florence and Venice. Gain experience working on a project for a real company or community organisation through internships and graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to hit the ground running in a growing global tourism market. Intakes commence in February, July and October.

Program Bachelor of International Tourism and Hotel Management
Campuses Gold Coast & Brisbane
Intakes February, July and October
Indicative annual course fee (2019) A$27,500
IELTS Requirement minimum overall band score of 6.5 (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0

2. Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School

Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS), is Australia’s leading hotel school for hospitality education. BMIHMS provides internationally recognised hospitality and business degree courses that are highly respected within the global hospitality, hotel and event management industries.

BMIHMS has 2 customer designed campuses, one in Sydney and the other located in Leura. Students can enrol in January, April, July or October and graduate with a globally recognised business management qualification accredited by the Australian Higher Education accreditor (TEQSA Accredited).

Program International Hotel and Resort Management Degree
Campuses Leura & Sydney
Intakes Jan, April, July, Oct
Indicative annual course fee (2019) A$12,968*
IELTS Requirement minimum overall band score of 6.0 (Academic)

*reduced fee after including potential income from internship and part-time.

3. Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University (ECU) offers a Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism which covers the key aspects required for managing diverse hospitality and tourism businesses including marketing, financial management, business research and analytics, and strategic management.

It also features specialised units in food and beverage management, rooms division management, tourism planning and development, ecotourism, managing the service experience and event management. Students can further specialise their studies with a stronger focus in various fields, such as event management, marketing, human resource management, and international business.

Program Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Campuses Joondalup, Perth
Intakes Feb & July
Indicative annual course fee (2019) A$30,650
IELTS Requirement minimum overall band score of 6.0 (Academic)

4. La Trobe University

La Trobe’s Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Hospitality) gives the student the necessary knowledge and skills to work in tourism and hospitality around the world. Enrolled students will participate in a hotel management computer simulation and gain hands-on experience using front-of-house and travel management booking systems. They will also have the chance to complete an additional major in event management, marketing, human resources or a second language.

Graduates from La Trobe’s Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Hospitality) will find employment in a range of roles such as a Hospitality manager, tourism officer or guest relations manager.

Program Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Hospitality)
Campuses Melbourne
Intakes Mar, July & Nov
Indicative annual course fee (2019) A$31,000
IELTS Requirement minimum overall band score of 6.0 (Academic)

5. International College of Management Sydney (ICMS)

ICMS offers two degrees under this field, a Bachelors in Hospitality Management and a Bachelor of International Tourism.

The ICMS Bachelor of Hospitality Management (BHM) has been totally restructured and represents the next generation in hospitality qualifications. When students graduate from this degree they will possess the perfect blend of practical skill, theory and business acumen to take them to the top of their profession. An ICMS Bachelor of Hospitality Management can take a student in many different professional directions, whether the student would like to coordinate a conference or manage a multi-million dollar hotel. Many graduates are now working across the globe in locations like Europe, USA, South America, Asia, Pacific Islands and other exotic destinations.

In the Bachelor of International Tourism students will focus on a range of tourism considerations from accommodation and food and beverage to government policy, facilities management, and sustainability. With specialist subjects in areas such as Global Wine Tourism and e-Commerce and Social Media. Students are encouraged to shape their degree around according to their professional interests.

Here are some of the career pathways that will get student into:

  • Destination Sales and Marketing Manager
  • Guest Relations Manager
  • Resort Manager
  • Airline Operations Manager
  • Travel and Tourism Consultant
  • Tour Wholesaling and Operations
  • Tourism Bureau Manager
  • Regional Destination Manager

Find out more about ICMS and scholarship opportunities here: Top Australian College for Hospitality: ICMS

Program Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Hospitality)
Campuses Sydney
Intakes Mar, July & Nov
Indicative annual course fee (2019) A$26,767
IELTS Requirement minimum overall band score of 6.0 (Academic)

6. Kaplan Business School

Within KBS’s Bachelor of Business (Hospitality & Tourism Management), students will acquire business communication skills, financial literacy, plus a host of other transferable skills. Whether the student would like to work in an executive or management role, as a consultant, or to start their own business, this degree provides an excellent platform for their business career. Skills that the student can learn through this course is demonstrating fundamental knowledge across a wide range of business discipline, explaining the broad economic, social, regulatory and ethical environments in which businesses operate within the global economy and applying knowledge from various business disciplines to formulate solutions to technical business problems.

Program Bachelor of Business (Hospitality & Tourism Management)
Campuses Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane
Intakes Mar, July & Nov
Indicative annual course fee (2019) A$17,200
IELTS Requirement minimum overall band score of 6.0 (Academic)


The Diploma of Hospitality will teach students the skills required to thrive in the hospitality industry and combines practical skills with contextualised business and management knowledge. This course offers students scope for career progression that goes well beyond the hospitality industry. The students will learn about a broad range of managerial skills needed to coordinate hospitality operations. They will learn to operate independently, have responsibility for others and make a range of operational business decisions. Students can choose to further their education into Bachelors of Business with other associated universities such as University of Western Sydney or La Trobe University.

This 1-year course is also offered as a ‘fast-track’ program and will be delivered intensively over a shorter duration for the March and September intakes at Western Sydney Region Baulkham Hills and Kingswood colleges.

Program Diploma of Hospitality Management
Campuses Several locations in NSW
Intakes Feb, Apr, Jul & Sep
Indicative annual course fee (2019) A$14,250
IELTS Requirement minimum overall band score of 6.0 (Academic)

8. Le Cordon Bleu

Students who wish to forge a career in the international hotel and hospitality market are encouraged to consider this degree program. Applicants will learn to master the fundamentals of hospitality as well as strategic management principles. The Bachelor of Business (International Hotel Management) is delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorials conducted at the Northern Sydney Institute, Ryde College, 250 Blaxland Road, Ryde, New South Wales. Intakes available in January and July. Career prospects range from

  • Rostering Supervisor
  • Human Resources Coordinator
  • Recruitment Manager
  • Training Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Resort Management
  • General Manager.
Program Bachelor of Business (International Hotel Management)
Campuses Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
Intakes Jan & July
Indicative annual course fee (2019) A$ 26,784
IELTS Requirement minimum overall band score of 6.0 (Academic)

9. University of Tasmania (UTAS)

The course is designed to produce graduates with a sound knowledge of the fundamental principles and concepts of management, familiarity with significant literature in the field and the ability to review, consolidate, extend and apply the knowledge and techniques to the hospitality management sector. It seeks to produce graduates with knowledge, skills and with an understanding of best practice in hospitality management, who recognise the value of research, critical thinking and effective communication.

Program Bachelor of Business Administration (Tourism Management)
Campuses Tasmania
Intakes Feb, July & Nov
Indicative annual course fee (2019) A$28,450
IELTS Requirement minimum overall band score of 6.0 (Academic)

10. Victoria University

Choose the Tourism and Hospitality Management major in the Bachelor of Business to gain the skills and knowledge to develop, operate, manage and market sustainable tourism products, experiences, businesses and destinations.

At Victoria University, students will gain a thorough understanding of the industry’s core trends and issues, as well as insights into:

  • product and service development
  • tourism innovation
  • working with stakeholders from various cultural backgrounds.

Students will also stand out to future employers thanks to VU’s practical work-integrated learning unit, helping you to apply your skills and learning in a real-world context and roles such as:

  • Hotel Or Resort Service Manager
  • Food And Beverage Manager
  • Airline Services Coordinator
  • Conference Coordinator
  • Tourism Industry Adviser
  • Tourism Transport Operator
  • Tourist Information Officer
Program Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Hospitality Management)
Campuses Melbourne
Intakes Feb & July
Indicative annual course fee (2019) A$27,400
IELTS Requirement minimum overall band score of 6.0 (Academic)

Disclaimer: The program and fees listed are provided as a general guide only, the information was captured from the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.

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Manahil Ijaz

An international student from Taylor’s University, Manahil Ijaz is a freelance writer from the field of PR and Marketing who indulges in different forms of art including writing, painting and designing. Manahil has a great passion for psychology and English literature and loves travelling too.

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