BSc Tourism and Catering

Faculty of Business and Economics

This programme is designed for students who are interested in tourism and catering, and would like to pursue a career in the field of one of the largest and fastest-growing economic sectors in the world.

Head of program: Dr. János Csapó



Degree
Bachelor of Sciences (BSc) in Tourism and Catering
Duration of Training
3 + 1 years (6 + 2 semesters)

Language
English
Intake
Fall

Deadline of Application

Next Starting Date
Fees
Tuition fee: EUR 3,000 / semester for non-EU students
EUR 1,150 / semester for EU students
Application fee: EUR 100
  • Description of the program
  • Application procedure
  • Application requirements
  • Examples of subjects during the studies
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Description of the program: Since tourism is one of the greatest players of international commerce, represents 7% of the world’s exports in goods and services or contributes 10% to the global GDP or to global employment, it is definitely worth study and later on being occupied in this dynamically growing branch wherever you come from or wherever you would like to work later. When you finish your studies you will be an Economist in Tourism and Catering. At the end of the program, you will…

… understand the basic processes of the system of tourism and you will be able to be part of its professional operation;

… have the knowledge of the peculiar characteristics of tourism and catering businesses and their management;

… have practical and theoretical knowledge on the development of the different tourism products and the development and management of destinations;

... be able to reveal and analyze the factors influencing the tourism demand, create an attractive and experience-based supply, organize, and fulfill the activities of the related service. 

 

Discipline
Business and Management
Academic Level/Type
Bachelor

The application procedure in a nutshell:


•    We confirm the receipt of application materials via e-mail.
•    The Assessment Board reviews and evaluates every application and makes a decision within 15 working days after receiving the application fee.
•    Every applicant is informed of the decision of the Assessment Board immediately via e-mail.
•    If the applicant meets the requirements and is informed of her/his acceptance s/he must then pay the tuition fee and send us the payment receipt.
•    After receiving the tuition fee, the applicant will be provided with an official Acceptance letter with which s/he can contact the Hungarian Embassy and apply for a Visa.
Arrival: Last week of August
Orientation day: First week of September


Important notice! UPFBE accepts only full documentation packages. Please always check whether you have uploaded every required document. If you have to wait for a final certificate/degree document until a date later then the application deadline, please upload a signed statement giving the date when you will be able to provide the official certificate. In any other case incomplete applications receive formal rejection.    


The Faculty applies the following admission procedure for foreign nationals applying for foreign language bachelor training programs:


(1) This admission procedure applies to all applicants who do not have Hungarian citizenship or Hungarian dual citizenship, regardless of whether they have applied for a scholarship program or a private placement at the Faculty.

(2) The applicant must be 18 years of age or older by the day before the start of the Bachelor's program.

(3) Documents to be submitted with the application are:
•    a valid passport;
•    a high school diploma (baccalaureate) and a certified translation into English, which entitles the applicant to pursue higher education,
•    an official transcript of results document and a certified English translation thereof;
•    a certificate of proficiency in English if no older than 2 years, and at least a CEFR level B2, obtained at an internationally recognized (accredited) language examination institution. More information about the acceptable certificates here.
•    the official medical certificate in English stating that the applicant has received the required vaccines and is free of communicable diseases;
•    CV, letter of motivation,
•    other certificates.
To apply, an electronic copy of the required documents must be submitted via the online interface designated by the Faculty, and their original copies must be submitted upon enrolment.

(4) The Faculty measures language skills and professional motivation of the applicant in an admission interview. The language of the interviews will be English.

(5) Admission interviews are conducted continuously throughout the application period, the exact dates are published on the Faculty's English-language web pages. Admission interviews are scheduled and published by the International Office of the Faculty at least two weeks prior to the interview and communicated to the Vice-Dean for Academic and Financial Affairs.

(6) The Vice-Dean for Academic and Financial Affairs shall appoint the lecturer members of the Admission Committees (hereinafter referred to as "the Committee"), with the assistance of the heads of English-language programs. The Committee shall consist of two lecturer members and a secretary. The secretary may be a non-teaching/research staff member of the Faculty.

(7) Admission interviews are conducted in person and/or online. If the interview is conducted online, the Faculty needs to provide an interface for online chat, which is primarily the faculty-provided Skype availability. If you the applicant is not able to use Skype his or her country due to local laws, the interview will take place on an online interface chosen jointly by the Faculty and the applicant.

(8) The secretary of the Committee shall draw up minutes of the interview, which shall be kept by the Faculty in accordance with the rules on records.

(9) Applications are ranked in a 100-point system according to the following criteria:

a) Learning outcomes: maximum 50 points
b) Mathematics performance: maximum 10 points
c) Cover letter: maximum 10 points
d) Motivational interview: maximum 30 points
e) Extra points: maximum 13 points

Extra points may be awarded for prior economic studies, CEFR level C1 language examination and volunteering. The total score, including extra points, cannot exceed 100 points.

(10) Minimum eligibility criteria for admissions  

a) obtains more than zero points for each of the four main criteria [(10) a), b), c), d)], and
b) the total score, of at least 40, without extra points.

(11) Recruitment decisions will be made by the Dean of the Faculty on the proposal of the Vice-Dean for Academic and Financial Affairs, taking into account the applicant's score and the capacity of the training program applied for.

Selection Criteria in English BSc programs at the UP FBE

1. Checking FORMAL REQUIREMENTS of application documents

Applicants must meet the following formal criteria to start the training:

Applicants must meet the following formal criteria to start the training:
Applicants must have attained the age of 18 by the date of commencement of training and must provide the following documents in full:


1.    a valid passport;
2.    a high school diploma (baccalaureate) and a certified translation into English, which entitles the applicant to pursue higher education,
3.    an official transcript of results document and a certified English translation thereof;
4.    a certificate of proficiency in English if no older than 2 years, and at least a CEFR level B2, obtained at an internationally recognized (accredited) language examination institution. More information about the acceptable certificates here.
5.    the official medical certificate in English stating that the applicant has received the required vaccines and is free of communicable diseases;
6.    CV, letter of motivation,
7.    other certificates (this can be a voluntary activity certificate, an employer's certificate of professional experience).


To apply, an electronic copy of the required documents must be submitted via the online interface designated by the Faculty, and their original copies must be submitted upon enrolment.

2. The oral part of the admission procedure

The oral procedure will be conducted in accordance with the relevant rules and regulations. During the admission procedure, the Vice-Dean for Academic and Financial Affairs, the heads of the English programs, the international coordinator, the administrators of the English programs, and the IT system administrators shall cooperate in preparing the interview room, IT systems and online platforms (, MS Teams, Skype, DreamApply). The international coordinator and the administrators prepare the academic evaluation (Evaluation Form), schedule and organize the interviews. If, for any reason, an interview does not take place at an organized time, the applicant has the opportunity to repeat it once.

3. Admission criteria:

The following criteria are considered during the admission procedure: 

Criteria Results breakdown Max points

1. Learning outcomes:

GPA of the applicant’s last two high school years or result of preparatory courses done at the Faculty*

0 point: The applicant’s GPA is below 50%
20 points: The applicant’s GPA is 50% or above, but less than 70%
35 points: The applicant’s GPA is 70% or above, but less than 85%
50 points: The applicant’s GPA is 85% or above

50

2. Mathematics performance:

Average performance of the applicant in high school (in percentages) or result of the Introduction to Quantitative Methods preparatory course*

0 point: If applicant’s performance is below 50 %

5 points: If applicant’s performance is 50 % or above

7points: If applicant’s performance is 70 % or above

10 points: If applicant’s performance is 85 % or above

10
3. Quality and content of the motivational letter

0 point: The motivational letter contains nothing specific, no professional goals are set;

3 points: General professional and personal motivation, the work plan's goals are also mostly general but it contains at least some specifics (e.g. refers to activities and work tasks to accomplish);

5 points: Definite professional and personal motivation but still general goals and work plan;

7 points: Well-thought-out, substantive motivation and work plan, quality writing, and professional goals; specific, promising application

10 points: Thoroughly well thought out, conclusive motivation and adequately specific professional goals in the work plan. 

10
4. Professional interview

0 point: The applicant cannot communicate with the committee, not even the most basic communication acts (greeting, identity issues)

1–10 points: There is some communication, but it is not real interaction, the applicant seems to read prewritten texts or repeats the same sentences and cannot adequately summarize the assigned article and/or cannot properly respond to the questions/queries of the committee. The personal and professional motivations are not clear.

11–20 points: There is sound communication between the applicant and the committee. The applicant summarizes the content of the article more or less precisely but does not demonstrate general knowledge of the topic beyond the article. The personal and professional motivations are sufficiently elaborated.

21–30 points: There is a fluent and high-quality conversation both language and professional terms. The applicant excellently summarizes the content of the article and demonstrates a sound general knowledge related to the topic beyond the article. The personal and professional motivations are well elaborated.

30
Total 100
Extra points**
Specialization in economics during high school studies

0 point: the applicant did not complete any studies in economics;

5 points: Applicant has completed economics related subjects during his or her high school studies (e.g. Business, Statistics, Finance).

5
CEFR level C1 language exam certificate in the instruction language

0 point: the applicant has only a level B2 language exam certificate in the instruction language;

5 points: the applicant has an internationally recognized CEFR level C1 language exam certificate obtained no earlier than 2 years in the instruction language

5
Volunteering

0 point: the applicant either did not take part in voluntary activities or submits a certificate for a period of less than 3 months;

3 points: Applicant has been volunteering for at least 3 months with a charity or NGO and this is certified by the organization.

3
Total  13

* In the cases of criteria 1. and 2., the more favourable will be considered

** Applicants will be awarded a maximum of 13 extra points in total, according to the criteria listed, but the total number of admission points, including the extra points, must not exceed 100.

4. The admission decision

The minimum requirement for admission is that the candidate

a) obtains more than zero points for each of the four main criteria [(10) a), b), c), d)], and

b) the total score, of at least 40, without extra points.

Recruitment decisions will be made by the Dean of the Faculty on the proposal of the Vice-Dean for Academic and Financial Affairs, taking into account the applicant's score and the capacity of the training program applied for.

More information on the Language requirements

Important notice! UPFBE accepts only full documentation packages. Please always check whether you have uploaded every required document. If you have to wait for a final certificate/degree document until a date later then the application deadline, please upload a signed statement giving the date when you will be able to provide the official certificate. In any other case incomplete applications receive formal rejection.  

 

1st semester
Quantitative methods
Microeconomics
Information Systems
2nd semester
Probability and Statistics
Macroeconomics
Introduction to Social Sciences
3rd semester
Business Statistics
Organisational Behaviour
Banking and Finance
Tourism Geography
Environmental Economics
4th semester
System of Tourism
Foundation Marketing
Foundations of Digital Marketing
Health Tourism
Place marketing
5th semester
Fast and Slow Tourism Products
Tourism Enterprises
Marketing Calculations
6th semester
Case Studies in Tourism Marketing
Tour Operation and Event
Hospitality and Cultural Behavior
Lodging and Hotel Management

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Mária LAJOS
International Coordinator
Phone: +36 72 501 599 /23160
E-mail: lajos.maria@ktk.pte.hu 
English website of the Faculty