BSc Tourism and Catering

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
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Degree
Bachelor of Sciences (BSc) in Tourism and Catering
Duration of training
3 years (6 semesters)
Language of instruction
English
Deadline of application
07/15/2019
Next starting date
09/02/2019
Fees
Tuition fee: HUF 350,000 / semester for citizens of EU member states € 2,950 / semester for citizens of all other countries
Application fee: € 100
Registration fee:
Intake
Fall

As it is widely known, in the past decades tourism became one of the largest and fastest-growing economic sectors in the world. As the UNWTO (World Tourism Organization) highlights in the latest reports, this branch of industry turned into a key driver of socio-economic progress through the creation of jobs and enterprises, export revenues, and infrastructure development in both developed and developing countries. Newer and newer areas and markets appear both concerning inbound and outbound tourism and competition and diversification also became key issues in the global tourism processes.

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. If you see the business opportunities this industry offers you are the one we need.

When you finish your studies you will be an Economist in Tourism and Catering.

With the acquired economic, business, social sciences, applied methodology and tourism and catering specialised knowledge you will be able to manage the tasks and challenges and the related workflows in a wide range of activities related to tourism and catering. You will be able to reveal and analyse the factors influencing the tourism demand, create an attractive and experience based supply and organise and fulfil the related services activities.

At the end of our programme you will have the knowledge and skills of:

  • You will understand the basic processes of the system of tourism and you will be able to be part of its professional operation;
  • You will have the knowledge of the peculiar characteristics of tourism and catering businesses and their management;
  • You will have practical and theoretical knowledge on the development of the different tourism products and the development and management of destinations 

Career opportunities

A key aim of our programmes is to combine academic knowledge with transferable skills in order to enhance employability. Tourism and Catering graduates are highly valued by employers across the world. You will have a choice of careers open to you, including

  • tourism (destination, product) manager (both in private and public spheres – companies, local governments, state governing bodies)
  • tourism planner, researcher, regional development expert
  • hotel or restaurant manager
  • hotel receptionist
  • travel agent, travel organiser
  • conference and event organiser
  • tourism sales manager
  • tourism marketing manager

Program Structure

Prospective students should prove their knowledge and skills in both Mathematics and English.

     

    The Application Process

    • 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.

     

    Further information

    Arrival: last week of August
    Orientation day: First week of September

     

    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 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 of no older than 2 years, on at least a CEFR level B2, obtained at an internationally recognized (accredited) language examination institution;
    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 (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: If applicant’s GPA is below 50 %

    20 points: If applicant’s GPA is 50 % or above

    35 points: If applicant’s GPA is 70 % or above

    50 points: If 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

    7 points: 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 cover letter

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

    5 points: The motivational letter is too general, remarkably few specifics and professional goals;

    10 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);

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

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

    25 points: Thoroughly well-thought-out, conclusive motivation and adequately specific professional goals in the work plan. In the case of doctoral students: research subject has not been researched earlier; innovative methodology; significant results are expected; notably noteworthy contribution to the scientific output and recognition of the Faculty; expected impact on the national or international level.

    25

    4. Motivational interview

     

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

    5 points: the interview is lagging, the applicant only communicates in short answers, mostly answers yes or no questions,

    10 points: the applicant is fluent in general topics, his or her professional motivations are not fully understood,

    15 points: the applicant is fluent in both general and basic professional topics and can express his or her professional motivation.

    15
    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.

    The applicant has to submit the following documents by uploading them to the online application portal of the University of Pécs:

    • Minimally CEFR B2 level language exam certificate (TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge/ECL ) less than 2 years old
    • Certificate of school leaving examination and
    • Transcript of studies (and their superlegalized English translation)
    • Europass CV in English
    • The payment receipt of the application fee
    • Medical certificate, Vaccination card and HIV test
    • Motivation letter

     

    Language requirements

     

     

    4. § 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 of no older than 2 years, on at least a CEFR level B2, obtained at an internationally recognized (accredited) language examination institution;
    • 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) Video recording of the online interview will be saved by the Faculty and archived for one year from the date of the interview.

     

    (9) 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.

     

    (10) 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 25 points

    d) Motivational interview: maximum 15 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.

     

    (11) 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.

     

    (12) 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.

    1st semester
    Quantitative methods
    Microeconomics
    Introduction to Social Sciences
    Information Systems
    2nd semester
    Probability and Statistics
    Macroeconomics
    Introduction to Accounting
    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. Lilla Kolos
    International Coordinator
    Phone: +36 72 501 599 /23160
    E-mail: kolos.lilla@ktk.pte.hu
    Website: http://www.english.ktk.pte.hu/