Master of Tourism
The Flemish Master of Tourism offers an educational programme that emerges from the collaboration between ten educational institutions. The Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) signs for the overall co-ordination, organisation and final responsibility.
The programme aims at offering specialized courses in tourism from an economic angle on the one hand and from a place and society perspective on the other hand. Not only contents but also creativity is focussed on as well as the ability of conducting independently a study in the field of tourism management , tourism market analysis, tourism policy and development etc. A multidisciplinary approach is predominantly present within the programme as well as within the structure of staff and didactical teams.
Degree KU Leuven
The complete educational programme consists of three semesters and therefore takes 1.5 years:
- Prelimary trajectory: only in Dutch
[45 ECTS credits]
September – end of December, with assessment in January
- Master: Dutch and English
February – end of May, with assessment in June
Package of theoretical courses, focussing on management of tourism on the
one hand (15 ECTS) and space and society related to tourism on the other hand.
[30 ECTS credits]
End of September – end of December, with assessment in January
Applied integrated research project. This semester is focussing on applications, with a group seminar about integrated cases from the tourism practice (15 ECTS) and the elaboration of an individual master proof (15 ECTS).
The project is permanently evaluated and winded up with a final presentation in the week before Christmas Holidays; de master proof is presented in February.
Candidates with an academic bachelor degree in tourism are admitted to the master programme without preliminary trajectory. Academic bachelors and masters from other disciplines or professional bachelors should take the preliminary trajectory first.
For non-Dutch speakers:
- for now, the preliminary traject does not exist in English
- the master courses in Dutch (scheme - 7 credits on 60 ECTS) can be replaced by courses in English
- the diploma is in Dutch with full translation of the diploma supplement
Terms of acceptance
Master programme (2 semesters)
*academic degree of bachelor in tourism (or equivalent based)
*knowledge of English (corresponding with TOEFL >= 9.4; IELTS >=7.0 and subscores not less than 6.5; CEFR: min. B2)
*registration fee 331.90 per semester (inclusive courses, exams, student facilities such as use of libraries and PC-rooms or reduced price for meals in student restaurants; this does not include a provision of housing)
*acceptance by the intake commission
Master programme + bridging programme (3 semesters)
*professional degree of bachelor in tourism (or equivalent) or academic degree of bachelor or master in tourism supportive disciplines
*knowledge of Dutch for the bridging programme (corresponding with a minimum degree of level 5 after ILT KU Leuven test)
*registration fee € 331.90 per semester (inclusive courses, exams, student facilities such as use of libraries and PC-rooms or reduced price for meals in student restaurants; this does not include a provision of housing)
*acceptance by the intake commission
For applying: please upload the application documents with the International Office of KU Leuven.
Exchange (Erasmus or other) is possible for master of tourism students in either semester (semester 2 or part 1 of the master programme or semester 3 or part 2 of the master programme)
Foreign exchange students who want to follow 1 semester have to make sure that their educational institution has a bilateral collaboration agreement with KU Leuven, Faculty of Science, for the Master of Tourism. No other students are accepted than those having already an academic background in tourism.
Dominique Vanneste (from 1/8/2012 Anton Van Rompaey)
Responsible for the programme master in tourism, KU Leuven
tel. 32/16/32.24.42. (from 1/8/2012 tel. 32/16/32.64.03)
Faculty of Science, KU Leuven
International Relations – Socrates, KU Leuven
International Relations – Foreign students dossiers, KU Leuven