Tourism and Recreation – Bachelor's degree
Bachelor's Degree Programs
3 years (6 semesters)
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The Tourism and Recreation programme is popular due to the career development prospects it offers its graduates. Working in the tourism and recreation industry means combining an interesting job and personal growth. It also means bearing responsibility for all those who decide to use the services of travel agencies, hotels, restaurants, fitness clubs, or conference organizers, expecting a professional and satisfying experience.
The Tourism and Recreation (Bachelor’s level) programme at Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management is an ideal choice for those who want to work in a dynamic environment. Communication skills are key here, as are foreign language skills, organizational skills, and entrepreneurship. It is also perfect for those candidates who are creative like to travel to see the world, meet new people, and want to find out how to provide customers with unforgettable experiences.
The aim of the studies is to provide practical knowledge and the skills necessary, within the activities of enterprises in the broadly understood tourism industry. You will also acquire the necessary knowledge in the fields of marketing, law, human resources management, and other areas relevant to work in tourism, hospitality, and recreation. In addition, you will get acquainted with the latest information technologies and issues, within the fields of intercultural relations and human impact on the environment. You will complete the theory with practice. Check the section “Professional internships”, and discover what career opportunities are waiting for you during your studies!
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME:
The curriculum of the Tourism and Recreation programme at the Bachelor’s level has been designed to best teach you practical knowledge and skills. This means that, in addition to lectures, you can expect many practical sessions. These include seminars, workshops, as well as strategy and simulation games. Our teaching and research faculty is comprised of outstanding experts, known practitioners, and reputable academics. It is thanks to them, that we can offer you an interesting curriculum, tailored to the needs of the tourism market, and you are able to gain invaluable knowledge and practical skills, starting from the very first semester.
You will learn how to plan, organise, and co-ordinate activities in a tourism and recreation company, hotel, restaurant, travel agency, or resort. The curriculum also includes foreign languages courses (B2 level, according to the Common European Framework).
Studying at the Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, you will be expected to undergo internships. They will enable you to gain professional experience. The internships take place in the 2nd year, and their duration must be at least three months, i.e. 300 hours – 150 each in the 3rd and 4th semesters.
You will do your internships at our business partners’ organisations, as well as at a number of other companies, whose activities converge with the curriculum and your chosen sub-major, in addition, to enabling you to perform tasks required by your internship syllabus.
It is important to note that the internship can be done in two parts.
The complete syllabus, which includes, among others, the tasks that must be performed during the internship, along with the relevant documents and description of how the tasks were performed, is available in the “Internship” section. Hold on, though, there is more! During your studies, you will be able to participate in training camps for qualified tourism in the “Mazur” tourist resort at Święcajty lake (see the “Summer and Winter camps” section for more information). You will also be able to utilise the competencies you will gain over the course of your studies, by participating in international conferences organised by our Business Tourism Scientific Club “2B”.
FIND OUT WHERE YOU CAN DO INTERNSHIPS FOR YOUR SUB-MAJOR:
Our Hospitality management sub-major is taught, in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce of the Polish Hotel Industry, which represents more than 120 hotels, including the Orbis Accor Group. This is where you will be able to do your internship and, based on the material gathered, you may write your Bachelor’s thesis.
The business tourism sub-major is taught in collaboration with Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the largest global association of professional meeting organisers. You will hence be able to do your internship in companies which organise major events.
Leisure time tourism
The Polish Chamber of Tourism is a partner of the leisure time tourism sub-major. The Chamber is, in fact, the largest organisation within the Polish tourism industry.
Recreation in tourism
The recreation in tourism sub-major will take you to recreation clubs, fitness centres, and spa & wellness centres belonging to hotels.
The gastronomy manager sub-major offers internships at various restaurants and hotel gastronomic units.
Studying at the Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management will provide you with the knowledge necessary, to quickly become an expert on tourism and recreation.
List of obligatory classes
- Introduction to Economics
- Ecology and Environment
- Introduction to tourism
- Introduction to the hospitality industry
- Introduction to sociology
- Introduction to recreation
- Information technologies
- Introduction to management
- Land Planning and Development of Tourism and Management
- Tourism geography
- Economics of tourism and recreation
- Intercultural communication
- Organisation of tourism
- Tourism in practice
- Law in tourism and recreation
- Marketing in tourism and hospitality
- Quality in tourism and hospitality
- Insurance in tourism and hospitality
- Recreation in practice
- Finances of tourist and hospitality enterprises
- Foreign language (English)
- Foreign language II
- Diploma seminar
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Library instruction
- Physical education
5th semester elective courses
- Tourism and world religions
- Personal training
- Contemporary International Socio-Economic Issues
- Tourist information
- Development of tourist attractions
- Winter camps
- Information Security in Business
- Philosophy and ethics
- History of architecture and art
- Cultural tourism
- Multiculturalism in tourism
List of 6th semester elective courses
- International tourist organisations
- Writing workshop
- Regional cuisines
- Contemporary International Socio-Economic Issues
- Tour guide course
- Childrens’ Camp instructor course
- Sightseeing trips operations
- Planning the design of promotional campaigns
- Tourism in the European Union
- Tourism and recreation management at the regional level – tourism and hospitality
- Foreign language (Chinese, Turkish)
Tourism and Recreation at Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management enables you to expand your knowledge of one of five sub-majors tailored to market needs.
SUB-MAJOR: HOTEL BUSINESS
If you would like to work at a hotel, or operate your own business of this type – this is the sub-major for you. You will gain the required knowledge of hospitality planning and operating hotel facilities, as well as promoting and organising the related services. This is where you will learn the principles governing the hospitality market and facilities, both in Poland and the European Union. After graduation, you will be able to organise tourist and leisure events for hotel guests and promote the so-called ‘active leisure’.
List of classes in the hotel business sub-major
- Information technologies in the hospitality business
- Hotel, Food, and Beverages and Recreation Services
- Economics of Hotel Establishments
- Reception and Reservation Departmental Operations
- Hotels’ technical equipment and technologies
- Housekeeping Departmental Operations
- Hotel Revenue Management
- Domestic and international hotel systems
- Hotel properties management
- Safety and Security in Hotels
- ‘Savoir Vivre’ in Hospitality
- Trends in the hotel industry
SUB-MAJOR: CATERING BUSINESS MANAGER
If you want to establish your own catering business, or work at a restaurant, this sub-major is for you. You will acquire knowledge of how to plan catering activities and promote and organise the related services. This is where you will learn the principles governing the gastronomic market and its facilities.
List of classes in the catering business manager sub-major
- Information technologies in the hospitality business
- Hotel, Food, and Beverages and Recreation Services
- Economics of Catering Establishments
- Restaurants’ technical equipment and technologies
- Organisation of Catering for Events
- Food Safety and Hygiene
- Kitchen Operations
- Services in Catering Business
- Introduction to Wine Knowledge
- Regional Cuisines
- Modern cuisine
- Trends in the catering business
SUB-MAJOR: BUSINESS TOURISM
This sub-major is the answer to the needs of the rapidly-developing business tourism sector. By choosing this sub-major, you will learn how to professionally organise business trips, congresses, conferences, incentive tours, and company picnics. You will be able to independently plan business events, such as fairs, study tours, study presses, or corporate events. This sub-major will also enable you to join Meeting Professional International (MPI). Once a member, you will be able to participate in international conferences in places, such as London, Copenhagen, Davos, Dusseldorf, or Barcelona.
List of classes in the business tourism sub-major
- Economics of Tourism Enterprises
- Transport in tourism
- The Meetings industry
- New technologies in the meetings’ industry
- International organisations in the meetings industry
- Event venues
- Sports events and team building
- Event Scenography and Direction
- Corporate events
- Media in the meetings industry
- Incentive travel
- Trends in the meetings industry
SUB-MAJOR: LEISURE TOURISM
This sub-major will show you what a trip full of attractions actually means. You will learn how to creatively collaborate with an artistic collective, or improvise in unexpected situations. You will learn about the culture and history of various places around the world. You will gain the knowledge and skills necessary, to achieve professional success as an organiser.
List of classes in the leisure tourism sub-major
- Economics of Tourism Enterprises
- Transport in tourism
- Creating tourist offerings
- Information and reservation systems in tourism
- Leisure tourism market segmentation
- Children and Youth Tourism and Recreational Operations
- Medical Tourism, Spa and Wellness Operations
- Activity Tourism Operations
- Leisure Tourism Promotion
- Passenger Service
- Tourist Guidance and Escorting
- Trends in leisure tourism
SUB-MAJOR: RECREATION IN TOURISM
If you would like to work at a sports club, fitness centre, wellness & spa facility of a hotel, or operate your own similar establishment, this sub-major is for you. You will learn how to plan, organise, and co-ordinate sports and recreation activities, and manage sports and recreation events, including risk management. You will know how to communicate with local authorities, how to collaborate with celebrities, and how to manage activities, as part of international festivals.
List of classes in the recreation in tourism sub-major
- Physical recreation and sport in the life of the ‘modern man’
- Economics of recreation and sport activities
- Volunteering in recreation and sport
- Organisation of recreation and sport for different social groups
- Pedagogy of Outdoor Recreation
- Animation of leisure time in recreation
- Methodology and safety of conducting recreational activities
- Planning and organisation of recreational events
- Outdoor leisure activities’ adventures
- Recreational, integration, and field games
- Events psychology
- Contemporary trends in the animation of free time and recreation
prof. dr hab. Elżbieta Biernacka
A specialist in the field of devastated land use management. Laureate of the Golden Laurel of the 5th Department of the Polish Academy of Sciences for outstanding contributions to the development of agricultural sciences. Honorary Professor of the University of Warmia and Mazury. A member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of the Environment of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Poznań for the years, 2015-2019.
prof. dr hab. Józef Grochowicz
Author of over 600 scientific published papers. Doctor Honoris Causa granted by the Technical University of Koszalin. Member of several scientific and advisory committees of journals. Initiator and chief scientific adviser of the Summer School „’Advances in Food Engineering’. ”. Honorary Vice-President (and Chair of Section VI) – International Commission of Agricultural and Bio-process Engineering, and Life Member of the Asian Association for Agricultural Engineering (AAAE). An Expert of the Polish Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Society of Food Science and Technology. Honorary President (and expert) of the Polish Society of Food Engineering „ ’SPOMASZ’. Awards and distinctions: The Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta,.,’Gold and Bronze Cross of Merit’, Medal of the National Education Commission, Medal ’Meritorius for Invention’ granted by the Prime Minister of the RP.
dr hab. Adam Mazur
Associate Professor of the Main School of Tourism and Recreation in Warsaw. A sociologist and humanist with many years of experience in conducting classes at various levels of education. Specialist in the implementation of training tourism projects, regional education, and implementation of the principles of sustainable development. He has been the head of the general subjects department, the manager of the hospitality and hospitality department, the dean of student affairs, and the dean of the faculty. He chaired the Departmental Committee for the Quality of Education and Scholarship. He is a member of the faculty programme committee and is a module subjects co-ordinator.
dr hab. Teresa Skalska
Associate Professor Teresa Skalska, PhD, Dean of the Tourism and Recreation Faculty in Warsaw School of Tourism and Recreation Management, is President of the Association for Research, Development, and the Promotion of Tourism, and organises volunteer activities for people with disabilities. Areas of her research activities include: the economics of the tourism market, tourism statistics, national and regional tourism satellite accounts, competitiveness in the tourism market, the social economy, collaborative consumption, and consumer behaviour among people at risk of social exclusion, the third sector in tourism.
dr hab. Jolanta Żyśko
Rector and professor at SGTiR. Since 1990, she has been involved in scientific research in the field of organisation and sports management. She completed a scientific internship at the Institute of Sport & Leisure Policy at Loughborough University. She has lectured at many foreign universities, including the Deutsche Sporthochschule in Cologne, the University of Jyväskylä, and the University of Bayreuth. Since 2009, she has been a board member of the European Sports Management Association. She is one of the experts of the European Commission for human resources management in sport, and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, on the implementation of the National Qualifications Framework in Higher Education, and an expert on the quality of education of the Polish Accreditation Committee. Formerly, Polish champion in sailing regattas (class 470) on a few occasions, she was also a participant of the Good Will Games in 1986. In 2017, she received the Nomination of the Director of the Institute of Sport-PIB (National Research Institute) for the post of Chairman of the Council for Sports Sector Competencies, and joined the group of Honorary Ambassadors of Polish Congresses.
dr hab. Krystyna Żelazna
A long-time lecturer at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences and the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Human Nutrition and Consumer Sciences. From 2009 to 2012, she was Rector of the College of Tourism and Foreign Languages. Decorated, among others, with the Silver Cross of Merit, the Golden Badge of Merit for WULS-SGGW, and the Medal of the National Education Commission. She is professionally associated with hotel and gastronomy, management of a tourist enterprise, and tourism in rural areas.
dr Krzysztof Celuch
Dr. Krzysztof Celuch – a speaker, trainer, business consultant, academic lecturer, and an entrepreneur. He specialises in the meetings industry, event marketing, and event management. His scientific research, training observations, and keynotes, are all built on knowledge in economics, business psychology, sociology, marketing, and cultural studies. He conducts workshops and training sessions, deliver lectures and moderate on panel discussions, debates, and management meetings, but also implements research projects, builds strategies and provides business consulting services. Assisting organisations, institutions, and companies in the areas of management, communication, motivation and business development, with particular emphasis on the meetings industry (event marketing) is another ‘string to his bow’.
dr Piotr Dominik
Speaker, consultant and trainer in the field of culinary tourism and the use of traditional culinary products, he is also a trainer for the Academy of Good Practice. A Member of the Polish Hotel Industry Chamber of Commerce, he plays an important role as Chairman of the IGHP d.s., training and improving the staff. A member of the Association of Tourism Experts, he was the Chief specialist for training and educating hotel and catering staff of PZH in the period, 2005-2006, and was a HORECA Expert in the Institute of Knowledge and Skills from 2011-2013.
Dr Joanna Kalecińska
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dr Krzysztof Łopaciński
From 2012, he has been the Director of the Institute of Tourism. Repeatedly appointed to the advisory teams of the Main Committee of Physical Culture and Tourism, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Sport and Tourism and the Polish Tourist Organisation, he was recently decorated by the President of the Republic of Poland with the Golden Cross of Merit, and by the Minister of Sport and Tourism, with a badge for tourism.
dr Jacek Drążkiewicz
dr Mirosław Nalazek
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Anna Wiśniewska, PhD
Anna is ViceDean of the Faculty of Business and International Relations. She is the curriculum supervisor of the post-graduate programme in Audit and Internal Control in Administration and the Economy. A graduate of a post-graduate programme in market management, she teaches financing businesses, venture capital, financial innovations, and the basics of management. Anna is the author of numerous publications on management, controlling, small and medium enterprises and their financing, as well as corporate ethics.
mgr Witold Drogoń
A specialist in the field of hotel management, organisation and the management of hotel facilities and information protection, he is Member of the Council of the Polish Hotel Industry’s Chamber of Commerce, He also worked at the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, as the manager of the “KLONOWA” Hotel, and the Residence of the President of the Republic of Poland in the Belvedere. The organiser of the nationwide conference ’Safe hotel – expectations and challenges towards EURO 2012’, he has carried out much scientific research in the field of operations on the Polish market of hotels, controlled by international hotel systems.
THE BEST IN PRACTICE:
The vast array of sub-majors available, as part of the Tourism and Recreation programme, is sure to prepare you well to work in your chosen field. Our sensible curriculum and additional opportunities for development, such as training camps and conferences, all ensure that you will have the practical skills necessary to start your career.
See for yourself that the Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management is the best University in practice. Find out the benefits of studying Tourism and Recreation.
BENEFITS OF STUDYING TOURISM AND RECREATION:
Business and tourism
You will be able to become a member of Meeting Professional International, giving you access to international conferences, held in places , such as London and Barcelona. Our experts will teach you how to independently and professionally organise business trips and events – starting from company picnics to international congresses.
Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management offers no less than two sub-majors, centred around teaching you how to be a great organiser. The programme will show you how to make a fun start, the moment your customers step onto the coach.
A future in hospitality management and gastronomy
You will learn how to operate a hotel and restaurant, and how to ensure that your guests want to come again. You will learn the intricacies of effective tourist resort management. The knowledge you will gain, will enable you to climb the rungs of your professional career ladder, both in Poland and abroad.
- Thinks enterprisingly
- Is able to present opinions, regarding various aspects of professional activity, in the areas of tourism, recreation, hospitality management, and gastronomy.
- Possesses well developed oral presentation skills in Polish and a chosen foreign language, regarding issues related to tourism, recreation, hospitality management, and gastronomy.
- Possesses management abilities, as well as the ability to effectively communicate and negotiate, especially in the context of professional activity in tourism, recreation, hospitality management, and gastronomy.
- Possesses extensive knowledge of select types of structures, institutions, and social relations, and the dependencies between them, in the context of their significance to the development of tourism, recreation, hospitality management, and gastronomy.
Tourism and Recreation graduates can obtain the following certificates:
- Young Event Design Certificate
- Sustainability Manager in Tourism
- MPI Global Training 1
During your studies, you will be able to pursue your interests and expand your knowledge, by participating in additional courses offered by the School:
- tourist guide course
- survival instructor course
- language courses organised by a partner university
Graduating with a degree in Tourism and Recreation will help you find employment in various interesting places:
- hotels and other accommodation facilities,
- exhibition and conference centres,
- professional congress organisers,
- incentive travel organisers,
- travel agencies,
- event agencies,
- gastronomy venues,
- city/municipality/county offices – sports and tourism departments
- sports and recreational venues,
- sports stadiums,
- fitness venues,
- wellness and spa venues.
List of our business partners:
- Mea Group
- Hogg Robinson
- Starwood Hotels & Resorts
- ICP Group S.A
- Academic Sports Association
- ORBIS S.A.
- Mazurkas Travel
- Chamber of Commerce of the Polish Hotel Industry
- Polish Chamber of Tourism
- Hotel Sheraton, Warsaw
- Hotel Bristol, Warsaw – A luxury collection Hotel
- Hotel – The Westin, Warsaw
- The Greek Gourmet Kubiak – Vafidis S.J.
- MPI Poland
- Warsaw Tourism Organisation
- Regent Warsaw Hotel (Cosmar Polska Sp. z o.o.)
- Intour Polska Sp. z o.o.
- Leonardo Hotels, Warsaw
- Carlson Wagonlit Travel
- Association of Marketing Communication SAR
- EL PADRE Sp. Z o. o.
Tuition fee for full-time and part-time studies in Polish – students from outside the EU
Registration fee Tuition fee (per year) Tuition fee (per semester) Full-time and part-time studies 120 € 1 300 € 700 €
Tuition fee for full-time studies in English
Registration fee Tuition fee (per year) Tuition fee (per semester) EU and other countries citizens 120 € 2 500 € 1 350 € Citizens from the remaining countries 200 € 3 500 € 1 850 €
*The group of citizens of other countries paying the same fees as EU citizens includes: citizens of other European countries, of all countries in the North and South America, the Caribbean as well as citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
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