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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 15.8k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 3.19k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree programme enables each student to develop his or her own interests in business and related subjects. Students are able to create individualised courses using a range of papers offered across teaching departments in the School of Business and University as a whole. Students have the flexibility within the BCom degree to combine two specialisations and graduate with a double major.

    Tourism is an interdisciplinary field of study that has links to business studies, resource analysis, social theory and environmental studies. The BCom majoring in Tourism degree helps students develop an understanding of the key issues surrounding tourism, its impact and ongoing management. Students are encouraged to take papers in other fields such as Commerce (e.g. Accounting, Management or Marketing) or Humanities (e.g. Anthropology, Geography, History, Languages, Maori Studies) depending on their interests and their intended career destination.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Tuition fee
    • EUR 15772 Year (EEA)
    • EUR 3191 Year (National)

    International: 24,530NZ$. National:4,963.00NZ$

    Start date 2016 Credits 360
    Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Tourism at Otago gives you a management focus and also gives you wider exposure to social, cultural, environmental and economic issues relevant to this dynamic industry. Through our key pillars of Business and Governance, Society, and Environment you will gain a degree that employers value and will allow you to become a leader in your field. As a first year Tourism student you will study the global principles that structure tourism, the nature and operation of the tourism industry and the impact, development and management of issues that are constantly and inevitably arising in relation to the tourism industry. Alongside this, you will have the choice of one of two other papers focusing either on global tourism or hospitality. As you progress through your degree to the second year you will be studying different areas of tourism in more detail, including destination management, tourist behaviour and tourism and hospitality enterprise management, as well as having the option of including sport tourism and wine business into your degree.

    At the 300-level you will able to choose papers that allow you to focus on your areas of interest and that will enhance your future career. Double major/degree options Tourism complements a range of other major and degree programmes such as Marketing Management, Management, Economics, Geography, Physical Education, Communication and Languages. Your options are endless!

    Student Exchange

    The University of Otago has exchange agreements with more than 70 institutions in over 30 countries. If your marks average B or better you may qualify to attend one of these institutions for one semester or for a year. You pay only your Otago fees and complete your qualification within the same timeframe as if you’d never been away. Business students are also encouraged to participate in one of the more than 40 specific business and tourism exchanges.

    Disney World Internship

    Students have the opportunity to spend five or twelve months based at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Interviews take place twice a year. You can take advantage of this opportunity either during your degree or within one year of graduating. Disney’s Live, Learn and Earn programme gives you opportunities to gain work experience with one of the world’s most renowned entertainment companies and also meet over 7,500 like-minded students who are looking for a great experience and friendships for life.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 58 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test : 80

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    NCEA National Certificate in Educational Achievement

    • 10 Level 2 credits in approved literacy (5 in reading, 5 in writing)

    CIE Cambridge International Examinations

    • Grade E or better in AS English

    IB International Baccalaureate

    • English at Higher or Standard level in Language A: literature, or Language A: language and literature; or at Higher level in Language B

    NZUEBS New Zealand University Entrance Bursaries and Scholarships

    • English mark of 46% or higher

    IELTS International English Language Testing System

    • 6.0 in academic module (with no individual band below 6.0)

    TOEFL (paper based) Test of English as a Foreign Language

    • 550 Test of Written English 4.5

    TOEFL (internet based) Test of English as a Foreign Language

    • 80 (with a Writing score of 20)

    CPE Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English

    • Minimum of 50

    CAE Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

    • Minimum of 58

    APIEL Advanced Placement International English Language Examination

    • Grade 3 or higher

    University of Otago Foundation Studies Ltd

    • Successful completion of ‘English for Undergraduate Academic Purposes’ paper

    Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

    • Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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