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Global Tourism & Hospitality Management Advanced Diploma

Two-year advanced diploma; part-time study options available

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September, January
  • Build on your existing diploma or degree to launch a career in the growing international and tourism management industry.
  • Be in demand:The BC 2024 Labour Economic Outlook predicts tourism and hospitality will be among the most in demand occupational groups requiring post-secondary training in BC, with more than 10,500 job openings available to 2024.
  • Develop strong management skills through a combination of theory-based and applied courses, including opportunities to oversee operations at the Third Course Bistro and special events.
  • Choose from two diploma specialties. Learn about food and beverage operations, international hotels and service management in the hospitality option or focus on sustainable tourism and study the relationship between tourism, recreation and culture.
  • Gain hands-on experience, build your confidence and make business connections through a mandatory four-month internship. 
Career Possibilities: As a graduate, you will qualify for leadership and management opportunities in luxurious hotels and resorts across the tourism and hospitality industry, including senior hotel management, human resources management, sales and marketing management and hotel revenue/ financial management.

WHY CHOOSE NORTH ISLAND COLLEGE?

  • Increase your employment opportunities. Take your existing credentials and add a complete education in tourism management to create unique employment opportunities in the tourism and hospitality industry, one of the world’s fastest growing areas of work.
  • Business with a tourism edge. Combine a solid business education with the practical skills to launch a career in international tourism and hospitality. Study accounting, marketing and management, and gain global industry experience and connections with a four-month internship.
  • Invaluable work experience. The advanced-diploma program combines in-class learning with actual work experience during a four-month mandatory internship. Work locally or in an international business setting, depending on your career goals and interests.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Build on your existing diploma or degree credentials to launch a career in the growing international tourism and hospitality management industry. Gain a solid understanding of hospitality and tourism operations through a global lens, combining practical hands-on experience in hotel, restaurant and event management with core business skills in accounting and marketing.
 
In your first year, you’ll develop your management skills through a combination of theory-based and applied courses. Principles of accounting and marketing are quickly put into practice as you hone your skills in the Third Course Bistro and through the creation of special events.
 
In year two, you will specialize in either hospitality or sustainable tourism and complete a mandatory four-month internship, either locally or internationally depending on your career goals. You have the option to study a foreign language or to pursue a dual specialty in both sustainable tourism and hospitality. These options well-prepare you for transfer into a number of tourism, hospitality or business degree programs across Canada. Either way, you'll gain skills in human resources, strategic and international business management.
 
Hospitality Option Study international hospitality management and develop the skills needed to understand the complexities of managing international hotel and restaurant operations, identify global ownership and management models and learn how different values, attitudes and beliefs affect employees, clients and cultures. Courses in food and beverage service and general business management will enhance your skills and understanding of this dynamic sector.   

Sustainable Tourism Option Get an overview of the challenges facing tourism managers and operators in today's environmentally sensitive market and an understanding of cultural sustainability within the field. Explore the relationship between tourism, recreation, and resort management in conjunction with the natural resources they use while hearing directly from industry, stakeholder, and government speakers. Courses in entrepreneurship, special events management and law provide a broader perspective of the industry and an international field trip gives you a chance to see it all in action.  

 

Career Opportunities

As a graduate, you will qualify for leadership and management opportunities in luxurious hotels and resorts across the tourism and hospitality industry, including hotel and restaurant management, human resources management, sales and marketing management and hotel revenue/ financial management. 
 
Some graduates have chosen to operate their own tourism business, while others choose to work in small or large tourism organizations on Vancouver Island, Whistler, Vancouver and around the world.

About the Tourism Industry

Tourism is one of the world's fastest growing industries offering a wide variety of career possibilities. It employs over 200,000 people in BC and, according to Statistics Canada, 354,000 job openings are predicted nationwide in the next 10 years. Over 65,000 of those openings are anticipated to be for supervisors and managers. So, whether you are just starting out, looking to advance your current situation, transferring yours skills from another industry or dream of running your own businesses, NIC can put you on the path to a successful career. 

Internship

A mandatory component of the advanced diploma program is a four-month internship, either locally or in an international business setting. Internships are either paid or unpaid work terms that integrate academic study and program-related work experience. Hands-on experience will build your confidence, develop your network of contacts, and provide a solid foundation for future employment success. If you are an international student, you may be eligible to apply for a three year work visa on completion of the program.
 
Internship opportunities are available to choose from, not only on Vancouver Island, but elsewhere in Canada and internationally. Internship staff and program instructors work closely with you to determine how the work terms can best fit your individual interests and career goals.

Admission Requirements

  1. Minimum 2 year Diploma or 3 year Degree from a recognized post-secondary institution.
    Including the following:
  2. C in one of Provincial English 12, English 12 First Peoples, NIC ENG-060, ENG-096, ENG-098 or ESL-090, or equivalent assessment; and
  3. C+ in Foundations of Math 11; or C in one of Pre-calculus 11, Principles of Math 11, Applications of Math 12, NIC MAT-053; or equivalent assessment.

Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

Upgrade your English, math and science courses for entry into the program of your choice. Succeed with the help of NIC’s supportive instructors. Courses are flexible and start several times a year so you can learn at your own pace. We offer daytime and evening options. Learn more

International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

Transfer Credit & Credit For Prior Learning

The NIC Tourism and Hospitality program accepts transfer credit from a wide range of post-secondary institutions and professional organizations. Detailed course transfer information for BC institutions may be found by accessing the BC Transfer Guide. Students possessing other applicable prior learning may request prerequisite waivers for selected courses.

To Be Successful

  • Applicants are encouraged to gain as much tourism industry experience as possible before the program starts, either through work experience or volunteering. The more service industry experience you bring to the program, the more relevant your learning will be.
  • Serving it Right (TFB-011) and FoodSafe Level 1 (TFS-010) should be completed before classes begin. Separate fees are required for registration in these courses.
  • You will be required to a use variety of Microsoft Office software immediately upon entering the program. Refreshing or developing your computer skills before entering the program is encouraged.
  • If you wish to apply your diploma toward a university degree, you should book a planning meeting with an educational advisor as early as possible.
  • It is strongly recommended that you take ENG-160 in your first semester of studies. This course focuses on the theories and principles of effective business communication and provides foundational skills for students in the tourism and hospitality program.

Program Requirements

First Year Core Courses

  • BUS-100 Financial Accounting
  • BUS-370 International Marketing
  • THM-170 Food & Beverage Service
  • THM-203 Conventions & Special Events Management
  • THM-212 Tourism & Hospitality Law & Ethics
  • THM-275 Food Fundamentals & Service
  • THM-300 Global Tourism
  • Plus 2 electives totaling 6 credits*

Note: ENG-160 is a prerequisite for a number of courses in the program. Students who have not taken a first year college-level English course as part of their undergraduate diploma or degree will be required to use one of their electives to take ENG-160 in the first term.

Students may exit after Year one with an Advanced Certificate in Global Tourism & Hospitality Management

Second Year Core Courses

  • BUS-217 Management Accounting
  • BUS-255 Human Resources Management
  • THM-201 Internal Controls
  • BUS-380 Globalization and International Business or BUS-360 Intercultural Dimensions of International Management

Hospitality Option - Additional Second Year Courses

  • BUS-293 Business Simulation
  • THM-270 Beverage Theory & Management
  • THM-250 International Hotel Management
  • Plus 2 electives totaling 6 credits at 200 level or higher*

Sustainable Tourism Option - Additional Second Year Courses

  • BUS-452 Advanced Topics in Entrepreneurship
    or THM-222 Entrepreneurship in Tourism
  • THM-211 Sustainable Tourism
  • THM-225 Cross Cultural Tourism
  • Plus 2 electives totaling 6 credits at 200 level or higher*

*Note:   Electives may be chosen from any other NIC tourism courses or any other non-tourism courses that transfer to a degree-granting institution. 

 

Completion Requirements

This 2 year Advanced Diploma in Global Tourism & Hospitality Management must be completed within 5 years of admission to the program.

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2016, Winter, Spring & Summer 2017

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1 Year 2 Grand Total
Tuition $3,115 $2,850
NISU Fees $120 $120
Lab Fees $370 $140
Learner Resource $150 $150
Health and Dental $275 $275
Total $4,030 $3,535 $7,565
Book and equipment costs vary.
Tuition in Year 2 varies from $2565 to $2850 depending on the option chosen.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan.

International Fees

Year 1 Year 2 Grand Total
Tuition $12,480 $12,480
NISU Fees $120 $120
Lab Fees $370 $140
Learner Resource $150 $150
Health and Dental $275 $275
Total $13,395 $13,165 $26,560
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan.

Deborah Forsyth

Deborah Forsyth

deborah.forsyth@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4350 | Location TYE - 223
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

Pedro Caraballo Acosta

Pedro Caraballo Acosta

Pedro.CaraballoAcosta@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4240 | Location VLG - G5

Harley Elias

Harley Elias

Faculty

Business Administration, Professional Tourism

MBA, Strategic Planning and Marketing (University of Washington)

Subjects: Business, Tourism & Hospitaly Mgmt
harley.elias@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4014 | Location TTB - 114

Murray Erickson

Murray Erickson

murray.erickson@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4032 | Location TTB - 114

Ted Wykes

Ted Wykes

Ted.Wykes@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4150 | Location VLG - G5

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