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Bachelor

Tourism and Leisure Management

Tourism and Leisure Management for exchange students

The professional bachelor's programme in Tourism and Leisure Management at Erasmus Brussels University of Applied Sciences and Arts is a challenging and future-oriented programme. Our campus is located in the touristic and trendy part of Brussels. This cosmopolitan and very diverse city is our daily source of inspiration.

Our focus is on sustainability, metropolitanism and world citizenship. We support and inspire creativity, openness towards different cultures and a critical attitude. Discover the world in Brussels. We create your journey. 

Erasmus + exchange in Tourism and Leisure Management 

We are happy to invite students from partner universities to do an Erasmus + exchange programme in Tourism and Leisure Management during the fall semester  !

It is equally possible to combine the exchange study programme with an internship and apply for a full academic year

For more information on the specific courses offered for this exchange programme, please consult the courses and credits below.

Programme timing 

Fall semester: September 19, 2022 – February 3, 2023

  • Survival Dutch(*): September 5 - September 15, 2022
  • EhB Welcome Days: September 15 & 16, 2022
  • Semester courses period: September 19 – December 23, 2022
  • Winter holidays: December 24, 2022 - January 6, 2023
  • Examinations: January 9 - February 3, 2023

(*) We strongly recommend students coming in the fall semester to participate in the Survival Dutch course!

Students combining study and internship can apply for a full academic year.

Spring semester: February 13 – June 30, 2023

  • Internship period: February 13 -  June 4, 2023
  • Examinations: June 5 - June 30, 2023

 

Previous Assignments

Get a glimpse of some of the assignments made by former Erasmus students

Courses and credits

Field
Credits
TOURISM AND LEISURE MANAGEMENT MANDATORY SUBJECTS FALL SEMESTER
Innovation and Product Development in Leisure and Tourism

Create with your team of approximately 3 students a sustainable and future-oriented touristic and/or recreational product design that fits in with a given theme. Research, analysis, innovation, product development and project management are needed.

Your team works independently, with support of digital guidelines, a coach and can consult various helpdesks along the way.

The course consists of 3 iterative phases: a research phase, a development phase and an elaboration phase.

This is a mandatory subject.  Evaluation: 100% workpiece

Extra costs: syllabus & €21 for extra murosLanguage of instruction: English

Semester
Fall
10
Meetings Industry

Gatherings have been a part of people’s lives since the earliest recorded history. Once humans developed permanent settlements, each town or village had a public meeting area, often called a town square, where residents could meet, talk and celebrate. Nowadays, the MICE market /business events market - or the ‘meetings industry’ as it is generally called - is the ‘backbone’ of the client base for many destinations around the world. The meetings industry represents a significant proportion of domestic and international tourism in many destinations.
Get to know the sector and its stakeholders, become inspired by this fascinating part of the tourism industry!  

This is a mandatory subject. 

Evaluation: 100% written exam

Extra costs: syllabus

Language of instruction: English

Semester
Fall
5
Urban Trends & Issues

How does tourism change a city and how does a city change tourism? This course counts as an open invitation to immerse yourself in urban contexts from a tourism-recreation perspective. We co-creatively explore the meanings of 'urban', 'urban tourism', 'urban leisure' and 'trends' by approaching it from political-economic and socio-cultural angles. We consider the city as our never finished syllabus: Brussels is our prime go-to laboratory, but we occasionally also shift our focus to other metropolitan contexts. 

At the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of how change in urban contexts tends to work, based on your own experiences and conversations with lecturers, experts and other students.

This is a mandatory subject. 

Evaluation: Portfolio

Extra costs: €70

Language of instruction: English, French & Dutch

Semester
Fall
4
TOURISM AND LEISURE MANAGEMENT ELECTIVE SUBJECTS FALL SEMESTER
English II

In this (upper) intermediate level English-language course we explore a variety of topics related to the professional sector of tourism and leisure. We dive into English business and tourism vocabulary, figure out how to promote yourself when applying for a job and discover the European (mis)understandings of the United States of America as well as the major tourist highlights of the USA. In this context we sharpen your language skills by consolidating your fundamental English grammar and refining your language use.

Evaluation: 35% permanent evaluation, 30% oral exam, 35% written exam

Extra costs: syllabus & 2€

Language of instruction: English

Semester
Fall
4
Survival Dutch

The aim of the "Survival Dutch" course is to master the basics of the Dutch language, both written and spoken. Starting from everyday situations, you will learn the necessary grammar and vocabulary in order to function in a Dutch speaking environment.

We strongly recommend incoming students to participate in the Survival Dutch course, organized prior to the start of the semester: from September 5th - 15th.

Languages of instruction: English and Dutch

Semester
Summer/Fall
3
Human Resources Management

To make the students aware of the importance of the Human Resources role by introducing to them the basis of People Management.

The course ‘Human Resources Management in the Hospitality Industry’ aims at introducing the students to the HR function in a hotel.
Moreover this last year’s Bachelor course focusses on taking up leadership and supervision in their future managerial jobs.

Apart from the administrative aspects of the HRM cycle (selecting, recruiting, training, rewarding and promoting staff until the exit management), the attention goes to the soft skills students should develop in order to manage their own career as well as the career of colleagues. Practical examples and testimonies from professionals are shared and exercises for the students are woven all through the course.

The Human resources department is often considered the ear and the heart of the hotel. No doubt the staff costs are among the most important in the P&L statement of a hotel. On the same time, those costs are probably the best manageable part. Hence, Productivity management becomes paramount in the total R.O.I. of a hotel.

The HRM course teaches how to motivate a multicultural workforce in a fascinating business with all nowadays challenges linked to it.

Evaluation:
100% written evaluation

Language of instruction: English

Semester
Fall
3
Rooms Division (Opera Hotel Information System)

The students will gain an insight into the basic principles of a Property Management System and this will be done by making practical exercises and learning technical terminology.

In general the course consists of:

  • introduction of concepts;
  • technical terminology;
  • reservations (create, modify and correct);
  • check-in and check-out;
  • cashier, postings and Rooms Management

Evaluation:
100% tested on the programme on the computer

Language of instruction: English

Semester
Fall
3
Rooms Division Management

Topics Rooms Division Management:

1. Planning for quality service
2. Delivering guest service through employees
3. Front office functions and possibilities
4. Front office organisation & positions
5. Revenue management: strategic pricing, the role of value in pricing, differential pricing, forecasting demand, inventory and price management, distribution channel management
6. Management reports and communication between different departments, including the night audit
7. Principles of Housekeeping Management
8. Work schedules planning

As part of the course, a day with guest speaker(s) is organised around etiquette & service in the intercultural context of hospitality

Evaluation:
100% written evaluation 

Course materials: Syllabus 

Language of instruction: English

Semester
Fall
4
Cross Cultural Management

In the first part of the course, the focus is on different models of cross-cultural research that can be used when working with the manifestations of cultural differences. These models and their concepts are elaborated by using them to discuss differences between Belgium and other European cultures on the one hand, and between Belgium and African, Asian and Arabic cultures on the other hand. In the second part, the focus is on cultural differences relating to specific management contexts. Successively, we focus on human resources management (hiring, motivation, performance appraisal and feedback, rewarding, career counseling), negotiations, business ethics, conflict resolution and leadership, within the context of international management.

Evaluation: 100% written exam in January. (re-sit in August/September is possible)

Course materials: Manual: Intercultural Skills for International Business and International Relations (Author: S. Paul Verluyten) + study material on Canvas (online school platform). 

Language of instruction: English.

Semester
Fall
3
Presentation Skills

This course is taught by a former journalist/TV-presenter and partly takes place in an audiovisual studio. The book ‘Presentation Techniques’ by Van der Laan provides a theoretical basis. As a group; we visit Belgian television and several tv-productions.

Language of instruction: English

Semester
Fall
3
TOURISM AND LEISURE MANAGEMENT MANDATORY SUBJECTS SPRING SEMESTER
Tourism & Leisure Futures

This course builds on a pool of tools, techniques and methodological frameworks from the fields of design, innovation and futures studies to question and challenge our habitual thinking patterns. We depart from the uncertainty and multiplicity of the future to trigger our creativity and imagination. In this course, you will learn the difference between trends, driving forces, emerging issues and wicked problems in relation to long-term perspectives on tourism and leisure. We consider chaos, uncertainty and friction as essential starting points to open our minds and become aware of our proper ideas. 

This is a mandatory subject. 

Evaluation: Portfolio

Extra costs: /

Language of instruction: English

Semester
Spring
4
Media & Communication Lab

This course introduces students to the range of language, image and communication tools commonly used in the tourist-recreational sector. From responding to a complaint to giving a presentation, writing a blog to vlogging and podcasting. In this course you will train your business communication skills and experiment with new, digital media. You will work alone and in group, mostly with authentic assignments from real clients of the tourism sector. 

This is a mandatory subject.

Evaluation: 100% permanent evaluation 

Extra costs: /

Language of instruction: English, French & Dutch 

4
TRAINEESHIPS SPRING SEMESTER
Traineeship
  • only available for incoming students spending the whole academic year at EhB
  • B2 proficiency in both English & French is required

Describing the tourism sector in general is not an easy feat. The tourism sector can boast of a diversity in jobs, functions and tasks. This means that the content of the traineeship depends on the work placement itself.
Students can depending on their interest, future expectations and personality, deepen their knowledge of the different aspects of the tourism sector, and this in a work environment of their choice under guidance of a coordinator.
Some possible work environments are:
- travel agencies for outgoing/incoming tourism (both leisure and business travel)
- tourist services
- event management
- aviation, airports & other transport agencies
- ...

Evaluation:
70% observation, 30% portfolio

Language of instruction: French/English

Semester
Spring
24

Campus Bloemenhof & Kanal

Campus Bloemenhof

Campus Bloemenhof

Courses for this programme can be held at both the Bloemenhof campus and the Kanal campus.

The campus is located in the city centre of Brussels. It is on the charming Bloemenhofplein, near the Dansaert district. The square looks particularly picturesque and dates back to the Middle Ages (Zespenningenstraat used to be one of the city gates where tolls were collected).

The biggest asset of this campus: the large roof terrace where you can have lunch and enjoy the beautiful view. It is rightly the showpiece of this campus. The city centre with its shops, restaurants and historic buildings is within walking distance.

Address
Zespenningenstraat 70
1000 Brussels

Find the Campus on Google Maps.

Campus Kanal

Campus Kanal

Courses for this programme can be held at both the Bloemenhof campus and the Kanal campus.

Campus Kanal is centrally located and easily accessible by bus, train, metro and bicycle. Located near the canal and in the Dansaert district, this campus is part of one of the hippest neighbourhoods in Brussels. On this new campus, we are committed to working closely with the neighbourhood, both in terms of lunch spots for students and activities with the surrounding schools. 

Campus Kanal is an environment where learning can take place in a variety of locations, at a variety of times and in a variety of forms. In the building you will find modular classrooms, practical classrooms (e.g. a hair and beauty salon), an outdoor classroom and learning spaces where students and teachers can plan (in)formal learning moments.

Address
Slotstraat 28
1000 Brussel

Find the Campus on Google Maps.

How to apply

1. Preliminary steps at your home institution

  • Your home institution needs to have an inter-institutional agreement with Erasmus Brussels University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Check if this is the case by consulting with your home insititution or directly on the Mobility Online platform.
  • Follow the application process at your home institution in order to be nominated as a participant of the Erasmus+ program.
  • A B2 CEFR reference level in English is required. Check with your home institution and verify that you have reached this level.

2. Registering with EhB  

3. Completing the Learning Agreement Before in Mobility Online

  • Contact the Academic Erasmus coordinator of this course (contact details are on the bottom of this page) to define your academic exchange programme.
  • Write the details down in the Learning Agreement Before (in Mobility Online). Upload your Learning Agreement Before at least 1 month before the start of your exchange. 

Contact

Academic Erasmus coordinator: Caroline Pieters
Administrative Erasmus coordinator: Lisa Huylebroeck