Top-Up bachelor's degree in Tourism - International Tourism Management - University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons

Top-Up Bachelor's degree in Tourism
International Tourism Management
Degree programme at a glance

Degree programme at a glance

International tourism is in a state of upheaval and both winners and losers will emerge from the crisis. You are established in your profession, are ready for the next step in your career and intend to undertake a challenging study programme concurrently to your work.

  • Degree

    Bachelor of Science FHGR in Tourism with Major in International Tourism Management
  • Study model

    Part-time studies
  • Duration of study programme

    3 semesters
  • Place of study

    Chur, Samedan, Online and international residencies
  • Begin of study programme

    5 Juli 2021
  • Director of Studies

    Merkle Thorsten More about Merkle Thorsten
  • Application deadline

    30 April
Admission requirements

Admission requirements

You must meet the following requirements for admission to the Top-Up Bachelor of Science in Tourism at the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons. Please contact us if you have any questions about the admission requirements. We will be happy to help you.

Do you have one of the following diplomas?

  • Graduates from technical colleges in Switzerland with degrees in Tourism and Hotel Management
  • Individuals with comparable foreign degrees

Knowledge of English

For the admission, a level B2 language certificate (Cambridge First Certificate or similar knowledge) or higher is mandatory.

Knowledge of mathematics

Prior knowledge, at the level of the Swiss Vocational Baccalaureate (orientation Economics and Services), is required for the module Mathematics. The Moodle course 'Prior knowledge of mathematics' shows you the required prior knowledge and helps you brush up on any lack of knowledge.

Programme content

Programme content

You deepen your tourism-specific knowledge and learn how destinations, service companies and transport firms are successfully managed in the international context. You learn on the basis of real practical examples and excursions and directly apply your new knowledge in case studies. Particular attention is given to aspects of change management as well as innovation in the tourism industry.

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‘The tourism industry is going through a fundamental digital transformation which is not going to...
‘The tourism industry is going through a fundamental digital transformation which is not going to end any time soon. Tourism professionals of the future need to orient themselves to this new world and form it. The bachelor's degree at the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons is setting the stage for it.’
Philipp Ries, Industry Leader Google Switzerland, Advisory Board Institute for Tourism and Leisure


The study programme includes ideally coordinated modules and builds on your existing degree. In addition, you will acquire specific professional competences and deepen your knowledge through self-study, online and face-to-face teaching.

In your third year, you spend six months writing your bachelor’s thesis for a client on the subject of a practical issue faced by the company or organisation. The current bachelor thesis brochure (in German/English) gives you an impression of possible topics for your thesis.

Organisational information

Organisational information

How much are the study fees for the bachelor’s programme at the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons? Where does the programme take place? How many ECTS credits will I receive? On what days will I have lectures and seminars? What degree will I be awarded after completing the programme?

Tuition fees

For students who have resided in Switzerland or the Principality of Liechtenstein for at least two years before the start of their studies, the fee for the whole programme are CHF 2880.


The universities of applied sciences are recognised by the Swiss Confederation and the cantons, which means students may be entitled to grants. For further information, please contact the grants department of the Department of Education for the canton in question.

Students from outside Switzerland can contact the relevant public funding institutions in their home country.

Place of study

The two Tourism Summer Schools take place on the campus of the Higher Professional College for Tourism (HFT) Graubünden in Samedan. There you can not only learn, live and eat, but also experience the attractive sport and leisure offering of the Upper Engadine and the campus up close. During your free time, you can go mountain biking, hiking, mountaineering, golfing, climbing and enjoy a range of different water sports.

Block days take place at the UAS Grisons in Chur. Chur is the capital city of the canton of Grisons, Switzerland’s largest holiday region. Holiday resorts famous throughout the world, such as Arosa, Davos Klosters, Flims Laax Falera and St Moritz are not far away and easily accessible from Chur. Chur is the only city in Switzerland to have its own summer and winter sport resort: Brambrüesch.

The two international seminars take place abroad at partner universities of the UAS Grisons.

Duration of the study programme

The Top-Up Bachelor programme lasts a total of 18 months. The programme begins in summer (CW 28–31) with a Tourism Summer School in Samedan in the Engadine. This is followed by self-study, online seminars as well as block days in Chur. The highlight of the programme is two international residencies, which take place abroad at partner universities of the UAS Grisons.

Language of teaching

The language of teaching is English.

ECTS credits

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) 
The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a tool of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) for making studies and courses more transparent and thus helping students to move between institutions of higer education. ECTS credits are awarded based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a course or a programme. ECTS credits are the basis for the recognition of course or programm achievements and diplomas between institutions of higher eduction.

ECTS Credits
An ECTS credit point corresponds to a student workload of 30 hours. The student workload includes the lectures but also time needed to pre- and postprocess the lectures, prepare exams and for self-studying. 60 credits a year are acquired in a full-time study course, which corresponds to a student workload of 1800 hours. At University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons a bachelor's degree course is comprised of 180 ECTS credits, a consecutive master's degree of 90 ECTS credits. The Top-Up bachelor's degree in Tourism is comprised of 90 ECTS credits.

Study and examination regulations

The Framework Regulations and the Study and Examination Regulations govern the Bachelor's degree programme in Tourism.

University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons

University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons

Switzerland is the land of the Alps, Heidi and yodelling, right? If this is your perception, you’re in for a big surprise. Sure, St. Moritz might have been one of the world’s first destinations to develop tourism. But Switzerland is still playing a leading role in defining global tourism as it is today. The UAS Grisons is an innovative and entrepreneurial higher education institution with around 1,700 students and places great emphasis on individuality.

The UAS Grisons offer various services to support your studies and to guide you in your personal and professional development. Take advantage of the wide range of sports opportunities, make use of the job and housing exchange or seek advice.

Future prospects

Future prospects

A degree in tourism will open up many opportunities for you: you could take on roles in marketing such as managing projects, products, content or social media. You could work for an agency as a sales manager or a consultant. You could become an event manager or a project coordinator in the tourism industry or at an event agency. Or you could go into management in a sports association or sponsorship department. Your degree will also make you eligible for positions in corporate or price development, or for managerial roles and jobs in HR management.

Following the bachelor’s degree programme in tourism, you also have the option to complete a master’s degree either in Switzerland or abroad. The Master of Science in Business Administration with a Major in Tourism and Change offered by the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons is aimed at highly motivated graduates of the bachelor’s programme with a very good degree.

Portraitbild von Livio Götz
‘During the programme, we explored tourism in all its aspects. Along with the practice-oriented...
‘During the programme, we explored tourism in all its aspects. Along with the practice-oriented project work, this was the ideal preparation for commencing my career and it continues to serve me well in my current job with Switzerland Tourism. What I benefited from the most was my area of specialisation in the third year. This set me up perfectly for my past and current roles in terms of teaching me how to develop and implement all kinds of marketing activities.’
Livio Götz, graduate with a bachelor's degree in tourism, Market Head for Australia & New Zealand at Switzerland Tourism in Sydney
Application and advice

Application and advice


If you would like to apply for a place on the programme, please fill out the online application form and upload  the required documents.

Application deadline
The deadline for applications is 30 April in the year you intend to start your course of study. Applications received after the application deadline may also be considered if there are still places available on the programme. Please contact the programme administrator for information.


Do you have any questions about the study programme? Would you like any advice, or are you still unsure? Do you have any administrative questions? We will be happy to help you.

University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons
Comercialstrasse 22
7004 Chur

Telefon +41 81 286 24 56

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