Studies type:

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Study mode:

full-time, part-time

Study duration:

3 years (6 semesters)



Language of studies:

Polish, English


VSH, SGTiH Vistula

  • check out the brochure of Tourism and Recreation 

    More information is available at the Admissions section. Call us at: +48 510 858 087, or e-mail us at:

    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 Vistula School of Hospitality (formerly 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!

    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 Vistula School of Hospitality (formerly Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management)t, 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”.


    Hospitality management
    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.

    Business tourism
    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.

    Gastronomy manager
    The gastronomy manager sub-major offers internships at various restaurants and hotel gastronomic units.

    Specialist knowledge
    Studying at Vistula School of Hospitality (formerly 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
      • Ecology and Environment
      • Introduction to Tourism
      • Introduction to Hospitality Industry
      • Introduction of Sociology
      • Introduction of Recreation
      • Tourism Geography
      • Law in Tourism and Recreation
      • Information Technologies
      • English 1
      • Professional Language
      • Physical Education 1
      • H&S (Occupational Health and Safety)
      • Library Instruction
      • Land Planning and Development of Tourism and Recreation
      • Management of Individual Potential
      • Quality in Tourism and Hospitality
      • Tourism in Practice
      • English 2
      • Professional Language
      • Physical Education 1
      • Vocational Training – 3 months
      • Economics of Tourism
      • Specialisation Courses
      • English 3
      • Foreign Language 2
      • Vocational Training – 3 months
      • Marketing in Tourism and Hospitality
      • Insurance in Tourism and Hospitality
      • Summer Camp
      • Recreation in Tourism and Hospitality
      • Specialisation Courses
      • English 4
      • Foreign Language 2
      • Touristic and Hospitality Enterprises Finance
      • Project
      • Specialty Courses
      • Diploma Seminar
      • English 5
      • Foreign Language 2
      • Elective Courses
      • Intercultural Communication
      • Consumer Behaviour in the tourism Market
      • Specialisation Courses
      • Elective Courses
      • Diploma seminar
  • Tourism and Recreation at Vistula School of Hospitality (formerly Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management) enables you to expand your knowledge of one of five sub-majors tailored to market needs.

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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
  • Elżbieta Biernacka

    Prof. Elżbieta Biernacka, PhD

    Full professor, specialist in the the field of devastated land use management. Laureate of the Golden Laurel conferred by the Division V of the Polish Academy of Sciences for her outstanding contribution to the development of agricultural sciences; honorary Professor of the University of Warmia and Mazury; member of the Scientific Board of the Institute for Agricultural and Forest Environment of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Poznań.

    Piotr Dominik

    Piotr Dominik, BEng, PhD

    Graduate of the Faculty of Food Sciences (Food Technology) at Warsaw University of Life Sciences, PhD in agricultural sciences; completed doctoral studies in the field of food quality assessment, medical analysis and pedagogical studies; he studied at German universities in Trier, Freiburg and Bremen; co-managed a family hotel facility in Germany in 1987-1989; in the years 2005-2006 held the position of the chief specialist for training and education of hotel and catering staff at the Polish Hotels Association; in the years 2011-2013 expert for HORECA at the Institute of Knowledge and Skills; speaker, consultant and trainer in the field of culinary tourism and the use of traditional culinary products cooperating with the Marshal’s Office of Mazovian voivodeship; author of academic textbooks, monographs, chapters in monographs and scientific articles in the field of nutrition, gastronomy and hospitality and culinary tourism; member of the Publishing Council and Editorial Board of Almamer Scientific Books; deputy editor-in-chief of the Problems of Tourism and Recreation magazine published by VSH; a member of the Editorial Board and a thematic editor of the Vistula University Working Papers.

    Witold Drogoń Easy

    Witold Drogoń BEng, PhD

    Specialist in the field of hotel management, organization and management of hotel facilities and information protection in the enterprise; member of the Polish Hotel Industry Chamber, chairman of the team for domestic events of Polish diaspora of Cooperation with the Polish Community Abroad Commission of Polish Olympic Committeee; 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; organizer of the nationwide conference “Bezpieczny hotel – oczekiwania i wyzwania wobec EURO 2012” (“Safe hotel – expectations and challenges towards EURO 2012”); author of textbooks for hotel technicians.

    Adam Mazur

    Prof. Adam Mazur, PhD

    Professor of the Vistula School of Hospitality. PhD. in humanities; sociologist and expert in humanities having long-term experience in teaching at various levels of education; specialist in implementing educational tourism projects, regional education, implementing the principles of sustainable development, coeducation; he held the positions of: head of general subjects department, head of the hospitality and catering, deputy dean for student affairs and faculty dean. He has been a chairman of the Faculty Commission for Quality of Education and scholarships; he is a member of the faculty curriculum committee and a coordinator of the subject module.

    Teresa Skalska

    Prof. Teresa Skalska, PhD

    Professor of the Vistula School of Hospitality. President of the Association for Research, Development and Promotion of Tourism; author of numerous projects and research papers, among others, in the field of inbound tourism to Poland, the impact of tourism on regional economy, sharing economy, tourism for persons with disabilities, the impact of tourism on the economy of big cities; author of many publications, e.g. from the area of satellite accounts and tourism for persons with disabilities.

    Prof. Hanna Zawistowska, PhD

    Professor of the Vistula School of Hospitality. Until 2018, associate professor at the Tourism Department of the Warsaw School of Economics; specialist in the field of tourism law, consumer protection of tourist services and the state’s tourism policy; in the years 1997-2011 she worked in central government administration bodies for tourism, on behalf of which she participated in the work of international organizations (EU, OECD, UNWTO; WTO) and in the work on the implementation of EU regulations on consumer protection of tourist services; head of Postgraduate Studies in Tourism and Hotel Management at the Warsaw School of Economics; author of over a dozen publications devoted to the issues of consumer protection of tourist services, setting up and running a business in tourism and tourism policy; lecturer in subjects from the area of law in tourism, protection of tourist services consumers, state tourism policy, event organization; manager of the project implemented in the years 2014-2015 aimed at developing a sectoral qualifications framework for the tourism sector; from November 2016, the chair of the Sectoral Council for Competences in Tourism.

    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 Vistula School of Hospitality (formerly Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management) is the best University in practice. Find out the 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.

    Professional organiser
    Vistula School of Hospitality (formerly 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,
    • airlines,
    • event agencies,
    • restaurants,
    • 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
    • Z-Factor
    • 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.
    • Tourism and Recreation graduate qualifications

      The graduate of the first degree studies in the field of Tourism and Recreation of Vistula School of Hospitality (formerly Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management) is awarded a Bachelor’s Degree. The first degree studies have a practical education profile. They prepare students for work in tourism, hospitality, catering and recreation enterprises as well as in institutions dealing with broadly understood tourism and recreation. The graduate is also prepared to run his/her own business in this area – in line with the selected specialty of study.

      Qualifications of the graduate of the first degree studies in the field of Tourism and Recreation correspond with the sixth level of the Polish Qualification Framework.

      The graduate knows and understands the basic economic, social and organizational
      determinants of phenomena related to tourism and recreation as well as selected specific issues in the sectors of tourism and recreation (hospitality industry, catering, organization and services associated with tourism, leisure time animation, business tourism as well as meeting organization).

      The graduate understands the relationships that take place in the tourist economy, i.e. the
      local, national and international conditionings of professional activity in tourism and recreation as well as the most important development trends in that area.

      The graduate knows the general principles of creating and developing forms of individual
      entrepreneurship, taking into account the specifics of tourism and recreation. He/she has the basic knowledge necessary to run his/her own business in the area of tourist, hospitality, catering and recreation industries.

      The graduate is able to use his/her knowledge to solve problems related to the work
      activities in tourism and recreation, monitor changes in the socio-economic environment and take them into account when planning long-term activities on the market.

      The graduate has managerial, organizational and marketing skills, is able to analyze the
      tourist market and recognize consumer needs and preferences, as well as to develop an effective strategy for the operation of entities in the tourism sector. He/she can think creatively using the acquired theoretical and practical knowledge, moreover, he/she can adapt to changing conditions.

      The graduate can make quick decisions and solve work related problems.

      The graduate can make an effective use of modern methods and technologies, procedures
      and tools in his/her professional activities, including information and communication techniques.

      The graduate shows a high degree of creativity and is willing to continue updating his/her
      skills on a regular basis. The studies enable the graduate to get acquainted with the subject matter required at work in the tourist, hospitality and recreational services sector, including the management of tourist enterprises (e.g. travel agencies, accommodation facilities). The graduate has extensive knowledge in this field, starting from basic concepts, through legal aspects, up to the principles of independentbusiness management.

      The graduate has language skills in the field of tourism and recreation, in accordance with
      the requirements set for the B2 level of the European System of Description of Language
      Education; he/she can communicate with the environment in a foreign language, using professional (industry) vocabulary.

      He/she can plan and organize work – individually and in a team. He/she is ready to think
      and act in an entrepreneurial way, as well as to manage a team of subordinates, inspiring activities and taking responsibility for their outcomes.

      The graduate is prepared to commence the second degree studies.

  • 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.

    Order of the Chancellor about the fees


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Leonid Markusyk

Director of International Marketing and Recruitment

phone: +48 501 294 962


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Halyna Bozhko

International Admission Coordinator

phone: +48 502 603 174


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