Studies type:

Master`s Degree Programs

Study mode:

full-time, part-time

Study duration:

2 years (4 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:

    Studying Tourism and Recreation at the Master’s level, will provide you with knowledge of management in tourism, and will enable you to further develop the skills that you have gained at the Bachelor’s level. You will learn how to independently and professionally operate a travel agency, tourist resort, or food establishment, and organise premium business events.

    Four semesters at Warsaw School of Hospitality offer a great opportunity to gain the skills necessary to establish your own tourist or hospitality business – and not only in Poland! This will become possible thanks to, amongst others, management skills, especially strategic thinking, as well as foreign language skills (B2 or higher, according to the Common European Framework of Reference).

    By choosing the Master’s programme in Tourism and Recreation, you will gain complete industry knowledge, which will enable you to develop your potential on the competitive market. We will help you quickly become an expert in your chosen field.


    The curriculum of the Tourism and Recreation programme at the Master’s level has been specifically designed to expand the knowledge gained during your Bachelor’s studies. You will gain new skills related to complex management – in tourism, recreation and sports, hospitality management and catering, as well as organising business events. You will be taught by long-time practitioners, renowned experts, and experienced lecturers, who will do everything to effectively combine theory and practice.

    Working in the tourism sector means working with other people, and requires necessary experience, which you will be able to gain during your studies, thanks to our vast choice of internships. Our careers office will help you do internships, both in Poland and abroad.

    Studying at the 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
      • Tourist region management
      • Corporate social responsibility in tourism
      • Globalism in tourism and recreation
      • Leisure time sociology
      • Leisure time consumption problems
      • Human resources management
      • Information technologies in strategic management
      • History of culture
      • Introduction to managerial accounting
      • Methodology of scientific research
      • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
      • Intellectual property protection
      • Foreign language
      • Occupational safety
      • Library education
      • MA seminar
    • New international curriculum for Tourism and Recreation – Master’s programme

      The aim of the project is to develop and implement a new international curriculum for the Tourism and Recreation programme, as well as improving the accessibility of innovative knowledge, which serves to elevate competencies to a level which meets the needs of the economy, job market, and society.

      The new international curriculum for Tourism and Recreation has been designed, based on leading European and global curricula, in collaboration with our international tourism and recreation teaching faculty. The project encompasses the above-mentioned programme exclusively (one study cycle of 2 years) and will be implemented entirely in English.

      Starting in October, our internationalised Tourism and Recreation programme offers four managerial sub-majors: hotel management, event management, sports management, and gastronomy management. These elements have each been developed in collaboration with an international teaching faculty, in accordance with the latest trends in higher education. Our faculty members include Dr. Christos Anagnostopoulos of Molde University College in Norway, and Dr. Alana K. Dillette of San Diego State University.

      In addition to the above-mentioned benefits, students of the internationalised Tourism and Recreation project will participate in two summer schools. A number of those internship programmes include scholarships covering tuition or the costs of living.

      The project provides for 40 students: 30 foreign and 10 Polish. The group will be comprised of 50% women and 50% men.

      More information is available at the Admissions section. Call us at: 22 45 72 400, or e-mail us at:

      Admission criteria:

      1. basic university admission criteria,
      2. candidate’s level of motivation to improve his/her competencies in the new programme
        (1–5 pts),
      3. grade point average (1–5 pts),
      4. developmental activities in which the candidate has participated (additional training
      5. programmes/courses in the previous year, voluntary service, social activism, etc. – max. 5 pts – 0.5 pts for each activity), family income per person converted to PLN, in relation to the average wage in the corporate sector in Poland (formula: number of points = (100-percentage%)/20).

      Decisions regarding admissions (based on the documents submitted and an interview) are made by the Admissions Committee:

      1. Associate Professor, Jolanta Żyśko – Rector
      2. Krzysztof Celuch, PhD – Vice- Rector
      3. Associate Professor, Teresa Skalska – Dean
      4. Magdalena Markiewicz
      5. Kazimierz Waluch, PhD
      6. Dariusz Dąbek
      7. Edyta Niemyjska-Czech

      Admission decisions will be issued in late September.


      Students pay the tuition and admission fees.

      Summer school: classes on Polish culture, life, and the economy. Intensive Polish language course, free of charge.

      The 15 least privileged foreign students may apply for needs-based financial scholarships
      (9 months x 2 years) to the amount of PLN 1,500 for living expenses.

      For 2 Polish students, who meet the above-mentioned criteria, a financial scholarship covering the tuition fee is available. These are needs-based scholarships – the deciding factor is family income per person.

  • Studying Tourism and Recreation will enable you to expand your knowledge in one of four sub-majors, which are tailored to the needs of the job market.

    A sub-major perfect for everyone who wants to learn the legal, economic, and marketing aspects of global tourism. You will discover the principles governing the tourist market, its products and tourist regions. International projects and collaboration with travel organisers will enable you to gain knowledge.

    This sub-major will allow you to learn how to manage recreational and sports events, as well as fitness centres. Even before you graduate, you will actively participate in organising events, thanks to our close collaboration with sports events organisers – track and field.

    If you are interested in planning hotel-related business activities and their promotion, this sub-major is for you. You will explore the domestic and global hotel market and acquire the knowledge of accommodations management.

    This sub-major is aimed at all those who are interested in planning catering-related business activities and their promotion. You will explore the domestic and global food services market, and absorb knowledge of food establishment management.

    This sub-major will allow you to learn how to organise business trips, conferences, fairs, and other business events. While studying at the Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, you will have many opportunities to participate in international congresses and incentive trips. You will also have the opportunity to join MPI (Meeting Professional International), which will give you access to conferences held, amongst others, in London, Copenhagen, Davos, Dusseldorf, and Barcelona.

  • 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.

    Studying Tourism and Recreation at the Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management will ensure that you are ready for your dream career. We can offer you a sensible curriculum and additional opportunities for development, such as training camps and conferences. This sub-major will allow you to gain practical skills, with which you will efficiently manage tourist resorts and business events.

    See for yourself that the Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management is the best University in practice. Find out the benefits of studying Tourism and Recreation.


    Proficient management
    Our expert-taught courses will teach you to look at your work from a practical, business angle. You will know how to organise business events and how to act in unexpected situations.

    Operating a hotel or food establishment
    You will learn how to operate the running of a hotel, and how to ensure that your guests want to come again. You will expand your knowledge of how to manage people and organisations. You will know how to effectively navigate the international environment.

    Management in tourism and sports
    If you want to work in a dynamic environment, you will surely appreciate the practical nature of our courses, which will teach you how to navigate the tourism market and organise sports events. You will have the opportunity to gain more experience, even before you graduate, by participating in international projects, or collaborating with recreational events’ organisers.

    Tourism and Recreation graduate competencies

    • Thinks enterprisingly
    • Is able to present opinions regarding various aspects of professional activity in the areas of tourism, recreation, hospitality management, and gastronomy.
    • Possesses improved 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
    • Air Transport Fundamentals for the Leadership & Management Training Program
    • Introduction to the Airline Industry for the Leadership & Management Training Program
    • 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:

    • travel agencies,
    • airlines,
    • event agencies,
    • exhibition and conference centres,
    • professional congress organisers,
    • incentive travel organisers,
    • hotels,
    • accommodation establishments,
    • restaurants,
    • gastronomy venues,
    • city/municipality/county offices – sports and tourism departments,
    • sports and recreation venues,
    • sport 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
    • AZS
    • ORBIS
    • Mazurkas Travel
    • In2Win
    • Chamber of Commerce of the Polish Hotel Industry
    • Polish Chamber of Tourism
    • Hotel Sheraton, Warsaw
    • Hotel Bristol, A luxury collection Hotel
    • Hotel The Westin, Warsaw
    • The Greek Gourmet Kubiak – Vafidis S.J.
    • MPI Poland Club
    • Warsaw Tourism Organisation
    • Regent Warsaw Hotel (Cosmar Polska Sp. z o.o.)
    • Polish Hotel Management Company Sp. z o.o.
    • Children’s Memorial Health Institute
    • Personal Training and Dietetics Centre – ‘EGO’, Anna Lewitt-Dziełak, PhD.
    • In tour Polska Sp. z o.o.
    • Tourism and Recreation graduate qualifications

      The graduate of second degree studies in the field of Tourism and Recreation at the Warsaw School of Tourism and Hospitality Management is awarded a Master’s Degree. Second degree studies have a general education profile. They provide the graduate withprofessional qualifications necessary to hold managerial positions in the area of tourism, hospitality and catering as well as recreation and sport. The graduate is also prepared to continue his/her scientific development, in line with the selected specialty. Qualifications of the second degree studies graduate in the field of Tourism and Recreation correspond with the seventh level of the Polish Qualification Framework. The graduate has in-depth and extensive professional knowledge related to management-related tasks (critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of research and professional problems in the pursued profession, planning, decision making, project implementation and control) at various management levels as well as running a business in the area of tourism, hospitality and catering, recreation and sport, also at the international level.

      The graduate, moreover, demonstrates the knowledge and ability to make critical selection of research methods and tools, including techniques of collecting data in the area of tourism, hospitality and catering as well as recreation and sport, enabling him/her to design
      research tasks and solve new problems, with particular use of their findings in professional

      In addition, the graduate knows and is able to use in his/her professional tools of a strategic analysis in the development of strategic plans for enterprises from various sectors of the tourism industry.

      The graduate can exchange information at an advanced level with specialists in his/her field of study, using all available channels and communication techniques, also in a foreign language, at least at the B2 level (according to the European System of Language Description of the Council of Europe).

      The graduate is prepared for independent and professional work in the international environment in tourism, hospitality and catering enterprises as well as recreational and sports enterprises; he/she can also hold managerial positions in public administration institutions.

      The graduate of the second degree studies in the field of tourism and recreation is prepared to continue education on the third degree (doctoral) 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 € 2 000 € 1 100 €
    Citizens from the remaining countries 200 € 3 000 € 1 600 €

    *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


International Office

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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