Tourism and Hospitality – Master’s Degree Programme
Master's Degree Programs
2 years (4 semesters)
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Vistula School of Hospitality
Tourism and hotel industry is so far one of the fastest growing sectors of the world economy and after the pandemic it is bound to get back on the path of dynamic growth. Consequently, there is a huge demand for highly qualified managers and leaders in this area. Tourism and Hospitality – Master’s Degree Programme at the Vistula School of Hospitality in Warsaw was designed to answer that demand.
The studies have a practical profile and they offer students comprehensive, interdisciplinary education preparing them to undertake the roles of professional managers of hotels, travel agencies, catering facilities and event companies. The studies will open you the door to a career in a dynamic, innovative environment, you will travel, meet new people and explore the world.
The Tourism and Recreation programme at the Vistula School of Hospitality has the prestigious THE-ICE accreditation (The International Center of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education). It is one of the two most important certificates in the world, granted to universities, that educate for the needs of industries dealing with tourism, recreation, organization of events and culinary arts. THE-ICE accreditation is a globally recognized sign of the highest quality, proof of appreciation for a culture of openness, cooperation with the industry and strong ties between science and practice.
The Vistula School of Hospitality is the only non-public university in Warsaw providing education in the field of tourism and hospitality. The studies will teach you the ropes of professional management and you will learn how to independently run a hotel, tourist office, tourist or gastronomic centre, or organize top-shelf business events. You will get familiar with the issues from the area of marketing, law, as well as people and risk management. You will gain knowledge about the latest developments in information technologies, intercultural relations and human impact on the environment. Our outstanding experts and practitioners will also help you develop the related competences that are simply crucial in this industry, namely, communication skills, knowledge of foreign languages, organizational skills and entrepreneurship.
You will gain complete industry knowledge that will allow you to develop in a competitive market, both at home and abroad. With us, you will quickly become an expert in a selected field.
This business will soon become your passion, it will bring you both satisfaction and financial rewards.
The studies are well suited to the Vistula School of Hospitality mission focused on innovative education which is open to the challenges in the field of sustainable development of tourism and hospitality. They are carried out in cooperation with entities operating in the tourism and hotel sector associated in the Business Council.
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TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY – ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
The Master’s Degree Programme in the field of Tourism and Hospitality at the Vistula School of Hospitality was developed based on the experience of foreign universities, both in Europe and beyond. The programme will allow you to expand the knowledge acquired during the first degree studies. You will also gain new skills related to comprehensive management in tourism, hotel and gastronomy as well as in organization of business events.
You will acquire the competences necessary to undertake creative, entrepreneurial and professional activities in an international environment. Moreover, you will get familiar with a full range of operational management tools and develop the highly valued today social competences. Courses are conducted by practitioners with long-standing experience, recognized experts and professional lecturers.
The programme envisages preparation of projects, case study analyses, preparation of business plans and marketing strategies, workshops, internships, scenarios of client communication, brainstorming sessions, simulation games, practical use of professional computer programs, role playing, as well as participation in the functioning of institutions during internships.
Working in the tourism and hospitality segment means working with people and this, in turn, requires a lot of practical experience. Thanks to an interesting offer of professional internships, you will gain all the required experience during your studies. Our University’s Careers and Internship Office, you help you find internships in Poland or abroad.
Studies at the Vistula School of Hospitality will provide you with practical, multidisciplinary knowledge, thanks to which you will quickly become a specialist in the field of tourism and hotel industry. You will acquire competences in strategic and operational management, crisis management, projects, human capital and customer relations. The studies will provide you with knowledge in the area of entrepreneurship, the impact of tourism on the local and regional economy, as well as finance and accounting. You will learn and understand the phenomena and processes, including the current development trends, relating to the area of tourism and hotel industry. You will gain competences in the scope of company functioning – its organization and needs.
After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Tourism and Hospitality, you will also easily find your feet in online work, which involves not only remote contact with the client, but also the implementation of projects with colleagues from different cities, countries or even continents.
The condition for starting this field of study is gathering a required number of candidates.
Management in the Hospitality and Catering Industry
This specialty is addressed to those who are interested in planning and promotion of hotel or catering business. You will learn about the domestic and global market and gain knowledge in the field of accommodation and catering facilities management.
Management in Tourism
It is an ideal specialisation for those who want to learn about the legal, economic and marketing aspects of global tourism. You will discover the principles governing the tourism market, its products, and tourist regions. Thanks to University cooperation with companies organizing trips and travels, you will gain necessary knowledge and experience in the course of international projects.
In this specialisation, you will gain the skills necessary to organize business trips, conferences, fairs and other business events. By studying at the Vistula School of Hospitality, you will get the opportunity to participate in international congresses or incentive trips. As a member of the MPI (Meeting Professional International), you will have the opportunity to take part in industry conferences organized, among others in London, Copenhagen, Davos, Dusseldorf and Barcelona.
Prof. Wiesław Alejziak, PhD
Professor, PhD, employed in the Faculty of Tourism and Recreation, Academy of Physical Education in Cracow, Head of the Chair of Tourist Policy. PhD in tourist policy conferred in 1991, habilitation dissertation in the field of the methodology of studying tourist activity as well as its tourist diversification defended in 2010. Both scientific degrees in physical cultural sciences. Studies at the Main School of Planning and Statistics in Warsaw (economic studies – diploma work entitled ‘Tourism and recreation as an element of the tourist policy of the state’) as well as at Jagiellonian University (postgraduate pedagogical studies). Participation in numerous courses, trainings and specialist workshops in national and foreign institutions. Author of several innovative research methods, including SATT (Sequential Analysis of Tourist Trends), OMPN© (Methodological Imaging of Scientific Works) as well as TelSKART© (Telephone System of Cellular Analysis of Tourist Traffic) which bases on the utilization of the system of cellular phones to examine the size and structure of tourist traffic. Author of over 200 scientific publications on various aspects of tourism as well as author or co-author of eight books and textbooks (several of them with more than one edition), including: ‘Tourism in the face of the 21st century challenges’ (1999) which is one of the most frequently quoted Polish publications in the field of tourism in the whole history of research over this phenomenon (over 330 citations). Bibliometric indicators (acc. to Google Scholar – state for May 2019): Hirsh Index – 13, 1-10 Index (works quoted at least 10 times) – 23.
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.
Krzysztof Celuch, PhD
Speaker, business consultant, and an entrepreneur; he specialises in the meetings industry, event marketing, and event management; his scientific research, training observations, and keynotes, are all built on knowledge in economics, business psychology, sociology, marketing, and cultural studies; he conducts workshops and training sessions, delivers lectures and presider over panel discussions, debates, and management meetings, but also implements research projects, builds strategies and provides business consulting services; assisting organisations, institutions, and companies in the areas of management, communication, motivation and business development, with particular emphasis on the meetings industry (event marketing) is another “string to his bow”.
Bogdan Dębowski, PhD
Geographer, PhD in physical culture sciences, almost 30 years of work in the tourist branch, executive positions in travel agencies, experience as a tourist guide, local guide, hiking and mountain tourism guide of the Polish Society of Tourism and Sightseeing (PTTK). Since 2000 – didactic worker at the School of Tourism and Recreation, ALAMER School of Economics and since 2003 of Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw.
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, 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.
Prof. Ewa Barbara Dziedzic, PhD
Education in economics with specialization in the field of tourism-related issues. Author of numerous publications in the field in tourism. Long-time experience in didactic and research work. Participation in pioneering projects in the field of the assessment of the contribution of tourism to the economy of the country and selected regions carried out in Poland.
Michał Ryszard Koskowski, PhD
Lecturer, researcher and consultant specializing in areas common to management sciences, tourism and cultural heritage. Graduate in the field of International Economic and Political Relations and specialty of Tourist Economy at the Warsaw School of Economics (2001), PhD in cultural heritage management in the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle University in Great Britain (2013). Member of the Forum of UNESCO University and Heritage, member of REMIT (Research Group on Economics, Management and Information Technologies) at Universidade Portucalense (Portugal), frequent Erasmus+ programme beneficiary, reviewer for the journals ‘International Journal of Tourism Anthropology’ and ‘Turystyka Kulturowa’, instructor and consultant for cultural heritage management in nongovernmental organizations. Assistant professor in the Chair of Tourism of Warsaw School of Economics and lecturer at the Main School of Tourism and Hospitality. Chair of Tourism, Warsaw School of Economics.
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.
Agnieszka Muszyńska, PhD
Since 1997, Agnieszka has excelled in her profession as a tour leader and subsequently, in 2004, further advanced to specialize in the coordination and tour leading of incentive travel projects. Agnieszka’s vast experience working with agencies and corporate clients has enriched her work as a lecturer at various universities. Her doctoral dissertation (defended at The Collegium of Management and Finance at the Warsaw School of Economics) was highly successful in highlighting the role that incentive travel has in managing employees’ motivation. Agnieszka uses her extensive project and coaching experience to lead workshops and training in the field of MICE product management to get the best results for her clients. It is well regarded that Agnieszka’s knowledge and skills have been essential in supporting MICE agencies with the creation and organization of incentive projects.
Mirosław Nalazek, PhD
Graduate of Mikołaj Kopernik University in Toruń and Main School of Planning and Statistics (now Warsaw School of Economics) in Warsaw. PhD in economic sciences. Specialization in issues related to the tourist market as a whole and to individual sectors of this market: hotels, travel agencies and transport as well as the influence of information technologies on the tourist market. Author of several books and numerous articles in the field of marketing, management and economics of the tourist market.
Przemysław Płoskonka, PhD
Teacher by education and passion. Author of scientific studies and publications in the field of qualified tourism, outdoor and field education. A competition sportsman for 15 years, he reached the master class in swimming. Experienced organizer and manager of qualified sports events and adventure expeditions. He has numerous instruction, outdoor and tourist licences, including, among others, instructor in survival and line techniques, instructor in canoeing or swimming coach. A Volunteer Water Rescue Organization and a Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society tourism organizer. Long linked with the MICE branch, founder and long-term President of B.P. ESCAPE & EXPLORE CLUB. Co-founder and Vice-President of the Association Polish School of Survival. Outdoor ethics trainer responsible for the implementation of the Leave No Trace project in the territory of Poland. Bronze Cross of Merit for the development of education.
Prof. Teresa Skalska, PhD
Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Recreation 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
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.
Prof. Jolanta Żyśko, PhD
Professor of the Vistula School of Hospitality in Warsaw. Since 1990, she has been involved in research and scientific works in the field of sports organisation and management; she completed an academic internship at the Institute of Sport & Leisure Policy of the University in Loughborough; she gave lectures at many foreign universities, including the Deutsche Sporthochschule in Cologne, the University of Jyväskylä and the University of Bayreuth; since 2009, member of the management board of the European Association for Sport Management; she is an expert of the European Commission for management of human resources in sports and of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for the implementation of the National Framework of Qualifications in Higher Education; she is also an expert for education quality of the State Accreditation Committee; she also won several championships of Poland in yacht racing, class 470, and participated in the Goodwill Games of 1986; in 2017, she received a nomination for the Director of the Institute of Sports – PIB (the National Research Institute) for the position of the chair of the Council for Competences of the Sports Sector, and she joined the group of Honorary Ambassadors of Polish Congresses; in 2018, the Minister of Sports and Tourism appointed her the Vice Chairperson of the Council for Education and Development of the Physical Education Staff, and she received the MP POWER AWARD in the category of associations.
BEST IN PRACTICE
Studies at the Vistula School of Hospitality in the field of Tourism and Hospitality will empower you to start a career in your dream profession. You will complete an innovative program tailored to the needs of the dynamically changing labour market. Thanks to participation in training trips and conferences, you will also gain additional development opportunities. Particular specialisations will equip you with practical skills allowing you to efficiently manage tourist centres, hotels, catering facilities and business events.
See for yourself that Vistula School of Hospitality is the best university in practice. Check what benefits you will derive from studies in Tourism and Hospitality.
BENEFITS OF STUDYING TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY
Companies today seek all-rounder employees who are ready to start work without additional training, i.e. graduates of vocational schools, who are able to meet job-related demands. Graduates of Tourism and Hospitality at the Vistula School of Hospitality meet these conditions.
Skillful event management
Our courses conducted by industry experts, will offer you both practical and business perspective. You will know how to organize events for business and how to act effectively in unforeseen situations.
Running a hotel or catering company
You will learn how to run a hotel and how to make sure that your guests always want to come back. The studies will provide you with thorough knowledge on people and organizations management. You will be able to move confidently in global circles.
Management in tourism
If you want to work in a dynamic environment, you will certainly appreciate the practical preparation for the functioning on the tourism market and organizing sports events. In th course of the studies, you will have the opportunity to broaden your experience by taking part in the implementation of international projects or by entering into cooperation with organizers of recreational events.
Competences of the Tourism and Hospitality field graduate
- Understanding of trends and global changes.
- Ability to solve problems and manage change.
- Entrepreneurial thinking.
- Ability to manage customer relations.
- Ability to present opinions on various aspects of professional activities in the field of tourism, hospitality and catering and event organization.
- Thorough ability to prepare speeches in Polish and in a selected foreign language on issues related to tourism, hotel and gastronomy as well as event organization.
- Management skills and ability to use effective communication and negotiation techniques, especially in the field of professional activities in tourism, hotel and catering and event organization.
- Extended knowledge of selected types of structures, institutions and social ties as well as the relations between them, in the context of their importance for the development of tourism, hospitality and gastronomy and event organization.
Tourism and Hospitality graduate qualifications
A graduate of the Master’s Degree Programme in the field of Tourism and Hospitality at the Vistula School of Hospitality receives the professional title of MA.
Second-degree studies have a practical profile. They will equip you with qualifications for professional work in managerial positions in the field of tourism, hotel and gastronomy as well as event organization.
You will gain in-depth and expanded professional knowledge related to management activities at various management levels (critical analysis, synthesis and assessment of professional problems in the profession, planning, decision-making, implementation and control of projects) and qualifications related to running a business in the field of tourism, hospitality and gastronomy as well as event organization, including international events.
You will learn about and be able to use the tools of strategic analysis in your professional work to formulate strategic plans for enterprises from various sectors of tourism.
You will also acquire the necessary skills to exchange information at the advanced level with specialists in particular fields of study using all available communication channels and techniques; that includes also foreign language competency at least B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe.
You will be prepared to start an independent, professional career in the international environment.
Full time studies in Polish - EU citizens and holders of the Polish Card, and foreigners who are entitled to undertake studies and study on the conditions applicable to the citizens of Poland, pursuant to applicable regulations
Registration fee Tuition fee (per year) Tuition fee (per semester) Tuition fee in 10 instalments Full-time studies 400 zł 5 000 zł 2 700 zł 580 zł
Part time studies in Polish - UE citizens and holders of the Polish Card, and foreigners who are entitled to undertake studies and study on the conditions applicable to the citizens of Poland, pursuant to applicable regulations
Registration fee Tuition fee (per year) Tuition fee (per semester) Tuition fee in 10 instalments Part-time studies 400 zł 4 500 zł 2 400 zł 510 zł
Full time studies in Polish - Students from outside the UE
Registration fee Tuition fee (per year) Tuition fee (per semester) Full-time studies 120 € 1 300 € 700 €
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 North America, Central America, Caribbean, South America, Northern Europe, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia (including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia).
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