Tourism and Recreation - Master's degree
Master's Degree Programs
2 years (4 semesters)
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Vistula School of Hospitality
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.
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 Vistula 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.
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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 Vistula School of Hospitality 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
Studying Tourism and Recreation will enable you to expand your knowledge in one of five specializations, which are tailored to the needs of the job market.
SPECIALIZATION: EVENT MANAGEMENT
This specialization will allow you to learn how to organise business trips, conferences, fairs, and other business events. While studying at the Vistula School of Hospitality, 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.
List of classes:
- Meeting industry market
- Leadership in the meeting industry
- Congresses and conferences
- Facilities management
- Event management
- Meeting design
- Voluntary service in the meeting industry
- Marketing of the meeting industry
- Multimedia in the meeting industry
SPECIALIZATION: TOURISM MANAGEMENT
A specialization 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.
List of classes:
- Travel agencies management
- Innovation in tourist companies
- International tourist organizations
- Marketing strategies in tourism
- Financing of tourist activities
- City tourism
- Fairs and exhibitions
- Public sector in tourism
- Territorial marketing
- New trends in tourism
SPECIALIZATION: SPORTS MANAGEMENT
This specialization 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.
List of classes:
- Strategic management in sport
- Policy in sport
- Sport management in the European Union
- Sport organization
- World sports business
- Marketing in sport – rules and practices
- Athletes management
- Sport events management
- Management of sports facilities
- Management of sport organizations
- Financing recreational activities
- Volunteering in sport
SPECIALIZATIONS: HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY MANAGEMENT
If you are interested in planning hotel-related business activities and their promotion, this specialization is for you. You will explore the domestic and global hotel market and acquire the knowledge of accommodations management.
List of classes:
- Marketing strategies in the hotel industry
- Hotel gastronomy management
- Law in the hotel industry
- Human resources in the hotel industry
- Information technologies in the hotel industry
- Hotel financing
- Global hotel systems
- Hotel management
- Trends in contemporary hotel industry
- Quality management of hotel services
- Interpersonal communication in the hotel industry
- Guest service in the hotel industry
SPECIALIZATION: MANAGEMENT IN GASTRONOMY
This specialization 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.
List of classes:
- Gastronomy technology with elements of commodity science
- Design and operation of catering equipment
- Culinary heritage
- Gastronomy activities
- Consumer service
- Food quality and safety management
- Organic food – sustainable development
- Theoretical foundations of food production
- Financing catering business
- New trends and lifestyles
- Marketing strategies in gastronomy
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.
Izabella Dzierżanowska, PhD
Studies completed at: Faculty of Geography, Warsaw University, doctoral studies in the Institute of Geography and Urban Planning of the Polish Academy of Science, Postgraduate studies at the School of Economics in Cracow. Subjects taught: geography of tourism, local history, tourist regions, socioeconomic geography, demography.
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.
Anna Mazurkiewicz-Pizło, BEng, PhD
Studies completed at University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Poznań and Postgraduate Studies in Public Relations at Warsaw University. PhD defended at University of Life Sciences in Warsaw. One of the first to undertake research into the wine tourism, completed with a monograph entitled: ‘Enotourism as chance for the socioeconomic development of rural areas’ (2013). Author of approximately 100 publications and chapters in scientific monographs, among others, ‘The use of the Internet in the promotion of tourist enterprises’, ‘Enotourist promotion on the example of the Podkarpacie Region’, ‘Typology of wine tourism consumers’ as well as ‘The importance of non-profit organisations in developing wine tourism in Poland’. Co-author of books on marketing. Reviewer in several scientific journals, among others, ‘Journal of Tourism and Culture Change’ and ‘Current Issues in Tourism’. Member of the Scientific Society for Management and Organization (since 2013), Polish Scientific Society for Marketing (since 2014) and Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (2016-2017). Scientific internships in Norway (Stavanger, Oslo), Slovakia and Poland.
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.
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Studying Tourism and Recreation at the Vistula School of Hospitality 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 specialization will allow you to gain practical skills, with which you will efficiently manage tourist resorts and business events.
See for yourself that the Vistula School of Hospitality is the best University in practice. Find out the benefits of studying Tourism and Recreation.
BENEFITS OF STUDYING TOURISM AND RECREATION
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,
- event agencies,
- exhibition and conference centres,
- professional congress organisers,
- incentive travel organisers,
- accommodation establishments,
- 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
- ICP Group S.A
- Mazurkas Travel
- 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 Vistula School of Hospitality 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.
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