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Bachelor's Degree in Tourism (Adventure Tourism) 

Objective of the Degree programme

In the Tourism degree, students complete a university of applied sciences Bachelor degree qualification in Hospitality Management. The formal qualification is Bachelor of Hospitality Management. The studies are worth 210 credits and take 3.5 years to complete. There are 20 places in the degree, which consists of basic studies, professional studies, optional professional studies, free-choice studies, practical training and a thesis. The Tourism degree involves close cooperation with the Sports and Leisure Management degree. 

The aim of the degree is that students become experts capable of multidisciplinary cooperation in tourism. The overriding themes of the degree are the development of creativity, responsible tourism entrepreneurship, international competence and self-knowledge as well as adventure in tourism product development. Students will conduct close co-operation within a variety of learning assignments with tourism businesses and operators. 

At the beginning, the studies will focus on basic skills and knowledge accumulation and then applying acquired skills and knowledge. You will study customer-driven and holistic product development and marketing as well as getting to know different cultures for the purposes of international tourism. Tourism consists of many different components, such as accommodation, catering, transport and program services as well as meeting and conference services. The final part of the studies emphasizes putting what you have learnt into practice, also within the context of different smart solutions. 
The degree enables you to choose your desired major (specialist) subjects in order to deepen your expertise within different areas of tourism, e.g. 

Adventure Tourism
You will learn how to identify essential summer and winter nature and sports tourism activities in Finland, as well as to understand the key requirements of implementing them. You will master the basic physical skills of different forms of outdoor exercise and how to provide customers with unique and authentic once-in-a-life-time experiences. 

Well-being tourism 
Well-being tourism enables you to recognize and understand the significance of well-being and wellness services as part of tourism. You will be able to apply different types of exercise and therapies to enhance the well-being of people with different backgrounds as well as producing suitable tourism service packages based on such exercise and therapies.


Learning Strategies
Because of the nature of the programme, the learning strategies employed to achieve its objectives are varied;
depending on the subject they may include: lectures, field trips, outings, seminars, individual tutorials, workshops, case study, group work, project work, research and video conferencing.

The language of instruction is English. Through the use of various tutorial approaches, sessions are designed to ensure that students can fully exercise their creative potential and that critical learning is facilitated. This is why interactive learning, team-based course work and small group sessions form an important element of the learning process of the Bachelor's Degree in Tourism.