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BS in Tourism in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Tourism in the Philippines is a four-year college degree program for students who are interested in making a career in the area of travel and tourism industry. It aims to develop students who will become qualified personnel, administrators, and entrepreneurs in the tourism industry. The program concentrates on subjects such as history, travel, language and cultural aspects of the field. 


Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Tourism are encouraged to take the Home Economics strand under the Technical-Vocational and Livelihood (TVL) track. The strand covers interesting topics like beauty and wellness, cooking, fashion designing, tourism, hospitality, and handicrafts. These topics are helpful to incoming college students as it teaches the basics of their degree program.


Subjects and Curriculum

  • Philippine Culture and Tourism Geography
  • Risk Management
  • Quality Service Management in Tourism and Hospitality
  • Legal Aspects of Tourism and Hospitality
  • Macro Perspective of Tourism and Hospitality
  • Professional Development and Applied Ethics
  • Multicultural Diversity in the workplace for the tourism professional
  • Tourism and Hospitality Marketing
  • Micro Perspective of Tourism and Hospitality
  • Entrepreneurship in Tourism and Hospitality

Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.


Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of BS in Tourism are expected to be able to:

  • Knowledgeable of the tourism industry
  • Awareness of the products and services produced by the local tourism industry
  • Apply laws and regulations related to the tourism industry
  • Utilize technology applications for tourism
  • Perform human capital development functions of tourism oriented organization
  • Properly communicate with clients and guest

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in travel agencies, travel ticketing offices, event organizing companies, and the Department of Tourism.


Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.


Board Exam

The BS in Tourism does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry. 


Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Tourism may pursue a career path in travel agencies, travel ticketing offices, event organizing companies, and the Department of Tourism. They may apply as an airline ground officer, travel agency clerk, tour escort, travel agent, flight attendant, government tourism staff, hotel staff, or resort staff.

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Reviews of BS in Tourism graduates:

A.
◈ Studied BS in Tourism
◈ At University of Rizal System - Tanay Campus
◈ Graduated 2008

list bulletAbout my college education: I like it because it develops a person holistically. It doesn't only focus on looking good but also on how you relate with people. Tourism is interesting for the reason that the course consists of very varied subjects, from Military Science to Resort Management. I found it difficult because of History subjects and also Foreign Language. Learning a new language isn't the easiest.

list bulletMy current job: I'm a Flight Attendant of a local airline.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took me around 6 months to get a job.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Tourism: I would recommend this course to those people who want to develop themselves. They will learn how to bring out their personalities and have a better self-concept, which they will be able to use in the usual jobs of a Tourism graduate such as being a flight attendant like myself.
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