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Bachelor in Tourism

Grado Turismo
4 years (240 ECTS credits)


The goal of the UC3M Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism is to form professionals who are prepared to direct and manage tourism companies, identify and undertake business initiatives, manage and supervise companies or other public or private institutions in the sector, manage and plan resources, itineraries and tourist destinations and create specific products.

This degree offers students in-depth knowledge of the tourism sector that will enable them to adapt to the constant changes of the market. Students will acquire a multidisciplinary education that integrates the disciplines involved in the tourism sector: economics, business, law, geography, sociology, history, art, urban planning, computer science and literature, among others.

Given its practical and applied nature, they will be able to broaden their knowledge of the profession with internships in leading companies, entities and organizations.

Employability and profesional internships

UC3M has agreements with over 3000 companies and institutions in which students can undertake internships and access job openings.

A total of 93.4 % of graduates from this University enter the job market the first year after finishing their studies, according to the 2019 XXIV Estudio de Inserción Profesional (Professional Placement Study).


International Excellence

QS Top 50 Under 50
Times Higher Education (THE)


  • Language requirement: a B2 level of English language must be accredited before finishing the studies. More information.

Course 3 - Semester 1

General subjects
Financial Management6CSpanish
IT Systems in the Tourism Sector6CSpanish
Private Law in Tourism6CSpanish
Soft skills3BCSpanish
Spreadsheet. Intermediate level3BCSpanish
Electives: Recommended 6 credits

Course 4 - Semester 2

General subjects
Bachelor Thesis6BTSpanish
Electives: Recommended 12 credits
Electives to choose in 3rd and 4th year - Second semester
At the end of your studies you must have obtained a total of 42 credits of electivity.
Brand Management of Tourist Destinations and Cultural6ESpanish
Business Management of Tourism and Leisure Intermediation6ESpanish
Business Models and Design Thinking for Tourist Services3ESpanish
Collaborative Tourism Strategies6ESpanish
Foreign Language Applied to Tourism II3ESpanish
Hotels and Tourist Accommodation Management6ESpanish
Management of Tourist Routes3ESpanish
Sociology of Tourism and Leisure6ESpanish

Any of elective courses could not be offered in a specific year. You can check it in schedules page.







BC: Basic Core
C: Compulsory
E: Electives
BT: Bachelor Thesis








  • Exchange programs

    Exchange programs

    The Erasmus programme permits UC3M first degree and post graduate students to spend one or several terms at one of the European universities with which UC3M has special agreements or take up an Erasmus Placement, that is a work placement or internship at an EU company. These exchanges are funded with Erasmus Grants which are provided by the EU and the Spanish Ministry of Education.

    The non-european mobility program enables UC3M degree students to study one or several terms in one of the international universities with which the university has special agreements. It also has funding from the Banco Santander and the UC3M.

    These places are offered in a public competition and are awarded to students with the best academic record and who have passed the language threshold  (English, French, German etc..) requested by the university of destination.

  • European mobility

    Movilidad europea

  • Non european mobility

    Non european mobility

Student profile

  • Entry profile

    Entry profile

    The degree in Tourism is multidisciplinary and, while it does not require any specific knowledge apart from that acquired in pre-university education, students should have the following qualities:

    • Initiative and an enterprising spirit A positive attitude towards problem-solving and enthusiasm for justifying their actions.
    • A collaborative attitude which allows them to obtain the necessary information and knowledge from others in order to take decisions.
    • A comprehensive outlook which enables them to relate different types of facts and events and understand the multi-causality of social and economic realities.
    • An honest, scientific attitude which assists the handling, interpretation and production of information objectively and accurately.
    • A readiness to participate, which, through direct contact with the territory, enables them to observe, recognize and interpret directly the facts and processes occurring.
    • A critical, committed and responsible attitude which will lead to an awareness of the risks and consequences of their actions on society and the environment.

    Furthermore, students should embark on their studies aware that they are taking a university degree in an institution of the standing of the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid, characterized by its search for excellence in research and teaching. They should therefore also possess the following attitudes:

    • Responsibility. Students should be aware that daily work will enable them to achieve the goals and that the amount of effort they put in will determine the results.
    • Receptiveness. Students need to be open to all the new ideas presented throughout the degree.
    • Curiosity. Students must be ready to discover new aspects for themselves.

    Application for a place in the degree.

  • Graduate profile

    Graduate profile

    Graduates in Tourism will be equipped to undertake any kind of function in the management of businesses and public organisations in the tourist sector. They will also be able to manage territories and tourist destinations and define tourist policies and programs.

    General skills

    Students who complete the four years of the degree will acquire a range of knowledge, abilities and skills.

    General competencies of the degree:

    • Understand the principles of tourism, its geographical, social, cultural, legal, political, labour and economic dimension.
    • Understand the changing and developing nature of tourism and the new leisure society.
    • Learn and know how to apply the models and techniques associated with the management and administration of tourist companies and the different disciplines involved.
    • Design tourist products and define commercial objectives, strategies and policies.Identify tourist resources and assess their potential.
    • Communicate orally and in writing in foreign languages.
    • Identify, manage and design strategies and programs for territories and tourist destination according to the principles of sustainability.

    Specific competencies of the degree:

    • Identify and undertake business initiatives in the tourist sector.
    • Manage and administer companies and other private and public institutions in the tourist sector.
    • Identify tourist resources, assess their potential and create specific tourist products.
    • Manage tourist destinations and define future strategies and programs.
    • Solve management problems in the tourist sector.

Study in english

Studies with some courses in English

This bachelor's degree is offered in spanish, but you can study some courses in english if you want.

You can check the courses offered in english in the study program.

You don't need a previous level test. If you want to study a course in english, you have to select the english group in the enrollment.

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