Sustainable Tourism, B.A.

Tourism is a major global industry. It’s particularly significant in Germany, where tourism is both a major source of revenue and an industry with many work and career opportunities. These opportunities span both the private and public sector, ranging from hotel management, transportation, travel agencies, to government agencies and organisations dedicated to tourism or natural conservation. Well-trained experts in the field of tourism are in high demand in each of these sectors.

The continued growth of the global tourism industry presents both positive and negative changes. On the one hand, it drives job creation and is an essential source of revenue for a plethora of countries. On the other hand, it can have a lasting negative effect on the environment and local cultures. The Sustainable Tourism programme tackles this dilemma through the study of sustainable development, teaching future tourism experts how to strive for balance between the many conflicting social, ecological and economic considerations.

Course Structure

The Sustainable Tourism programme is the study of both the ecological aspects affecting global tourism, e.g. climate change, as well as social considerations such as inclusion, demographic trends, intercultural management strategies and corporate social responsibility. As a future graduate, you will be the one implementing the principles of sustainable development into your work at tourist organisations or destinations. To equip you with the necessary know-how and qualifications, Sustainable Tourism is interdisciplinary by nature, combining elements from the fields of economics, law, geography, sociology and ecology into one cohesive study programme.

The degree programme is structured into seven semesters of full-time study. The first three semesters are dedicated to building a solid theoretical foundation. The fourth and fifth semesters add depth and specialist character to your foundation, in particular through your thematic choice of electives. The sixth semester is reserved for a semester exchange abroad or a semester internship. Finally, the seventh semester is dedicated to your final thesis and acquiring the skills to research and compose an ambitious scholarly work. As in other areas, we attach great importance to the practical relevance of thesis topics and can connect students to potential host companies via numerous collaborative agreements.

Career Paths

As a student, you‘ll acquire expert professional, international, transcultural and interdisciplinary competencies. You‘ll also learn how to examine and balance social, economic and ecological concerns in order to develop innovative, sustainable and future-proof concepts for a variety of sectors throughout the tourism industry.

As a graduate, you‘ll possess valuable qualifications in a rapidly evolving field full of interesting and meaningful careers. You‘ll have the expertise to turn theory into reality by developing sustainable concepts which can contribute to the future growth of the tourism industry.

Potential fields of employment for graduates are:

  • Tourism planning, consulting and travel management
  • Tourism-related public authorities, associations or congresses
  • Nature conservation organisations
  • Planning and organising conferences, trade fairs and events

Still need help or advice? Contact us!

Current information about the application process can be found on the page Application and Admission.

Contact address for your questions related to the application process, the programm requirements and the enrolment:

Contact information for your questions related to the organization of the degree programme, the course guidance and the counselling service:

Head of Degree Programme:

Prof. Dr. Diana Marquardt
Professor of Tourism Economics with focus on Alternative Tourism


Place of study

Campus Kleve

Start date

Winter semester



Duration of study

7 semesters of full-time study

Study model

Full-time studies

Degree awarded

Bachelor of Arts


Mandatory 8-week preparatory internship/work placement. This must be completed no later than the 4th semester enrolment deadline.

Restricted admission


How and when to Apply

Actual information on the application process can be found under Application and Admission.

Online-Application via uni-assist

Our undergraduate programmes start only in the winter semester. Applications are accepted between May and July.


Regulations of the study programme

Examination regulation Sustainable Tourism, B.A. (for students starting at WS 2019/20) not available in english, see german version

Examination Regulation Sustainable Tourism, B.A. (for students starting studies until SS 2019) not available in english, see german version


General information for NT students

General information site on moodle (internal)

Study Schedule NT on moodle (internal)