Program calendar icon Program Length

  • 2 Years

Program credential icon Credential

  • Diploma

Program option icon Options

  • Co-op

Program location icon Location Offered

  • Nanaimo

Interested in travel and love working with people? A career in tourism can open up the world to you. If you’re seeking variety and a creative career with a human touch, you can join one of Canada’s fastest growing industries as a tourism professional.

VIU's Tourism diploma program combines in-class instruction with hands-on paid co-op placements over two years. As a hospitality and tourism studies student, you will learn about sustainability, marketing, risk-management, diversity, and event-planning - providing you with the knowledge and expertise to seamlessly transition into a diverse range of careers available in the tourism industry. 


The Tourism Studies Diploma Program

This program is offered as a mandatory Co-operative Education format with four academic semesters and two paid Co-op placements.

The focus of this program is on the provision of leisure experiences for domestic and international visitors. The program assesses the impact of tourism on individuals, communities, and the environment in order to develop best practices for sustainable tourism development. The features of the program include the provision of applied skills and knowledge, direct leadership experience, a co-operative education model (paid employment), and small class sizes.

The program prepares students for career entry; however, students interested in further studies can apply to the Bachelor of Tourism Management degree.

Year 1

Credits

TOUR 100 - (Introduction to Tourism)

3

TOUR 101 - (Marketing Tourism Experiences)

3

TOUR 110 - (Co-operative Education Preparation)

1

TOUR 126 - (Risk Management and Legal Liability in Tourism)

3

TOUR 150 - (Information & Communication Technologies in Tourism)

3

TOUR 153 - (Diversity and Inclusion in Tourism)

3

TOUR 161 - (Organizing and Leading Tourism Activities)

3

TOUR 190 - (Event Planning I)

3

ACCT 101 - (Accounting for Non-Financial Managers)

3

ENGL 115 - (University Writing and Research)

3

Elective

3

Total Credits

31

Intersession

Credits

TOUR 109 - (First Co-operative Education Work Placement)

9

Year 2

Credits

TOUR 259 - (Sustainability in Tourism)

3

TOUR 202 - (Understanding Visitor Behaviour) 

3

TOUR 205 - (Tourism Management Principles and Practice)

3

TOUR 210 - (Co-operative Education Preparation)

1

TOUR 220 - (Tourism Places and Spaces)

3

TOUR 251 - (Market Research in Tourism)

3

TOUR 290 - (Event Planning II)

3

ENGL 204 - (Business and Technical Writing)

3

Three Electives

9

Total Credits

31

Intersession

Credits

TOUR 209 - (Second Co-operative Education Work Placement)

9

Completion Requirements

CONTINUING REQUIREMENTS/MINIMUM SESSIONAL GRADE POINT AVERAGE

Students must maintain a GPA of 2.33 (C+) in order to qualify for work placement activities.

Students must maintain an average "C+" grade and must perform satisfactorily in work placement activities in order to graduate. 

Notes on Admission

  • Field work may require a criminal record check prior to placement.
  • Enrolment in this program is limited. Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program.
  • All new students must participate in a compulsory orientation held early in the Fall semester.

The management of tourism services is a challenging career in this increasingly leisure-oriented society. Dynamic, creative and innovative people are needed to plan, organize and supervise leisure experiences in a variety of diverse settings. The types of positions that graduates may occupy include the following:

  • Commercial Recreation and Tourism Enterprises, such as private tour companies, leisure-related retail outlets, tourism attractions, health spas, fitness complexes.
  • Adventure Tourism and Park Management, providing nature-based leisure experiences like camping, wilderness experiences, risk recreation, as well as environmental education and managing the resources required for nature-based leisure.
  • Tourism Services, including destination resorts and hotels, theme parks, tourist attractions, convention and meeting business, and special events and festivals.
  • Tour operations, including the packaging, marketing, and operation of tours, tour guiding and interpretation services.

Co-operative Education

Hands-on experience in the tourism industry is gained during two terms of Co-operative Education placements. Under the Co-operative Education format, formal supervised work terms are integrated into the total curriculum on a paid basis. Students will benefit from the experience by:

  • relating academic study more effectively to the field of practice;
  • developing a career focus within the tourism industry;
  • gaining valuable practical experience;
  • being able to finance a larger portion of their education.

Access to Co-operative Education placements is based on students’ GPA (minimum of 2.33 (“C+”) is required) and their willingness to work as a team member with faculty and Co-operative Education staff to find appropriate placements.

Students in Co-operative Education work terms pay a co-op fee, which is due during the second month of each work term.

Special Expenses

Co-op fees are due during the second month of each work term.

All fees and costs are subject to change without prior notice.

Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year Amount
Tuition (31 credits x $163.14 per credit) 5,057.34
Student Activity fee (4% of tuition) 202.29
Student Services fee (31 credits x $7.21 per credit) 223.51
VIU Students' Union fee (12 months x $26.59 per month) 319.08
Co-op fee ($708.51 per term) 708.51
Health and Dental Plan fee ($265.00 per year) 265.00
Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year 1,600.00
Notes

The VIUSU Health and Dental Plan fee is assessed for all students enrolled in 6 credits or more per term, or in Trades/Vocational programs of 5 months or longer.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice and are expected to increase by 2% each year on April 1.


International Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year Amount
Tuition (2 semesters x $10870.72 per semester) 21,741.44
Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $463.40 per semester) 926.80
VIU Students' Union fee (12 months x $26.59 per month) 319.08
Co-op fee ($2329.43 per term) 2,329.43
Health and Dental Plan fee ($265.00 per year) 265.00
Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year 1,600.00
Notes

Tuition in the above table is based on $776.48 per credit, up to a maximum of $10,870.72 per semester for 15 credits; $776.48 per credit beyond 15 credits. Ancillary Fees in the above table are based on $33.10 per credit, up to a maximum of $463.40 per semester for 15 credits; $33.10 per credit beyond 15 credits.

The VIUSU Health and Dental Plan fee is assessed for all students enrolled in 6 credits or more per term, or in Trades/Vocational programs of 5 months or longer.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice and are expected to increase by 2% each year on April 1.

Domestic (Canadian)

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Next Intake(s):

The Tourism Studies Diploma program has one intake each Fall.

Application Fee:
$44.27
Accepting Late Applications:
Yes
Admissions Assistant:
Name: Colleen Doyle
Phone: 250.753.3245 ext. 2280
Email: Colleen.Doyle@viu.ca
Chair Contact:
Name: Amanda Johnson
Phone: 250.740.6548 ext. 6548
Email: Amanda.Johnson@viu.ca
Comments:

Applications are open late until August 15 or until program is filled. There is a possibility qualified applicants may be waitlisted.

International

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Anticipated intake for someone applying today:
Next Intake(s):

The Tourism Studies Diploma program has one intake each Fall.

Application Fee:
$150.00
Accepting Late Applications:
Yes
Waitlist:
No
Testing Required:
No
Chair Contact:
Name: Joanne Schroeder
Phone: 250.753.3245 ext. 2832
Email: Joanne.Schroeder@viu.ca
International Admissions Officer Contact:
Name: Elham Akhoundi
Email: Study@viu.ca
Comments:

Enrolment in this program is limited. Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program.

For prospective international applicants, please send your inquiries to World VIU at WorldVIU@viu.ca.

Previous versions of this program can be found in the Program Archive.