The Hospitality Management degree at VUM has more than 20-years of history. Hundreds of graduates have entered the hospitality industry in Bulgaria and more than 50 other countries around the globe.

Varna University of Management (VUM) is one of the leading educational institutions with more than 20 years of tradition to train and develop professionals in the fields of tourism and hospitality. The educational programme is fully delivered in English and lead to the award of two degrees - one from VUM and a second one from our strategic academic partner Cardiff Metropolitan University in the UK.

The challenges of the modern world and the dynamic development of tourism and hospitality demand specialists who have both theoretical and practical skills as well as motivation to improve their professional qualities. The main goal of this programme is to develop highly qualified specialists with strategic and creative business thinking, in-depth knowledge, advanced practical skills and professional habits.

Students acquire important theoretical knowledge in economic, management and behavioral sciences, finance, accounting, human resources, marketing and entrepreneurship, information technologies, business communications and others. Problem-based and case-based learning techniques that we apply during the course of education are related to the actual practice in the hospitality business and lead to creativity and innovative thinking when dealing with real cases in the business practice, teamwork skills, communication, planning and organizational skills, decision-making and conflict management.

VUM has an extensive and sophisticated network of more than 200 active international partners, where our students can carry out their obligatory practical training. Thus, they get a real opportunity to create contacts, gain skills and experience in a real environment and lay the foundations for their future successful business realization.


The courses are taught entirely in English. Classes are small and encourage crosscultural dialogue and personal connections. As a leading business school in Eastern Europe, VUM has the exceptional privilege to educate students from start to graduation in programmes leading to Cardiff Metropolitan University’s British degree. And this is without the usual requirement for students to spend a year in the UK. VUM students follow a synchronized curriculum with Cardiff Metropolitan University and have to meet the same high standards in learning and examinations.

Location of study

Varna/ Dobrich

Language of instruction


Start date


Duration of study

3 years (6 semesters)

Scholarships, tuition fees and student loans
Detailed information on scholarship opportunities, semester fees and student loans
Admission requirements
The admission process follows several easy and clear steps for the admission of candidates. The basic requirements for the students are high motivation, good results of their High School diploma and strong command of English language.
Varna University of Management follows strictly the Rules and Regulations issued by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria.


International Hospitality Management is a full-time programme. Classes are scheduled from Monday to Friday  combining lectures and practical sessions.

Year One
• Economics (10 ECTS)
• Accounting (5 ECTS)
• Business communications (5 ECTS)
• Management (5 ECTS)
• Research and statistics (5 ECTS)
• Information technologies (5 ECTS)
• Marketing and business environment (10 ECTS)
• Finance (5 ECTS)
• English (5 ECTS)
• Second foreign language (5 ECTS)
• Sports
• Summer internship I (10 ECTS)

Year Two
• Human resource management (5 ECTS)
• Introduction to hospitality and tourism (10 ECTS)
• Hotel operations management (5 ECTS)
• Entrepreneurship and project management (5 ECTS)
• Tourism intermediaries (5 ECTS)
• Technologies in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality (5 ECTS)
• Hotel practice (5 ECTS)
• English (5 ECTS)
• Second foreign language (5 ECTS)
• Sports
• Summer internship II (10 ECTS)

Year Three
• Strategic management in the hospitality (10 ECTS)
• International F&B management (10 ECTS)
• Conferences, exhibitions and corporate events (10 ECTS)
• English (5 ECTS)
• Second foreign language (5 ECTS)
• Sports
• Diploma project (10 ECTS)
• Diploma seminar
• Eco and rural tourism (5 ECTS)
• Spa and wellness tourism (5 ECTS)
• Cultural tourism (5 ECTS)
• F&B operations (5 ECTS)
• Hotel chains management (5 ECTS)
• Corporate social responsibility (5 ECTS)
• Social entrepreneurship (5 ECTS)
• Sustainable development (5 ECTS)
• Branding in THE industries (5 ECTS)
• E-commerce in the tourism (5 ECTS)
• Employability (5 ECTS)
• Corporate finance in the hospitality (5 ECTS)

*The elective modules and the second foreign language module are offered when requested by a certain number of students.
Optional disciplines give students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in different fields of study in accordance with their interests. The study of optional disciplines is not compulsory. Once chosen, however, they become compulsory.
• Agrotourism (5 ECTS)
• Introduction to Agribusiness (5 ECTS)
• E- Business in the Agrarian Sector (5 ECTS)
• Crop Production (5 ECTS)
• Management Consulting in Agribusiness (5 ECTS)
• Computer Networks (5 ECTS)
• Business Applications (5 ECTS)
• Introduction to Multimedia Applications and Internet (5 ECTS)
• Robonomics (5 ECTS)
• Additional foreign language (5 ECTS)
• Underwater Cultural Heritage (5 ECTS)
• Ethnology (5 ECTS)
• Folklore (5 ECTS)
• Marine Biology (5 ECTS)


There are many benefits of studying in the International Hospitality Management Bachelor’s Degree Programme and the most significant one is the numerous career opportunities, both in Bulgaria and abroad.

VUM`s graduates become managers and entrepreneurs within all sectors of the hospitality and tourism industry. By completing the International Hospitality Management Programme they are practically prepared for successful professional and career development in hotels, restaurants and hotel chains, official tourist organizations, logistic companies and agencies, tour operating and travel agency companies, governmental and international institutions and organizations acting in the sphere of tourism management.

At VUM we prepare our students for the highly competitive global labour market and provide them with practical advice and expertise. VUM maintains excellent contacts with business partners in Bulgaria, Europe, the USA, and more, thanks to which our graduates have the opportunity to spend up their practical training and to successfully start their career in various partner institutions and organizations all over the world.

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