Varna University of Management (VUM) is one of the leading educational institutions with more than 25 years of tradition to train and develop professionals in the fields of tourism and hospitality. Hundreds of graduates have entered the hospitality industry in Bulgaria and more than 50 other countries around the globe.

Studying International Hospitality Management at Varna University of Management can be a great choice for those interested in pursuing a career in the hospitality industry. The educational programme in VUM is fully delivered in English and leads 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 the tourism and hospitality industry 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.

The program is designed to equip students with a solid foundation in business management, hospitality operations, as well as, hands-on experience through internships and practical projects. The curriculum covers topics such as economics, management and behavioral sciences, finance, accounting, human resources, marketing, entrepreneurship, information technologies, business communications and many more. Problem-based and case-based learning techniques applied during the course of education are related to the actual practice in the hospitality business and leads to creativity and innovative thinking when dealing with real cases in business practice, teamwork skills, communication, planning, organizational skills, decision-making and conflict management.

One of the greatest  advantages of the programme is that VUM’s location is in the heart of Varna, which is a popular tourist destination on the Black Sea coast. This provides students with opportunities to gain first-hand experience in the hospitality industry through company visits, guest lecturers and networking events with industry professionals.

Moreover, VUM has an extensive and sophisticated network of more than 200 active international partners where our students can carry out their obligatory summer internships with a duration of up to 12 months during the period of their education. Thus, they get a real opportunity to create contacts, gain skills and experience in a real work environment and lay the foundations for their future successful business realization.

Additionally, the internships at VUM are organized by VUM’s Career Center and are financed under the Erasmus+ program. Within the Erasmus + program, for each month the internship is completed, the student receives over 700 euros of programme funding (depending on the country in which they choose to go to) or over 8,000 euros in case the student takes advantage of the entire 12-month period in which he is entitled to carry out practical training. In the event that the students’ result obtained from the academic exams are high, the student is qualified for a scholarship for academic performance (merit-based). On top of that, a total amount of around 10,000 euros is obtained from scholarships and grants whereby each student has the opportunity to receive within the framework of his or her studies at VUM (read more here).

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

In addition,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.

Overall, studying International Hospitality Management at Varna University of Management can be a great way to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the dynamic and exciting hospitality industry.

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