Tourism Studies Diploma

Studying Tourism at Vancouver Island University allows you to begin your undergraduate work in smaller classes and the more personal atmosphere of a regional University.

Our two-year diploma program focuses on studying tourism and its relationships to communities, the environment and economic systems. The program emphasizes the study of tourism from a perspective of community development and the management of natural resources. Students will focus on understanding the social and cultural setting in which tourism attractions are located as well as on understanding the relationship between tourism and sustainable development, with an awareness of environmental issues.

The program addresses six key areas:

  • Theory courses in Tourism, English, and social sciences and business
  • Electives
  • Skill courses
  • Two (2) Co-operative Education placements
  • Non-credit involvement to develop leadership abilities, confidence, and group dynamic skills
  • Writing and public speaking skills.

The Faculty in the Tourism Studies program has practical experience in the field and values student-centered education. We strive to give every student in the program a quality experience through small group work, individual and group instruction, the use of current technology and attention to individual learning styles. Students also benefit from application of classroom learning through Co-operative Education placements.

Students who complete the diploma program may choose to build on their entry level skills by completing VIU's Bachelor of Tourism Management degree. Students apply to the third year of the degree program to complete a Bachelor of Tourism Management, Major in Recreation. This Degree program focuses on the development of management and entrepreneurial skills needed for people wishing to assume greater responsibilities within an organization, or for those wishing to start new enterprises.

Our program is offered at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. If you are interested in having your prior learning assessed for credit towards the program, please contact the Advising Centre.

For further information contact the program's Department Advisor, Janet McKeown at