Published: September 4, 2019
Wondering which course to choose? If you are someone who loves travelling and learning about heritage, culture and developing destinations why not consider studying Tourism?
The University of Sunderland offers a variety of courses in this field to suit all interests and needs. Besides Tourism and Hospitality, you can also choose to focus on the planning of events and festivals by completing a course such as Events management or you can check out the newest addition in Sunderland and immerse yourself in the world of aviation –Tourism and Aviation Management.
Apart from the wide range of courses available to students, there is a number of reasons why I chose Sunderland. Not only does the university boast excellent facilities but there are countless opportunities available which are aimed at enhancing the student journey and experience as well as increasing employability. For example, Sunderland Futures is the perfect source for CV and application support, career guidance and information on work experience and skills development. Apart from that, the support provided from the Student Union is outstanding with events and schemes delivered all year round such as socials, activities and games.
My experience studying Tourism management has been unforgettable as the course equips you with all the necessary knowledge and skills in order to develop a career in this sector. You can expect to study various modules from heritage and culture to marketing and destination branding. One of the best aspects of the course is the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom through fieldtrips, company visits and guest speakers. For example, during my second year I travelled to Krakow, Poland with my course mates and lecturers in order to explore dark tourism and it helped me develop a better understanding of the different aspects of the tourism sector.
Furthermore, if you have any concerns or worries coming to Sunderland as an international student, you can rest assured that the University has prepared lots of support and help for you to settle in as smoothly as possible. From the lively and filled up with events and activities Freshers Week to meeting up with your SU Buddie you can be sure you will feel welcome and at home right away. As an international student I felt supported from the start. As my course went on, I continued to take part in events and activities organised by the Student Union which helped me adjust to life at university easily.
Another opportunity which was available in my course and I strongly recommend is to complete a placement year in an industry you are interested in. I took on this option and it helped me put into practice what I had learned so far and develop key transferable skills. My placement was based at a hotel in Edinburgh and it gave me a great insight into the industry which I would not have been able to receive in any classroom or library.
All things considered, Sunderland is an ideal choice for anyone thinking about starting university as you will be supported not only academically but also in your experience settling in and making friends in a new place. Apart from that, you will have plenty of opportunities to connect with employers and take part in work-related experiences such as placements, fairs, field trips, and much more to help you excel in your career. After three years studying in Sunderland I intend to continue developing my skills and pursue a career in the tourism and travel industry.