Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law
Center in charge: Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences
Method of teaching: Bilingual
Credits: 240. Credits/year: 60. Duration: 4 years. Implantation: progressive, first year 2008-2009
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Coordinator: Prof. Dr. D. Jose Ramón Sarmiento Guede
What will I learn by studying this degree?
The knowledge acquired is both subject-related (theory) and professional (know-how)
Where will I be qualified to work upon graduation?
In the many and varied tourism-related jobs for which a medium-high professional profile is required (operations management and middle management). In order to work in an executive role, students will need to study a Masters in Tourism.
Is this degree official in accordance with the regulations of the European Higher Education Area?
Yes (the final verification report is attached). The implementation of the degree will be carried out progressively, beginning in the first year of the degree in the academic year 2008-09.
What topics will be covered in this Degree?
The main fields of study of the degree are:-
- cultural geography
- Business Organization
- Product Marketing and Market Research
- Finance and Accounting
- history of art
As regards access to the degree course, no requirement is envisaged other than what the law states. On the other hand, as the Tourism Degree involves a lot of disciplines, it is difficult to specify the exact student profile which it is geared towards. That said, students wishing to study the degree, should have the following characteristics:-
- a sociable and extrovert personality
- an interest in learning about other cultures around the world
- a sensitivity for social issues
- an interest in recreational activities
- a gift for interpersonal relationships
- sales abilities
- an ability to work in a team
- a personality given to action and initiative
- an ease of communication
- an ability with foreign languages (on commencing the course, it is advisable for students to have a reasonable degree of fluency in at least one foreign language)
The aims of the Degree in Tourism have been drawn up bearing in mind the characteristics of tourism and how it has changed – particularly the rapid change it is experiencing and the demands for quality, competitiveness, sustainability and the increasing internationalization of the sector. The following teaching aims are of particular importance to the Tourism Degree:-
- to meet current training needs, enabling students to acquire the necessary decision-making skills for today's tourism sector
- to offer essential training at a tertiary level in order to prepare students to specialize in the skills and management capabilities for running companies and institutions in the tourism sector.
- to study the essentials for developing a competitive advantage for tourism products and destinations
- to produce specialists taking into account both the management of individual companies and also the sector as a whole, with particular attention being paid to natural and cultural resources
- to standardize the syllabus in an attempt to avoid an excess of fragmentation as a result of too many study areas
- to make it easier to develop lines of research which include different techniques
In addition to the aforementioned teaching objectives, one common objective of all URJC courses is to encourage mobility and in particular to encourage students to study abroad.
In the Tourism Degree Study Plan, the learning objectives have been defined in terms of academic and professional skills which the student must obtain, and how they are to be obtained.
These skills will feature throughout the whole degree so a detailed subject-by-subject analysis has been carried out.
The White Paper on the Degree in Tourism (Aneca, 2004) sets out some 23 general skills and 32 specific skills as part of the general knowledge and scientific, technical and cultural resources needed for graduates to be successful in the different areas of tourism-related employment. Some of the most notable are:-
- to know and assess the economic dimension of tourism
- to analyze the impact of tourism
- to make use of information and communication technologies in the different fields of tourism
- to analyze and critically summarize the economic data for tourism organizations
- to understand the dynamic nature of tourism and the new leisure society
- to understand how tourist destinations and structures work as a business sector in the world economy
- to understand the principles of tourism: its social, cultural, legal, political, employment and economic dimensions
- to communicate both orally and in writing in foreign languages
- to understand the legal framework which governs tourist activities
- to know the working procedure for accommodation, restaurants, and suppliers and intermediaries for the industry
- to run the different types of tourism organizations
- to manage the financial resources of a tourism firm
- to identify the technical planning needs for infrastructure and tourist facilities
- to manage land used for tourism bearing in mind the principles of sustainability
- to identify and manage tourist locations and destinations
Minimum requirements for stay
- For full-time students doing an undergraduate degree, the maximum period of time allowed to complete the degree is eight years. Part-time students can request an extension of up to two years from the Rector.
- In the degrees that have more than 240 credits (4 years), the maximum stated in the previous section will be increased by one year for each 60 ECTS that are added to the 240 ECTS.
- Students have to pass a minimum of two subjects in the first year. Students who are studying part-time have to pass at least one subject in the first academic year.
- Students who are studying an official degree at Rey Juan Carlos University have a maximum of four enrollments in each one of the subjects in the study program, without counting previous cancellations of said subjects.
For further information see: Permanence regulations
Minimum number of ECTS credits per type of registration and academic year
|1st year||48 ECTS||60 ECTS|
||48 ECTS||78 ECTS|
|1st year||24 ECTS||47 ECTS|
|other courses||24 ECTS||47 ECTS|
Access and Enrollment
Access to official degrees requires holding a high school diploma or equivalent and passing the exam referred to in Article 42 of the Organic Law 6/2001 of Universities, modified in the Law 4/2007 (12 April), taking into account other mechanisms of access Foreseen in existing regulations.
The maximum number of 1st year students accepted in the academic is:
|Madrid Campus (Vicalvaro):||65 places (including transfer admission places)|
Enrollment in the Rey Juan Carlos University is online, using the computers on campus or any computer with web access. Dates and deadlines can be consulted in enrollment, as well as the requirements and necessary documents. If any questions arise, ask at the Student Telephone Assistance Center (TASTING).
BE: Basic Education
|1st||Territorial Tourist Resources in Spain||COM||6|
|Applied Statistics for Tourism||COM||6|
|History of Travel and Tourism||BE||6|
|First Foreign Language I: English||COM||6|
|Basic Principles of Law of Tourist Application||BE||6|
|2nd||World Territorial Tourist Resources||COM||6|
|First Foreign Language II: English||COM||6|
|Social Psychology of Tourism||COM||6|
|Total credits: 60|
|1st||Analysis of the Tourism Market||COM||6|
|Law and Legislation||BE||6|
|Marketing for Tourism||COM||6|
|2nd||Commercial Communication for Tourism||BE||6|
|Computer Technologies Applied to Tourism Management||BE||6|
|Organization of Tourism Businesses||BE||6|
|Second Foreign Language I (French or German)||COM||6|
|Sociology of Tourism and Leisure||BE|
|Total credits: 60|
|1st||World Tourist Itineraries and Tourist Information||COM||6|
|Administrative Law of Tourism||COM||6|
|Second Foreign Language II (French or German)||COM||6|
|Financial Accounting for the Tourism Sector||COM||6|
|2nd||Second Foreign Language III (French or German)||COM||6|
|Human Resources Organization and Management||COM||6|
|The Hospitality Industry||COM||6|
|Tour Operators and Travel Agencies||COM||6|
|Cost Accounting for Tourist Businesses||COM||6|
|Total credits: 60|
|1st||Accounting analysis for businesses in the tourism sector||COM||6|
|Academic Recognition of credits||COM||6|
|End of Degree Project||COM||6|
|Total credits: 60|
|1st||Marketing of Tourism Products||EL||6|
|Oral Expression in English||EL||6|
|Resources and development of tourism in the autonomous community of Madrid||EL||6|
|Tourism and Civilizations of Antiquity (blended)||EL||6|
The subject Internships is a curricular subject whose fundamental objective is to encourage the comprehensive training of the student through the practical application of the knowledge acquired in the degree, which facilitates direct contact with the professional activity and offers the opportunity for students to incorporate themselves in the professional world with a minimum level of experience. All the internships are designed so that students who participate in them acquire professional experience in real situations and conditions, applying the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are acquired in the educational process during the degree. These internships are an important opportunity for the personal and professional development of the students.
The internships are activities that the students undertake in companies, institutions, and organizations; that is, in centers external to the university, and that have as their objective to enrich and complement their university studies, while also offering deeper knowledge related to the skills that will be needed once they graduate.
The Internship subject has two phases:
- First, doing the internship, which offers professional experience related to the profile of the graduate and that are shown in the Verification Report of the degree.
- Second, preparation of the report.
For more information: Unit internships
Academic Recognition of Credits
The Erasmus Program offers URJC undergraduate and graduate students the possibility of taking courses for one or more semesters at one of the European universities where URJC has agreements.
These exchanges traditionally involve financial assistance thanks to the Erasmus grants that the EU and the Spanish Education Ministry provide.
The Munde Program manages mobility with universities that are not included in the Erasmus Program.
The possibility of obtaining a grant or financial assistance and the amount depend, in each case, on the agreements with the universities, the countries, or the entities that subscribe to said agreements.
For more information:
Student Support Programs
Future student orientation. The university has various orientation programs for future students: visits to high schools, guided tours of the campuses, visits to classrooms, and, at the beginning of each academic year, the university organizes a Welcoming Day in order to orient new students.
Academic tutorials. Each teacher offers, within his/her teaching plan, tutorial sessions related to his/her subject.
Comprehensive tutorial programs. These programs are aimed at improving the learning process of the students, helping them to plan and organize their efforts in order to obtain the best academic results.
Degree coordinator. The degree coordinator works to favor the coherence and balance of the different subjects and the workload of the students.
Mentor Program. URJC has a Mentoring Program, where students from previous academic years act as tutors.
Disabled students. The Assistance for Disabled Persons Office offers guidance and help to students with special needs.
Scholarships and financial aid. Rey Juan Carlos University processes the principle grants and annual financial aid programs, both their own and those from other official agencies such as ministries, the regional government of Madrid, international organizations, and other entities. The university also publishes and disseminates information about grants and financial aid of interest to students and graduates. During the year, students receive information about these through the established communication channels.
Labor insertion program. URJC, through the Internship Unit and the Graduate Office, organizes events, workshops, and diverse services directed at helping and supporting students seeking employment. This is designed to improve students' employability and to favor their incorporation into the labor market. The university has job listings, a platform at the disposal of companies and graduates where the organisms can carry out their selection process.
*The rates corresponding to double degrees with different degrees of experimentality will be applied as established in the new Decree 43/2022, of June 29, of the Government Council, which establishes the public prices for university studies leading to official degrees and services of an academic nature in the public universities of the Community of Madrid*
- Enrollment and permanence in undergraduate studies at URJC
- Regulation of refund of academic fees
- Admission due to change of campus or modality, university and/or partial Spanish university studies of Degree and Double Degree of the URJC
- Public Prices
- joint degrees
- academic waiver
- External internships (in force during the 21/22 academic year)
- External internships (applicable from the 22/23 academic year)
- Academic Recognition of Credits (RAC)
- TFG Framework Regulation (Approved Governing Council May 26, 2023)
- Extraordinary End of Degree Award
- Extraordinary procedure for the completion of degree studies (advance call)
REVIEWS AND REVIEWS
- Review and claim of continuous assessment in URJC degree studies
- Request for review and claim of continuous evaluation
- compensation court
Validation, adaptation of studies, recognition of credits and homologation of foreign qualifications
- Validations / Recognition degrees
- Partial validation of foreign studies
- Complementary training requirements prior to the recognition of foreign qualifications
VISITING STUDENTS AND FUNCTIONAL DIVERSITY
- Coexistence Regulations of the Rey Juan Carlos University for the Development of Law 3/2022, of February 24, on University Coexistence, approved by Agreement of March 30, 2023, of the Governing Council of the University
Internal System of Quality Guarantee
General information collection plan
Within the Quality Guarantee System at Rey Juan Carlos University, the following surveys are planned:
-Satisfaction of graduates
- labor insertion
- Causes of abandonment
- Second year after graduation
- Third year after graduation
- Fourth year after graduation
- Degree of satisfaction:
- Faculty with campus and university
- Teaching staff with degree
- Of the evaluators
- Incoming student mobility program
- Outbound student mobility program
- Administration and services staff with university
- student satisfaction
- External tutor satisfaction
- Satisfaction of evaluators
Steps towards Improvement
The Quality Guarantee System at URJC establishes that the Quality Guarantee Commission of the degree analyzes the information derived from the different indicators of the degree and draws up a report which includes plans for improvement, if that is what the results so indicate.
- Improvement actions 2021/2022
- Improvement actions 2020/2021
- Improvement actions 2019/2020
- Improvement actions 2018/2019
- Improvement actions 2017/2018
- Improvement actions 2016/2017
- Improvement actions 2015/2016
- Improvement actions 2014/2015
- Improvement actions 2013/2014
- Improvement actions 2012/2013
- Improvement actions 2011/2012
- Improvement actions 2010/2011
Accreditation renewal supposes the culmination of the implementation of the official undergraduate and Master's degrees registered in the University, Center, and Degree Register. The accreditation renewal of official undergraduate and Master's degrees is organized in three phases: self-assessment report, external visit, and final assessment.
In the first phase, the university describes and assesses the situation of the degree with respect to the established criteria and guidelines. The result is the Self-Assessment report that is presented. The second and third phases are carried out by a group of assessors who are external to the degree in question.
Recognition of quality
The Virtual Campus at URJC has the international certification “UNIQUE” for quality in e-learning. UNIQUE is the most demanding seal of quality for the use of ICT in higher education.
In the framework of the celebration of the INNOVATION FORUM 2011 in the Portuguese town of Oeiras, the Foundation for the Quality of e-Learning gave three UNIQUe quality certifications to universities in Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Spain, and Rey Juan Carlos University was one of those chosen.
UNIQUe is the first certification of quality in all of Europe, created to offer support to universities in order to achieve excellence in the use of ICT for innovation in learning. The provides certification points of reference for the field of higher education in order to increase the speed of implementation of the Bologna reforms in the field of technology. It is centered on innovation with the aim of improving learning. At the same time, the UNIQUe seal facilitates the incorporation of the existing good practices and the valid strategies for quality, presenting a wide institutional focus that goes beyond e-learning in order to validate the efforts of the universities with regard to innovation.
This process of quality certification is based on the broad participation of the interested parties with the aim of involving the entire community of higher education, including the government, students and professors, as well as the administration and management of universities.