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Study Tourism, Languages and Cultures at Otago

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With the growth of tourism in New Zealand and internationally, the tourism industry worldwide is seeking graduates who are multilingual and who have an understanding of the cultural needs of their guests.

The Tourism, Languages and Cultures major subject offers students an opportunity to gain skills to work with people from other cultures in tourism and related business settings, by providing the necessary language literacy and cultural understanding, and cross-cultural perspectives, while also acquiring a solid grounding in tourism management.

Students can choose to study one or more of the following languages/cultures: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, or Māori. Students have the choice of a range of tourism papers, and can for example, include events or accommodation management, or ecotourism, among other papers. There is also space within this major for students to complement their chosen language/culture specialty with other appropriate humanities or business papers.

Contact details

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Languages and Cultures component
Associate Professor Cecilia Novero
Dr Tangiwai Rewi

Tourism component
Dr Brent Lovelock


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Programme requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Tourism, Languages and Cultures

Level Papers Points

TOUR 101  Introduction to Tourism

TOUR 102  Global Tourism




TOUR 217  Tourist Behaviour

TOUR 218  Tourism and Hospitality Enterprise Management

TOUR 219  Destination Management





Two of TOUR 301, TOUR 303, TOUR 304, TOUR 305, TOUR 306



234 further points comprising:

  • 126 points of approved language and/or culture papers, including a minimum of two language acquisition papers in one particular language (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Māori) and including at least two further 300-level papers drawn from the offerings of the Department of Languages and Cultures and/or Te Tumu, the School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies
  • One additional 18-point paper from either Tourism or Languages and Cultures
  • Further Arts papers worth 90 points

Notes: At least 90 of these 234 points must be at 200-level or above.
Students with previous experience of a second language will be placed in language papers appropriate to their level.


Total   360

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