Graduate Programs at University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur
University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur

University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur

Switzerland is a dynamic tourism destination that has learnt how to reinvent tourism in its urban centers and alpine playgrounds. At the University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur you live and breathe the spirit of the tourism pioneers who brought tourism to St. Moritz in 1864.

HTW Chur introduces you to tourism as a business discipline and helps you to successfully create customer-focused offers with a consistently high level of service. Today, committed and cosmopolitan professionals are in high demand worldwide in order to ensure that the wide range of tourism offers attract the right customers and remain competitive. That is why HTW Chur focuses on innovation and international perspective and uses practice-oriented study methods. You will obtain an international business degree with cutting-edge content and methods.

Bachelor's Degree

With the Bachelor of Science in Tourism, you acquire a foundation in business studies and self-management skills and are introduced. You deepen your understanding of tourism through a wide amount of subjects covering all important aspects of this vibrant industry with case studies, excursions and internationally experienced professors. During the third year of studies, you can choose your major and combine it with different minors. You create therefore your very own profile and concentrate on the topics that are of highest interest for you.

Current Majors

  • Sustainable Tourism and International Development
  • eCommerce and Sales in Tourism
  • Event Communication
  • Marketing and Product Development in Tourism
  • Leadership

Master's Degree

The Master of Science in Business Administration, Major Tourism enables you to gain an international outlook on tourism development and management. International case studies, an international student body, excursions to international destinations and the experience of your guest lecturers make for an interesting and interactive learning environment. You will learn to identify, interpret and provide solutions for strategic challenges faced by tourism businesses and to make strategic judgements under uncertainty by relying on an in-depth understanding of change processes in tourism.

Studying at HTW Chur

Founded in 1963, the HTW Chur is fully accredited by the Swiss Federal Office. The internationally-recognized Bachelor of Science and Master of Science programs are certified by the Center of Accreditation and Quality Assurance of the Swiss Universities, as well as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). As a relatively small university, we have the opportunity to create a familiar atmosphere, which respects the individual characters of our student body. The relationship between studying, research and practice forms an important part of the programmes. Our students gain valuable insights from practitioners in lectures, on international field trips, in the mentoring programme and during consultancy projects.

Our international students receive guidance through our international office. From accommodation to health insurance over to residence permits and visa procedures, our international office is more than happy to assist our students coming from all around the world.

Fact Box
  Bachelor Master
Degree Title Bachelor of Science FHO in Tourism with respective major Master of Science FHO in Business Administration with Major in Tourism
Study Model Full-time Full-time or part-time
Duration 3 years 1.5 (full-time) or up to 4 years (part-time)
Place of Study Chur, Switzerland Chur, Switerland
Teaching Language German and English or only English English
Admission Requirements
  • High school diploma or an equivalent diploma
  • One year of work experience in the field of business and services
  • Good knowledge of English (certificate C1 or previous studies undertaken in English)
  • Basic knowledge of double entry accounting (can be prepared in self-study prior to the start of the programme)
  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent diploma
  • Good knowledge of English (certificate C1 or previous studies undertaken in English)
  • Basic knowledge of business administration (can be prepared in self- study prior to the start of the programme)



Master's degree Tourism
Digital transformation, continuous change and ever-shorter innovation cycles present tourism companies and tourism organisations with complex and demanding challenges. These challenges have a considerable impact on the necessary skills and knowledge required by successful tourism managers: they need to think strategically in order to be able to respond to changes in the tourism industry and to initiate change processes
Duration: 1.5 years
Deadline: Ongoing


Livio Gotz, graduate with a bachelor's degree in tourism

"During the programme, we explored tourism in all its aspects. Along with the practice-oriented project work, this was the ideal preperation for my current job as Manager UK & Ireland at the SCIB in London. What I benefitied from the most was my area of specialisation in the third year. This set me up perfectly for my current role in terms of teaching me how to develop and implement all kinds of marketing activities."

Livio Gotz, graduate with a bachelor's degree in tourism
Philipp Ries, Industry Leader Google Switzerland

"The tourism industry is going through a fundamental digital transformation which is not going to end any time soon. Tourism professionals of the future need to orient themselves to this new world and form it. The bachelor's degree at the HTW Chur is setting the stage for it."

Philipp Ries, Industry Leader Google Switzerland
Severin Schrotter, graduate with a bachelor's degree in tourism

"Completing the course in an international class meant that I was in contact with fellow students from around the world each and every day, enabling me to improve my social skills and language expertise on an ongoing basis. My personal highlight was the exchagne semester. I studied in Hong Kong for half a year."

Severin Schrotter, graduate with a bachelor's degree in tourism
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