The Tourism and Events Management BA Honours course, which has been maintaining a close relationship with foreign universities including the University of Technology in Sydney, Canberra University, University of Wisconsin, has recently added the University of Malta and the University of Hong Kong to the list of their partner universities.
Every year, this programme allows students from the Tourism and Events BA course to experience studying and living abroad for one semester in their second year. Students from partner Universities are also invited to come and study at Westminster for one semester in return. This year, a record number of students from the course got involved in the programme, as ten of them decided to go study in partner universities.
Lillith Zijmers (appearing on the right of the cover photo above), a second year student from the Tourism and Events Management BA, shared her experience studying a semester at the University of Technology in Sydney: “This experience has further broadened my horizons and inspired me to wanting to travel to different parts of the world. I have always had a passion to travel and see as much of the world as possible but I wasn’t that interested in exploring Asia, which has changed a lot since my experience in Sydney.”
She got the opportunity to explore a different learning experience as well as different approaches in the modules related to Tourism and Events she followed: “One of the best things of the modules was that we got to study similar things as we would have in London, but from a complete new point of view. In London, the focus of studying Tourism and Events was on the British or European industry mostly, while in Sydney the focus was on Australia, New Zealand and Asia.”
She also described the best aspects she experienced when living in Sydney: “The weather and nature in Sydney and its surroundings are incredible. There are so many beaches and such a diversity of wildlife and nature. Sydney itself is an impressive city with a lot of big buildings that tower over you but once you reach the city limits, there are beaches, forests and mountains. The people I got to meet, whether in student housing or on trips, were from such a wide variety of different places.”
Claire Humphries, Principal Lecturer in Tourism and Events Management BA and leader of the exchange programme, said: "Our one-semester exchange programme offers something different for our students and is a real bonus for those who are keen to experience student life outside the UK. We work closely with our partner universities overseas to ensure that their module content is closely allied to our programme and we of course enjoy welcoming some of their students onto our course for the temporary exchange period."