College of tourism and leisure industry in Austria

The future starts right here. This is your ticket to a successful career.

Bad Gleichenberg’s Tourism Schools are among the world’s best and offer excellent qualifications to start an outstanding career in the hotel and leisure industry. For 70 years, students from more than 80 nations have been trained in Bad Gleichenberg.

You do not want to go through a long period of studies or do not really feel well in the open system provided by the university and thus, you prefer a more predictable framework?

You would like to attend a practically-oriented training which offers many possibilities afterwards?

In the private college, you can choose between our English and German branch and you can also select two main focuses:

Digital tourism, start-ups & entrepreneurship or languages and management.

In our theory classes, you will learn the most important aspects of business and marketing management and the digital area. In the practical training, you will get to know all working procedures at first hand. Because only who knows how it works, can also assume responsibility later on in life.

Austria is famous the world over for its outstanding hospitality education.

Study program in English or in German | Internationally recognised diploma | More than 6,500 alumni

Bachelor Upgrade in 10 months after the college possible!

Student house with single or double options | Life on the Campus with real college feeling!


Take this chance and register right away via online form.

New focuses to choose: "Digital Tourism, start-ups & entrepreneurship" | "Languages & management"

Digital tourism, startups & entrepreneurship

The training program for futurous startups!

    • digital marketing with tourism focus
    • business creation, leadership, aquisition and business handover
    • startups & innovative business models
    • innovation management
    • leadership training
    • hospitality and tourism management
    • digital trends in tourismus

Languages - the gate to the world


“Every new language is like an open window that shows a new view of the world and expands your attitude towards life.” (Frank Harris)

With the language focus you can learn and improve the following languages:

  • German (for non-German speaking students)
  • English
  • French or Spanish
  • Italian

The college is exactly the right thing for you, if you

  • are interested in travelling, catering, tourism and marketing
  • want to start a career in hotel & tourism management in a managing position
  • have an innovative business idea and you want to make your vision come true in a start-up
  • want to continue a graduate study in Austria or abroad
  • like to plan, organize and get to know the world

So, LEARN SOMETHING USEFUL and become a tourism manager with the two-year college for the tourism and leisure industry.

All facts at a glance

  • After the final school leaving examination or qualification certificate for university entry
  • 2 years (4 semesters)
  • Full-time studies
  • Teaching language: German or English
  • Key course elements (eligible): Language emphasis (3 languages) or Digital tourism, startups & entrepreneurship
  • Internship: 12 weeks before starting the 3rd semester
  • Graduation:
    • Diploma
    • Professional title: Tourism Manager
    • Business license
    • Qualification examination for hospitality services
    • 4 professions in one training: restaurant manager, cook, hotel and catering assistant, travel agency assistant
    • Qualifications depending on additional trainings (barkeeper, concierge, cheese connoisseur, junior wine sommelier, coffee connoisseur,…)
    • Compulsory education: Shorter study periods for Bachelor and Master studies at international partner universities

Further Information

Digital Tourism & Entrepreneurship, starting from autumn 2018

Digital Tourism & Entrepreneurship is taught in small groups and modules and is comprised of the following sections:

  • Digital marketing with  tourism focus
  • Start-Ups & innovative business models
  • Innovation Management
  • Social Media & Tools, Blogging, Public Relations, Storytelling
  • Applied Event and Project Management
  • Digital trends in tourism

Third foreign language (Three Languages)

For language talents besides English and Italian or Spanish, we offer also French as specialization.

Our additional qualifications are a real bonus for your curriculum. They are carried out in cooperation with renowned partners like Energie Steiermark, the Clefs d’Or association or the Austrian Wine Academy and are recognized on an international level.

It is recommendable to limit the amount of additional qualifications to 2-3 courses due to the intensive regular training during the 4 semesters.

We offer the following additional qualifications according to availability:

  • Barkeeping & Barflairing
  • Coffee connoisseur
  • Concierge / Reception
  • Cheese connoisseur
  • Junior wine sommelier
  • Social media editors
  • Language certificate in French

Life on the Campus with real college feeling!

If you would like to live directly on the Campus of the Tourism Schools Bad Gleichenberg, you can find more information here .

As a student of the college, you can decide on your own where you want to stay during your training. The place offers quite some possibilities, but the most comfortable is certainly to rent a single or double room in the students’ house directly on the Campus.

The full board with buffet is included in the school fees, the advantages of a short way to your classes or various leisure time activities on the campus such as fitness studio, media library, bikes, skates, gym etc. can be used for free by all students who rent a room on the campus.

Practice makes perfect! During your training, you need to complete 12 weeks of practical training before the 2nd year of training in a tourism enterprise at home or abroad. Whether as waiter, cook, receptionist or in a travel agency etc., is up to you.

Before you choose a training at the Tourism Schools Bad Gleichenberg, we cordially invite you to visit us for a day, including also an overnight stay.

  • Final school leaving examination or qualification certificate for university entrance
  • Entrance interview at the Tourism Schools Bad Gleichenberg
  • Start of studies: September 10, 2018

Non-EU students

Non-EU students need a visa in order to be able to study in Austria. Further information concerning the visa can be found on this website OeAD, the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation Cooperation or requested via email at

An investment that pays!

The investment in the training at the Tourism Schools Bad Gleichenberg is worth its money because the focus lies on the transmission of contents which are required in today’s and future economy and thus, grant every graduate a clear competition advantage.

In this short period of time of 3 years the pupils will get well prepared for their working life. The reputation of the extraordinary education at the Tourism Schools Bad Gleichenberg precedes them. Thus, our graduates are known to be among the most demanded workforces in the Austrian and international tourism with more career opportunities and better earning potential.

Furthermore, our graduates have access to an international network of 6,500 graduates – because it is not only important what you know but also who you know .

Costs 2018/19

Basically, students’ fees are paid in eight monthly instalments. In case of an advanced annual payment we grant you a discount of 4% and for an advanced payment per semester a discount of 2% will be offered.

External student per study year (2 semesters)

CostsEU citizenNon-EU citizen
Costs per year4.121,00 €6.065,00 €
In case of partial payments (8x/year)515,13 €758,13 €
Monthly345 €506 €

Information concerning the costs

The following is included in the costs:

Training, accommodation, board and full-time assistance through coaches and assistants

What else is required?

The following is not included: Knives, teaching material as well as school and working clothes

Information concerning the payment in eight monthly instalments

The students’ and boarding fees are debited to your bank account every month in advance in eight monthly instalments (each time from September 1st to April 1st).

College of tourism and leisure industry

Compulsory internship: A total of 12 weeks before entering the 3rd semester

Your contact person

Sandra Siegl

Tel.: +43 3159 22 09 101
Fax: +43 3159 22 09 7101

Nicole Hammer

During my training, I had the chance to gain a comprehensive insight into the broad and manifold world of tourism and the hotel industry.

Nicole Hammer

Senior Executive Consulting, Blackrock – The Recruiting and Career Company, College 2007

Georg Stradner

With the training at the Tourism School Bad Gleichenberg you gain a well-established and great basis. After the training, it is up to the graduates how to use this basis in order to start a career in this industry.

Georg Stradner

hotel manager, Sporthotel IGLS, College 2002

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