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Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law
Center in charge: Facultad de Ciencias de la Economía y de la Empresa
Method of teaching: Bilingüe
Credits: 240. Credits/year: 60. Duration: 4 years. Implantation: progressive, first course 2008-2009
Calendario académico    Schedule    Exam   Teaching Guides  Validations table   Faculty
Coordinator: Prof. Dr. D.  Jose Ramón Sarmiento Guede       

Atención al estudiante: 91 488 93 93.     Buzón de Ayuda al Estudiante     Buzón de sugerencias, quejas y felicitaciones

Basic Information

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.

Final verification report

Report favorable first modification

Report favorable second modification

Report favorable third modification

Report favorable fourth modification

Report favorable fifth modification

Report favorable sixth modification

What topics will be covered in this Degree?

The main fields of study of the degree are:-

  • Cultural Geography
  • Economics
  • Business Organisation
  • Product Marketing and Market Research
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Philology
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Sociology
  • Law


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 internationalisation 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 specialise 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 standardise 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 aims, 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 noteworthy are:-

  • to know and assess the economic dimension of tourism
  • to analyse the impact of tourism
  • to make use of information and communication technologies in the different fields of tourism
  • to analyse and critically summarise the economic data for tourism organisations
  • 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 organisations
  • 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 requeriments 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 to 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: Normativa de permanencia

Minimum number of  ECTS credits per type of registration and academic year

Full-time students:

1º Course 48 ECTS 60 ECTS
Other courses


Part-time students:

1º Course 24 ECTS 47 ECTS
Other courses 24 ECTS  47 ECTS


Access and Enrolment


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:

Campus Madrid (Vicálvaro): 65 places  (including transfer admission places)



Enrolment in the Rey Juan Carlos University is on-line, using the computers on campus or any computer with web access. Dates and deadlines can be consulted in enrolment, as well as the requirements and necessary documents.  If any doubts arise, ask at the Student Telephone Assistance Centre (C.A.T.A.).

Teaching Itinerary


BE: Basic Education
COM: Compulsory 
EL: Elective

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
Applied Microeconomics BE 6
Cultural Heritage BE 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
Applied Macroeconomics COM 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  
Annual Modern Language BE 6
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
Tourist Transport 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
Optional 1 EL 6
Optional 2 EL 6
Optional 3 EL 6
Academic Recognition of credits COM 6
Annual Internship Placement COM 24
End of Degree Project COM 6
Total credits: 60


 Sem. Subject Type Credits
 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 (semipresencial) EL 6

Internship Placement

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 student undertakes 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.


Formative Project Qualification

For more information: Unit internships

Social Security Contributions for student interns as of January 1, 2024

Movility Programmes


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.

ERASMUS (intranet)


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 quantity depend, in each case, on the agreements with the universities, the countries, or the entities that subscribe to said agreements. 

MUNDE (intranet)

For more information:

Movilidad URJC


SICUE es un programa de movilidad nacional para estudiantes universitarios de GRADOS que permite realizar parte  de sus estudios en otra universidad española con garantías de reconocimiento académico, aprovechamiento y adecuación a su perfil curricular.

Movilidad SICUE

Student Support Programmes

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 every academic year, the university organizes a Welcoming Day in order to orient new students.

Academic tutorials. Each professor offers, within his/her teaching plan, tutorial sessions related to his/her subject.

Integral 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 work load of the students.

Mentoring Program. URJC has a Mentoring Program, where students from previous academic years act as tutors.

Disabled students. The Assistance for Disabled Persons Office offers orientation 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 organisms 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.

Laboral 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 disposition of companies and graduates where the organisms can carry out their selection process.




*Las tasas correspondientes a los dobles grados con distinto grado de experimentalidad se aplicarán tal como establece el nuevo Decreto 43/2022, de 29 de junio, del Consejo de Gobierno, por el que se establecen los precios públicos por estudios universitarios conducentes a títulos oficiales y servicios de naturaleza académica en las universidades públicas de la Comunidad de Madrid*



Convalidación, adaptación de estudios, reconocimiento de créditos y homologación de títulos extranjeros






Quality Guarantee

External monitoring report



Report on Results

Once the follow-up on the Degree is carried out, the quantitative information concerning the results of the follow-up for each academic year is shown.

Report on Results

General information collection plan

Within the Quality Guarantee System at Rey Juan Carlos University, the following surveys are planned:

- New students

- Teacher assessment

- Student satisfaction

- Satisfaction of graduates

Labor insertion

- Causes of abandonment

- Career path:

  • Second year after graduating
  • Third year after graduating
  • Fourth year after graduating

- 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

- External practices:

  • Student satisfaction
  • External tutor satisfaction
  • Satisfaction of evaluators

Survey results:

Steps toward 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.

Accreditation renewal

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 certification provides 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.