Wellness and spa are major trends in the tourism industry today, and ITM helps its students to get a jump start in this fascinating and comprehensive field. The programme provides students with a profound education and great interpersonal skills to enter mid-level management positions in the wellness- and spa industry. Let ITM take you to the World of Wellness and Spa!
The programme is comprised of three main areas such as the acquisition of professional communication skills, management qualifications and practical training sessions.
In the course of their studies, students are taught to develop marketing and business organisation abilities, and they are thoroughly trained in customer orientation, service and health. Students gain a basic knowledge in natural sciences such as medical fundamentals, anatomy, nutrition, therapies and products, and attend practical training seminars (e.g. cosmetics, massages etc.) that equip them with the necessary tools to take up positions in thermal hotels, wellness and spa resorts in order to ensure the quality and success of these facilities.
The education at ITM is based on the cultural, intellectual and moral development of the students in a multicultural environment. Cultural diversity as well as the personal atmosphere are key elements in the ITM educational concept. If you intend to enter the dynamic wellness and spa industry, and want an experience and education unparalleled to most institutions, there is no better place to study than at ITM.
After successful completion of the 2 year study programme students, are awarded a Diploma. This certificate is officially recognized by the Austrian state as well as by the industry and partner universities.
Students are well prepared to pursue further education at university level and may continue their studies towards a bachelor's degree in "International Management" at European University (Bad Vöslau). In addition, numerous well-known universities in Europe, the US and Australia fully accredit the ITM education and highly welcome ITM graduates to their undergraduate programs.
Claudia Rothwangl, MA
Director of Studies
The curriculum is aimed at the acquisition of specific competencies related to your ability to perform in the tourism business based on the role of a wellness hotel manager as a host, manager and self-manager. In order to acquire these competencies you will develop knowledge (head), skills (hands) and attitude (heart) in the following areas:
English is the language of instruction. Other languages such as French, Spanish, Russian or German as a foreign language are optional, but not required.
Management and business administration
Wellness and spa management, tourism management, event management, marketing, wellness and spa tourism, economics, accounting and controlling, law.
IT and software skills
All applications related to MS OfficeTM and various reservation softwares such as FIDELIOTM etc.
The content ranges from necessary knowledge of food and beverage management, principles of dietary and healthy cooking, principles of professional service, natural sciences, as well as types of therapies and products and their pricing, scheduling and practical application.
After the end of the 2nd semester students have to undertake a 13 weeks practical training. During this training the students get a deep insight into the organization of a tourism or wellness/spa related enterprise and can improve their practical knowledge.
Students have the possibility to earn valuable experience for their future career. It gives deep insight into the real working life of tourism enterprises and new inspiration and ideas for the own future.
We at ITM provide our students with all the necessary aid and coaching to ease their search for internships. In addition to our help, our students are also trained in methods of job applications and interviews which are quite useful when they enter their professional lives.
ITM Austria was founded in 1986 as the first privately run college for tourism and management in Austria, with English as the language of instruction. The 4 semester programme prepares students to face the challenges in the rapidly growing tourism industry, which is characterized by constant changes, flexible demands, multiculturalisation, and transformation of the workplace.
The International College of Tourism and Management - ITM GmbH is specialized in educating international students in the tourism sector in Austria. Our goal is to prepare motivated and open-minded young people for a successful career in the international tourism and hospitality industry. The study programme focuses on management subjects with emphasis on theory and practical experience, practical training in food and beverage management / health services and foreign languages. At the same time we want to give our graduates the possibility to complete an academic degree within the shortest possible period of time.
Studying in Bad Völsau
Vienna. It is easily accessible by train and by car (federal highway). The popular health resort is famous for its beautiful scenery, mild climate and hot springs and offers ample opportunities for leisure activities. Moreover, cities such as Vienna, Bratislava and Wiener Neustadt are just a stone’s throw away and can be reached easily by public transport.
The new ITM campus is located right in the centre of the lovely city. The building is surrounded by a beautiful park area, where students can relax and enjoy their study breaks. A comfortable student lounge and cafeteria and well-equipped seminar rooms complement the modern study environment. On-campus housing is provided.