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Tourism and Hospitality Management Dip GBC

Tourism and Hospitality Management Dip GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

Join the Tourism and Hospitality Management diploma program of George Brown College if you:

  • Want to make a career and be a leader in the tourism industry;
  • Love the excitement of travelling and learning about fascinating world cultures;
  • Like creating memorable experiences for your clients when they travel.

In this 2-year tourism and hospitality management diploma program, accredited by the acclaimed Institute of Hospitality, you will be exploring the multidimensionality of the tourism industry over two years and taking courses  in:

  • Culinary tourism;
  • Heritage tourism;
  • Sustainable tourism and;
  • Urban tourism planning.

By the time you graduate, you will have gained the skills needed to manage change and improve the experience of tourists.  And because this tourism and hospitality management diploma program emphasizes the development of practical skill applications in the industry, you will be completing a 14-week industry externship with your choice of nationwide or international placement.  This is an opportunity for you to:

  • To better hone your skills and get valuable exposure to new trends, thereby gaining real-world experience and;
  • Help you start building your network of contacts.

And if industry certification is important to you to enhance your credentials, you will receive these for:

  • Food safety
  • Responsible alcohol beverage service
  • Safe Travel Planner Certification
  • TICO Travel Counsellor Certification and
  • First aid (CPR).

Learn more about the Canada student visa category

Course Delivery

This Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management Program is taught at the St. James Campus of George Brown College using:

  • Conventional classroom instruction;
  • Experiential learning methods such as field trips, dining room experience;
  • Industry externship with your choice of a nationwide or international placement.


Opportunities for you after course completion center on rewarding careers working in the dynamic fields of hospitality, tourism and leisure at:

  • Hotels;
  • Conference facilities;
  • Private clubs;
  • Travel agencies;
  • Wellness centres and;
  • Government agencies.

Options for further study for graduates of the Tourism and Hospitality Management Diploma Program of George Brown College.  

Earn a diploma and bachelor’s degree in four years!

Qualified graduates of this Tourism and Hospitality Management program may be eligible to enter the third year of the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality) degree program at George Brown College.  You will have to attend a May-August bridging semester before starting the degree program in September.

Learning Outcomes

By the time you graduate, you will gain skills and have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Provide professional guest services to enhance customer satisfaction by anticipating, meeting and/or exceeding individual and organizational standards and objectives;
  2. Create marketing plans informed and supported by market research, social networks, product knowledge and sales strategies;
  3. Contribute to effective management in hospitality, tourism and leisure settings by implementing leadership skills and strategies;
  4. Evaluate and apply effective financial management and accounting practices to support operations in the tourism industry;
  5. Comply with relevant organizational and workplace systems, processes, policies, standards, legal obligations and regulations, and use knowledge of risk management principles, to support and maintain efficient, productive, safe, secure, accessible and healthy tourism operations;
  6. Apply principles of teamwork and constructive relationship management to support positive workplace culture;
  7. Integrate hospitality skills and knowledge to promote ongoing personal and professional development;
  8. Design and deliver inclusive tourism and hospitality programs, products and services that comply with all relevant legislation, conform to relevant ethical guidelines and promote best practices of corporate social responsibility;
  9. Analyze and implement sustainability practices in the tourism and hospitality industry by adapting to environmental, social, cultural, political and economic trends and issues.

Course Outline


  • HOST1085     Principles of Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • HOST1033     Service Excellence
  • HOST1113     Hotel & Lodging Operations
  • COMM1007  College English**
  • MATH1102    Math for Hospitality**
  • HOST1089     Global Tourism Geography
  • HOST1068     Smart Serve (online)
  • HOST1145     Sanitation (online)
  • HOST1146     Emergency First Aid/Heartsaver CPR
  • GNED     General Education Elective


  • HOST1096:  Destination Marketing
  • HOST1156:  Culinary Tourism
  • ACCT1037:  Hospitality Accounting
  • HOST1086:  Managing Diverse Leisure Services
  • HRM2012:  Human Resource Management
  • GHUM1025:  Speaking with Confidence
  • HOST1146:  Leadership Communication and Group Dynamics
  • HOST1198:  TICO Travel Counsellor Certification (online)
  • HOST1126:  Career Preparation
  • GNED:  General Education Elective


  • HOST1049:Sustainable Tourism
  • HOST1091:  Heritage Tourism
  • HOST1136:  Special Events Planning
  • ACCT2017:  Managerial Accounting
  • LAW2014:  Introduction to Hospitality Law
  • HOST2085:  International Tourism Cultures and Behaviour
  • GNED:  General Education Elective


  • HOST 2053:  Tourism Destination Management Capstone (online)
  • HOST 2057:  Industry Externship

  • ** Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM 1003 (English Skills) or CESL 1003 (English Skills – ESL) before progressing to COMM 1007.
  • You may also be required to take MATH 1000 (Math Foundations) before progressing to MATH 1102 (Mathematics for Hospitality).
  • COMM 1003/CESL 1003 and MATH 1000 do not count as courses required for graduation and you will be charged for these extra courses.

Course Info

Course Code : H130

College : School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Duration : two years (4 semesters)

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Diploma

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in Canadian Dollar (CAD).

  • Application Fee:  95
  • Base Tuition Fee:  13,520 for 2 semesters, 20,280 for 3 semesters
  • Incidental Fees (student ID, student association membership, etc.):  1,500
  • Public Transportation, estimated per year:  1,500
  • Books and Supplies, estimated per year: 1,000 - 1,200
  • Dining room uniform and textbooks:  800
  • Field trips and industry site visits:  200
  • Mandatory Health Insurance:
    • One year coverage, from Sep to Aug: 603.34
    • 8 months coverage, from Jan to Aug: 409.91
    • 4 months coverage, from May to Aug: 215.44

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what George Brown College expects will be your reasonable international fees. 
  • The externship fee has not been included.  This fee could range from $450 to the cost of a regular term.
  • You will also be responsible for your own transportation to complete co-op, externship, internship or practical lab requirements when these are included in the program.

Accommodation for International Students at George Brown College

Toronto has a large housing and rental market that offers numerous accommodation options for students.  George Brown College however, does not arrange non-homestay accommodation for students. Estimated costs for privately arranged accommodation may range from $500-$1200 per month, depending on individual living situation and location.

George Brown College's free Housing Services offer support in helping students find off-campus housing.  This will be an advantage for you as it generally takes about 2-3 weeks to find an apartment in Toronto. Apartment listings usually go up 1-2 months previous to their availability so if you’re looking to move beginning of September it is usually good to start looking in July.

Housing Cost (your choice):

  • Landing Pad for 4 weeks:  750/month
  • Homestay for 2 months minimum:  750/month
  • Dormitory
    • September to April:  6,900
    • January to April:  3,450
    • May to August:  595/month

If you would rather live in the residence of the college, you should sign up early.  The George, as the building is known, has the flexibility of 8 month- (Fall/Winter) and 4 Month- (Summer) agreements. Units are 2-bedroom suites that include a kitchenette and 3-piece bathroom with Wi-Fi, phone, and cable television.

As costs are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the administration of George Brown College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, and health.

Intake Dates :

There are currently three intake dates per year:

  • January
  • May
  • September

IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by George Brown College department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your living expenses fund if you are applying under the Student Direct Stream;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of George Brown College as listed:

  • You must have completed the equivalent of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.  Previous studies may qualify you for course exemptions.
  • You must have also passed subjects the equivalent of:
    • Grade 12 English
    • Grade 12 Math
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests that should have a validity of two years:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.0 overall band score with no individual band under 5.5
    • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL iBT: 80 overall, minimum 20 in each skill band
    • PTE Academic: 54 overall, minimum 50 in each skill band
  • You should be aware that various allergens including nuts, dairy and shellfish are routinely used in practical labs. Take this into consideration before enrolling in this program.

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