List of Travel Agency Schools and Universities in the U.S.

Travel agencies prefer applicants who have some formal education in the field of travel and tourism. Two degree options exist for prospective students who wish to enter into the field: an associate's degree and a bachelor's degree in travel and tourism.

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If you want to work at a travel agency, you can complete an undergraduate degree or certificate in travel and tourism, or a closely related field. Relevant programs are available at two-year colleges and four-year universities.

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Following is a list of universities and colleges that offer 2- and 4-year degree options.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND 4-year, Public Undergraduate $7,965 (resident), $18,899 (nonresident)
Ashworth College Norcross, GA (online) 2-year, Private Certificate $659
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL 4-year, Public Undergraduate, Graduate $6,368/$6,916 (undergraduate/graduate, resident), $22,467/$25,769 (undergraduate/graduate, nonresident)
Penn Foster Career School Scranton, PA 2-year, Private Certificate $659
George Mason University Fairfax, VA 4-year, Public Undergraduate $10,952 (resident), $31,598 (nonresident)
Brookhaven College Farmers Branch, TX 2-year, Public Training $1,795
City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Undergraduate $1,598 (resident), $7,554 (nonresident)
University of Massachusetts (Amherst) Amherst, MA 4-year, Public Undergraduate $14,171 (resident), $30,504 (nonresident)
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, Public Undergraduate $2,834 (resident), $9,661 (nonresident)
Houston Community College Houston, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Undergraduate $1,632 (resident), $3,360 (nonresident)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for travel agency schools:

  • Prospective students who want to learn the basics of travel and tourism but not invest too much time or money may prefer an undergraduate certificate or associate's degree option.
  • A bachelor's degree program can help prepare individuals for management positions at travel agencies.
  • Students may want to look for schools that facilitate internship opportunities or include them within the curriculum.
  • A school that is located in a common tourist destination, such as Florida or California, may offer a wider variety of internships, as well as increased employment opportunities after graduation.

Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Undergraduate certificate programs provide focused career training for aspiring travel agents. They typically last for one year or less and include classes on topics such as travel geography, hospitality marketing and tourism planning. Often, courses are available in the evenings or online, in order to make scheduling more convenient for students. In addition to general undergraduate certificates, some schools also offer more specialized certificates on topics such as tourism management and sustainable travel.

Associate's Degree Programs

Individuals who are interested in becoming travel agents can get a relevant education through an associate's degree program in travel and tourism. These programs cover many of the same topics as general undergraduate certificate programs, but they also include general education coursework. In addition, some schools allow students to specialize their studies in a particular area of the tourism field, such as marketing, management or destination development.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Because they last for four years instead of two years, bachelor's degree programs in travel and tourism are more comprehensive than associate's degree programs. Students have a chance to take courses in more specialized tourism-related topics, such as tourism transportation systems, special events planning and international tourism. In addition, they take more general business courses, which can provide preparation for management roles at travel agencies in the future.

For prospective students wanting to pursue careers travel, there are several options available in hospitality and tourism at various degree levels. Students can choose between undergraduate certificate, associate's degree and bachelor's degree programs.

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