Studies at the College of Tourism and International Commercial Relations last six semesters and culminate with a graduation thesis and final exam. A graduate receives the formal title of DiS, as a qualified specialist in tourism. Students may choose, as their main course of study, either tourism or international commercial relations, both of which follow programmes approved by the Ministry of Education.
Teaching staff are highly proficient and qualified—a fact evidenced by a significant output of published academic work. Theirs is a unique approach to education, distinct from that of secondary school, and each teacher possesses a deep understanding of his or her respective area of specialization.
Seventy percent of the staff comprises university teachers, and all languages are taught by graduates of Charles University’s Philosophical Faculty or by native speakers. This standard tends to make it easier for our students to be accepted, at university, in continuation of their studies (provided they do so in the same branch of studies). Exams and credits, acquired in the course of study, at the college will, after formal application, be recognized by the succeeding institution (i.e., the university).
The general organization and concept of the college are similar to those found at universities. The school year is divided into semesters and exam periods, and learning comes through lectures, seminars, open discussions and practice. The student must earn credits, compose seminar essays and complete subject-related projects. Self-reliance and initiative are encouraged.
The arrangement of lessons, interposed with breaks, affords students time for self-study, a critical element to the learning process. Moreover, by accepting a sizeable number of students—ideally 60—the college is able to divide learning groups according to areas of specialization, to further improve the learning experience for each student.