Established in 1987 and consolidated by the Institute of Tourism Studies Act (2016) of the Laws of Malta, and acting as Malta’s main Tourism and Hospitality educational institution, the Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) offers a vast selection of programmes taught by dedicated lecturers. The Ħal Luqa campus offers multiple specialised labs and kitchens to assure that students receive the essential theoretical and practical education required.
The Institute of Tourism Studies, located close to the Malta International Airport and with a campus in Qala, Gozo, currently offers programmes of studies ranging from Foundation to Degree level.
In May 2019, ITS announced its new academic affiliation with The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM), ranked one of the top ten institutions in the world in the field of Tourism and Hospitality Management. This agreement will result in ITS launching its first ever Master’s Degree programme, as well as enhancing the academic programmes already available.
Apart from this agreement with EAHM, ITS has secured various other agreements throughout these past years, with various top International Universities and Institutions, which ascertain that students not only have the possibility to graduate from a reputable institute, but in the process also get the opportunity to study for a period of time within these institutions in order to obtain a wider experience and further develop their skills to meet international standards. The ITS works closely with the highly esteemed Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Finland and Institut Paul Bocuse in France to offer its Degree programmes in Bachelor in International Hospitality Management and Bachelor in Culinary Arts, respectively.
The Institute of Tourism Studies prides in offering students not only theoretical knowledge but also extensive hands on experience, through the ITS training restaurants, kitchens and specialised classrooms. ITS students are also exposed to further training through the Local Industrial Trade Practice and International Internship, which is included in the students’ programme of study.
With a variety of programmes available at various levels, covering the necessities of the Tourism and Hospitality Industry, students may ensure that they have the opportunity of specialising in areas best suited to their abilities and interests.
Quality learning to achieve excellence in tourism.
Through its innovative high quality lifelong learning academic programmes, the Institute of Tourism Studies trains people for tomorrow’s tourism industry.We direct our resources towards the development of inclusive programmes which facilitate technical, generic and behavioural skills and competencies, integrate theory and practice, and promote modern leadership approaches.
The values behind our mission are to:
• provide a student centred-curriculum which promotes creativity, innovation, self-reflection, and personal independence;
• develop specialised technical, leadership and entrepreneurial skills in line with tomorrow’s industry trends and requirements;
• promote an international outlook whilst embracing cultural diversity; promote professional development through lifelong learning opportunities;
• perform and solicit practices which are ethically correct and environmentally friendly; and
• individually guide, mentor and holistically develop our students.
Commitment to Quality
The Institute of Tourism Studies is firmly committed to provide learning programmes aimed at guaranteeing exceptional standards of service within the Hospitality Industry. Students' progress is continuously monitored by their tutors, review boards as well as internal and external examiners. Lecturing staff continuously receives special training and guidance in methodology and assessment techniques.
Read the ITS Quality Assurance Handbook.