School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

Every teenager wishes to find their path in life, every parent dreams of seeing their child enjoying success.

Why tourism? Why hospitality? Why aviation?

A career in the tourism, hospitality, or aviation industry can be one filled with many personal satisfactions. What is unique about choosing this path is that once you have taken the first steps and understood what it is all about, and you cannot turn back. Everything you have dreamed of starts to take shape, and the experiences you’ll have will shape your personality, career, and life.

Tourism, hospitality, and aviation are fields with a strongly positive vibe, centered on people and their well-being. And what greater satisfaction can you have in your professional life than knowing you have made people happy? That you have been the magician who offered them a few days of fairy tale, away from daily worries, work obligations, rush hour traffic… It is a career that allows you to travel, helps you improve your communication skills and become proactive, opens many doors to new contacts, and above all, does not give you time to get bored. Every day is different!

Why choose the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management? Why choose the Romanian-American University?

In our vision, academic education is a complex process that should result in transforming today’s adolescents into the specialists who will change tomorrow’s world into a better, more efficient, more high-performing, and more empathetic world. We, the professors of the Schools of Tourism and Hospitality Management, aim for our students to have unique educational experiences, to instill confidence in their own abilities, and to give them the opportunity to practice, innovate, engage, and become an integral part of the generation that will place Romanian tourism on the map of global tourism elites.

We are in a market where educational offerings are approximately similar, which is why we have decided that it is time to offer our students differentiated study programs, revealing experiences, and an attractive and novel learning environment. Consequently, we have consistently invited our business partners, our successful alumni, close to the students and created a space that inspires and motivates them.

What do we do for our students beyond courses, seminars, and exams?

We encourage them to take advantage of semester or short-term study scholarships in the European Union, the United States, or Asia, to apply for internships both domestically and abroad, to get involved in organizing thematic events for Christmas, Halloween and so forth, charitable and fundraising events, events promoting tourism, education, and sports (like the May 1st celebration at the seaside!), summer and winter schools, to participate in courses with guest professors from all over the world, to engage in mentoring with lower-year colleagues, to take on the role of guides for our foreign guests. At the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, we sing, we dance, we paint, we compose poetry, we play sports, we act… Our students are encouraged and supported to develop their talents so they can later use them in their careers.


Moreover, our students benefit of:

  • scholarships funded by our partners in the HORECA or Aviation industries.
  • study scholarships funded by RAU – the top 20% of the students.
  • the chance to win airline tickets, city breaks, castle tours, flights on small airplanes, or even cash prizes if they get involved in projects with our business partners.
  • the opportunity to represent their colleagues and become influential voices in the leadership structures of RAU.
  • the chance to be recruited even during their studies by our partners.
  • becoming RAU Ambassadors and promote study programs at fairs both domestically and internationally.

By following the study programs of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, students will have the competencies to:

  • design tourist offers adapted to market profiles and current legislation;
  • develop and implement quality standards in specific field operations;
  • justify the need for human, material, and financial resources in relation to the requirements of the volume and efficiency of the tourism and service organization;
  • develop strategies to strengthen brands in the tourism and services sector;
  • conduct market and feasibility studies for projects such as hotels, tourist complexes, and resorts;
  • analyze and interpret economic phenomena and processes in the tourism and services sector;
  • conduct pre-feasibility and feasibility studies for investments in tourism.
Potec Camelia,
Potec Camelia,Graduate of the School of Domestic and International Tourism Economics, class of 2004
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[…] I would first of all like to express my gratitude to all the professors, mentors and people who have been near me during those years. We have thus learned how important education is in our adult lives and that the education process should never be interrupted. […]
Popescu Clara Călina,
Popescu Clara Călina,Graduate of the School of Domestic and International Tourism Economics, 2nd year (2020-2021)
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Starting with my first year as a student I had the great surprise of coming across a highly enjoyable environment. I was also eager to learn about the tourism industry, which made me decide to pursue the same path for my Master’s degree, as well. The best choice I made was not to limit my activity and simply participate in classes. Besides, my professors encouraged me to make a good use of my time to explore the numerous opportunities that RAU had to offer. As I wanted to expand beyond my comfort zone, I decided to volunteer within RAU Students’ Club (CS-URA) and the largest student union in the country. This environment gave me a variety of challenges that I had never met before and helped me develop and constantly excel myself. […]
Roșu Teodora,
Roșu Teodora,Master Student of the School of Domestic and International Tourism Economics, 1st year (2020-2021)
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The Romanian-American University was my best choice with regard to bachelor and master studies. First of all, RAU elite teachers and those of its partner universities from abroad offered me the opportunity to develop a set ok knowledge extremely useful in my professional life, and not only. Secondly, because of the continuous support offered by the university with regard to my personal and professional development, I had the chance to be an Erasmus+ student in Japan and be able to work in one of the biggest corporations in the world. […]
Alexandrescu Albert,
Alexandrescu Albert,Graduate of the School of Domestic and International Tourism Economics, class of 1996
Owner and CEO Europoint
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I had the chance in 1991 to go to the School of Domestic and International Tourism Economics and in 1996 to be among the first graduates. I say chance because we were lucky enough to be taught by the best professors of the moment, teachers who knew how to instill and teach us, not only specialized knowledge, but to teach us how to learn and educate us for life! [...]
Baranyi Alexandra,
Baranyi Alexandra,Graduate of The School of Domestic and International Tourism Economics, class of 2018
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The Romanian-American University was and is a second home for me. The five years I spent here as a student, first in the bachelor’s degree program of the School of Domestic and International Tourism Economics, and later in the master’s degree program in International Affairs within the School of Domestic and International Business, Banking and Finance, represented a huge advancement in the career I have built since then. Studying the Japanese language and the art of origami since I was little, the Romanian-Japanese Studies Center “Angela Hondru”, within RAU, proved to be the ideal place for me. In addition to working with prestigious artists and improving my Japanese language skills, I had many opportunities such as an internship program at the Laguna Garden Hotel in Okinawa and an Erasmus+ scholarship at Ritsumeikan University in Osaka. […]
Boghiciu Cosmin-Nicușor,
Boghiciu Cosmin-Nicușor,Graduate of the School of Domestic and International Tourism Economics, Class of 2019
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[…] To me specifically the student life at RAU helped me develop both personally and professionally. Romanian-American University provided me the opportunity to go to the United States of America by means of Work&Travel program, to become familiar with another country’s culture and people’s perceptions and the opportunity to interact with the people there. The RAU professors know how to keep their students close to them and to provide assistance so that they can solve the problems they run across. Romanian-American University has offered courses with foreign professors that I have also attended. This is a great experience from the university. Participating in these classes one can learn new things and also be awarded a diploma that fills your heart with joy. […]
Tudorache Dragoș,
Tudorache Dragoș,Graduate of the School of Domestic and International Tourism Economics, class of 2001
General Manager - Hotel Iaki, Mamaia
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[...] Since its foundation, URA has become a recognized center for the training of specialists in economics, management, marketing, European studies, management informatics, financial-banking relations and tourism. Our university and its founder, Professor Ion Smedescu, have committed admirably to combine teaching, research and community involvement in innovative projects that have gained national recognition in all these fields. We have always been proud of the competence of our teachers and I want to thank them for being our mentors, not just teachers. [...]
Roșca Marius,
Roșca Marius,Graduate of the School of Domestic and International Tourism Economics, Class of 2018
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[…] It was an excellent environment for professional and human development, and I had a group of dedicated, passionate, and enthgusiastic professors. I recommend this University to all those students who are interested in professional guidance and thorough training!
Petrescu Antonia-Elena,
Petrescu Antonia-Elena,Graduate of the School of Domestic and International Tourism Economics, Class of 2018
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To me, Romanian-American University has been exactly like a family who helped me in my professional and personal development. […] I am proud to be a part of the first generation of students who benefitted from studies without being required to pay fees. […] I am extremely happy that I have experienced this with RAU, and that our tutors have proven their passion and commitment to us, their students, who have become friends for a lifetime. Of course, this wouldn’t have been possible without a highly dedicated and engaging team behind this process, a team that I am thankful to. […] During the 1st semester in the second year as a Master’s student, I was able to receive an Erasmus+ grant, an experience that I highly recommend to everyone! I went to Chambery (France) at the ”Savoy Mont Blanc” University and I studied Hotel Management. It was great to be in an international environment and to be in contact with students from all over the world. But for this experience from RAU, I wouldn’t have been able to adjust so well. […]
Aldea Cristina,
Aldea Cristina,Graduate of the School of Domestic and International Tourism Economics, class of 1998
Group Department Manager - Christian Tour
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I remember with a great nostalgia the years of college and I did not forget that there I formed as a specialist in the field of tourism, an area in which I have been active since the first years of my studies.
Staicu Roxana,
Staicu Roxana,Graduate of the School of Domestic and International Tourism Economics, class of 1999
General Manager - Hotel International Sinaia
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In my 20 years in the Horeca industry I have gone through all the stages starting from the receptionist (7 years), event organizer, Sales Assistant, Assistant Manager, Hotel Director, currently coming to the position of General Manager at the Sinaia International Hotel. [...]
Buru Dan,
Buru Dan,Graduate of the School of Domestic and International Tourism Economics, class of 2002
Cruise Director (Celestyal Cruises)
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It has already been 19 years since with great emotions I was part of the first generation of students who took the bachelor's exam at the Romanian-American University. [...] like any other, I remember with great pleasure my student years within the ETII School, the university activities, the inherent troubles of the student life, of colleagues, of teachers, of the university building that has been built year after year, even before our eyes. The knowledge I gained then took me literally across the seas and countries, opened new horizons, developed my visions, but mostly instilled my confidence in myself and positive thinking [...].
Al Masri Mhmud,
Al Masri Mhmud,International master student from Lebanon at the School of Domestic and International Tourism Economics, 2nd year (2019-2020)
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Joining the “Business Management in Tourism & Aviation” (BMTA) master program at the Romanian-American University was a long journey with many developments. Aviation is the field that gives me the possibility to achieve the impossible.
Aldeker Mhd Oubada,
Aldeker Mhd Oubada,International master student from Siria at the School of Domestic and International Economy of Tourism, 2nd
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When it’s about education you have to choose the best, that’s why I am at the Romanian-American University. Aviation is the path of the future and in the BMTA master program I’m on the right path to achieve the successful future.

Graduates of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management can occupy the following types of positions:

  • travel agent;
  • tour guide;
  • ticketing agent;
  • tourist package creator;
  • tourism consultant;
  • blogger or vlogger;
  • event organizer;
  • restaurant manager;
  • travel agency manager;
  • hotel or resort manager;
  • flight operations manager;
  • aviation safety programs manager;
  • aviation market manager,
  • airport manager.

BACHELOR programs

The major Economy of trade, tourism and services prepares undergraduates through specialty disciplines such as: tourism economy, hotel technologies, the management of tourism human resources, the technique of tourism operations, tourist transports, catering and restaurant management, information systems and information applications in tourism, ecotourism and rural tourism, tourist resources and destinations, hotel design, entertainment and agreement etc.

The integrated program of ongoing professional development and academic research offer graduates multiple opportunities of employment in fields of activity such as:

  • operational tourism management;
  • tourism consulting and logistics;
  • catering and quality management in the hospitality industry;
  • counselling in economic accounting, the economy of environment, general economy;
  • the technique of tourism operations;
  • trade and marketing expertise;
  • analysis and prognosis in tourism and environment;
  • marketing/PR;
  • rural tourism and agro tourism;
  • resort, mountain and sea tourism;
  • transportation companies;
  • non-governmental organizations;
  • e-ticketing and informational systems in tourism;
  • business and event tourism.

MASTER programs

The following Master programs are organized within the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management:

  • Master program in Romanian – Tourism Business Administration – with further opportunities of developing a career in hotels, restaurants, catering companies, travel agencies, ecotourism, rural tourism, agro tourism, health care departments, transportation companies, conference and reunion centers, environment protection etc.
  • Master program in English – Business Management in Tourism and Aviation – which focuses on the development of specific and multidisciplinary competences, but also cognitive and practical skills, considering the need of professional training in tourism and air transportation. The program is targeted at both young people from Romania, but also at foreigners who wish to study this field in a modern university in the heart of a European capital.

Students from the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management have the opportunity to attend the courses organized by the IATA RAU Authorized Training Center and obtain after graduation an internationally recognized diploma, issued by International Air Transport Association (IATA).

IATA RAU Authorized Training Center was created in 2011 and, at the moment, it is the only structure in Romania certified by International Air Transport Association to organize the courses Foundation in Travel and Tourism, Travel and Tourism Consultant and Managing the Travel Business.

Besides the regular IATA courses, IATA ATC of the Romanian-American University has been developed a network of partnerships from the Tourism and Aviation areas, offering students the chance to be involved in many projects initiated by Romanian Airport Services (RAS), Turkish Airlines, Amadeus, Travelport, Travel-Time, Air France-KLM, Ryanair etc.


  • Areas of professional competence: Tourism Transport, Ticketing, International Tourism, Leadership and Organizational Behavior in Tourism, Luxury Products and Services in Tourism, Travel and Tourism Consultant
  • Areas of managerial competence:
    • Dean, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management;
    • Chairman, Board of School of Tourism and Hospitality Management;
    • Member, Board of Directors, Romanian-American University;
    • Director IATA RAU Authorized Training Center since February 2011;
    • International Affairs and Strategic Partnerships Coordinator for School of Tourism and Hospitality Management


Vice-dean: Professor Cezar Mihălcescu, Ph.D.

Areas of professional competence: Online promotion of tourism products and services: E-Tourism,

Design of Information Systems, Office Applications Technology, E-Commerce, Databases.

Areas of managerial competence:

  • Vice-dean of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management;
  • Member of the Senate of the Romanian-American University since December 2006;
  • President of the Commission for Strategy and Institutional Development;
  • President of the Quality Commission of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management;
  • President of the Commission for Strategy and Institutional Development;
  • Member of the Council of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management;
  • Member of the Office of the Department of Informatics, Statistics, Mathematics.

Contact: [email protected]

Romanian-American University

Our aim is to offer Education and Research solutions at a high quality standard, in an intellectually stimulating internal climate for both students and faculty.

Modern Campus

Impressive by size, architecture, facilities and functionality, our Campus serves as a laboratory for modeling the professional values that characterizes RAU students.

Our Advantages

Scholarships and internships in Europe, North America and Asia

Students of the Romanian-American University can benefit from international experiences within the Erasmus + Program, as well ad based on the over 100 bilateral agreements of the Romanian-American University.

Student’s Club

CS-URA is a team of extraordinary people, the place where the next event in the university takes shape (for you to enjoy it), and the environment in which ideas get value.

Academic counseling and partnership with employers

The university has a significant number of partnerships with employers in each of its fields of studies, in order to provide its students both internships and numerous jobs.

Courses/year with international teachers
Countries where RAU students go for studies mobilities
Accommodation places in the campus’ dormitory
Studies’ programs with full accreditation (RO + EN)

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