IGLTAF Scholarship: University of Barcelona LGBTQ+ Tourism Master's



The IGLTA Foundation LGBTQ+ Tourism Scholarship is a new offering to support the next generation of LGBTQ+ tourism professionals. Two scholarships will be awarded to participate in the master’s degree program in LGBTQ+ tourism at CETT, the School of Hotel Management and Tourism at the University of Barcelona. The program will provide the personal and professional knowledge to analyze the challenges in the tourism sector related to the LGBTQ+ community and innovate for future development. 

Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to join a unique international program, offered online in English at no cost, and lead the change of the sector in favor of a new tourism model based on respect and inclusion. This scholarship was created in 2021 with the generous collaboration of Queer Destinations.


The scholarship is open to IGLTA members and their staff globally who meet the CETT criteria below.


To prepare professionals with a robust formative base in terms of the gender perspective and the LGBTQ+ collective to innovate in the tourism sector and ensure the development and evolution of institutions, organizations, and tourist destinations.

To provide students with the necessary tools and techniques for the analysis and diagnosis of current and future strategic challenges in the tourism sector linked to the LGBTQ+ collective to ensure respect, equality, and sustainability of companies and destinations.

Encourage creativity so that innovative, cross-cutting, and respectful proposals can be generated to transform the tourism sector.

START DATE: January 2023

Qualification awarded: Master’s Degree

Number of credits: 60,00

Length of course (in academic years): 1

Mode of delivery (face-to-face/ blended/ distance): Online

Centre responsible: University School of Hotel Management and Tourism (CETT)

Job placement: No

Language: English


Recommended applicant profiles and admission requirements

Applicants must have a university qualification to be admitted to the master's degree.

Graduates from educational systems outside the European Higher Education Area may also be admitted to the course after verification that their qualification reflects an equivalent level of training to the corresponding official Spanish university qualifications:

  • Diploma in Tourism or qualification of specialist in Tourism Companies and Activities,
  • Bachelor's degree in Tourism,
  • Diploma in Business Sciences, pre-EHEA degrees in Business Management and Administration, Humanities, Geography, Anthropology, History, Sociology, History of Art, any bachelor's degree associated with the social sciences and humanities, especially those derived from the aforementioned diplomas and pre-EHEA degrees adapted to the EHEA.

Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualification:

  • Students who are not university graduates may be admitted to these courses. These students will be eligible for a university extension course certificate. Information regarding the entry requirements, in this case, can be obtained from the course coordinators.

Scholarship Application 

Please submit completed application with photo, video link and references. Here

Please send any questions to


Proud to be part of the first-ever LGBTQ+ tourism Master's degree in history!

"As a young tourism professional, I believe that the importance of diversity in the tourism workplace cannot be underestimated as it is the lever for the sector as a whole. Companies that have a clear diversity and inclusion policy enjoy happier, more productive employees and an excellent reputation. I was lucky 'enough to be one of the recipients of the IGLTA Foundation scholarship for this program, and it allowed me to take on new challenges, stimulate innovation through diverse perspectives, and learn the best practices to positively influence the workplace.

Amine Gabbouj
Amine Gabbouj, IGLTA Foundation Coordinator

About the IGLTA Foundation

The IGLTA Foundation empowers LGBTQ+ welcoming tourism businesses globally through leadership, research and education. Founded in 2012, the foundation is the 501(c)3 public charity subsidiary of IGLTA and supports initiatives for industry organizations, leaders and communities to advance LGBTQ+ travel around the world