Business professionals of tomorrow need more than an understanding of core business disciplines – they need adaptability, curiosity and agility to respond to a changing future. Our School of Business and Tourism degrees have a strong emphasis on applied knowledge and include internships and the opportunity to study abroad. Our campuses are located in ideal environments for work placement – with thriving business and leisure industries at the doorstep.

Southern Cross University graduates are well prepared for careers in a diverse range of industries including:

  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Event management
  • Hotel operations
  • Finance and banking
  • Business development and enterprise


Why study business and tourism at Southern Cross?

  • We were the first university in Australia to offer studies in tourism
  • Digital Enterprise Lab offers chance to work on real-world projects
  • 92% of our business graduates are employed shortly after graduation – Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching 2018
  • Industry connections facilitate work placements both in Australia and abroad
  • 85% of IT graduates are employed shortly after graduation – Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching 2018.

Meet our graduates

Militsa Antonova

Business and Tourism

Making people happy is part of the job for Southern Cross University graduate, Militsa Antonova. “The reason why I chose to study tourism and hospitality is because it is a positive industry.

“My degree has definitely helped me in shaping where I am today.”

Starting as a waitress and progressing through the ranks at the Marriott Surfers Paradise Resort in the Gold Coast, she is currently the Complex Marketing Specialist at the Melbourne Marriott and Four Points By Sheraton Melbourne Docklands.

“With a degree like hospitality and tourism, you can go anywhere you can imagine. Think broadly, but most importantly think big.”  

Read more about Militsa and her tourism and hospitality career.

Video Transcript

I've always knew I wanted to study abroad and also travel throughout my career. Tourism was just the perfect fit.

My name is Militsa Antonova I'm originally from Bulgaria. My Southern Cross University experience was amazing the reason why I came to Australia and particularly, the Gold Coast campus, is the campus looked amazing.

You get views of the ocean from the library. Who wouldn't want to study there?

All the lecturers were so nice to us. The fact they were a bit smaller classes, as well, I think really helped us to get to know our teachers in a more personal level. I got to meet people from all around the world.

The international office organised so many activations for us to get to know each other, to get to know each other's culture, as well as getting to know the earliest culture.

The best highlight of my entire experience would have been when I was chosen to be a data research assistant for one of my lecturers who ended up spending an entire month up in the Great Barrier Reef.

It was fantastic to be able to learn, to put it on my resume and to see this amazing part of Australia as part of my degree.

I actually had to complete an internship out in the industry in my final session. I got offered an internship at the Surfers Paradise Marriott. Upon completion of my internship I got offered three different jobs - in London and one in the Gold Coast.

I was definitely very surprised of how I progressed. I'm currently the conference marketing specialist int two properties in Melbourne. I absolutely love my role it's never the same it's always different that's what I've always wanted. If it wasn't for my degree in Southern Cross University I wouldn't have been here today.

My degree is truly giving me that experience to be able to go and see the world. My journey so far has been so exciting that I really and truly can't wait to see where my degree will take me in the future.