Our History

The ECTS, previously known as the European Center for Tourism Studies, was founded in 1992 as an affiliated / franchised School of the Centre International de Glion (C.I.G), a well known Swiss School, specialized in Hospitality and Tourism.

Our School had chosen the island of Corfu for locating its first Campus.

Rapid expansion based on success

The College developed rapidly and before the end of the 1990s  broadened its activities by starting a new educational relationship with The Manchester College of Arts and Technology (called The Manchester College since August 2008), which offered the opportunity to focus more on the management aspects  of hospitality and tourism studies.

In the beginning of the 2000s, the College developed a Vocational Training Center, where it offered vocational training to adults in subjects related to hospitality, new technologies and teaching methods.

At the beginning of the 21st century, the enlargement of the European Union and its deepening integration changed radically the educational and academic environment inside the European Union.

The member States adopted the European Directives on the mutual recognition of Public and Private Educational Institutions (Universities, Colleges etc.), a fact which strengthened the relationships among the various educational partners in Europe. It was natural for the College to follow the European Union's model of education, which provides its graduates with academic titles recognized worldwide.


Still growing

Constantly growing, the College established in 2007 the International Institute of Management Education (IIME).  The Institute is partner with the Roosevelt University in Chicago and offers the opportunity to ECTS graduates to participate in its prestigious BA and Msc Programmes in Hospitality and Tourism Management.  This opportunity is rendered particularly interesting by a favourable scheme of tuition fees.

The Roosevelt University in Chicago was established in 1945 by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Early advisory board members included Albert Einstein, Thomas Mann, Pearl Buck, Albert Schweitzer and other important personalities.

An overview

The European College of Tourism Studies has ended its second decade of existence and has developed considerable momentum in its academic and professional activities.

Today, our College is the only College of Higher Education in Greece totally specialized in Hospitality Management and its reputation for producing some of the best tourism professionals  surpasses the frontiers of our country.

Since October 2013 the College operates its program in new premises in Athens.

The ECTS is being under the Directive 36/2005 of the E.U. about the recognition of Private
Higher Educational Institutions.
Lisence No 92767 / IA / 27-7-2010