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A Guide to Hospitality Degrees Abroad

Do your most memorable travels involve enchanting abodes and gastronomic delights? Perhaps you can’t get the dreams of a plush paradise of a five-star penthouse or the rustic magic of a remote hostel out of your head. Hospitality and travel go hand and hand, so combine your love of both and contribute your personal travel experiences to improve the accommodations and activities of others. By pursuing a degree at hospitality management universities internationally, you’ll get a first-class look at this global industry. The connections you make will prepare you for the main event: taking on hotel and restaurant management anywhere in the world upon graduation!

Why Earn a Hospitality Degree Abroad

Working in a hotel or restaurant is a suite option when it comes to international mobility. Going to hotel management schools abroad is the first step to learning the ins and outs of this dynamic, diverse community alongside the next Cesar Ritz or Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa. Wherever you decide to study in the world will be an opportunity to learn from the tourist businesses in that location or region and take note of their best practices (especially helpful in comparison to those experienced in your home country or on previous travels). In addition, you’ll learn from a global group of teachers who will bring their own expertise and knowledge to the table. 

Earning your hospitality and tourism degree abroad will also be a five-star opportunity to gain the intercultural communication skills that will be necessary for your future career. No matter where your studies take you, your customers will likely be from countries in all corners of the world. With a hospitality degree abroad, you’ll not only learn the customs to succeed and serve in international destinations, but also you’ll develop the skills to satisfy and engage with all kinds of people. Start practicing your best ni hao, danke, adios, and onegaishimasu now to better satisfy your customers in the future.

If starting your own hotel, restaurant, or tourism company is in your tempur-pedic dreams ;-), attending the best hospitality schools in the world is the most productive way to open your innovative horizons and gain a competitive edge. Fusions of Asian and Mexican cuisine, the latest boutique hotels created with igloos in Romania, or massive tents in Kenyan nature reserves are born out of part imagination, part observation, and part education. Combining your studies with global exploration might just be your wake-up call to the next big idea in hospitality. 


Every country around the world has their unique customs and business savvy that make a stay there something special. However, where you choose to attend foreign hospitality management universities will shape the cultural nuances of your future concierge abilities to solve any problem with the appropriate style. 

One continent known for its rich tradition of Michelin stars and Relais & Chateaux chateaux is Europe. In this region with a long hospitality history, you’ll find plenty of programs in countries, such as Italy, England, France, and Spain. Each of these countries offers their unique flair to the hospitality world from the dainty art of British teatime to the savory complexity of Spanish tapas. The opportunity to study in one of these countries and then travel to the others nearby will undoubtedly expand your hospitality horizons.

Hone in on opportunities in Switzerland for an upscale course in fine dining, wining, and reclining. When not bingeing on Toblerone, hot chocolate, or alpine skiing, you’ll gain a top-notch education in all the rich traditions of Swiss hospitality and class. With insider internship connections, Swiss programs also offer students an awesome combination of practical and taught experiences throughout their degree program. At the crossroads of three languages and cultures, Switzerland is a unique locale to spring into your hospitality studies. 

Head “Down Under” to snuggle up with kangaroos and koalas with a hospitality degree program in Australia. Whether studying in major cities like Perth or Adelaide, or smaller cities like Newcastle, Australia is brimming with options to refine your inclinations to manage tourist experiences abroad. When not practicing your manager’s mediation or budgeting skills, you’ll have fun in the warmth and friendliness of Australian hospitality itself. With a love of travel, a drive for adventure, and a jolly spirit, Oz’s culture will complement your studies and inspire your future in the industry. 

Hospitality Degree Programs

A hospitality and tourism degree covers a number of aspects of the industry: hotels, restaurants, theme parks, cruise lines, tours, and many more. Yet, when it comes to formal study, most international degree options revolve around accommodation and culinary establishments and are available at the bachelor’s, master’s, and even the doctoral level. Many colleges with hotel management programs focus on the business aspects of the industry, so look for degrees in hospitality with titles like a BBA or MBA.

Although working in tourism, restaurants, and hotels might seem like easy-learned, on-the-job customer service work, the advantage of a degree from the best hospitality schools in the world is that you’ll be able to quickly elevate yourself up to the management level. Studying at a reputable, international institution is the best way to sidestep any doubts of your hospitable capabilities in any country. With a recognized qualification, you’ll be able to confidently apply for positions from Dubai to New York to luxury cruise lines sailing the high seas.  

Plus, with higher salary possibilities and greater control over your work environment, why not take your passion for hospitality to the highest management level? Look for degree programs at hotel management schools that combine taught courses on marketing and administration with hands-on internships and key career resources. Use your degree studies to add some pillow chocolate surprises to both the education and experience sections of your resume. 

Benefits & Challenges

Live the suite life. Getting a degree from hospitality management universities in other countries is the perfect opportunity to constantly experience your field both inside and outside of the classroom. You’ll have amazing opportunities to live in the tourism industry of another country and gain invaluable insight into the global nature of the hospitality scene. Get ready for an engaging, 360-degree course in hospitality that will only act as the starter to the satisfying, main meal of your career.

First-class culture. The country where you choose to study hospitality will give you an intimate view into the customs and culture of that region. Make the most of your degree destination by taking note of these unique characteristics and adding them to your skillset. Location is very important when starting your studies, but how you apply that cultural expertise as you continue your career will be your innovative edge. The best part of the hospitality industry is that the home country of your work in one job might be home to the culture of your most frequent guests in the next. 

From learning to cater to prestigious guests, like Prince William or the Dalai Lama, to how to keep the business afloat, a degree in hospitality management abroad will prepare you for any crazy curveballs. Best of all, you’ll get to have your cake and eat it too by studying in a new culture that will inform your hospitality expertise. 

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Middlesex University, London UK

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