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A Guide to Studying Hospitality Abroad

Travel is a core component of the hospitality industry, so it only makes sense to take your own studies in the field overseas. By studying hospitality abroad, you can gain a world-class education while developing cross-cultural experience and communication skills that will lead you to a thriving hospitality career.

Why Study Hospitality Abroad

Hospitality is an international field, plain and simple. Regardless of your specific profession within the industry, you will likely be interacting with people from all over the world on a daily basis. Studying hospitality abroad is, therefore, the perfect entry-point into the global context of the industry, and there are a ton of great study abroad programs out there that can help customize the exact experience you are looking for. From New York to Paris to Tokyo, the entire world is full of opportunities to study hospitality abroad!


You can study hospitality abroad pretty much anywhere you want, but it would make the most sense to go to a place that is a popular tourist destination, so you can learn within one of the most enriching environments available.

The top places to study hospitality abroad in the Western world include France, Spain, and the United States. On the other hand, in the East, China, Thailand, and Japan remain some of the most popular travel destinations in all of Asia.

The language barrier can sometimes be an issue for those looking to study hospitality abroad, as most foreign schools tend to use their national language in academic environments. Therefore, being bilingual is a humongous advantage for those who want to build their career in the hospitality industry. Studying hospitality abroad somewhere that speaks a language other than English, so you can learn a new language, is a great idea for any student. Just be sure you are proficient enough to understand what your instructors are saying, if courses are taught in the local language!

Different countries emphasize different aspects of hospitality; one of the benefits of hospitality study abroad programs is the opportunity to learn more about cross-cultural, subtle nuances. Wherever you choose to study hospitality abroad, bear in mind that cultural norms will often affect the content of your coursework and educational experiences. Try studying hospitality abroad in a region of the world with a drastically different culture than your own, in order to push your experiential boundaries and foster relevant skills, such as patience and humility.

Hospitality Study Abroad Programs

Hospitality is an extremely diverse field, and there are many different routes students can take to earning their degree and gaining relevant experience in the industry. The most conventional way to study hospitality abroad is by spending a semester of full academic year taking relevant undergraduate courses at a foreign university. You can take a variety of classes, such as event management, hotel operations, and hospitality marketing, which will all likely transfer back for academic credit at your home university.

There are also many schools that are entirely built around the study of hospitality, either as a subdivision of a business school or a stand-alone academic institution. Examples of this are: the Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland and Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School in Australia, which are two of the most highly regarded academic institutions focused on the study of hospitality in the world.

Another popular route is to combine your study of hospitality with an internship in the field. There are a bunch of hospitality-specific study abroad programs that can help set you up both with accredited classes and a professional internship in locations all over the world. You will certainly be kept busy, but this is a great way to kill two birds with one stone in midst of an exciting global adventure.

GoAbroad Insider Tips

Foot in the Door. Studying hospitality abroad is not just a great way to gain valuable travel experience, but it is also the opportunity to network abroad within the field. Once you’ve got your degree in hand and are looking for work, you’ll be happy you spent some time abroad!

Learn a Language. Another extremely valuable component of studying hospitality abroad is the opportunity to immerse yourself in a foreign language. Whether you plan on ultimately working in your home country or abroad, being bilingual will take you very far in the hospitality industry.

Cross Cultures. Hospitality study abroad programs will push your cross-cultural communication skills to the next level and teach you a lot about interacting effectively within a global environment; these are essential qualities needed to succeed in the hospitality industry. 

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