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International Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Arts

What sets Saint Leo’s International Hospitality Management degree apart from the rest?

InternationalHospitalityManagementBrochure_thumbPlay an integral part in one of the most fascinating and evolving industries in the world. With a degree in international hospitality management, you will experience all the perks of a profession, global in reach and multidisciplinary by nature. Choose a degree program that offers two areas of specialization: event management and hotel & resort management. 

Framed by the Atlantic Ocean and Orlando on one side and the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay on the other, Saint Leo University is ideally situated for the study of hospitality and tourism.

Florida’s hospitality and tourism industry is based on world-class attractions that range from theme parks and beaches to year-round sunny weather and diverse cultural and natural heritage. With Central Florida as the world’s most popular destination for domestic and international tourism, students can explore an abundance of professional opportunities in all sectors and components of the industry with access to the world’s leading theme parks, resorts, and airports.

Steeped in tradition, since 1889, Saint Leo’s beautiful campus is the perfect learning environment. Our faculty members bring decades of experience to the classroom. They have traveled to nearly 100 countries; studied and taught abroad; served as tourism consultants for United Nations’ agencies; and worked as managers for notable clubs, hotels, and resorts.

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Event Management (12 credit hours)

The degree will uniquely qualify students in the Event Management Specialization to use Project Management tools to initiate, plan, execute, monitor, and close projects.  The curriculum has been modeled after the Event Management Body of Knowledge (EMBOK) which sets standards for the industry.

Hotel & Resort Management (12 credit hours)

Students choosing the lodging management specialization will receive an integrated management approach to managing in the lodging industry. Students in both specializations will be introduced to the hospitality industry, customer engagement, food and beverage management, experiential learning, human resources management, professional development.

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What can you do with a degree in International Hospitality Management?

At Saint Leo University, we expect our graduates to become managers, leaders, and entrepreneurs within all sectors and components of the hospitality and tourism industry. And, many of our graduates are doing just that in various parts of the world. If you can visualize your dream job, and the company or organization and the location where you would most like to begin your professional career, our faculty will help prepare and guide you toward that goal.

Saint Leo graduates find jobs in many sectors, including accommodations, food service, attractions, transportation, and destination promotion.

  • Event Planner
  • Resort Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Hotel Manager
  • Airline Manager
  • Theme Park Marketer
  • Destination Marketer
  • Tour Planner
  • Ecotourism Consultant

Professional development opportunities.


Students gain practical, real life experience while performing an internship for credit at a host agency anywhere in the world! Our students have built up their resumes at Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, AAA Auto Club South, InterContinental Hotels Group, Tampa Convention Center, and the Tahuayo Lodge in Peru, to name a few.

Study Abroad

Saint Leo University maintains partnerships with more than a dozen international universities, and organizes for-credit, faculty-led excursions and alternative spring breaks.


Attend hospitality and tourism-related shows and conferences, such as the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show, International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show, Florida Tourism Day, Southeast Tourism Society’s Spring Symposium, and Destination: Capitol Hill.

Co-curricular activities

Consider joining the International Tourism Club or student chapter of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality. Network with members of our Industry Liaison Council, an advisory board of prominent senior executives representing all sectors of the hospitality and tourism industry.

Where are students intern and our alumni work:

  • BCD Meetings & Incentives
  • Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
  • Busch Gardens
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Disney Cruise Lines
  • Driftwood Hospitality Management
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
  • Mir Travel
  • The Reef Resort, Grand Cayman
  • SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
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