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Bachelor's Degree in International Hospitality Management

Why Earn Your International Hospitality Management Degree at Saint Leo University?

Play 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.

The Bachelor of Arts in International Hospitality Management degree program is designed to prepare graduates for careers in the ever-growing and evolving hospitality industry. This will allow students to be prepared to pursue employment in the hospitality industry while also being uniquely qualified to pursue positions in events and hotel management.

Learning Experience:
Est. Time to Complete:
4 years
Credit Hours:
120 hours

Undergraduate International Hospitality Management Program Details

Our BA international hospitality management degree introduces you to the key aspects of the hospitality industry such as customer engagement, food and beverage management, experiential learning, human resources management, and professional development. You'll also gain additional exposure to both the lodging and event management segments of the industry.

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Online, On Campus, or Near You

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  • What are the on-campus facilities like?

    Students who pursue their degrees at Saint Leo’s main campus near sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, join a community of enthusiastic learners just like them. 

    Students enjoy plenty of engaging learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, as well as exciting departmental events.

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  • What are the benefits of earning your international hospitality management degree online?

    Saint Leo University’s online learning experience provides a well-rounded education with the flexibility to tailor your course of study to meet your individual needs. We know our students have lives outside school, and we seek to meet them where they are. Online students can count on receiving excellent academics as well as opportunities for hands-on learning, such as research projects and opportunities to attend national conferences.

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  • Taking online classes has afforded me the opportunity to learn while maintaining a job. They give me some flexibility to study at times that work more cohesively with my schedule and allow me to utilize resources such as the library 24 hours a day.

    Bentley Streat | Hayes, VA

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Are education centers near you offering international hospitality management degree programs?

You may also choose to pursue your degree through one of our education centers, which merge a traditional in-person education with the flexibility to match your lifestyle. Education centers offer eight-week academic terms as well as evening and weekend classes.

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Specialization Options

Saint Leo University offers specialization options for international hospitality management students. You can customize your degree to match your passions by choosing one of the following concentrations.

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.

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.

Career Outlook

No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.

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  • What skills you will learn?

    • Guest Service Management
    • Lodging Management
    • Meetings and Event Management
    • Food and Beverage Operations
    • Management of Human Resources

How will you gain real experience?


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.

What can you do with an undergraduate international hospitality management degree?

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.

What are the top international hospitality management degree jobs?

Career Growth Salary
Event Planner 18% (Much faster than average) $51,560 per year $24.79 per hour
Resort Manager 9% (As fast as average) $56,670 per year $27.25 per hour
Restaurant Manager 15% (Faster than average) $56,590 per year $27.21 per hour

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020.

Where are Saint Leo international hospitality management graduates now? 

  • Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
  • Busch Gardens
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Disney Cruise Lines
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
  • The Reef Resort, Grand Cayman
  • SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

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  • Saint Leo University’s Donald R. Tapia College of Business provides a values-centered education that develops tomorrow’s business leaders. Our students create a personal legacy of character and integrity, developing into responsible global citizens ready to contribute to society across numerous fields. As the largest Catholic business College in the U.S., students find flexible degree program options at University Campus, education centers in five states, and online.

    From associate to doctoral offerings, our accredited degree programs infuse student-centered teaching, future-paced research, entrepreneurial leadership, and professional networking opportunities. Students publish papers in esteemed academic journals, present original research at national conferences, and travel around the world to learn about the complexities of overseas markets. Faculty bring decades of practical experience to the coursework, ensuring students are on the cutting edge of their desired field to achieve career success.

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