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Choosing a Culinary Travel and Hospitality School

Choosing a culinary, travel and hospitality program can be a difficult and time-consuming choice. At first you will need to make many decisions: whether you wish to pursue a degree, diploma or certificate; study on a full-time or part-time basis; what areas of specialization interest you; how important special features such as co-op, international exchange and so forth are to your decision; and the importance of cost, location and other similar factors. Once you have decided on these, you will still need to undertake a significant exploration and consultation to focus your interests and choice of a program in culinary, travel and hospitality.

Here is a step-by-step process to help you evaluate each program:

  • Visit the university's, college's or school's website, since most provide detailed information about the programs - i.e., which degrees/ diplomas/ certificates are offered, amount of tuition and fees, admission requirements and intake times, student demographics, faculty qualifications, industry experience and research accomplishments, and more! Often the university's, college's or school's website will provide a "Q&A" or FAQ page which will answer the most common questions about it and its programs.


  • Visit the university, college or school. Many universities, colleges and schools offering culinary, travel and hospitality programs have "open days" where high school students are invited to tour the campus for a day. Campus visits allow you to learn things about the institution that might not be obvious from its marketing materials, such as facilities, campus lay-out, transportation and how it feels to be on campus. If the university, college or school is in your home-town or nearby, you can always take an informal tour on your own and visit the admissions or program office to ask questions. Even if the university, college or school nearest you is not the one you are considering, an information-gathering visit can help you get a sense of what you are comparing your other choices to.


  • Speak with an admissions counselor or academic advisor: they have a thorough knowledge of the curriculum and study programs that can lend a perspective to your decisions, and sometimes lead you in new directions.


  • Research other sources of information. There is a wealth of things that you can do here:


    • If you know past graduates of the university, college, school or program, talk with them about their experiences while a student.

    • Confirm which organizations have recruited graduates in the past and talk with their human resources departments to determine their satisfaction with the institution's graduates and programs, whether they continue to recruit from the university, college or school, and whether they value it over others on a regular basis.

    • Search the Internet for information on awards and achievements bestowed on specific culinary, travel and hospitality schools or programs - competitions won, faculty honors, etc.

    • Consult Facebook and other social networking sites that may provide testimonials and other student comments on specific culinary, travel and hospitality programs and the universities, colleges and schools that offer them.

    Then match these facts and figures against the culinary, travel and hospitality programs that you are evaluating.

    Schools

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    Purdue University

    Purdue University offers a strong foundation of tradition and history.

    Programs Offered:
    • Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management

     
    Virginia College

    Set your career in motion at Virginia College.

    Programs Offered:
    • DIP - Culinary Arts
    • DIP - Pastry Arts
    • AS - Business Administration
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    Dorsey Schools

    Dorsey has been a trusted career training school in Michigan for over 80 years!

    Programs Offered:
    • Culinary Arts

     
    Culinary Institute of Virginia

    Turn your passion for food into a career at the Culinary Institute of Virginia.

    Programs Offered:
    • Applied Nutrition
    • Culinary Arts
    • Baking and Pastry Arts
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    South College
    Get the skills you need to pursue your dreams at South College, located in Knoxville.
    Programs Offered:
    • CERT Professional Brewing Science
    • AS Business Admin w/Con Professional Brewing Sci
    • Master of Business Administration
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    Institute of Technology

    You can get started on a new career with Institute of Technology.

    For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.iot.edu/disclosure

    Programs Offered:
    • Culinary Arts Professional
    • Culinary Arts Specialist
    • Baking and Pastry Specialist

     
    Keiser University Campus

    For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.

    Programs Offered:
    • Associate of Science in Culinary Arts
    • Associate of Science in Baking and Pastry Arts
    • Joint Master of Science in Education - Master of Business Administration
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    Spencerian College
    Get your career started with an education from Spencerian College.
    Programs Offered:
    • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management
    • Tourism Specialist Career Diploma
    • Associate of Science in Event Management and Tourism
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    Keystone Technical Institute
    KTI is committed to the total development of the individual by providing high-demand skill specific career training and the employer required soft skills such as proper business attitude, behavior, professional attire and punctuality.
    Programs Offered:
    • Culinary Arts Specialist
    • Baking and Pastry
    • Baking and Pastry Arts with Management

     
    Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts

    You can fire up a new career with help from  Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts. We offer two programs for careers in the culinary industry, including culinary arts and pastry arts.

    Programs Offered:
    • Certificate in Escoffier Online Culinary Arts

     
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