This 2-week program provides students and recent graduates a unique opportunity to study hospitality topics such as wine and beverage management, strategic lodging operations, leadership, service etiquette and manner, legal cases, festival and event management, and business communication, as well as tour the vibrant and thriving hospitality and tourism industry of New England and New York.o
Amherst, Massachusetts offers the perfect blend of New England charm and cosmopolitan culture and energy –that’s why it’s been named one of the “top college towns in North America.” As a large, bustling university in the heart of a small town, UMass Amherst has the best of both worlds, and summer is the best time to visit. Amherst is home to renowned culture and arts, as well as a host of amazing restaurants, independent bookstores and cinemas.
IHA provides fundamental academic concepts in the classroom, but enforces that education beyond the University setting. Broaden your global perspective during extra-curricular trips to Boston and New York City. Experience first hand the U.S. hospitality industry including hotels, music festival sites, sport stadiums, convention centers, casinos, and various tourist destinations.o
We invite applications from international students who are interested in studying in the US. IHA is designed for students and recent graduates prepared to learn and immerse themselves into American hospitality culture in New England. IHA is taught in English and can accommodates CEFR B1 and more advanced English speakers.
The IHA application and registration is managed by UMass Summer Programs.
To apply for the International Hospitality Academy at UMass Amherst, we require:
EducationUSA Academy students will stay in a modern, fully air-conditioned residence hall in the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community, located close to classrooms, the library, and the Recreation Center. You'll join hundreds of other high school students from the U.S. and around the world attending pre-college programs. To help you get to know other students, you'll be paired with an American student in a double-occupancy room. Each floor is single-sex. Our experienced live-in staff will organize fun co-curricular activities and act as mentors to students.
Your meal plan consists of 3 meals a day in the UMass Amherst dining commons, ranked #1 in the U.S. for campus food. A wide variety of healthy, delicious options is available (including vegetarian and vegan options). It’s not unusual at one meal to have a choice between sushi, pho noodles, create-your own stir-fry, pizza, a pasta bar, or the deli station.
A brief one-page statement describing why you want to attend IHA at UMass Amherst.
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Written by an academic or professional referee who can speak to your potential for success in IHA as well as your English proficiency.
Letters of recommendation should be obtained by the applicant and uploaded into the online application system. If your reference prefers to submit their letter of recommendation directly, please upload a brief statement, in PDF format, indicating that your letter of recommendation is being sent directly, and instruct your reference to email the letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org.