Program Descriptions

The José A. (Tony) Santana International School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts (ISHCA) offers Bachelor Degrees in Culinary Nutrition, Hotel Management, Event and Conventions Planning, and Culinary Management.  We also offer associate degrees in Hotel Management and Culinary Arts.

All professional and concentration courses in the hospitality program (Hotel and Events) are taught in English.  Additional international opportunities are added to the curriculum, allowing students to take internships, student exchange programs and other activities around the globe.

Associate Degrees

Associate in Science in Culinary Arts 

The Associate Degree program in Science in Culinary Arts combines a supervisory base with professional courses, Garde Manger, Baking and Pastry, Cooking Methods and International Cuisine.  Emphasis is placed on hands-on practice and the development of specialized skills for work in the field.   This program offers options that prepare the student for advancement into entry-level management positions.  A Practicum experience of 350 hours is required in a restaurant, convention centers or hotel setting.

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Associate in Science in Hotel Management 

The Associate Degree in Hotel Management is a four semester major designed to prepare students for entry-level managerial positions in the hospitality industry.  The curriculum places heavy reliance on experience acquired through a 350 hour Internship in a lodging property.  Students who achieve outstanding records may, upon completing this program, apply for admission to the Bachelor degree major in our School.

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Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management 

This bachelor program is ideal for those students who want to manage its own business, restaurant or kitchen. This program will combine the professional and concentration courses of culinary arts and the managerial function required to operate and manage a kitchen or restaurant. Emphasis is given in cost control and increasing profits. A Practicum experience of 300 hours is required in a restaurant, convention centers or hotel setting as well as 350 hours in the culinary arts setting.

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Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management

The Bachelor program is designed to prepare students for direct entry into the hospitality management field.  The curriculum reflects world trends in hospitality management through core and specialization courses. This program requires a practicum experience of 350 hours of field experience to enhance the student’s education.  Our Bachelor degree prepares students with the expertise, commitment and skills for management, operational and support positions in the ever-changing hospitality industry. Students have the option of choosing among two majors to pursue specialized hospitality and tourism studies.

A) Major in Hotel Management 

Students learn to perform management functions through related coursework in Rooms Division Management, Revenue Management, Accounting, Hospitality Sales and Marketing, and Casino Operations, among others. 

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B) Major in Event and Convention Planning 

Students learn to perform management functions through related coursework in Special Events Management, Convention Sales, Exhibits and Trade Show Management, Convention and Events Planning Logistics, and Catering Sales and Operations, among others.

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Admission Requirements

  • Admission Application
  • Official High School or University Transcript
  • These are in addition to the general admissions requirement at UAGM Carolina:
    • High School grade point average of 2.0 for Associate programs
    • High School grade point average of 2.0 for Bachelor programs
    • Bachelor Degrees have an additional requirement:
    • College Board results of at least 450 in each area: Spanish, English, and Mathematics



For more information, please call:
(787) 257-7373 exts. 3001

** Core Courses are offered in English.