Program description

The Associate Degree program prepares students for entry level management positions in the hospitality and tourism industry by providing students with the kind of education needed for tomorrow’s managers. Students learn to acquire the academic knowledge and master the operational skills that make hospitality and tourism properties thrive.

Career Opportunities

As hospitality and tourism are among the fastest-growing industries in the world, career opportunities in this industry are increasing rapidly.

Educational Methods

Interactive Student-Centred Classroom Learning, Online Learning, Experiential Learning, and Onsite Learning.

Entry Levels and Requirements

1. The prerequisites for being admitted to Associate Degree program are as follows.

Secondary general or vocational education, or higher education:

HAVO, VWO; AMTO, NATIN; API, CPI; CXC, CAPE; High School, etc.

2. Mature Entry

Students who are 21 years of age or older but do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission by the Academic Committee based on their:

• Prior learning

• Work experience

• Maturity

3. Advanced Entry

Holders of a Hospitality/Tourism Management Diploma, or equivalent professional education or higher professional qualification may seek admission to the second year of the Associate Degree program.

4. Transfer Students

IHTC’s transfer policy permits acceptance of course credits earned at other colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning. Students must submit an official transcript from these institutions when applying for admission to IHTC. They may be admitted to the second year of the Associate Degree program depending on the number of transfer credits.

Admission Process

The Admission Process for local students includes:

a. An admission interview to determine the applicant’s interest in hospitality and tourism and his/her suitability for this industry;

b. An admission essay to determine the applicant’s proficiency in English.

Two-Year AHTM Curriculum

Specialized/ Career Oriented

Management and Development Courses

• Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism

• Managing Service in Food and Beverage Operations

• Restaurant Service Skills

• Quality Customer Care

• English for Hospitality and Tourism

• Personal and Career Development

• Managing Housekeeping Operations

• Hospitality Supervision

• Dimensions of Tourism

• Public Speaking

• English Commercial Correspondence

• Business Ethics and Etiquette

• Managing Diversity in a Multicultural Workplace

• Managing Front Office Operations

• Academic Writing and Critical Thinking

• Spanish for Hospitality and Tourism

• Hotel Security Awareness

• Leadership and Management in the Hospitality Industry

• Ecotourism and Sustainable Development

• Event Planning and Protocol & Special Event Project

• Internship


Students who successfully complete the AHTM program will be awarded the following American Certificates:

• Four (4) AHLEI Certificates of Completion

• Four (4) AHA Certificates of Completion

Graduation Requirements

IHTC awards the Associate of Science Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management to students who meet the College’s academic and professional standards. Students are required to successfully complete:

a. All the courses on the AHTM curriculum (60 American credits);

b. A 3-month internship or work in the hospitality/ tourism industry for 3 months

(4 American credits).

Learning Pathway

On completion of the Associate Degree program students who want to further their education will be admitted to the third year of our Bachelor Degree Program in Hospitality and Tourism Management.