7 Reasons Why Spain is the Best Destination to Study Hospitality Management
Home to a sunny climate, friendly locals, miles of golden coastline, and iconic Mediterranean cuisine, it’s no wonder Spain is becoming an increasingly popular study destination with almost 50,000 students flocking to the country in 2018.
Read on to discover seven reasons why you should consider Spain your number one destination for studying hospitality management.
Study in the Mediterranean capital of hospitality, tourism and cruises
Despite tough economic times, the hospitality industry as a whole has seen an unprecedented boom in profits over the last few years. In fact, Spain is the second highest-earning country in the world when it comes to tourism, and in 2017, it overtook the US to become the second most visited country in the world with 82 million tourists.
Studying a master’s in hospitality management means you’ll implement efficient steps to ensure the highest standards of customer service when it comes to an incredibly multidimensional industry, ranging from accommodation, to food and beverages, events, cruise liners, and even amusement parks.
To help you get ahead in the world of hospitality, the Master’s in Hospitality Management at University College of Hospitality Management Sant Pol de Mar is a one-year, full-time program which provides the foundations for students to nurture their dedicated skillset needed to venture into a hospitality management career by offering a four to six month industry internship at the end of the course.
Be a part of University College of Hospitality Management Sant Pol de Mar’s 50-year history
Since 1966, University College of Hospitality Management Sant Pol de Mar has provided professional, hands-on learning education, and in 2016, it celebrated its 50-year anniversary. As the world’s first university-hotel school, University College of Hospitality Management Sant Pol de Mar proudly ranks fifth in the world for employer reputation in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018, and in the world’s top 50 overall.
You’ll be able to explore Spain and Europe
Sitting quietly on the golden coastline of Sant Pol de Mar is University College of Hospitality Management Sant Pol de Mar, which is only a 40-minute drive away from one of Spain’s most desirable city locations – Barcelona. Ranked 31st in the QS Best Student Cities 2018, Barcelona is a city that’s renowned for its architectural masterpieces which dominate the streets and skyline – La Sagrada Família and La Pedrera anyone?!
It’s also home to one of the world’s most dominating soccer teams (Barcelona FC), more than 20 Michelin-starred restaurants, nine UNESCO-protected monuments, as well as the best gastronomic market in the world as voted by USA Today. So, follow your nose to La Boqueria, the large public market in the heart of the city.
Cheap flights in and out of Barcelona on a daily basis also make the city and the surrounding area of Sant Pol de Mar very easy to travel to and from.
The cost of living is easier on the student pocket
Compared to other desirable study locations around the world, Spain has relatively low living costs and tuition fees. Within walking distance from University College of Hospitality Management Sant Pol de Mar’s campus, you can rent a single room in a shared apartment for around €250 (~US$284) per month, with other living expenses falling between €300-350 (~US$341-398) per month.
Bask in the Mediterranean lifestyle
The Spanish love a good party as much as they love a good siesta. You can take this time to catch up with friends and family, or whatever else you like as the Spanish sunshine and charming scenery offer an outdoor lifestyle that’s hard not to take advantage of. Students in and around Sant Pol de Mer find themselves meeting up in between classes and on weekends for a quick spot of lunch by the sea, or for happy hour in the evenings, sampling trendy cocktails and good local wines.
Discover a new language
Although some university programs in Spain are taught in English, much like the Master’s in Hospitality Management at University College of Hospitality Management Sant Pol de Mar, it won’t hurt to learn some Spanish lingo along the way.
With more than 572 million people worldwide speaking Spanish, getting to grips with the language means you’ll be able to live more like a local and be open to meeting new people, you’ll give both your brain and confidence a boost, and your CV will thank you for it too.
Your CV will thank you for the study abroad experience
Speaking of which… the plethora of benefits when it comes to studying abroad will reward you in more ways than you may realize. To potential employers, studying abroad illustrates your ability, confidence and resilience to immerse yourself in a new culture and gain a truly global perspective.