The School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University, located at the Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami, Florida in the United States is one of the university's 26 schools and colleges. The University was chartered in 1965 and opened in 1972.
Each year, over 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students choose FIU for its outstanding reputation, advantageous locations, impressive faculty, rich curriculum, and fast-track career advantages in the international hotel, foodservice and tourism industries. Students and graduates of the School represent every state and 100 countries.
The School offers Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management, Master of Science in Hospitality Management (available on campus and via distance learning), and Executive Master of Science in Hospitality Management (available on campus and via distance learning) Degree Programs, as well as Certificate Programs in various Hotel, Restaurant, Hospitality, Travel and Tourism specializations. A Doctorate degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Hospitality and Tourism Management is also offered. On-campus housing is available at the Bay Vista Apartments through the housing community.
The school is located on the Biscayne Bay Campus, which is about 200 acres (809,000 m²), directly on the bay and adjacent to the Oleta River State Park. The school features state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment in every classroom, and a computer laboratory with both hospitality and tourism specific applications. The Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center provides a unique 42 seat wine laboratory, 75 seat lecture hall, as well as a wine cellar. The FIU undergraduate degree program in Hospitality Management is also available at St. Petersburg College, Florida (via distance learning) in conjunction with the University Partnership center.
As a result of the School’s strong international reputation for excellence, the government of the People’s Republic of China selected Florida International University from a group of elite hospitality schools in the U.S. and Europe as its partner in establishing a hospitality and tourism management campus in Tianjin, the third largest city in China which serves as the seaport for the capital, Beijing. The $100 million center, which was fully funded by the Chinese government, sits on 80 acres of land and contains more than of air conditioned space, including a dormitory tower 20 stories high, which can accommodate 1,000 students. The center, however, has total capacity for 2,000 students. The FIU Tianjin Center opened in September 2006.