CAMPUS

American Hospitality Management and International Business



5th Year Specialization Program for Vatel Graduates


Why Specialize in American Management?

Today most of the largest international hotel groups are managed by American companies or follow the American model of management. By acquiring proficiency in the US style of management, finance, marketing and global leadership, students are prepared for executive positions and an international career among the leading hotel groups worldwide.


Education Style

In the USA, the Vatel Institute of Hospitality Management at Alliant International University offers an MBA degree recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and accredited by WASC, the same accrediting agency for schools like USC, UCLA and Pepperdine Universities.

Students benefit from the Vatel expertise in hospitality and the excellence of an American education taught by Ph.D. professors and highly qualified specialists at Alliant. The learning experience is based on creativity and applied problem solving. Students are trained to think outside of the box and use critical thinking. Classes are interactive and students directly apply and develop concepts learned through case studies, relevant articles or selected acclaimed books. Organizational Behavior and Global Leadership, Strategic Management, New Trends in Hospitality and many other innovative classes are an integral part of this program.


VATEL USA – M5 SPECIALZATION – SAMPLE PROGRAM COURSE SEQUENCE
*Courses subject to change

FIN 6000
Financial and Accounting Management (3 units)

This course focuses on the necessary skills to be an effective corporate financial manager including analysis in cash flow, financial planning and forecasting and risk. Students will explore decision-making through computer modeling, construct and utilize pro forma financial statements and assess the feasibility of projects and capital budgeting. The course will address the skills needed to be a persuasive oral and written communicator of corporate financial information. A venture/business plan is developed during the course. In addition to the classroom instruction, students have the option to get real-world experience through a practicum in an approved organizational setting for 100 - 160 hours or an applied project designed with the instructor. (International students need to meet their international student advisor for details).

MKT 6000
International Marketing Management (3 units)

This course covers traditional systems development life cycle as well as more recent concepts of rapid prototyping, 5GL development, and GUI development. Students learn to analyze and build a system using a state-of-the-art software tool and project management skills - to both build and run projects. Microsoft Project and SAP Project Systems are used to give students practical experience in project management. Students are expected to be eligible to sit for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam upon completion of the course.

BUS 6020
Strategic Management (3 units)

This course will introduce the concepts of strategic management. It will concentrate on modern analytical approaches that drive successful strategic practices and result in enduring competitive advantage. This course is designed with a technological and global outlook and will provide students with a pragmatic approach to inform their environmental analysis, strategy formulation and implementation, and evaluation and control of strategic initiatives. The course will also cover tactical planning, budgeting analysis, and uncertainty and risk management. Corporate social responsibility and ethical judgment as well as team-building will also be covered. In addition to the classroom instruction, students are required to get real-World experience through a practicum in an approved organizational setting for 100 - 160 hours. However, if a student is unable to secure a practicum site, another option such as a project will be made available to them to ensure they meet the course requirements through an applied project designed with the instructor. (International students need to meet their international student advisor for details).

HMG 6030

Development of Careers, Workforce and Talent in Hospitality Industry 
(3 units)

This course focuses on best practice methods for professional management of careers and the workforce in the hospitality industry. Talent management is a key component for success in this segment. The importance of learning cross-cultural aspects of professional communication in individual and group contexts in emphasized. Students survey the wide variety of workforce and talent management needs and techniques in the hospitality industry. In addition to the classroom instruction, students are required to get real-World experience through a practicum in an approved organizational setting for 100 - 160 hours. However, if a student is unable to secure a practicum site, another option such as a project will be made available to them to ensure they meet the course requirements through an applied project designed with the instructor. (International students need to meet their international student advisor for details).

HMG 6000

Sales Management for Hospitality (3 units)

This course covers topics related to sales and services in the hospitality industry. Objectives include understanding the sales process, sales planning, relationship between sales, marketing and collaterals as well as theories and concepts about managing the sales function to attain marketing objectives. Students learn concepts in sales techniques, planning, and performance measurement. Practical and applied exercises or case studies are utilized for examining applied aspects of the sales cycle in the hospitality industry. In addition to the classroom instruction, students are required to get real-World experience through a practicum in an approved organizational setting for 100 - 160 hours. However, if a student is unable to secure a practicum site, another option such as a project will be made available to them to ensure they meet the course requirements through an applied project designed with the instructor. (International students need to meet their international student advisor for details).

HMG 6010
Trends in Hospitality & Tourism  (3 units)

This course examines the growth, progress, infrastructure and technology applications of the hospitality and tourism management. Segments studied range from tourism, lodging, resorts, hotels, destination planning, restaurants, clubs to event management for sports and entertainment. Students will learn to understand the relevance and interdependence of these segments and discuss strategies for harnessing aspects within a segment for improving business and performance. In addition to the classroom instruction, students are required to get real-World experience through a practicum in an approved organizational setting for 100 - 160 hours. However, if a student is unable to secure a practicum site, another option such as a project will be made available to them to ensure they meet the course requirements through an applied project designed with the instructor. (International students need to meet their international student advisor for details).

BUS6090
Statistical Analysis and Modeling for Business (3 units)

This course provides a conceptual understanding of the role that quantitative methods play in decision processes. This application-oriented course demonstrates the use of many quantitative methods that have been developed over the years; how they work; and how the decision-maker can apply and interpret the data. The course also features a straightforward “Problem-Scenario Approach” which motivates and helps the student understand and apply mathematical concepts.

HMG 6020
Entrepreneurship in Hospitality (3 units)

Investigates current innovative entrepreneurial issues inside and outside the hospitality industry. Topics include: knowledge-based innovation; calculated risk-taking; management of economic resources; market planning; social areas of responsibility and ethics; legal issues; portfolio management; and the political aspects of entrepreneurship. A venture/business plan is developed during the course. In addition to the classroom instruction, students are required to get real-World experience through a practicum in an approved organizational setting for 100 - 160 hours. However, if a student is unable to secure a practicum site, another option such as a project will be made available to them to ensure they meet the course requirements through an applied project designed with the instructor. (International students need to meet their international student advisor for details).

BUS6900
Capstone: Management in a New Age (3 units)

This capstone course provides student with a unique learning experience to collaborate with their peers, practice their management skills, and showcase their accomplishments.  By working on a major project (thesis or research), emphasis will be placed upon managing in an age in which political, cultural and sustainable boundaries have merged; where both the workforce and the issues at hand are global in nature. Although most of the instruction will involve the case method and guest speakers, the emphasis of the course will have participants working on a major project for the entire semester that end with a capstone conference.

Prerequisites: Completion of at least 6 MBA courses



PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

Professional training is integrated into the curriculum. Each academic term includes a paid practical training, usually compensated at a rate of $15/hour or more. This way students can get familiar with the American management style, apply concepts learnt in class and earn a living. Once the academic year is successfully completed, students must undertake a minimum of 6 to 12 month full-time employment. During this crucial period, most students are given opportunities to move up to managerial positions and demonstrate their knowledge on the field.


PRACTICAL TRAINING DESCRIPTION
Part Time Practical Training   




Beside classes, students are encouraged to enroll in Curricular Practical Training (CPT), which is part-time paid training (up to 20h/week) in the field of hospitality. This is an opportunity to apply concepts developed in class, earn a living and get acquainted with the American style of management.
Note: Work is authorized after 8 weeks following the program’s start date

6-month Full-Time Practical Training   




Mandatory professional experience in the USA to validate the Vatel Master degree (subject to USCIS approval). 
Vatel USA professional connections with some of the most beautiful properties in California, allows students to gain experience in the best conditions and to build their resumes for a successful career ahead.

+ 6-month Full-Time Optional    Practical Training   




The work authorization linked to the F-1 visa allows international students to get practical training in the USA for up to 12 months if approved by USCIS. Therefore, most students take advantage of this opportunity to acquire up to 12-months, full time professional experience and many reach managerial positions during their stay.

 

Partner Hotels

Over the last 10 years, Vatel USA has developed an impressive network of the best hotels in the country. Students are able to refine their management skills in 5 star – 5 Diamond properties such as the Peninsula Beverly Hills, Fairmont, Waldorf Astoria and many more with paid internships ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 a year.  
From the elegant boutique hotel to the iconic Hollywood celebrity hideaway every professional opportunity offered to the Vatel USA students are allowing potential for growth, mentorship and professional excellence.
Hotels where Vatel USA Students are working:

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
Peninsula Beverly Hills
Langham Huntington Pasadena
Chateau Marmont West Hollywood
Fairmont Grand del Mar
Sunset Marquis West Hollywood
SLS Beverly Hills
Jonathan Club
JW Marriott Le Merigot Santa Monica
La Duree Beverly Hills
The Lodge at Torrey Pine San Diego
Petrossian LA & NYC
Sheraton Mission Valley


SUCCESS STORIES



Many alumni have reached executive positions or became General Managers shortly after graduation or even during the program.

Andrea Caldelari

Hired as F&B Assistant Manager at the JW Marriott in Santa Monica for his final internship, Andrea was quickly promoted to Manager and offered a long term position as F&B Director before the end of his internship.

Nadia Ben Brahim
Just 2 years after completing her MBA at Vatel USA, Nadia was offered a position as General Manager of a boutique hotel in Los Angeles.

Diego Ruiz de Porras

Graduate of 2011, Diego reached the highest level of Management as Director of the Peninsula Beverly Hills fine dining restaurant, The Belvedere. Then in 2017, Diego became Director of the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Fine Dining restaurant, Jean Georges.

Thomas Mattei

After a 12-month internship in the Marketing Department of the Peninsula Beverly Hills in 2015, Thomas was hired as Marketing Director at Le Bristol Paris.





Application and Tuition Fee

Vatel USA will contact all candidates referred by their Vatel school in order to schedule a personal interview, usually through Skype. The purpose of this interview is to assess English proficiency for each applicant, discuss their background and motivation to enter the program. It is also a good opportunity for students to ask any question they may have about the Vatel USA specialization Program or life in the USA.

Following the interview, candidates are informed individually by email about their admission to the Specialization program at Vatel USA.

The enrollment process includes the visa procedure to obtain the F-1 student visa for the USA.

The tuition for the MBA at the Vatel Institute of Hospitality Management at Alliant International University is based on the number of academic credits (or points) taken during the program.

Students enrolled in the M5 specialization program acquire a total of 27 credits during the specialization program.
27 credits X $698  =  TOTAL $18,846  
Full tuition is payable by installment every 8 or 16 weeks over the first year.
A yearly increase of 3.5% is set in Spring.

Enrollment fee for the specialization program is $400 and is paid to Vatel USA directly once application is approved.



Housing:
There is a wide range of housing options surrounding the campus and learning sites.
Depending on the area and the type of housing, costs can vary from $500-$1800 per month depending on the standard of living.
Housing for Alliant International University is provided by Anatolia Corporate Housing. See prices, amenities, and application here: http://ac-housing.com/istudent.html. Apartments are fully furnished and rent includes furnishing, house wares, and utilities.
Choose wisely before committing where to live for your term of study. Rental agreements typically require a month-to-month (most flexible), six-months, or one-year agreement including a 30-day notice to vacate. Be sure to inquire which is suitable for your length of stay and/or budget. Every landlord and/or roommate will require a security deposit, usually 1 month’s rent.
The following link is a useful guide for international students to find housing:

https://renttoownlabs.com/international-student-housing

More housing options are posted on the Vatelusa.com website under the "Student Affairs" section:
https://www.vatelusa.com/en/campus/campus-san-diego/student-affairs-san-diego


Student Life:
Campus is surrounded by an abundance of culture, rich history, gourmet food and great weather all year round. Students’ can let their imaginations sore at Disneyland, take an adventure trip to Universal Studios, ride some of the fastest roller coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain, or grab a tour at Warner Bros. studios. Students can drive to Las Vegas for the glitz and glamour, head up north to San Francisco or catch some of the Pacific Ocean’s best waves in Malibu or San Diego. In the winter, you can even drive a couple hours to Big Bear Mountains and snow board for the day.


For additional information:

Nathalie Plaire-Virovac 

Program Director, Specialization enrollments and Relations to Hotel

(English/French speaker)

Email: n.virovac@vatelusa.com

Office direct line: +1 310 598 2126

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