The hospitality industry will give you a career that provides endless opportunities - both in Canada and around the world. The Hospitality Management program at SAIT is known worldwide for its innovative curriculum and real-world education. At SAIT, we prepare our students for rewarding and in-demand careers in the global hospitality industry through expert instruction, hands-on learning and state-of-the art facilities. Our alumni are working in top hospitality organizations in Calgary, Canada and around the globe.
During this full-time two year diploma program, you will obtain skills in lodging, food and beverage, and a host of other hospitality sectors. Your training will cover hotel and restaurant operations, wine and beverage appreciation, special events, marketing, human resources, accounting and much more.
Our blended learning environment includes classroom instruction, laptop delivery and a live working environment - all delivered through a personalized approach. You will learn what it’s like to work as a member of a hospitality team by participating in group projects, serving in the renowned Highwood restaurant, and executing special events on campus.
You will also be trained on the latest industry software including:
- Opera Property Management System,
- MICROS point of sale system, and
- OpenTable restaurant management software.
As part of our close relationship with the hospitality sector, we are privileged to have some of the best and brightest leaders from the community serve on our advisory board. They help by providing insight into industry trends, and informing the development of an up-to-date and practical curriculum.
As a student, you will also have the opportunity to put your knowledge into action as part of a team planning and hosting special events such as:
- HOSPO: the largest one-day tourism conference in Western Canada featuring 50 guest speakers and a career fair with over 50 industry booths,
- Scholarship lunch and industry gala in The Highwood, and
- SAIT President’s gala dinner for 400 VIP delegates.
Professional paid internship and study tours
Between your first and second year of study, you will be able to apply your skills in a professional paid internship. In addition to gaining experience in a real-world environment, internships provide valuable connections and opportunities to network with future employers.
As a student, you can also take advantage of exciting international study tours. Previous tour locations have included Scotland, Italy, Australia, Vietnam and Thailand.