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School of Hospitality & Hotel Management

ICE’s Hospitality & Hotel Management diploma program will show you – both inside and outside of the classroom – how to get on the fast track in the world of hotels, tourism and hotel restaurant management.

Diploma Program

A Career with Global Potential

The travel, hotel and tourism sector offers you a career path that literally spans the globe. Hospitality and tourism management jobs can be found in hotels, resorts, spas, cruise ships, conference and event centers, tourist attractions and country clubs. And these opportunities aren’t just in the U.S. — if you want to see the world, training for a career in tourism or hotel management may be the perfect opportunity for you to travel or work abroad.

Additionally, hospitality is a field in which great talent is rewarded — and promoted. With solid skills and education to support your career, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to challenge your skill set as you climb the professional ladder. Finally, for those interested in working with a diverse group of colleagues, few fields offer the wide range of ages and nationalities that you’ll find in hotels and tourism management.

Quick Facts

Program Duration: 8 or 12 months

Class Times: morning, afternoon, evening 

Tuition, Fees & Charges: $14,060-$16,060

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If You Can Make It Here...

A busy and vibrant destination for hotels, hospitality and tourism, New York City is a prime training ground. ​Over the past decade, New York City’s hotel sector has seen substantial growth. Tourists and business travelers are generating demand for everything from high-end boutique hotels to high-volume budget chains throughout the metropolitan area. That means more job and career growth opportunities for our graduates.

An ICE hospitality student shares a presentation with the class at the Institute of Culinary Education

Real World Education

Our curriculum blends in-class course work, role-playing, guest lectures by industry experts and field trips, using NYC as your classroom. ICE’s hospitality classes cover topics in sales and marketing, hotel management, restaurant management, human resources and more. The accounting and finance unit teaches practical skills like menu pricing and managing payroll, while the operations course covers front and back office hotel management responsibilities, including reservations and security. In the food service segment, students learn menu design, restaurant public relations, event management and conference planning. The curriculum culminates with a 200-hour externship at the hotel or hospitality enterprise of your choosing.

An ICE hospitality student receives an award at graduation

Student Diversity Enriches Your Experience

Our students’ diverse goals and experiences enrich the classroom experience for everyone. A typical class might include international students, career changers, recent high school and college graduates — all of whom share a passion for service. Our students also share the desire for a more efficient, hands-on hospitality education as compared to traditional two- or four-year degree programs. That's exactly what our Hotel & Hospitality Management diploma program provides — an efficient path toward your professional goals. 



A hotel bell on the front desk of a hotel lobby

Put Your Ideas and Skills Into Action

There is no better way to build your skillset than to apply classroom instruction in the real world. In the last segment of the program, you will embark on a 200-hour hospitality management externship at a hotel, resort or other related business. This hands-on experience helps you build a resume and a network of industry connections that can shape the rest of your career. An ICE externship can even turn into a full-time job offer, which it often has for ICE graduates.

Schedule & Tuition

Lecture%20Opera%20POS-006-72dpi_375x375.jpgWe know life can be busy, which is why ICE provides flexibility with schedule options to fit the needs of our students. Choose from morning, afternoon and evening schedules that meet three or four times a week. 

  • Hours: Mon., Weds., Fri., 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Cost: $16,060
  • Starts: TBD
  • Hours: Mon.-Fri, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Cost: $16,060
  • Starts: May 17
  • Hours: Mon., Tues., Weds., Thurs., 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Cost: $16,060
  • Starts: August 23

Tuition, Fees and Charges Include:

  • All books
  • Field trips
  • Role playing seminars
  • Guest lectures
  • Opera training
  • Credit for Wine Essentials, Level 1
  • Registration fee 
  • All applicable taxes

Take the Next Step

Why Choose ICE

You know it's in you — the ambition to pursue a rewarding career in hospitality. Attending hospitality school is one of the best ways to begin the journey. ICE is ready to help you find your culinary or hospitality voice.

12 Reasons Why You Should Choose ICE.


International Students

ICE is a hub of multiculturalism. We are proud to have students from over 44 countries, giving our classrooms a unique international character. New York is one of the most diverse and exciting food cities, providing international culinary students with opportunities for vibrant cultural experiences that include access to a vast array of ethnic restaurants, gourmet markets and culinary resources. It’s no wonder that so many international culinary students have chosen ICE as their passport to a rewarding and successful culinary career.

Learn about International Students at ICE. 


Ready to take your interest in ICE further? Speak to an admissions representative about your personal goals, start your application or download our career brochure so you can access our program information anytime.

Admissions Services

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ICE's 638-hour Hospitality & Hotel Management diploma program is taught at ICE's lower Manhattan campus, featuring over 74,000 square feet of teaching space. With New York City as a classroom, the program includes field trips to local hotels and hospitality businesses, as well as guest lectures from successful hospitality professionals.

The program consists of 638 hours, divided into 10 courses with 219 lessons (including 150 in evening classes). The 11th course is a 200-hour off-site externship at the location of the student's choice, according to his or her career goals — an opportunity that adds essential experience to the student's resume and often leads to a job after graduation. 

The Hospitality & Hotel Management training program is constructed as follows:

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At this point, you’ve already decided that you’re interested in a professional future in food and hospitality. But should you attend culinary school, and can you can really afford it?

The ICE Office of Student Financial Services puts an award-winning culinary education within your reach. Our Financial Aid advisors are available six days a week to help make your dream of attending culinary school at ICE a reality. 

Learn more about ICE's Student Financial Services.


ICE provides various scholarship opportunities to assist students on their journey towards a career in food and hospitality. Whether offered by ICE itself, our food industry partners or a vetted list of outside organizations, these scholarships provide students with additional resources to realize their dreams of attending our career training programs. Please be aware of the varying deadlines and application requirements for each individual scholarship. For additional information about any of the available scholarships, feel free to contact our Office of Student Financial Services directly at (888) 921-CHEF or

View all ICE Scholarship Opportunities.

Pasta-024-72dpi_375x375.jpgFinancial Aid Options

ICE offers financial assistance from both Federal and Private sources. The following is a list of aid available to those students who qualify:

• Federal Pell Grant
• FSEOG Program
• Federal Stafford Loan
• Federal Direct PLUS Loan
• State-Funded Grants and Loans
• Private Student Loans
• Payment Plan
• Tuition Flex

To learn more about financial aid options, feel free to contact our Office of Student Financial Services directly at (888) 921-CHEF or

View all financial aid options. 

Applying for Financial Aid

Please contact us with any Financial Aid or financing questions, problems or suggestions. We will work closely with you in preparing the necessary forms and documents on student grants, loans or scholarships and employment programs.

Learn how to apply for financial aid at ICE.

externship-infographic-12616_375x375.jpgPractice your craft in the most authentic learning environment.

In Europe, aspiring hospitality professionals learn their trade through apprenticeships. ICE's global teaching perspective takes inspiration from this centuries-old tradition, with our hands-on externship program.

What exactly is an “externship”? Similar in concept to an internship, these paid or unpaid placements are chosen at a student's discretion with the assistance of Career Services Advisors. Each externship is designed to fit the interests and career goals of the individual student, and externships consistently prove to be an exceptional opportunity for hands-on training and networking at the heart of the industry. What’s more, many externships lead to job offers and full-time employment.

How does the externship program work? Hospitality & Hotel Management students benefit from in-the-field training with a 200-hour externship at a hotel, spa or related organization.

Proven Results

Our incredible track record.

ICE placed over 500 externs in over 300 establishments in the past few years — and each experience was as unique as our students. Our graduates land exciting positions at fine luxury and hip boutique hotels across the country — and around the world. Getting your “foot in the door” with one of these organizations could be the start of the career you have dreamed of.

See the full list of externship sites.

Choose your path, and make your success.

An ICE externship gives you a chance to customize your education. For example, if you’ve always dreamed of working in a boutique hotel, spa or event planning company, we can gear your search towards the goal of placing you in that particular type of establishment. Hospitality students have found placements at hotels like Le Parker Meridien, The Standard and The Waldorf-Astoria.

Our staff has the connections.

Our faculty and advisors assess your career aspirations, skills and academic record to pair you with sites that align with your goals and background. Each hospitality externship is structured so that your performance is monitored by ICE’s professional staff, and subsequent feedback and evaluations are incorporated into your overall grade.

Most hospitality schools in America and Europe require externships as part of their programs. When you are choosing which school to attend, be sure to ask about externship programs and learn how each program incorporates in-the-field training into your education.

Below is just one example of our alumni externship stories.

Christina Delli Santi is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education at works at the Ace Hotel

Christina Delli Santi 

  • Current position: Director of Front Office, Ace Hotel
  • Externship site: The Breslin (Ace Hotel)

After graduating high school, Christina Delli Santi (Hospitality Management, '15) spent more than a decade as a hair stylist. Though her knack for service helped her to lead a successful career, Christina realized she wanted to transition to the hospitality industry. That's what led her to enroll at ICE. Today, as Director of Front Office at the Ace Hotel, Christina lives her passion on a daily basis — helping people and working in a fast-paced, exciting environment. 

"At first I was in the events department, doing a little bit of everything — working with the kitchen, ordering food and organizing private bookings for parties. It was really cool because it was exactly where I wanted to be, in terms of learning."

Learn how Christina landed a top position in NYC's coolest hotel. 

Proven Results

Hospitality alumni, Christina Delli Santi and Rommel Gopez

From hotel directors and managers to events coordinators and consultants, our alumni hold exciting positions around the globe, and continue to rank among the most noteworthy names in the hospitality industry.

Here’s a taste of the wide range of professional paths available to ICE Hospitality & Hotel Management graduates.

  • Front Desk or Front Office
  • Guest Relations
  • Concierge
  • Management and General Management
  • Housekeeping
  • Sales
  • Conferences and Events
  • Golf and Country Clubs
  • Food and Beverage or Catering
  • Tourism

Learn more about our Hospitality & Hotel Management alumni.

Hospitality: Thriving with Opportunity

The Global Force of Hospitality Management

Hospitality & Hotel Management is the key discipline for the billion-dollar global hospitality industry, consisting of travel, tourism and hotels. Its practitioners enjoy management jobs found in hotels, resorts, spas, casinos, cruise ships, conference planning and event management, and food, beverage and catering, as well as health, sports, entertainment, and country clubs.

ICE alum Rommel Gopez shares why he decided to enroll in ICE's Hospitality management program

"Before I went to ICE, I was already working in the hospitality industry. But I wanted to learn more and have something under my belt to show that I was serious about my profession. I wanted the diploma to go with my work experience."

Rommel Gopez
Hotel & Hospitality Management '14

Technology Taught: Opera PMS

ICE trains hospitality students on using one of the most important industry technologies — Opera PMS, because a hotel's front desk often makes the difference between "never agains" and "long-term relationships." Designed to meet the varied requirements of any size hotel or hotel chain, OPERA PMS provides all the tools a hotel staff needs for doing their day-to-day jobs, from handling reservations, checking guests in and out and assigning rooms to managing room inventory, accommodating the needs of in-house guests, and handling accounting and billing. The property management software is configurable to each property’s specific requirements and operates in either single-property or multi-property mode, with all properties in an enterprise sharing a single database, making it an invaluable software for our hospitality students to master. 

ICE Hospitality Management Students take a field trip to the Ace Hotel in New York City

Field Trips and Guest Lectures

The Hospitality & Hotel Management program takes full advantage of ICE's locations in New York City. The program includes field trips to some of New York City's finest hotels and invites successful hoteliers and hospitality professionals to give guest lectures on campus.

Field Trips:

  • Ritz-Carlton - 59th St. & Central Park, New York City
  • Double Tree Hotel - Times Square, New York City
  • The Wolcott Hotel - 31st St. & 5th Ave., New York City
  • Hilton - Times Square, New York City

Guest Speakers:

  • Ed Staniszwski, General Manager, Sheraton LaGuardia
  • Mark Lauer, General Manager, New York Hilton
  • Deborah A. Croce, Director of Human Resources, Ritz Carlton
  • Billy Panagiotopolous, Catering Sales Manager at the Palace Hotel
  • Richard Amato, Vice President, Hotel Association of New York City
  • Orlando Machado, Director of Operations, Crown Plaza, Secaucus, NJ
  • Eveline Chen, Housekeeping Manager, Wolcott Hotel
A variety of spices

A Wide Variety of Electives

Regarded by many as the home of America’s largest menu of hands-on specialty cooking classes, ICE's Recreational division in New York City offers hundreds of cooking, baking, beverage and professional development classes each year. All career students at ICE’s New York campus have access to recreational classes to complement their education.