For more than 25 years AHA has helped thousands of students and young professionals, from around the world gain the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in today’s interconnected world while fostering international goodwill, mutual understanding and friendship. AHA is authorized by the U.S. Department of State as a J-1 Exchange Visitor Program Sponsor for three categories: Intern, Trainee, Summer Work and Travel. AHA is passionate about enriching lives and creating a better world through cultural exchange and professional development.
Welcome to the most exciting and fastest growing industry in the world. Since 1986, the American Hospitality Academy (AHA) has been providing hospitality training for thousands of students and young adults worldwide at premier resorts and hotels including Marriott, Ritz Carlton, Hyatt, Sheraton and Hilton.It is through this close working relationship with top industry leaders that AHA has developed an appreciation and a clear understanding of how to best teach the leadership and attitudes that are vital to a successful career in hospitality.Our programs are designed to meet the focus of leading hotel companies around the world who hire for attitude and train for aptitude. Our innovative curriculum and positive learning environment gives equal emphasis to academic and technical skills, as well as the essential employability traits needed to be successful in any career and in life.With the introduction of AHA's World Campus, we are eliminating the restrictions of time and place that come with traditional forms of program delivery. World Campus connects AHA students from around the world in one global learning community, facilitating cultural understanding and preparing the students for an increasingly globalized hospitality industry.
We hope to welcome you soon!
Director of Human Resources
Casa Marina and Reach Resorts, LXR Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Collection
“I have been a Human Resources expert in the hospitality industry for years and have hired thousands of front-line staff in my career. I can tell you that AHA’s emphasis on cultural awareness and soft skills training gives their students a unique advantage in today’s global marketplace.”
General Manager, Cape Royale
“AHA’s passion for this industry is clearly carried through to the students who in turn ensure that each one of our guests experience consistently high levels of service.”
CHA, General Manager
Millennium Seoul Hilton
“Your training soft skills are excellent and are exactly what we hoteliers need. We were particularly satisfied when we found those newly hired fresh from the AHA were well trained for their jobs. I highly recommend the program for those who want to distinguish themselves in hospitality industry.”
Project Manager â€“ 2010 FIFA World Cupâ„¢ SportsMark Management Group, Ltd.
“AHA’s emphasis on cultural awareness and sensitivity training gives their students a competitive advantage in the hospitality industry as this trait is so needed to be an effective manager in a very global marketplace.”
General Manager Hilton Resort, Myrtle Beach South Carolina, Kingston Plantation
“We have been hiring AHA interns for the past ten years and have been very pleased with the way they have adapted to our company’s culture. They come to us with amazing work ethics and a strong sense of cultural sensitivity”
Executive Chef, ’56 â€“ The Italian Restaurant
“AHA’s approach to education is exactly what the hotel and restaurant industry needs. When students graduate with a hotel management or culinary arts diploma â€“ the first thing I look for is their attitude! I am glad someone is finally training this.”
General Manager; Vikram Singh
“AHA teaching methodology is unique to most programs â€“ it balances both theoretical and experiential learning â€“which are essential for industry professionals today. True Hospitality comes from the heart!
General Manager, Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore
“It is wonderful to see a hospitality programs that bridges the gap between theory and practice, teaching both the hard and soft skills one needs to provide exceptional customer service.
Rodrigo Alvarez Y Jimenez
General Director , Luxury Boutique Hotel Casareyna
“I love that AHA instills and inspires strong work ethic and a positive attitude through all their courses â€“these character traits are rarely addressed by any other school that I know. “
Pierre N. Choueiry
Sales Operation’s Manager, EUROTRADE Catering CE Group
“When we hire new employees we want to know that we can train them into higher positions in the futureâ€“ AHA develops the qualities and skills that allow us to do just that. Their program places a strong focus on developing leadership, teamwork, culture awareness and communication skills â€“ the exact skills we look for when hiring for management positions. “
Director of Marketing, Ocean Creek and Beach Cove Resort
“We have been working with AHA since 1996 and they continue to stay on the cutting edge of hospitality education â€“ they always seem to know what industry wants the most. The AHA training is the most relevant and current for what our hotel needs and looks for when hiring graduates. “
Le Notre Paris
“The ability of our staff to deal with international clientele is one of our main competitive advantages.AHA’s cultural understanding programs address those needs perfectly and teach the skills required to manage diversity in both guests and in the workplace.”
Ali V Kasikci
Vice President Strategic Planning and Development; Montage Beverly Hills
“AHA’s courses balance both classroom and experiential learning. This is very unique when compared to most other schools curriculum. This type of training is essential for the success of graduates of hospitality programs today.”
Abdul Hakeem Al- Hindi
“Most of today’s Hospitality leaders observe that they can find employees who have hard skills, but many of this potential employees lack the soft skills that a hospitality company so desperately needs. That is why we are so happy that AHA works on both the hard skills and the soft skills of our students. Thank you AHA for preparing our students for a career in the international Hospitality Industry!! “
The AHA vision is to create a better world through education, integrity and cultural understanding.
To provide tomorrow's hospitality industry leaders with the knowledge, practical training, leadership and multicultural skills necessary to succeed in today's global economy while fostering international goodwill and friendship.
AHA Core Values
To realize our mission and vision, AHA champions these core values and guiding principles:
- Motivated by our vision: We aim to create a better world through education, integrity and cultural understanding.
- International-mindedness: We promote and celebrate diversity and understanding among students, academia, industry partners and our communities.
- Quality: We value our reputation for high standards.
- Work values and ethics: We continually emphasize the importance of positive work values and ethics throughout our students' theoretical and practical training.
- Partnerships: We achieve our goals by working together.
- Integrity and ethical decision making: We take pride in making all decisions based on honesty.
- Public Service: We promote public service as part of our educational process, encouraging students, staff and faculty to participate in activities that meet a community or world need.
The culinary program of AHA Philippines, founded in 2006 and located in Makati, has made vast contributions to the development of Filipino culinarians and professional chefs. It’s graduates are gainfully employed in the Philippines and abroad, or are active in their own culinary related businesses. Having met the rigid requirements and standards of the prestigious American Culinary Federation (ACF), the largest and most prestigious professional organization of chefs in the United States, AHA Phil has earned an accreditation from the ACF, an international distinction that gives recognition to AHA Phil’s graduates as Certified Culinarian after completion of their culinary education/training.
AHA Phil continues to be recognized as a leader in culinary education in the Philippines. In partnership with selected degree granting academic institutions, it provides specialized culinary education and training as a field of specialization, that complements four year degree programs in BS Entrepreneurship and BS Hospitality Management. This mutually beneficial academic collaboration allows degree granting institutions to respond to the increasing demand for professional culinary education/training for their students, without additional exposure/investment in facilities and other resources, while recognizing the expertise of AHA Phil in the field of culinary arts.
AHA Nepal – Silver Mountain Hotel School (SMSH)
SMSH is located at heart of Kathmandu city at Lainchour and is the First Hotel Management School to receive the license from Ministry of Education and Sports to run and award the four years Bachelor Degree in International Hospitality and Tourism Management from Queen Margaret University, UK. SMSH’s programs are equivalent and approved by Curriculum Development Centre of T.U. for the first time in Nepal.
SMSH has the finest facilities and infrastructure for its students within the premises for various subjects. The entire infrastructure is laid as per the international standards for training hospitality personnel. The School has unmatched and unparalleled facilities in Nepal with the added advantage of a full-fledged and fully functional commercial hotel with it for a regular training, giving students a competitive edge upon graduation.
AHA South Africa – The Private Hotel School (PHS)
The Private Hotel School was established in 2006 and is located in the beautiful surroundings of the town of Stellenbosch, South Africa's premier wine tourism destination, and the country's culinary capital. PHS with its skilled team of professionals, teaching nationally and internationally accredited courses, is one of the more sought after hotel schools in South Africa.
The Private Hotel School is registered and licensed with the Department of Higher Education and Training in South Africa as a private higher educational institution. In 2011 it received it’s accreditation from South Africa’s Council on Higher Education (CHE). The Private Hotel School is a registered and is an approved center for the international City & Guilds Group and has a co-operation agreement with the internationally distinguished Stellenbosch University.
The strength of the Private Hotel centers on its practical approach, as well as the focus on cultural awareness skills necessary to succeed in the global economy. Students are prepared to successfully transcend country borders in terms of the hospitality industry.
AHA Turkey – USLA International Hospitality Academy
USLA is the first international hospitality academy located in Istanbul Turkey. USLA provides a multinational and multicultural learning environment with both international and local culinary arts and hospitality educators. USLA’s goal is to enhance professional development in the sector and increase the skilled labor force by creating international accredited and trained personnel.
USLA is recognized and accredited by the Ministry of National Education in the Republic of Turkey. USLA also has a partnership agreement with the Swiss Education Group including the Ceasar Ritz Colleges Switzerland, Culinary Arts Academy of Switzerland and HIM- Hotel Institute Montreux. Additionally, USLA has partnered with the Imperial Hotel Management College in Vancouver Canada to offer the Advance Diploma in International Hotel Management.
Graduates of USLA are sought after by top hotel companies and hospitality organizations in Turkey upon graduation.
The American Hospitality Academy (AHA) is a full-service education and training company that delivers comprehensive programs designed specifically for the hospitality industry. AHA is unique in its ability to meet the needs of three distinct yet related client groups worldwide – students, professionals and corporations.
Founded in 1986, AHA has become the leading internship provider in the USA placing thousands of students from around the world in premier resorts and hotels. In 2005, AHA championed SERVLEAD (Service Leadership in a Multicultural Workplace,) the first Global Internship Certification and Training Manual in the world that combines both the leadership and cultural awareness skills necessary to compete in today’s global economy. It was produced in partnership with the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA) and educators from around the globe.
AHA’s second publication “Service Basics: A Guide to Developing Positive Work Ethics in a Multicultural Environment” is also a hospitality industry first. Published in May 2006, The Service Basics Manual and Workbook stress the importance of strong work ethics in today’s global industry.
In 2006, AHA established AHA-International Hotel Management Schools (AHA-IHMS) as a way to better serve the needs of the international community for world-class hospitality education. AHA-IHMS is a growing global network of private career colleges linked by a common vision and mission and academic goals. These campuses provide two-year Diploma programs in International Hospitality Management and International Culinary Arts.
In 2009, seeing the possibilities, freedom and flexibility that new web-based technologies could offer, AHA developed it’s proprietary Online World Campus – a safe, secure, and easy to use online learning and management system. World Campus provides access to AHA’s two year Diploma in International Hospitality Management as well as a series of Certificate programs that address essential management and service skills.
Participants can study in a global, multicultural classroom and participate in the World Campus professional networking community where they can engage in global discussions, share ideas, cultures, best practices and gain access to valuable training information.
In 2010, AHA introduced “a ha! University” an online customer service and corporate training division.Through World Campus, “a ha!” university provides extensive professional development and corporate training products and services, including customized programs, access to AHA Certificate Programs and online training.
Community involvement, caring about the future and making a difference in the world are all highly valued by AHA. The company’s overall vision has always been “to create a better world through education, integrity and cultural understanding”. Accordingly, in 2006 AHA created the World Peace Passport (WPP), a non-profit organization whose global education initiatives aim to connect students and teachers around the world in a common study of cultural understanding.
It is through these ongoing initiatives and willingness to move not only with, but ahead of the times, that AHA has maintained its commitment to providing universal access to quality education and training relevant to current and future needs. It is proud of its pioneering spirit in developing leading-edge programs relevant to the needs of individuals and industry in the 21st century.
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