The Undergraduate Hotel Management Program offered by the Özyeğin University School of Applied Sciences is a 4-year academic program launched as the first of its kind in Turkey with the publicly announced objective of being among the top twenty (20) international academic programs in this domain by the year 2020.
The Protocol signed between the Özyeğin University Undergraduate Hotel Management Program and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts marked a unique collaboration in the field which enables students to complete their internships at Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts’ properties around the world and also gives them priority in job interviews upon graduation. This initiative was followed by a memorandum of understanding signed with the Marmara Collection Group Hotels targeting the recruitment of our academically distinguished graduates by the Marmara Collection Group Hotels as “Management Trainees”.
Furthermore, the Undergraduate Hotel Management Program of the Özyeğin University School of Applied Sciences has also put forward substantial efforts to establish its Advisory Board, the one of its kind in the world, bringing together 12 active, veteran leaders of the hospitality and tourism industries, holding its first meeting, and calling for the commencement of its work on July 16th, 2009. Today our Advisory Board takes pride in its eighteen (18) members who provide guidance to our Undergraduate Hotel Management students as Mentors.
Hotel Management Program naturally requires contemporary practical and theoretical approaches fused with each other. Therefore, a multimedia-based education is essential and has to include case studies, professional hospitality software, kitchen/laboratory studies to develop practical skills, interactive simulation programs, projects, internships, electives and second foreign languages such as Russian, Chinese, German or Spanish.
The ultimate aim of the program is to cultivate successful professionals in the fields of hospitality and /or food and beverage management who are vested with modern values and who can start their own businesses upon graduation or build their careers up to executive management positions at international hotel chains with their extensive expertise and experience through our internationally recognized research faculty.
While studying, our students will also put their theoretical knowledge into practice in the in-house hotel rooms exquisitely decorated and furnished under the auspices of Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts, The Marmara Collection Group and Martı Hotels and Resorts as well as front desk and reservation areas. In the food and beverage area, students prepare food items in five different state-of-the-art kitchens and serve them in the 110-person practice restaurant and 80-person banquet room. Upon graduation, students will step into the business world as an environmentally conscious and socially responsible senior executive who will act as pioneers of social development.
Second Foreign Language Courses
Second Foreign Language Courses are listed among the “Elective Courses” that students are required to complete in order to graduate from the Undergraduate Hotel Management Program. Students must successfully complete at least 4 consecutive courses in one of the German, Chinese, Spanish and Russian languages (a total of 20 credits). Students who successfully complete the 4 consecutive courses in a language, may continue to take the subsequent courses in the same language or may choose a different foreign language course as an “Elective Course (Second Foreign Language)” to be counted towards their graduation requirements. The courses taken as such are also included in the grade point average calculation.
Registration for Second Foreign Language Courses
Student Services provides the School of Applied Sciences with the nationalities, admission types and high schools of all students enrolled in the Undergraduate Hotel Management Program, including both the students who start the English Preparatory Program and those who directly start their Undergraduate Hotel Management Program. The School of Applied Sciences Directorate then determines which second foreign language courses that the students may take based on the students’ nationalities, admission types and high schools. Accordingly, Student Services supplies the information approved by the Director of the School of Applied Sciences into the Student Information System.
Students are required to personally complete their registrations via the Student Information System by choosing their second foreign language courses among the courses deemed appropriate for them by the School of Applied Sciences.
Students who register for the first time for a second foreign language course may, if they wish to do so, drop their current course and add another second foreign language course available for them, provided that it has sufficient quota, via the Student Information System by the end of the add-drop period.
Students who have taken the first of their second foreign language courses may change their existing second foreign language course preference with another among the courses deemed appropriate by the School of Applied Sciences provided that the grade they received in their current course satisfies the course repeat requirements specified in the rules and regulations for undergraduate programs. The beginning level course of the new second foreign language chosen by the student is considered the repeat of the previous course. The dropped course is not included in the grade point average calculation.