Gastronomy Study Program
Croatia has been successfully building the status of one of the fastest-growing Mediterranean gourmet destinations. Its growth and development are based on a rich gastro-oenological tradition, as well as on an increasing offer of a variety of restaurants with a high-quality selection of local gastronomy and enology. For a gastro-oenological product to develop, it takes a high-quality staff trained to create top-quality products that keep pace with the latest developments in preparing and presenting the methods of preparing meals, in accordance with the requirements and needs of the tourist market. With this new course, University College Aspira encourages excellence in gastronomy and, as the only such higher education institution, educates students to be the holders of the development of Croatian gastronomy.
The professional title of:
- Bachelor of International Management in Hospitality and Tourism (BSc Econ), majoring in Gastronomy (180 ECTS)
- The study program lasts for three years (6 semesters) and it is implemented as a full or a part-time study
- University College Aspira, Domovinskog rata 65, Split
- Qualitative improvement of professionals to work in the gastronomy, hotel industry and tourism by introducing new and additional knowledge and skills through specializations.
Along with a very attractive training program for Food and Beverage Managers, within the undergraduate study program of the International Management in Hospitality and Tourism, the study program which previously offered students to choose between two major courses: Hotel Management and Destination Management, Aspira has now launched the new major course – Gastronomy.
The study course Gastronomy was created in cooperation with renowned experts with rich international experience, who are the lecturers at this very attractive study program fully suited to market requirements. Education of the future carriers of the development of the Croatian gastronomy and oenology follows current world developments and trends.
One of the key predefined features is excellence in every segment of the study that results in training top-quality staff which, at the end of their study, obtain the most important theoretical and practical knowledge that meets the highest world standards in gastronomy and in general in this economic segment.
During the course of their study, students learn the importance of gastronomy and oenology in creating a comprehensive tourist experience, they are introduced with the techniques and history of various world cuisines, they work on forming top-quality gastronomic products, they are introduced with modern culinary trends, and they learn how to apply them. In the modern courses, students meet reputable chefs and participate in their seminars and workshops, and they have the opportunity to apply the mastered knowledge and skills in modernly equipped kitchens, while in the field classes they acquire the necessary experience in exploring traditional Croatian gastro-oenological products.
Cooperation with the distinguished Swiss Education Group provided the students of Aspira the opportunity to continue their education in Switzerland, and to obtain a Swiss and American diploma, which is undoubtedly one of the greatest advantages this kind of a program has to offer.
After Graduating Possibilities
The aim of the study program of Gastronomy is a quality advancement of professionals to work in hospitality and tourism by introducing new knowledge and skills through specialization.
Students of the study program of Gastronomy have possibility to work as: manager of food and beverage department, restaurant or hotel chef, manager of catering establishment, gastro fair organizer, catering manager, banquet manager, menu creator, brand manager in gastronomy, marketing manager in gastronomy, critic for gastronomy magazines, food critic, food-beverage pairing specialist, cook, culinary school teacher, sommelier, food quality manager, HR manager in gastronomy, expert in making business plans for catering establishments.
What Do Students Get By Enrolling In The Study Program Of Gastronomy?
- Lectures by high-quality Croatian and foreign experts
- Practical training in top restaurants and hotels and job opportunities
- Workshops in the kitchen with prominent professional mentors
- Participation in the Careers Day
- Meeting the employers and top experts from the field of profession
- Culinary trips in Croatia and abroad
- Learning for sommeliers
- Learning of Italian language
- Learning of French language
- Work clothes for the kitchen
- Sanitary certificate
- All teaching materials
- Free use of the University Library
- Discounts for various sporting events in the city
The Learning Outcomes Of The Study Program Of Gastronomy:
- Apply management functions and techniques in hospitality;
- Create a financial plan and conduct systematic monitoring of the turnover and costs of a hospitality facility;
- Use contemporary information technology in hospitality;
- Manage the process of food and beverage supply in a catering facility;
- Manage the quality of service through different ways of gathering information on the satisfaction of guests;
- Recognize the importance of gastronomy in creating full tourist experience;
- Apply contemporary gastronomy trends on forming a complete food and beverage offer according to the HACCP standards;
- Prepare dishes according to modern culinary standards;
- Create individual menus using the principle of the proper nutrition pyramid;
- Create menus taking into account the modern marketing concepts;
- Organize the work of the staff in the food and beverage department;
- Devise a plan for the development of human resources in an organization in an optimal way; use contemporary techniques in serving food;
- Communicate in an appropriate way with the guests
Study As You Work
Studying while working is suitable for employed persons who are not able to regularly attend lectures due to their professional commitments. Part-time students are provided with individual consultations with mentorship, and the teaching materials are available on our web site.
The distance learning system ‘Merlin’ provides high-quality participation in classes and long-distance interaction with teachers, and the lectures can be followed via video streaming. Furthermore, University College ASPIRA enables part-time students with a remote place of residence to take certain exams via teleconference.
The Bologna Process
In accordance with the characteristics of the Bologna Process, the main objectives of this program are: individualized work in small groups with a direct mentoring supervision by assistants and teachers; high level of vertical and horizontal student mobility; a large number of elective courses that students may choose at any other higher education institution; and flexible organization of the study, i.e. adjustment of contents of the study program to student preferences while maintaining the professional title. Moreover, the study program is compatible with related study programs at famous and reputable foreign universities.
To The Undergraduate And Graduate Study Programs In English
I. Application requirements:
Following candidates may apply for the Undergraduate Study:
- 3 or 4-year secondary education completed (general or vocational)
- Proficient in the English language: TOEFL (min. score 500) or IELTS (min. score 5.0)
Following candidates may apply for the Graduate Study:
- The undergraduate study completed (Bachelor degree holders)
- Proficient in the English language: TOEFL (min. score 500) or IELTS (min. score 5.0)
II.The steps of the application process:
Step 1: Applicant completes the application form
Step 2: Applicant e-mails the following scanned documents (in PDF, JPEG, MS Word or OpenDocument format):
- 1. Passport copy
- 2. Certificate of citizenship or appropriate proof of citizenship (ID card copy)
- 3. Birth certificate (in the English language)
- 4A. Educational documents for Undergraduate Study:
- 1. diplomas of completed secondary level of education in the original language
- 2. diplomas of completed secondary level of education in English or Croatian language, certified by an authorized institution
- 4B. Educational documents for Graduate Study:
- 1. Undergraduate diploma (bachelor's degree) in the original language
- 2. Undergraduate diploma (bachelor's degree) in English or Croatian, certified by an authorized institution
- 3. Transcript of records in English or Croatian, certified by an authorized institution
- 5. Proof of English proficiency (unless prior education was in English)
- 6. CV and Motivation letter
The required documents should be sent by e-mail to the International Relations Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 3: After reviewing the application, within 3 working days, ASPIRA arranges the admission test interview with the applicant via Skype. The purpose of the interview is to discuss competencies, skills and motivation for the study.
Step 4: Following the successful interview, within 3 working days, ASPIRA will e-mail Conditional Offer Letter to the applicant, stating that he has been accepted to the study program on the condition that:
- 1. Applicant sends Originals of all required documents, by DHL or post for foreign qualification cess.
- 2. Applicant sends Proof of payment for the recognition procedure in the amount of 200 EUR (bank charges not included)
Step 5: For Undergraduate Study, ASPIRA coordinates diploma recognition procedure with the appropriate government agencies.
ASPIRA will send all educational documents of applicants to:
- a) Education and Teacher Training Agency – recognition of qualifications attesting the completion of general secondary education.
- b) Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education – recognition of qualifications attesting the completion of vocational secondary school programs.
For Graduate Study, recognition procedure for is done by ASPIRA in cooperation with the Agency for Science and Higher Education. The procedure consists of:
- Application for the academic recognition of foreign higher education qualification
- Diploma validation
- Cost of DHL in case applicant is rejected after the recognition procedure or visa procedure
Step 6: ASPIRA sends an official Letter of Acceptance by DHL or post
- Agencies can take up to 30 days to process the documents, so the student can expect to receive a letter (or information on the denial of acceptance) within 20-40 days
- Note: the fee for recognition procedure (200 EUR) is non-refundable.
Step 7: Student signs a Letter of Guarantee.
- ASPIRA will ask the student to sign a Letter of Guarantee, which states that the student is obliged to pay the tuition fee immediately (within 5 working days) of visa approval.
Step 8: Student applies for a visa
Mandatory documents required by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
- Valid travel document (the validity period of the travel document should exceed that of the visa by three months, the travel document must be issued in the previous 10 years, the travel document must contain at least two empty pages for the visa)
- A 35x45 mm color photo
- Evidence of travel health insurance
- Evidence of paid visa fee
- Documents that prove:
- The purpose of the stay in Croatia – ASPIRA's Letter of Acceptance
- Ensured accommodation
- Means of subsistence to cover the stay in Croatia and the return to the country of origin or a third country
- Means of transport and the intention to return to the applicant's country of origin or a third country
Additional documentation (depends on the country):
- Travel insurance
- Additional medical tests
Step 9: If the visa is approved, the student sends a copy of the visa to ASPIRA and pays the annual tuition fee.
Step 10: Upon arrival, the student is required to visit the Students Office not later than two (2) days before the classes start and submit the following documentation:
- Two photos (3.5 x 4.5 cm)
- Passport and visa copy
- The enrolment fee for the graduate study - 30 €, payable at the Students Office or online
- Signed agreement University – Student (as prepared by the Student's Office).
III. Duration of study:
The Undergraduate Study (Bachelors) lasts for 3 years (6 semesters). Upon completion, graduates acquire, according to the provisions of the Bologna Process, 180 ECTS credits.
The Graduate Study (Masters) lasts for 2 years (4 semesters). Upon completion, graduates acquire, according to the provisions of the Bologna Process, 120 ECTS credits.
The academic year is divided into two semesters: October to March (Winter Term) and March to July (Summer Term), with no academic activity from mid-July to mid-September.
IV. Student intake and application submission:
There are 2 (two) intakes of students per academic year – Summer Term (March start) and Winter Term (October start)
Deadline for application submissions:
- For Summer Term – 1st December
- For Winter Term – 1st May
Only applications that are received within the above-mentioned deadline will be considered valid for evaluation.
All applications must be submitted by e-mail.
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