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Welcome to the José A. (Tony) Santana International School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts

Each year new and trained staff is needed to accommodate the demand of capable and well educated staff within the PR T Industry. New hotels and restaurants are currently under construction resulting in 2,500 new jobs in the operational stage. The José A. (Tony) Santana International School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts (ISTHM) committed to the industry growth and complying with its mission “Optimize the use of all its resources to strengthen and enhance the competitive capabilities of the Puerto Rico Tourism Industry as well as that of the Caribbean” by offering Certificates, Associate Degree and Bachelor Degrees in this fields. The School is constantly improving its curriculum and delivery systems. The opening of its new building in February 2003 greatly enhanced the administration of the School providing four state-of-the-art kitchen laboratories, bartending lab, teaching restaurant and 8 modern classrooms with internet access. The 8 million dollars facility clearly demonstrates the University long-term commitment in making ISTHM a high quality Institution of Higher Education in Tourism & Hospitality operations and management.

As a result of this exciting and sustainable growth in tourism, graduates of higher education tourism and hospitality programs have excellent career opportunities when they combine practical work experience along with their formal education. Graduates are not only able to secure careers that assure quality life standards but have global mobility capable of finding employment opportunities in most countries. The José A. (Tony) Santana International School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts (ISTHM) support students in obtaining both work experience and internships to augment their classroom learning.

We hope you take a few minutes to look through our web site to learn more about our School, its current and future academic offerings, our faculty and staff, our exciting new Learning Center and much more.

Prof. Omar J. Pagán, MS, CHE


Optimize the use of all its resources to strengthen and enhance the competitive capabilities of the Puerto Rico Tourism Industry as well as that of the Caribbean

The José A. (Tony) Santana International School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts will become the leading Institution in Hospitality Education and Training in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean regions.

ISTHM is a relatively new school having started its Bachelor Degree program at the Carolina Campus in August 1996. In May 1997, ISTHM acquired the Hotel School of Puerto Rico (Isla Verde) from the Puerto Rico Tourism Company offering certificate programs in such areas as culinary arts, bartending and travel agency. School enrollments have steadily grown from about 350 students 1997 to 821 students in 2004. ISTHM relocated its Isla Verde certificate programs to the Carolina Campus in January 2003 when its new learning center was opened. The new building had greatly enhanced the delivery of quality learning opportunities through the support of state-of-the-art labs, modern classrooms and access to new learning technology systems.

ISTHM was established to help meet the growing demand for professional training and education in the increasing complex tourism and hospitality industry in Puerto Rico and the surrounding regions. To help satisfy this demand, the School seeks to prepare students for effective and profitable entry level staff, supervisors or even mid management in their choice of careers and to provide a quality learning experiences that will aid them in taking their places as productive members of society.


ISTHM offers certificates in Hotel Operations, Bartending & Foodservice, Pastry & Baking, and Culinary Arts, associate degrees in Hotel Operations and Culinary Arts and Bachelor Degrees in Hotel Management, Event and Conventions Planning and Food and Beverage Management.

The Bachelor Degree in Hotel Management and the Associate Degree in Hotel Operations were modified and enhanced last October 2002. Majors in Food & Beverage Management and Events and Conventions Planning were created in January 2003 and the first Associate Degree in Culinary Arts in Puerto Rico started in August 2003.

All the professional courses in the degree programs are taught in English, while the certificate courses are bilingual. We anticipate that additional international opportunities will be added to the curriculum allowing students to take short and full semester courses and field trips to learning centers located around the globe.



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