Communication for the Hospitality and Tourism Industry

The University of North Texas’ (UNT) Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) and College of Merchandising, Hospitality, and Tourism (CMHT) have collaborated to bring students a special program designed for international students who are interested in careers related to hospitality and tourism management. Students enrolled in this program will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to study hospitality and tourism principles and improve their English communication in and out of the classroom while experiencing life on an American campus.

Characterized by rigorous standards and proven results since 1977, IELI is the largest intensive English language program in North Texas, and CMHT is rated as one of the best Hospitality programs in the United States. Together, these programs offer the highest quality program guaranteeing the experience of a lifetime.

Program Highlights

  • English Communication courses
  • Hospitality and Tourism courses
  • Courses taught by UNT faculty
  • American homestay
  • Exploration of Dallas and Fort Worth, the 4th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • Cultural activities
  • Field trips

English Communication Courses

Students will attend daily English classes from 9:00 to 12:00 to develop their English communication skills. The classes will include: Oral Communication, Pronunciation, and English for Hospitality and Tourism. All classes are interactive and taught by highly-qualified IELI faculty.

Students also have access to language software, movies, and books in IELI’s state-of-the-art multimedia lab to help improve their grammar, reading, listening, and speaking skills outside the classroom.

Hospitality and Tourism Management Courses

Daily lectures on hospitality and tourism management taught by a faculty member in CMHT will be given to students in the afternoon. Renowned professors and professionals are scheduled to address current issues in the field so that students are given the most up-to-date information.

Excursions and Cultural Activities

In addition to these classes, students will participate in activities on and off campus. They will visit the Dallas-Fort Worth area and top hospitality facilities in North Texas and Oklahoma. Some potential places include Winstar World Casino and Resort, Chickasaw Cultural Center, downtown Dallas, Northpark Center Mall, and the Fort Worth Stockyards. Students will also enjoy activities on campus and around Denton with Americans and fellow international students.

Certificate of Participation

Students in good standing will be given a UNT-IELI certificate indicating that they have completed the program.

Dates and Cost

In order to accommodate students from all over the world, the program is offered twice per year: once in the winter and again during the summer.

Winter Program: February 8-26, 2016

Students participate in a homestay with a local family for 3 weeks, have breakfast and dinner with their host family, and eat lunch in a dining hall at UNT.

Cost: $2,900 (includes tuition, housing, meals, UNT fees, activities, field trips, certificate of participation, and DFW International Airport-Denton transportation)

Application deadline: December 12, 2015

Summer Program: August 1-13, 2016

Students live in a dorm on the UNT campus for 2 weeks, have three meals per day in a dining hall, and spend a day with a local family.

Cost: $2,100 (includes tuition, housing, meals, UNT fees, activities, field trips, certificate of participation, and DFW International Airport-Denton transportation)

Application deadline: April 2, 2016

Students are responsible for plane tickets to DFW International Airport, mandatory health insurance, and lunch during three excursions.

For more information and registration

Please email Sabine Thépaut, IELI’s Special Programs Coordinator, at sabine.thepaut@unt.edu if you have any further questions or are ready to apply.