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The Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University aims to prepare students to design, develop and manage the customer experience of the future. Its mission is to become the leading global resource for innovative talent and solutions for the hospitality and tourism industry, with competitive expertise in hospitality real estate development, finance, and food and beverage science. The school’s diverse undergraduate population includes students from more than 60 countries with many students who are the first in their families to attend college.

The Chaplin School offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs with the flexibility of on-site, online or hybrid options. Students can major in beverage management, culinary management, event management, hotel and lodging management, restaurant and food service management, and travel and tourism management.


The Chaplin School is realizing its goal of becoming a global epicenter for food and beverage science. It aims to become a data repository and clearinghouse for food, wine and spirits research in an advanced facility with customized laboratories, sensory spaces, production and processing facilities, a biological conservatory and greenhouses.

Funded with proceeds from the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival, the Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Laboratory, which houses the Badia Spices Food Production Laboratory and the Brew Science Laboratory, surpasses industry-standard instructional technology. These laboratories strengthen the school’s focus on building students’ advanced management skills and its growing research in food, wine, beer and spirits. Complementing the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center, these state-of-the-art facilities provide students the perfect venues to incubate ideas and entrepreneurial ventures, test new concepts, conduct management exercises and prepare themselves for diverse careers in the hospitality industry.

Located in Miami, the Chaplin School offers students access to both global and local resources and opportunities. It is ranked among the top 10 hospitality programs as voted by industry employers, it offers the No. 1 online hospitality program in the nation, and it offers one of the top 20 most affordable hospitality degrees.

Watch how the Chaplin School raises the bar with cutting edge instructional technology.

  • FIU is No. 1 in the nation for awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students.
  • The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education places FIU in the top research category – R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity.
  • FIU is among the 10 largest public universities in the United States, with 54,000 total enrollment.
  • 161,000 FIU alumni live and work in South Florida.

For more information on how FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management provides students an innovative educational experience that prepares them for the modern workforce, visit http://hospitality.fiu.edu/sobefest/.