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What does COTHM stands for?

COTHM stands for College of Tourism & Hotel Management.

How old is COTHM in this field and what is the industry acceptance for its pass outs?

COTHM is diverging hospitality education & training since 1999, it has around 18000 alumni employed globally. Its network of hotel schools has grown to 15 and expected to grow to 20 by 2020.

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Why should I study Hospitality?

  • 8.7% of worldwide employment is in travel & tourism/ hospitality
  • Travel and Tourism worldwide is expected to grow by 4% per annum from 2013 – 2023
  • 337 million jobs worldwide by 2023 or … 1 in every 10 jobs on the planet

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How about international accreditation of COTHM certificates?

COTHM offers international accredited certifications & for seeking employment our awarding bodies are very well accepted in hospitality industry worldwide.

COTHM is affiliated with very well-known and widely accepted international awarding bodies like:

  • AHLEI (American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute)
  • CTH ( Confederation of Tourism & Hospitality)
  • WACS (World Association of Chef’s Society
  • HABC (Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance)

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How can I choose best suitable programs for my career goals?

The Hospitality & Tourism Industry offers abundant opportunities for the students seeking careers in a dynamic, international industry. If you have basic communication skills, rest we will train, & desire to provide excellent service to others, this fast paced industry is right for you.

By attending a career counseling session. You can schedule your visit to meet career counselors at Ajman or Dubai offices.

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How studying in UAE can be beneficial in achieving my career goals?

Studying hospitality in UAE could be very exciting experience because of more than one reasons like:

  • The tourism, travel and hospitality industry is on the boom in UAE.
  • People from all over the world are coming to visit breathtaking tourist spots all across UAE, especially in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Because of this boom in the tourist activity,
    There are countless resorts and multi-star hotels opening in different locations of UAE.
  • There is a higher chance of employability for you if you have a degree, diploma or a certification related to hotel/hospitality and tourism.
  • Experience a Unique Study Abroad Destination
  • Many Cultures in One Location
  • Explore All Seven Emirates
  • Learn About an Interesting Culture
  • Try Any Activity…(Water sports, parachuting, trekking, dune bashing, belly-dancing, eating, shopping, dancing, bargaining at traditional souks, studying, camel riding, exploring, traveling, observing, learning)

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What kind of jobs positions one can target after studying hospitality?

Having so many options open to you allows you growth and progression within one single industry, through a variety of diverse and interesting job opportunities. Below we have listed a few types of jobs available in the hospitality industry as a guide.

Junior positions:

Front Desk Clerks / Receptionists; Porters / Bellhop; Room attendant; Room Service; Waiter/Waitress; Food Prep; Line Cooks / Commis

Supervisory positions:

Concierges; Front Desk Supervisor; Housekeeping Supervisor; Restaurant Manager; Accounting Clerks; Purchasing Clerks; Event planners/coordinators; Assistant Banqueting Manager; Assistant Hotel Manager; Sous Chef

Senior / management positions:

Executive Chef; Sales and Marketing Manager; Hotel Manager; Financial Manager; Chief Engineer or Maintenance Manager; Security Manager; Spa and Recreation Director; Executive Housekeeper; Food & Beverage Manager; Front Office Manager

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What is the difference in American and British Certification?

Both the streams are internationally accredited, with some additional specific details with respect to your education and careers goals, which are explained in-person session with our career counselor.

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Is internship mandatory part of the programs of study and how do I get that?

Yes, an internship is only mandatory for graduates programs. COTHM is the only institute having its dedicated placement office in Dubai helping COTHM graduates secure internships in four and five-star hotels.

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Is it possible to get paid internship?

According to or experience 90% of the students get paid internships on successful completion of their studies.

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What are chances of getting a job after completion of my internship in UAE?

According to our experience, more than 90% of the students’ successful internships are converted into jobs.

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Does COTHM provide visa facilitation?

Yes, COTHM provides necessary facilitation in Visa process for its international students.

Does COTHM provides facilitation in arranging accommodation?

Yes, COTHM will provide necessary facilitation regarding accommodation.

Can I transfer my credits from to COTHM UAE, and how it works?

COTHM UAE offers a transfer program that shall help students to transfer their programs. Please refer to the program counselor for your particular case inquiry.

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Can I transfer my credits to continue my studies in Europe or America?

COTHM has a transfer agreement with many International Hospitality Schools where the transfer is facilitated by COTHM Dubai Office.

Since the courses are internationally accredited, students can transfer to any international hospitality institute worldwide subject to their transfer policy.

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If I want to change a program after registration, Can I do so?

Yes. This is possible during the first semester in consultation with the registrar.

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Does COTHM provide transportation?

Yes, COTHM will provide paid transpiration to its students.

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Is there any age limit to apply for admission at COTHM?

Minimum of 19 years as per local law to qualify for Visa

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Does COTHM provide transportation?

Yes, COTHM will provide paid transpiration to its students.

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How many classes in week I have to attend?

It differs from program to program, you may consult with an admission counselor for more details.

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Can I enroll for COTHM programs if I am already on job?

Yes, there are specially designed programs for industry professionals. At COTHM three different types programs are offered for industry professional:

  1. Part Time Studies
  2. Distance Learning Programs
  3. Blended Learning (Combination of Distance Learning & On Campus Studies)

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Does COTHM offer financial support or scholarships?

Yes, COTHM offers financial support or scholarships to deserving and talented students.

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Can I get admission if I am awaiting my results?

Yes, COTHM can offer provisional admission subject to submission of your final certificate before the final examination.

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How is student life in UAE?

Students Enjoy the sunshine and blue sky all over the year with a moderate temperature (10ᶜ to 20ᶜ) during winter time. While summer is quietly hot and dry especially during the months of July and August (35ᶜ to 42ᶜ). UAE provides various locations and set of activities that best suit the weather conditions. During hot seasons, you may find it a good chance to tan on sandy beaches, shopping or visiting historical landmarks, whereas you can enjoy festivals, public parks, fishing and more during the winter

While summer is quietly hot and dry especially during the months of July and August (35ᶜ to 42ᶜ). UAE provides various locations and set of activities that best suit the weather conditions. During hot seasons, you may find it a good chance to tan on sandy beaches, shopping or visiting historical landmarks, whereas you can enjoy festivals, public parks, fishing and more during the winter

During hot seasons, students may find it a good chance to tan on sandy beaches, shopping or visiting historical landmarks, whereas you can enjoy festivals, public parks, fishing and more during the winter.

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What are the Cultural Facts About The UAE?

There are many interesting facts about the United Arab Emirates here are five basic ones:

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven emirates, which united on December 2, 1971. They are Abu Dhabi (the capital), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Qaiwain.

The UAE is an Arab country, a state member of the League of Arab States and also a member of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Arabic is the official language, yet English is widely used.

The UAE is a predominantly Muslim country. Islam is the basis of the UAE’s culture, political system, and way of life, yet it is also multi-cultural and tolerant towards other religions. Everyone is free to practice their own religion and UAE’s residents observe the various festive occasions such as Eid, Christmas, and Diwali.

There are over 200 different nationalities residing in the UAE making it one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Over the last decade, the country’s population has increased from 3.4 million in 2001 to an estimated 8.2 million in 2011. Mostly due to immigration, UAE also ranks among the highest in the world in terms of population growth.

Emirati clothing is an important part of the history and heritage of the UAE and is a source of pride. Men in the UAE wear a white cloak ‘kandura’ which is also called a ‘dishdash’ or a ‘thawb’ in other GCC countries. It is also similar to the desert clothes used in North Africa. The women in UAE wear a long flowing black gown known as the ‘abaya.’ The abaya is actually an elegant piece of attire used to cover the female’s clothing. It can range from plain, practical discreet designs similar to the ones worn in the past to more modern, elaborate and colorful ones with intricate designs.

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