En estos momentos nos encontramos trabajando en la implantación del cambio de nombre a Universidad Ana G. Méndez en todos nuestros procesos administrativos, académicos y estudiantiles, incluyendo todas las secciones de nuestra página de internet. 

Please note we are working on the implementation of changing our name to Universidad Ana G. Méndez for all our administrative, academic and student processes, including all sections of our website.



Practicums & International Experiences

We like to think of ourselves as the “International” area of the School. The Practicum Placement office and its staff work with the Jose A. (Tony) Santana International School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts students to provide them with life experiences in the hospitality and culinary arts fields. These experiences include practicum courses, job opportunities, internships, exchanges and others like the Learning Skills for Life program. Visit us in the office to discuss what can you do to further enhance your academic experience at UAGM Carolina.


Practicum Courses

estudianteAll programs within the José A. (Tony) Santana International School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts require at least one practice course where you as a student will try the practical application of previously studied theory.

It focuses on work experience in a pre-approved hospitality or culinary operation, supervised by experienced professionals. These professional experiences open the door to future opportunities and to a great deal of networking. There are a number of courses that need to be approved before enrolling in the practicum; this is why most practicums are during the last year of your course of study. During the first years there are many things you can do to prepare yourself and to benefit the most.

Here at our School, there are many opportunities for local placement as well as approved centers in the United States and international locations. Some of them are among the top being five stars or diamonds hotels and restaurants, opening the door to students to perform at the best operations possible. These opportunities usually require a longer planning process so; it is advised that you visit the professional development office at the earliest convenience to discuss opportunities and your goals. Some of our practicum operations include but are not limited to:

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel - San Juan, Puerto Rico

La Concha: A Renaissance Resort - San Juan, Puerto Rico

The Ritz-Carlton San Juan Resort & Casino - Carolina, Puerto Rico

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort - Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort - Fajardo, Puerto Rico

The Breakers Palm Beach - Palm Beach, Florida

The Broadmoor - Colorado Springs, Colorado

The Greenbrier - White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

St. Regis Deer Valley Resort - Park City, Utah

Ristorante Zeppelin/Instituto di Arte Culinario di Orvieto - Orvieto, Italy


Study Abroad Opportunities


Have you ever dreamed about living in another country for the summer or a semester? Or about traveling a new continent, meeting new friends and having the adventures of a lifetime?

Our School, in close partnership with the International Affairs office, offers our students summer and semester study abroad opportunities around the world. Study abroad is available through direct-exchange agreements with international universities and also through student mobility organizations that specialize in undergraduate study abroad. 

Some of the destinations offered for study abroad include:

Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola - Lima, Peru

Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia - Murcia, Spain

Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences - Helsinki, Finland

INACAP – Santiago, Chile

Universidad del Golfo de California – Los Cabos, Mexico


 Learning Skills for Life Program

The José A. (Tony) Santana International School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, works in collaboration with Diageo offering to students the Learning Skills for Life program. Diageo is the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, beer and wine. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B, Windsor, Buchanan's and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Ciroc and Ketel One vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray and Guinness. The company works with established educational and training organizations to provide training in tourism, hospitality and other related areas. The program aims to increase its students’ opportunities to find employment and become active contributors to their communities. Participants must be 18 years or older.



Come visit our School to learn how our staff can help you achieve your dreams in the industry. For more information please contact:

Marie Balado
787.257.7373 Ext. 3033 

Reinaldo C. Quiñones
787.257.7373 Ext. 3026