Andreah was a typical teenager growing up in Marbella like many residents of the Costa del Sol, who now works for a prestigious hotel chain in Miami. At the age of 16 she enrolled the High School program at The American College in Spain. After two years, she graduated and obtained a fully accredited high school diploma. At that point in time her parents decided she was not yet ready to move outside of Marbella to start her university studies.
The American College in Spain is an American institution that offers both a high school and a university program, fully accredited in The United States. This program allowed Andreah to start her studies in Marbella enrolling in what they call the 2+2 University Program. Conducted in conjunction and supervised by Broward College in Ft. Lauderdale, allows the students to complete the first two years of a university degree in Marbella and then transfer to a university in the United States, from where they will obtain their degree.
Andreah spent only one year under the 2+2 university program because ACS got her the opportunity to transfer earlier to Florida International University (FIU), one of the best universities in Florida and the entire US. According to Andreah, “The American College in Spain helped me tremendously to succeed as a high school student and to find what I really wanted to do in life. A big advantage of the American system is that you don’t need to decide right away what you want to study. When I obtained my high school diploma, I was not sure in which direction I wanted to go but I was still able to start university”
After completing one year of university studies in Marbella, Andreah realized that she wanted to study hospitality and tourism management. She was accepted as a transfer student at the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, at Florida International University. She completed the last three years and in May 2022 Andreah graduated from this prestigious hospitality school, which is ranked as one of the top 5 in the country.
“Living in Miami and studying at FIU was like a dream come true. The facilities and the resources that this university offers are second to none but the most important for me was the training that I received by doing internships and working at some of the best hotels in Miami”. Andreah, who is now 22 years of age has a full-time position in the human resources department of the very prestigious W Hotel of Miami, which is part of Marriott Bonboy, one of the largest hotel chains in the world.
According to Gayle Marco, Academic Director at ACS, “Andreah is the perfect example of how the program at The American College in Spain works. She obtained a high school diploma, enrolled in our 2+2 University program, transferred to the US, and ended up graduating from one of the most prestigious universities and hospitality schools in the world. Now she has a very good position working at a very prestigious hotel chain in Miami”.