Hospitality Management

Akilah’s Hospitality Management diploma emphasizes strong English communication and customer service skills, which are key to employment in the industry. Students master the fundamentals of tourism, lodging, food and beverage, and event planning while strengthening their understanding of hotel management and human resources. Graduates have the necessary skills to move directly into management roles.

Career Prospects

Possible career tracks for graduates include Event Planner, Hotel Manager, Restaurant Owner and Tour Director. Graduates have gone on to work for Marriott International, RadissonBlu, Garr Hotel, Primate Safaris, Kate Spade, Kenya Commercial Bank, Bollore Logistics, Eco-Bank, VSO Rwanda, Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Offgrid Electric, Serena Hotel, Bourbon Coffee, Banque Populaire du Rwanda, East African Breweries, Hotel des Mille Collines, Inyange Industries, City Blue Hotels, JIBU, Akagera Business Group, Rwandair, Lemigo Hotel, and many more!

Career Development

Internships in the industry, workplace readiness training, and assistance with career planning and job placement.

Leadership Development

Over 80 hours of training in community leadership, and completion of a Social Change Project in the final year of study.

Application Requirements

  • Submit an online application form
  • Submit National Exam results with 2 principal passes
  • Intermediate English skills
  • Senior six report card

Academics: Bridge Program

Akilah's Hospitality Management diploma is a two-year program starting with a seven-week orientation program called the Bridge Program. The Bridge program begins in July and provides an introduction to the Akilah Institute’s high academic expectations. During this program students will meet their instructors and mentors, and begin to set academic goals for their future education and career. The program is designed to introduce and develop skills in English, Mathematics and Information Technology. The Bridge program is mandatory for all incoming students.

Evening & Weekend

Akilah is now offering an Evening & Weekend program option for our accredited Hospitality Management diploma on a more flexible schedule for working professionals and women with other commitments during the day. Students will receive all the same benefits as day students including access to our career office (powered by MindSky), our extensive network of employer partners, extracurricular activities (including our debate club, Rwandan national champions!) and much more.

Tuition & Financial Aid

All students must pay tuition (see our program costs here). Akilah offers a loan program for students of the Akilah Institute who demonstrate financial need. In order to participate, students must apply and make a payment of 30% (or 15%) of tuition by the tuition payment deadline. Students who are determined eligible will be offered acceptance into the program, and must formally accept this offer prior to the agreement deadline.