In 1981, Mez Varol (International Academy founder and President) had a vision of establishing a destination school. He wanted to open a Beauty school in which students from all over the world could take part in a true “college” experience away from home which would give students maturing, life learning skills along with a great education in beauty and wellness. With a central location of South Daytona, located in the heart of the Daytona Beach Resort Area, students can enjoy, its 23 miles of white sand beaches, mild climate throughout the year, and warm hospitality that has attracted visitors to this area for years. International Academy’s location is also the perfect spot for students looking for easy access to Florida’s other attractions. Walt Disney World®, historic St. Augustine, Spaceport USA®, Sea World® and Universal Studios® are all within a one hour drive from our campus.
The beach itself has an ocean park atmosphere. Driving on the hard-packed sand is allowed on miles of beach during daylight hours. The beach is open and accessible year round. The average annual temperature is 70.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Daytona Beach is most famous for automobile racing. One of the nation’s finest racing facilities, the Daytona International Speedway, hosts the world-famous Daytona 500 each February. Major motorcycle races are staged in both March and October at the Speedway, and stock car racing returns in July. In fact, sports fans can almost always find something of interest in the area. The Ocean Center, the area’s entertainment and convention complex, has played host to professional and collegiate basketball, karate championships, boxing and wrestling.
Along with our great location, International Academy is centrally located to shopping, dining, public transportation, and a multitude of housing opportunites for students wishing to live by themself or with a roommate.