About Les Roches Hotel Management School Switzerland


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    Les Roches Switzerland

Les Roches Statement of General Purpose

Les Roches is a co-educational school offering higher education programs that is accredited by the Commission on Institutes of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Les Roches provides instruction in English to students of any race, nationality, sex, color, religion or creed who have successfully completed a full secondary school program.

We expose our students to a broad range of courses covering the inter-related areas of the hospitality industry, by means of theoretical and practical work within the School and by regular periods of internship in recognized hotels, restaurants or related institutions. Students’ intellectual abilities are further developed through the general education component of the undergraduate programs.

Our objective is to train and educate students to a level of all round competence, in the varied operations of the hospitality industry. Graduates of Les Roches, having developed competence in a range of technical, organizational and administrative skills, will be able to progress through the ranks of the management hierarchy.

We develop students’ abilities to initiate and manage change by confronting them with contemporary issues and challenges that the industry faces today. The international environment at the School promotes awareness and understanding of national and cultural differences and encourages students to work together in a team to improve inter-personal skills. Graduates of Les Roches may therefore embark upon their careers with confidence, armed with knowledge, basic experience and inter-personal skills which allow them to successfully face career challenges.

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The world of hospitality is a dynamic field, constantly reinventing itself and offering a wide range of career pathways in sectors such as hotels, travel and tourism, luxury retail, asset and real estate management, MICE business and much more. The sector has been growing over the years at a rate of 4% annually, becoming the second largest employer in the world. It is predicted that the travel and tourism industry alone will support 337 million jobs worldwide by 2023 which represents 80 Million new jobs versus 2015.

Les Roches Global Hospitality Education plays a central role in the evolution and development of the hospitality industry from different perspectives.

Our network of campuses in Switzerland, Spain, USA, China and Jordan offer unique global mobility and opportunities for personal and professional growth and career development. We set high standards for education within the world of hospitality and impact students’ behavior, attitude and approach to the essence of service and to a broader spectrum that we call today the “experience economy”. The mission of Les Roches is to deliver a ‘transformative, progressive educational’ that helps graduates succeed and excel on the job. Our approach to learning fosters a mind-set of innovation and entrepreneurship while building global citizens and talents for the hospitality of the future. Today, 33% of our alumni have gone on to launch their own businesses and new successful hospitality ventures.

We have developed this academic catalogue to give in-depth insights into what Les Roches has to offer in terms of study programs at bachelor degree and postgraduate levels, but also to share our unique educational philosophy.

Our academic curricula helps develop business management competencies, general knowledge, intra and interpersonal skills all together combined with learning by doing, digital experiential learning for immediate readiness in the hospitality world. Our learning methodology bridges the gap between individual and group work to help aspire to leadership positions in the future. Our global and leading faculty members will support at the same time challenge students to unleash their potential and grow. We strive to be and remain at the forefront at all times and we continue to evolve our curriculum to respond to our students’ needs alongside the evolution of the hospitality world.

Today hospitality graduates from Les Roches are sought after by some of the leading Hospitality and customer focus service companies around the world. Over 70 top-tier companies recruit directly from campus each semester – offering exciting employment opportunities and rewarding careers.

We look forward to welcoming you to Les Roches and we wish you great success with us!

Sonia Tatar 
Directeur Général/CEO Les Roches Worldwide



Ecole des Roches, an international institute for young people, was founded by Messrs Marcel and Jean-Pierre Clivaz. During its first years, this establishment came to be well recognized throughout France and Italy. Five years later, students from Europe and the United States of America were attending the school. A few years later, an initial enrollment of 150 had risen to 220 students, from 60 different countries on five continents. Two other brothers, Roger and Francis, joined the family team.


As a result of the prevailing worldwide economic conditions and a growing demand abroad, Les Roches International School became “Les Roches” Hotel and Tourism School with instruction in English.


Les Roches was virtually destroyed by a fire in April. Despite considerable destruction to the property and its contents, the School only lost one day of classes as arrangements were immediately made to house students and teaching facilities in three hotels in Montana, which were rented for a three-year period. Construction of entirely new buildings began in May 1986. In June 1987, the School moved into its new buildings.


In November, the School was acquired by the Sylvan International Universities, a branch of Sylvan Learning Systems, USA. Les Roches became the Hospitality Center of Excellence for Sylvan International Universities, which had campuses in the United States, Mexico, Chile and Spain and other global locations. Sylvan became Laureate Education Inc. on 17th of May 2004.


Les Roches became part of Laureate International Universities (LIU), a network using shared services which provide a superior university experience for full-time and working-adult students worldwide through its leading international network of accredited campus-based and online universities.


Les Roches expanded its facilities with four extra buildings to accommodate additional students in fully equipped apartments.


Les Roches opened a new and modern library complex, auditorium and specially designed front office and rooms division laboratory. Les Roches changed its name from Les Roches Swiss Hotel Association School of Hotel Management to “Les Roches International School of Hotel Management” to better reflect its global student body and educational approach.


The campus undertook important renovations constructing a new wing of classrooms, a new library, a new lobby and terrace, a soccer field, and the new residential buildings Peters Farm 3 and 4.


Two new specializations were added to the BBA: Culinary Business Management and Hotel Design and Project Management, which became Innovation and Sustainability in 2013.

Achieved NEASC accreditation for its own MBA program: Les Roches MBA in Hospitality Management with specializations in Finance or Marketing.


In August 2011, a new restaurant, the “A La Carte” was created as a food and beverage facility for instruction, and a Sports Bar was added as a student recreation facility.


New BBA specialization in Event Management.

Les Roches sets a Guinness World Record for the most nationalities in a swimming pool.


Les Roches launched the BBA in Global Hospitality Management  
Les Roches is the only international hospitality management school to offer a degree that allows students to study around the world in key tourism and hospitality locations 
Les Roches launches the Follow Me program, where prospective students have the opportunity to be a Les Roches student for the day.
Les Roches collaborates with world-renown Swiss artist to create a giant animated human world map.


The Market Place was refurnished

A Kiosk and a Mini Market were opened

New BBA specialization in Spa and Health Management


A new Master in Hospitality Leadership is launched 


After a bidding and due diligence process, Laureate Education Inc. came to an agreement with French investment company Eurazeo to transfer the ownership of the Swiss hospitality management institutions Glion and Les Roches and their branch and affiliate campuses, contingent on necessary regulatory approvals. This process has been finalized on May 31 upon receiving the required approval from NEASC.

In October, Les Roches changed its name from Les Roches International School of Hotel Management to Les Roches Global Hospitality Education to a global perspective is intrinsic to our brand’s identity. Cultivating cultural diversity and preparing students for global opportunities are fundamental to the Les Roches experience.


Today Les Roches is the only hospitality management school to offer the quality of Swiss hotel management school methods with American university accreditation, through a global platform for hospitality education. With campuses in Switzerland (Bluche), Spain (Marbella), USA (Chicago), China (Shanghai), and Jordan (Amman), Les Roches opens the doors for endless opportunities to study, travel and network in the global hospitality industry..

Les Roches offers a Diploma in Hotel Management, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Global Hospitality Management, a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Hotel Management, a Postgraduate Diploma in Hospitality, a MBA in Hospitality and a Master in Hospitality Leadership.

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