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.
1954 – LES ROCHES INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
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.
1979 – LES ROCHES HOTEL AND TOURISM SCHOOL
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.
1985 – LES ROCHES DESTROYED BY FIRE
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.
2000 – SYLVAN LEARNING SYSTEMS
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.
2003 – LES ROCHES JOINS LIU
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.
2006 - CAMPUS GROWTH
Les Roches expanded its facilities with four extra buildings to accommodate additional students in fully equipped apartments.
2007 – NEW FACILITIES, NEW NAME
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.
2009 - RENOVATIONS
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.
2010 – A YEAR OF BIG NEWS
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.
Les Roches ranked among the top hospitality management schools worldwide - In a global survey of 5-star hotel hiring managers, Les Roches was ranked among the top 3 hospitality management schools worldwide for an international career. Statistically, three institutes occupy this ranking position (TNS Global Survey, September 2010).
2011 – NEW RESTAURANT AND SPORTS BAR
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 ranked again among the top hospitality management schools worldwide
Les Roches is ranked by industry-hiring managers of luxury hotels among the top 3 hospitality management schools in the world for an international career (TNS, global research, 2013)
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.
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 Master of Business Administration in Hospitality with specializations in Marketing or Finance and a Master in Hospitality Leadership.