Global First - BBA in Global Hospitality Management

Global First - BBA in Global Hospitality Management

This international management degree offers a global study rotation through our campuses in Switzerland, China and Spain to develop students' first-hand knowledge of service cultures and business practices in key tourism markets and giving them the highly valuable skill of multicultural fluency.

Just over half (56%) industry managers based in luxury hotels prefer graduates who have trained in more than a single country (TNS Survey 2013). Graduates with an international education have a significant advantage in the jobs market. 

During the program, students will rotate through the Les Roches campuses in China, Spain and Switzerland with their select group of classmates. Together they will experience cultural immersion through cultural weeks, culinary courses, and language classes.


BBA in Global Hospitality Management Courses

The following outline is an overview of the courses offered in the BBA in Global Hospitality Management program. For precise details and course descriptions, refer to the Academic Catalog.


Semester 1 - Switzerland

Academic Courses

The first semester in Switzerland will introduce you to hotel operations using the rigorous Swiss methods to achieve impeccable service quality. At the same time, you will begin to explore hospitality as a field of international management and cultural diversity.

  • Rooms Division Operations 
  • Cleaning Science and Food Hygiene 
  • Intro to International Hospitality Business 
  • Purchasing and Control     
  • French/Mandarin/Spanish (business & industry relevant)
  • Academic Writing or Professional English 
  • Maths or Information Technology
  • Cultural Studies


Semester 2 – China

Academic and Practical service courses 

In China, you will learn about the operational and cultural aspects of managing restaurants and rooms division. At the same time, you will study Asian culture and develop cross-cultural communication skills that are indispensable for international management positions. 

  • Catering and Banquet Operations - Switzerland*
  • Fine Dining, Casual Dining and Fast Food Operations*
  • Principles of Bar and Beverage*
  • Asian Studies  
  • Human Nutrition and Food
  • Spanish 1 / Mandarin 1 or Mandarin 2 / Spanish 2
  • Effective Communication
  • Rooms Division Management

*If you start in July, you will take these courses in Switzerland


Semester 3 – SPAIN

Academic and Practical kitchen courses 

During the semester in Spain, you will learn how a 5-star hotel restaurant produces delicious international cuisine while delving deeper into core business practices for global service organizations.

  • Craft-based Learning - Kitchen and Pastry
  • Culinary Concepts
  • International Accounting
  • Hospitality Marketing  
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Spanish 1, French 1 or Spanish 2, French 2 or Spanish 3
  • Economics
  • Gastronomy of Spain 


Semester 4

Internship - Operational level

Your first internship will allow you to exercise your operational skills in an international hospitality organization.

You will gain real-life work experience in core hospitality departments such as F&B (restaurant, kitchen, banqueting) and Rooms Division (Front office, housekeeping). 


Semester 5 – Switzerland

Academic courses

When you return to Switzerland you will have a broad base of hospitality skills, cultural knowledge and international experience. Semester 5 will take you to the next level with strategic management courses for international hospitality organizations.

  • Revenue and Pricing Management 
  • Management Science 
  • Corporate Events and Hospitality 
  • Quantitative techniques   
  • Research Methods 
  • Leading Multinational Teams 
  • Anthropology of Tourism 
  • Food & Beverage Management 


Semester 6

Internship - Administration

In the second internship, you will exercise your skills in administration, project management, time management and communication.

It can be done in cross-training or any department.


Semester 7 - Switzerland

Academic courses

The final semester focuses entirely on core business courses and transferrable management skills for international organizations. 

  • Business in Emerging Markets
  • Dissertation
  • Politics and International Affairs
  • Sustainable Tourism    
  • International Finance
  • International Strategic Marketing
  • Project and Contract Management



Cultural Excursion Weeks

Each campus of Les Roches is located in a unique tourism market offering different services and activities, which you will experience during the BBA in Global Hospitality Management program. 

Explore China – Les Roches Jin Jiang Cultural Week

The cultural immersion week of Les Roches Jin Jiang features 7 days of tours and activities in Shanghai, China’s biggest city, and the surrounding cities of Ningbo, Suzhou and Wuxi in the Jiangsu Province.

You will get a chance to visit Buddhist temples, botanical gardens, the World Financial Center and famous hotels.  Plus, you will attend cultural shows and experience the hospitality of a local family.  

Every day, you will learn about the Chinese culture and history and you will have the opportunity to visit various historical sites. You will also learn some Mandarin through daily practical lessons and interaction with locals.

Explore Spain – Les Roches Marbella Cultural Week

The cultural week in Spain will take place after you have finished semester 3. You will have the opportunity to discover Spanish hospitality, hotels and cuisine, whilst also visiting famous cities and landmarks around Spain (museums, markets and cathedrals).

You will receive the program for this cultural week during semester 3 in Spain.

Explore Switzerland – Les Roches Bluche Cultural Activities

Throughout your 3 semesters in Switzerland, you will have many opportunities to explore Switzerland and Europe through school activities and weekend excursions with friends. In the region, the Swiss Alps and Valais offer year round outdoor sports and cultural activities such as skiing, hiking, festivals and wine-tasting.

Switzerland’s major cities such as Zurich, Bern, Lausanne, and Geneva offer luxury shopping, historical landmarks, and excellent restaurants and night-life. From the nearby train station in Sierre, you can also hop on a fast train to Milan (2 hours) or Paris (3.5 hours), or take a plane from Geneva airport to Amsterdam or London in only a few hours. 


Admissions Requirements

Age - Normally 18 years old and above. Applicants can be under the age of 18 provided they are 18 when they finish their first semester of study. 

Education - A High School Diploma or equivalent. Students must have completed (supported by an official Certificate / Diploma) at least six years (for the Diploma program) and at least 7 years (for the AD/ BBA program) of secondary education and provide evidence of it. Complete information on the school, including school transcript and/or certificate of public examination (including an explanatory note of the grading system) should be provided. 

English Qualification - If you are not a native English speaker, or if you have not spent the last 3 years in an English-taught school, please enclose one of the following:

  1. TOEFL: minimum score of 500 points for the paper based test and 61 on the Internet Based Test (IBT). The TOEFL testing code number for Les Roches is 9827. 
  2. Cambridge First Certificate Exam (FCE): Grade C - Please also send the statement of results with your detailed profile. 
  3. IELTS : Academic Module minimum Overall Band Score of 5.0 and min 5.0 for each part (listening, reading, writing, speaking).
  4. All English certificates must have been issued in the last 12 months prior to admission.
  5. If you do not meet the above English language requirements, you have the possibility of registering on our Intensive English language program to acquire the entry English level.


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