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Les Roches Marbella International School
of Hotel Management

Les Roches International School of Hotel Management Marbella


Address Ctra. de Istan, Km.1. Urb. Las Lomas del Rio Verde Marbella, E-29600 Spain
Telephone +34 952 76 4 437
E-mail address
  • Hotel Management Diploma (3 years)
  • Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) in International Hotel Management) with 4 specializations
        - Strategic Human Resources Management
        - Entrepreneurship and SME Management
        - Event Management
        - Resort Management
  • BBA with Intensive English Program and Service (4 years)
  • Postgraduate Intensive Diploma in International Hotel Management (1year)
  • Andalusian Gastronomy Summer Program (2 weeks) in English or Spanish
  • Type of courses Full Time
    Length of course 1– 4 years depending on programme
    Date of commencement January/February - July/August - October
    Class size 15-35
    Student accommodation On campus residence with dormitories
    Fees Depending on programme. Please enquire with the School
    Student grants Scholarships available. Please enquire with the School
    Admission requirements Depending on the programme. Please enquire with the School. Since all instruction is in English, there is a minimum English language proficiency requirement for all applicants.
    Major recruiters of our graduates Hilton International
    Meliá Hotels & Resorts
    Barceló Hotels
    W Hotels
    Four Seasons
    Mandarin Oriental
    The Landmark
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts
    Student Profile 1. National / Overseas students: Europe: 78%, Americas (North and South): 6%, Africa & Middle East: 14%, Asia: 2%
    2.Men / Women: On Campus: 536, Male Students: 53% Female Students: 47%
    3. Age range: 17-35+
    CEO Carlos Díez de la Lastra


    About the Programmes

    Hotel Management Diploma:

    This three-year programme (3 academic semesters, 3 internship semesters) is open to students, ages 17 or over, who have completed a full secondary education and teaches the foundations of hotel operations management and allows students to start working in supervisory positions and operational departments. It is designed for students without a university or college degree.

    Bachelor in Business Administration (International Hotel Management) Degree:

    This 3.5 year programme develops the student’s knowledge of operations, hotel management, higher-level applied management skills and business administration. This programme fully prepares students to enter the hospitality industry with confidence and particularly develops management theories and competencies using a range of teaching and learning processes:

    • Hands-on learning in the school’s restaurants, rooms division, and front office (18 weeks of practical training)
    • 2 required internships in hospitality organizations (12 months of real work experience)
    For the final year of the BBA degree, the programme covers core business management to prepare students for an international career in hospitality and service organizations. Students have the choice to specialize in event management, resort management, entrepreneurship & small, medium enterprise (SME) management or strategic human resources management.

    BBA with Intensive English Program and Service (4 years)

    This program prepares students to meet the formal English language requirements for entry into the BBA program at Les Roches Marbella. In addition to the English subjects, this two-semester program focuses on hospitality operations with practical and academic classes.

    Postgraduate Intensive Diploma in International Hotel Management

    The 1 year intensive postgraduate programme is delivered in English and designed for university graduates and industry professionals wishing to fast-track to a new career in hospitality. The programme teaches supervisory techniques in the restaurants and kitchens, along with the basic administration and management practices of every department. Throughout the year, the student specializes in the Business Management of the Hospitality Industry during the academic semester, completing the theoretical preparation in addition to receiving intensive lectures in practical classes, with an in-training period in a Spanish or international hospitality establishment.

    About Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Marbella

    Les Roches Marbella offers a truly unique learning experience based on the tradition of Swiss hospitality with renowned international recognition. We provide a multicultural environment, internships opportunities worldwide, expert professional faculty with many years of experience in the field, state of the art learning facilities, accredited and recognized academic hospitality management programs and a strong link with the hospitality industry.

    Our programs of study are taught entirely in English with a balanced combination of practical and theoretical classes which are taught in fully operational and well-equipped modern facilities. The Les Roches Marbella programs cover all the disciplines needed by a global international hospitality leader.

    Innovative Hospitality Programmes

    Founded, in 1995, Les Roches Marbella develops its activities with the purpose of training and qualifying Hospitality Managers for the International Hospitality Industry. The courses combine Swiss traditions of hotel management education with an American educational ethos and innovative new trends to prepare students for and international career in the service industries. The hospitality-focused undergraduate and postgraduate programs combine hands-on learning and internship experiences with management theory. This approach allows students to apply theoretical knowledge in the professional settings of hotels, restaurants and other facilities.

    Reputation & Accreditation

    In a survey of industry hiring managers, Les Roches Marbella was ranked number 1 international hospitality management schools in Spain for an international career. (TNS Survey, 2013). Les Roches Marbella, branch campus of Les Roches, is accredited at the university level by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), one of only six regional associations recognized by the Department of Education of the United States of America. Les Roches Marbella is the only university in Spain holding accreditation from NEASC.

    Industry Connections

    Every semester, more than 30 international hotel chains and independent companies come to our campus to interview and recruit our students. Key faculty members and our industry advisory board keep us up to speed on the latest trends and Les Roches Marbella students benefit from the mentorship of an international and qualified faculty.

    Graduating students become life-long members of the Les Roches Marbella Alumni Association. This membership gives access to an official website, exclusive job opportunities and a strong social network with members working in over 50 countries around world and over 62% of these held managerial positions within the hospitality industry.


    Marbella is located in Southern Mediterranean Coast of Spain, in Andalusia. Our campus welcomes each semester over 500 students from more than 60 different countries. Surrounded by the sun, sea, beaches and mountains of Andalusia, you will experience one of the most dynamic and unique tourist locations in Spain and Europe. Marbella is a cosmopolitan city which offers the perfect environment for you to succeed academically, culturally and socially, offering and access to a variety of sports facilities, shopping, restaurants, cultural events, and excellent public transportation. This location gives students the opportunity to be almost anywhere in Europe in less than 2 hours flight as well as Morocco from Malaga international airport, and there is a full range of intercontinental connections via Madrid, Lisbon, Paris, Geneva and London. With branch campuses in Switzerland and China, Les Roches students can easily spend a semester abroad through its undergraduate international transfer programme.

    The below statistics provide you better details about our student body and programs (based on data from July/August 2013 Intake):
    Total Student Population: 788
    Total Students on Campus: 536
    Total Students on Internship: 252
    Undergraduate Students: 450
    Post-Graduate Students: 86
    Total Number of Faculty Members: 43
    Full-time Faculty Members: 35
    Part-time & Visiting Faculty Members: 8
    Students / Faculty Ratio: 12:1
    Average Class Size: 25-35
    Percentages of International Students: 78%
    Percentages of National Students: 22%
    Average Number of Countries Represented: 60
    Students Male / Female Ratio: 53:47
    Average Internship Opportunities per Student: 4
    Percentage of paid Internship Placement: 95%


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