Les Roches International School of Hotel Management
Welcome to Les Roches International School of Hotel Management
Nestled among the mountains in the alpine village of Bluche in the canton of Valais in Switzerland, you will find Les Roches International School of Hotel Management. The campus setting is idyllic and you’ll hear from everyone who has been there that photos don’t in any way do it justice.
As an international school, its location couldn’t be better – the canton stretches between Lake Geneva and the Rhone glacier, and borders on both Italy and France. It’s a 15 minute train ride down to the nearest town of Sierre, and from there it’s two hours to Geneva and 3 hours to Milan.
Les Roches was founded back in 1954 as an international boarding school for young people and then in 1979 it was transformed into Les Roches Hotel and Tourism School. Until 1983 the two schools ran in tandem, and after that the focus was on hospitality education.
While still called the School of Hotel Management, these days a Les Roches education prepares you for all kinds of international jobs as the soft skills and cultural sensitivity taught there are in high demand among big businesses and luxury brands.
Les Roches also has three branch campuses where, depending on your course, you may spend part of your degree programme: Les Roches Jin Jiang in vibrant Shanghai, China; Les Roches Marbella on the golden Costa del Sol in Spain; and The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts in Amman, Jordan.
Courses and fees
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management courses and fees
The Les Roches programmes are accredited at university level by the Commission on Institutes of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), one of the six regional associations recognised by the US Department of Education.
The courses are taught in English and there are Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, French and German language classes available.
You’ll start your Les Roches application online on the How to Apply page of their website and you may then be contacted by an Education Counsellor to discuss your application before it gets passed on to Admissions. You can also contact the school to speak to an Education Counsellor directly if you have any questions about your application.
To apply to join an undergraduate programme, you should be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or equivalent. You’ll need to provide evidence that you’ve completed at least 6 years of secondary education for the Diploma programme, and 7 for the Bachelor.
If English isn’t your first language, or if you haven’t spent the previous 3 years at an English taught school, you’ll also need a certificate that’s been issued in the last 12 months that shows a minimum TOEFL score of 500 points, or equivalent. Les Roches also offers an intensive English language programme if you need to improve your English to meet the requirements.
You can also qualify for acceptance if you have an existing degree or diploma, or equivalent, relevant work experience. You’ll need to contact Les Roches directly for an evaluation, and they may also ask for an interview as part of the qualification process.
To get into a postgrad programme, you should have an existing degree from an accredited uni, or at least 3 years work experience in a management role. You’ll also need a minimum TOEFL score of 500 points, or its equivalent, if you aren't a native English speaker the certificate needs to be no more than 12 months old.
For the MBA, you’ll need a Bachelor Degree from an accredited uni, plus at least 2 years of work experience and a minimum TOEFL score of 550, or equivalent.
Aside from the paperwork, may be asked for an interview as part of your qualification process.
The fees include double room accommodation and full board, which is compulsory, health insurance for the academic semesters and internships, and things that are relevant to your particular degree, like uniforms, books and tools.
Les Roches offers flexible payments plans on requests, which allow you to pay your fees in installments spaced across the academic semester.
The fees below are indicative and can be subject to change, so please check the Les Roches website tuition fees calculator for the most up to date costs. Also note that while we’ve given an idea of the GBP equivalent, fees are charged in Swiss Francs, so GBP values are subject to currency fluctuations.
Bachelor of Business Administration – International Hotel Management (3.5 years) – CHF 169,110 (£116,440)
Bachelor of Business Administration – Global Hospitality Management (3.5 years) - CHF 172,360 (£118,678)
Hotel Management Diploma (3 years) - CHF 104,960 (£72,258)
Postgraduate Diploma in Hospitality Administration (1.5 years) - CHF 61,410 (£42,279)
Postgraduate Higher Diploma in Hospitality Management (2 years) - CHF 92,060 (£64,0141)
Master of Science in Hospitality Leadership (1 year) - CHF 63,200 (£43,478)
MBA in Hospitality Management (1.5 years) - CHF 68,000 (£47,303)
Bursaries and scholarships
Les Roches is a private institute and offers only a handful of scholarships, which are meant to go toward the payment of tuition fees.
- Alumni & Children of Alumni – 10% of tuition fees
- Hotelier Scholarship – 10% of tuition fees, specifically for a Hospitality related qualification
Eligibility to qualify for a scholarship is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Country-specific government assistance
Depending on where you’re from, you could also qualify for lower fees or government loans. EG:
Swiss nationals (i.e. if you hold a valid Swiss passport when you start your career)
Per academic semester:
- 45% for the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Diploma or Global BBA
- 25% for the MBA
- 20% for the Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) or the Postgraduate Higher Diploma (PGHD)
Per academic semester:
• 25% for the BBA, MBA, Diploma or Global BBA
• 20% for the PDG or the PGHD
Canada offers government assistance to citizens, permanent residents and protected persons who they assess as qualifying for financial help. You can find out more at www.canlearn.ca. You or your parents / guardian can also can also claim some tax credits against fees.
If you’re a French national, you can apply for a student loan from BNP Paribas. You can find out a bit more here.
Nationals and residents of Luxembourg studying for both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees can apply for a scholarship that pays for 10% of your tuition fees each semester. You can find out more on the CEDIES website.
If you’re an American veteran or the dependent of a veteran, the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs offers assistance when studying for either a BBA or a MBA. You can find out more by speaking with the USA Regional Admissions Director at Les Roches.
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management facilities
Les Roches takes a combined academic and hands-on approach to their curriculum and the campus is equipped with everything you need to simulate a hotel environment. There’s a demonstration kitchen, where you could find yourself washing dishes or whipping up a soufflé. There’s a demonstration bar and yes, mixology is totally part of the curriculum. And a simulated hotel room, where you’ll learn that perfection can be found in a perfectly turned sheet.
Library and Study Facilities
The new Les Roches library contains 10,000 books and industry-related magazines, and around 2,000 DVDs / CDs. The university also maintains subscriptions to over 7,000 relevant online publications, which are invaluable when doing research for your assignments and dissertation.
The library includes a study room for quiet work. The campus also offers two computer rooms and a media centre where you can go to research, study, chat and relax. There’s lots of good tech available for your class and presentation work, from digital cameras that you can borrow, to projectors, color printers, scanners and AV devices.
There are internet connections available across the campus and there’s also a network covering student living quarters.
Welfare and Financial Aid
Les Roches has a Student Accounting Department that handles your fee payments. If you’re having issues around paying your fees, these are the people to talk to.
They will also handle your enrolment in the school health insurance scheme. Health insurance is mandatory in Switzerland and the school offers health and accident insurance that covers you on campus and on internship. If you have valid private insurance, you can chat with the accounting team about arranging an exemption.
The office is open Monday to Friday, 9:30 – 10:30 and 1pm – 4pm.
The Career Development Industry Placement Office helps prepare you for your first job, from helping you write your CV and find opportunities, to preparing for interviews.
Les Roches is all about preparing you for your career and the curriculum is a mix of management theory and hands-on practical work. Each semester more than 40 recruiters from international hotel chains, luxury and business brands visit to recruit students for internships and jobs. As an undergraduate, you’ll also do three international internships with companies like Orient Express, Marriott, Hyatt and Bloomberg. So by the end of your degree, you’ll have spent time working in the industry in different international locations, learning different hospitality cultures.
According to the June 2013 student stats, 89% of students were employed or had multiple offers on graduation. The remaining 11% were either continuing with their studies, or taking a gap or military service year.
On graduation, you automatically become part of the alumni association. The Les Roches Alumni Association has over 11, 000 members in 129 countries and offers graduates a chance to make international industry connections and get access to job opportunities. The alumni website had previously been region-based, but in 2015 it’s being updated to a single global website where you can connect with fellow alumni across the globe.
Les Roches has a nurse’s office on campus where you can go to chat about minor illnesses and injuries, and ask for doctor’s appointments to be arranged. There’s also a doctor on campus on Thursdays between 2pm and 5pm, and a skin specialist on Wednesdays and Fridays between 8am and 9am.
The office is open from 7:30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, and 7:30am to 4pm on Fridays. Outside of those hours, you can contact a campus security officer for help with getting medical assistance.
If you’re having issues with study stress, relationship and peer group issues, are feeling down or having trouble adjusting, Les Roches has a counsellor who is there to offer advice and support. The office is open from 6:30pm – 8pm Monday to Thursday.
With over 90 nationalities represented, 98% of the Les Roches student body is international (as in, not Swiss), so you’ll get to know a lot about different cultures when you study there.
A major focus of your studies will be teaching you cultural fluency - an international perspective and sensitivity to cultural differences. One of the ways Les Roches achieves this is that all students stay in campus residences throughout your degree, so that everyone has plenty of opportunities to get to know each other and form lifelong friendships and networks.
All instruction is in English, and you’ll need a minimum TOEFL score of 500 points or equivalent for an undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and TOEFL 550 or equivalent for the MBA.
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management accommodation
Student accommodation is scattered around the village of Bluche, mostly in modern chalet-style apartments, all within an easy walk of the campus.
Standard double room accommodation is included in your fees, and all of these rooms come with beds, storage and study areas. Some of the rooms have en-suite bathrooms. All the residences have laundry facilities, and most have communal areas with Wifi.
You’re automatically assigned a double (twin) room, but if you’d like a single room, you can book one for an extra fee of 1,850 CHF (approx. £1,300 16.02.2015) per semester. You’ll need to move fast though as single rooms are limited and go on a first paid, first served basis.
Switzerland is known to be super safe, but for extra peace of mind the campus security guards do night and day patrols around the residential areas and campus.
If you’re planning to have a car with you, there are parking permits available for spaces in Bluche, but book quick as there are only a few and they go on a first paid, first served basis. Not that you need a car with the brilliant public transport links around the country.
You can pay extra to gain residence at the Peter's Farm buildings or in Les Cheminots residence, where you have apartments and rooms with en-suite bathrooms, fridges and TVs on top of the standard facilities.
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management open days
There are four Les Roches open days a year in late winter and spring, where you and your family are invited to get an idea of the Les Roches way of life. There are campus tours and the main lobby is turned into a ‘wine and dine’ reception area for you to build up your reserves between outings.
You can get an idea of the campus look and layout on this campus map, which offers a bit of a virtual tour of some of the areas.
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