Study Abroad In Europe


  Les Roches International School of Hotel Management - Switzerland

Les Roches International School of Hotel Management - Switzerland

  Bluche, Switzerland

  Our programs

Study Abroad Semester Start in January or July


Study Abroad: Experience Hospitality in Switzerland

Participation in a semester abroad program is more than an academic adventure; it’s an experience that can change your life and career path.
  • Gain practical skills in hospitality through craft-based learning
  •  Interact with students from different backgrounds and cultures
  • Develop independence and leadership skills
  • Improve your foreign language skills
  • Live abroad and experience a completely different environment
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management
Location: Switzerland - Bluche /Crans-Montana
Switzerland is reputed to be one of the most beautiful and safe countries in the world, combining many unique privileges that make it the perfect place for students to grow and develop into young professionals. Nestled in the Swiss Alps at 1,274 meters in the mountain village of Bluche, just a few minutes drive from the famous and charming resort of Crans-Montana, Les Roches offers to its international student body a young and dynamic educational environment, perfect to mature and gain experience to start an exciting and diverse professional career.
Ranked among the top hospitality management schools worldwide
In a global survey of 5-star hotel hiring managers, Les Roches was ranked number 2 among all international hospitality management schools for an international career. Statistically, three institutes occupy this ranking position. (TNS Global Survey, September 2010) Les Roches is accredited at university level by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), one of the leading US accreditation bodies.
Gain Practical experience in the Hospitality.
To become a hospitality professional, it is important to understand not only theoretical knowledge but to have hands-on experience within the industry. The practical semester program has been designed to give students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the practical aspects of hospitality. During the semester in Switzerland, students will focus solely on practical learning. Students will take the following courses:
  • Service Techniques - Craft-Based Learning 
  • Principles of Cleaning Science & Food Hygiene
  • Service Concepts
  • Pastry & Bakery Operations - Craft-Based Learning
  • Culinary Arts - Craft-Based Learning
Please note: The 20-week practical semester includes 1 week of induction and 1 week mid-term break.
Price: 25,350 $  Apply Now

MBA Hospitality Management


This Master of Business Administration or MBA Hospitality Management prepares young professionals for senior managerial positions through a focus on problem solving, data-driven decision making, and strategic business and leadership development.

The curriculum is developed in collaboration with industry experts to ensure maximum relevance to industry trends and demands. It is delivered by an experienced, international faculty. The program includes leadership lectures, real-world project collaboration with hospitality companies to implement leadership problem-solving skills, a dissertation and specialization courses in Marketing or Finance.

Course Overview:

The following outline is an overview of the courses offered in the MBA in Hospitality Administration program.


·         Managing Across Cultures

·         Leadership and Development

·         Strategic Hospitality Management

·         Sustainability

·         Trends in Tourism and Hospitality  

·         Data Analysis and Decision Making

·         Strategic Operational Management

·         Hospitality Financial Management and Budgeting


·         Business Economics

·         Strategic Management

·         Revenue and Pricing Management    

·         Tourism Destination and Event Planning

·         Applied Research Project

…plus three Specialization Courses (Hospitality Real Estate, Corporate Finance, Investment Strategies for Financial Markets and Asset Management).

MBA Specialization


Financial management is a core competency for executive managers in today’s competitive global hospitality sector.  Showing solid knowledge of key financial principles related to revenue, real-estate and investment strategies will give the graduate an added value to progress rapidly up the ladder of a hospitality organization.


·             Hospitality Real Estate

·             Corporate Finance

·             Investment Strategies for Financial Markets and Asset Management


Hospitality consumer expectations are constantly increasing and the power to reserve, review and choose online is changing the way hospitality companies do marketing. Having key competencies in brand and digital marketing strategies will give the graduate many opportunities to develop and prove expertise in the digital era.


·             Consumer Behavior

·             Brand Marketing

·             E-Marketing


Age - Normally aged 24 years old or above. 

Education - Applicants must hold a Bachelor Degree from an accredited Institution of higher learning in any field. 

English Qualifications - 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 550 points for the paper based test or 80 on the Internet Based Test (IBT). The TOEFL testing code number for Les Roches is 9827. 
2.      Cambridge First Certificate Exam (FCE): Grade A or Cambridge Advanced Exam (CAE): grade C. Please also send the statement of results with your detailed profile.

3.      I.E.L.T.S : Academic Module minimum Overall Band Score of 5.5 and min. 5.0 in each part (listening, reading, writing, speaking).

Interview - The school may require a phone or personal interview before admission into the program. 


·         Intake Dates – July/August, January/February

Cost of the program: $ 75,100 ( include main fees, room and board and other fees)
Duration: 1 year

Main Fees:

Tuition, school nurse, some events and facilities (i.e. conferences, leisure and sports activities, library), administration costs, laundry and ironing of professional clothes (kitchen and service), other school supplies, visitor’s tax, cantonal and communal taxes (only if living in campus accommodation), administration charges for the visa and work permit (excluding where there are legal and court  charges, if the visa or permit is refused and an appeal is made), administration charges for internship(s), Swiss VAT, membership  for the Alumni Association of Les Roches, tutoring (when necessary), industry presentations, examiner fees and career counseling.  

Room and Board fees:

 Room and board fees include accommodation in a double room in Bluche or Crans-Montana, full board (3 meals a day, 5 days  a week, as well as brunch and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays). Subject to availability, students can book a single room for an additional fee to the double room. Single room accommodation at Les Roches is limited, therefore rooms are preregistered on first-paid first-served basis (pre-payment and single room supplement), but are allocated only upon the  reception of the full payment of the school fees, before the deadline of 15th November (for the winter intake) or  15th May (for the summer intake).

Other fees:

There are other fees such as laptop fees, parking fees and lab fees.


Les Roches Hospitality School

Price: 75,100 $  Apply Now

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Travel Documents



All locations for our programs require that students have a passport. To obtain a passport for the first time, you need to go in person to one of 7,000 passport acceptance facilities located throughout the United States with two photographs of yourself, proof of U.S. citizenship, and a valid form of photo identification such as a driver's license.



While each country has its own specific requirements, issuance of a student visa generally requires verification of enrollment in a foreign institution of learning, a financial statement guaranteeing the student will have access to adequate funds during their stay, and other forms or documents required by the consulate.

Obtaining a student visa may be a timely process therefore the application should be started as early as possible. Upon acceptance into the programs, each student should immediately print the Student Visa Application Guidelines and the Consulate Visa Application. Study Abroad Europe cannot intervene for students who do not acquire appropriate passports or visas

Non US Citizens and students not residing in the US should contact their nearest Switzerland Consulate and follow their directions for obtaining a student visa. Students may request the necessary documents from our office.

For visa information relating to your specific study abroad location, please refer to the required readings in your Study Abroad Europe account (you must have started an application)


Getting the proper documents for travelling abroad is essential. Below are links from the US State Department website:


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Questions & Answers


Why choose Les Roches for your hospitality management degree?
A Les Roches degree will change the way you see the world and hugely increase your potential to succeed within it.
A Les Roches degree is different from other Swiss hospitality management degrees in many ways:


Our business degrees combine:
Swiss quality hospitality education
Rigorous academic study
Professional, global internships
Hands-on leadership and business mentoring by experienced faculty
An unparalleled number of course specializations to tailor your studies to your own career path
Result: you have the skills and experience to launch a successful, global career.
We are independently ranked among the top three hospitality management schools in the world for an international career (TNS Survey 2013).
We are one of only three Swiss universities to have NEASC accreditation.
Result: Over 40 multinational hotel and independent businesses hire our students each term; recognition, in part, of the quality student talent at Les Roches. 
At Les Roches, you develop an ability to work in multicultural environments:
We offer course transfer and rotation possibilities through branch campuses and partner institutions in China, Spain and Jordan.
Our Switzerland campus has students from over 90 different nationalities who work, learn and have fun together. 
Results: you acquire the industry’s most valued skill: cultural fluency and adaptability.
Our active alumni network counts 11,000 engaged members in over 129 countries.
Result: you graduate with strong industry connections, a ‘Les Roches family’ around the world, and access to exclusive job opportunities. 
Living in the heart of the Swiss Alps, you’ll enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, modern accommodation and world-class culture, leisure, entertainment and mountain sports.
Result: you have a university experience that is fun as well as rewarding. 
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