About Les Roches Marbella

About Les Roches Marbella

Les Roches Marbella Statement of General Purposes

Les Roches Marbella, branch campus of Les Roches Switzerland, is a co-educational hospitality management school offering higher education programs. It is accredited by the Commission on Institutes of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Les Roches Marbella 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 hospitality management courses covering the inter-related areas of the travel & tourism 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 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 Marbella, 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 Marbella 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.

A warm welcome to Marbella, Spain and Les Roches Marbella!

Maria Teresa Gozalo, CEO of Les ROches Marbella

Welcome to the exciting world of international hospitality! Choosing Les Roches Marbella to pursue your career goals will help you to open doors to a challenging and fast-growing global profession. We invite you to discover our University and the wealth of opportunities we provide our students in their pursuit of becoming future leaders in this dynamic industry.

Since 1995 we have been providing our students with the tools needed to excel as hospitality management professionals around the world. Through our unique craft-based learning approach, rigorous educational methods, and multicultural learning environment we work to instill a sense of excellence in our students that serves as the basis for developing leaders with a solid working knowledge of their profession. Our state-of-the-art campus in the beautiful Mediterranean city of Marbella, Spain is home to students from more than 60 countries around the world who all share a common passion for hospitality.

The hospitality industry promises ample career opportunities for the future as each year travel and tourism becomes accessible to more and more people worldwide. The world’s leading hotels and hospitality related companies need highly specialized professionals with an international outlook to lead their ambitious growth strategies. Several times each year they visit our university to recruit our students because of their sought after qualifications and thorough understanding of the essence of hospitality. 

We take great pride in the accomplishments of our students and look forward to guiding you as a future leader in the exciting world of hospitality.

Carlos Díez de la Lastra
CEO / General Director, Les Roches Marbella

Les Roches Marbella History

1954 - Founding of “l’Ecole des Roches” an international school

1979 - The international school becomes a Hotel school through specialized programs

1995 - Founding of Les Roches Marbella as a Swiss Hotel Management School

2002 - Les Roches Marbella becomes part of Laureate International Universities, a company from Baltimore, USA, part of Laureate Education Inc.  LIU has a presence in 29 countries and serves more than 950,000 students worldwide with more than 80 campus-based and online institutions in Asia, Europe and the Americas. 

2004 - Les Roches joint venture and opening of Les Roches Shanghai – China and Les Roches Hospitality Management Program in partnership with Kendall College, USA.

2007 - Les Roches Marbella is awarded the Quality Certification in Management Systems UNE/EN/ISO 9001:2000 by European Quality Assurance (EQA) for complying with international quality standards.

2007 - Les Roches Industry recognition: Hiring managers from international hotel chains ranked Les Roches among the top 3 Hospitality Management schools in the world for an international career. (TNS, UK, Global Research - 2007)

2009 - In May, Les Roches Marbella was awarded the Environmental Quality Certification UNE/EN/ISO 14001:2004 by European Quality Assurance (EQA) for complying with international environmental standards.

2010 - Industry Recognition: Industry hiring managers ranked Les Roches Marbella as the number 1 hospitality management school in Spain for an international career (TNS, Survey – September 2010)

2010 - Les Roches brand again ranked among the top hospitality management schools worldwide. In a global survey of 5-star hotel hiring managers, Les Roches brand was ranked number 2 among all international hospitality management schools for an international career. Statistically, three institutes occupy this ranking position. (TNS GlobalSurvey, September 2010).

2010 - In December, Les Roches Marbella won the 10th Annual Prize for Andalusian Excellence, granted by the Junta de Andalucía, Spanish regional Government. Les Roches Marbella has achieved this prize under the category «Socially Responsible Management» for the development of practices of social responsibility.

2011 - Les Roches Marbella was awarded Corporate Social Responsibility Certification in Management Systems SGE-21 by Forética and Bureau Veritas for complying with international ethical and social responsibility standards.

2011 - In January, Les Roches Marbella, as an official branch campus of Les Roches in Switzerland, is accredited at university level (Bachelor Degree) by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in the United States.

2012 - A new specialization in Entrepreneurship & Small, Medium Enterprise (SME) Management, is added to the BBA (Hospitality) program.

2012 - Les Roches Marbella maintains Quality Certification in Management Systems UNE/EN/ISO 9001:2008 and Quality Certification in Environmental Management Systems UNE/EN/ISO 14001:2000 by Buereau Beritas, and Corporate Social Responsibility Certification in Management Systems SGE-21 by Forética and Buereau Veritas.

2014 - A new specialization in Strategic Human Resources Management is added to the BBA in International Hotel Management program.

2014 - Les Roches Marbella renewed its Corporate Social Responsibility Certification in Management Systems SGE-21 by Forética and Bureau Veritas.

2017 - Les Roches Marbella has become member of UNWTO (World Tourism Organization) the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.


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) and China (Shanghai), Les Roches opens the doors for endless opportunities to study, travel and network in the global hospitality industry.

Les Roches Marbella offers a Diploma in Hotel Management, a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Hotel Management with specializations in Strategic Human Resources Management, Entrepreneurship and SME Management, Events Management and Resorts Management and Postgraduate Diploma in International Hotel Management, Postgraduate Diploma in International Hotel Management, Postgraduate Diploma Executive in International Hotel Management (weekend Program) and Postgraduate in Marketing Management for Luxury Tourism.

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