Hotel Management Diploma

The Hotel Management Diploma combines practical hospitality courses, including rooms division, reception, and restaurant operations, with basic hotel management theory courses. With the Hotel Management Diploma, students can begin with entry-level positions in hospitality businesses.

This diploma includes the foundation years of the BBA in International Hotel Management and serves as either an exit-point or as a way for students to extend their payment schedule with the extra internship.


Years duration


Internships (2 x 6 Months)



Intakes (Feb/Aug)

Learning Aproach


As a hospitality management school, we use the traditional Swiss method of craft-based learning in our Hotel Management Diploma and Bachelor Degree in Hospitality.

Craft-based learning (CBL), also known as experiential learning, is a hands-on approach to management education that teaches you the roles and responsibilities of every person who will be under your supervision later on. This gives you first-hand knowledge of the industry standards in service, hygiene, food preparation, and safety measures. Plus, it gives you experience with the soft-skills of multicultural teamwork, planning and time management, which are essential in the service industries.

These courses make up approximately 8 weeks of the total undergraduate program experience

Course Overview

Study your Diploma in International Hotel Management in Marbella, Spain to immerse yourself in Spain’s economic powerhouse. Located in Marbella, Les Roches offers a traditional university setting for your undergraduate diploma.

The following outline is an overview of the courses offered in the Diploma in Hotel Management program. For further details and course descriptions, refer to the Academic Catalog.
Diploma in International Hotel Management


Your first semester prepares you to successfully fulfill functions of various front-of-house departments in international restaurants or hotels.

Catering and Banquets Operations
Cleaning Science and Stewarding
Principles of Bar and Beverage Operations
Fine Dining, Casual and Fast Food Operations
Rooms Division Operations
Introduction to the World of Hospitality
Mathematics and Applied IT
English or another language course (Mandarin, French or Spanish)

This semester of study builds on the skills that you have already developed by preparing you to fulfill duties of various back-of-house departments, such as:

Catering and Banquets Operations
Pastry and Bakery Operations
Fine Dining, Casual and Fast Food Operations
Hospitality Financial Accounting and Control
Rooms Division Administration
Scientific Principles of Human Nutrition and Food
Introduction to Psychology
Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
Advanced Writing Skills/Effective Communication
Language course: Cross-Cultural Understanding and Mandarin, French or Spanish

For this first internship, you will put into practice the basics you have learned during the program on campus. This professional experience also gives you an opportunity to explore your career goals.

This final semester of hotel management courses will prepare you to fulfill the managerial functions of the principal departments of a hotel or restaurant:

Rooms Division Management

Food and Beverage Management
Facilities Management
Hospitality Managerial Accounting
Hospitality Human Resources
Hospitality Marketing
Language course: Cross-Cultural Understanding and Mandarin, French or Spanish

The aim of the second internship is to allow you to develop your understanding of management roles within the hospitality workplace. Students who successfully complete this program can either start their career at this point or continue towards the Bachelor Degree.

Professional Internship

As part of your Diploma program, you will be immersed in real business environments almost anywhere in the world. Two six-month professional internships are built into your curriculum.

Professional internships give you the opportunity to put into practice the skills and knowledge you acquire from your degree course. They also provide valuable experience to expand your industry networks, enhance your resume and increase your confidence in operating as a leader in the workplace.

Alumni Testimonial
Amine el Moumni Les Roches Marbella

“I chose Les Roches because to me I find it to be the best school for hospitality management. While there the 3 most important things I learned were leadership, attitude and leading by example.”

Amine El Moumni
General Manager, Widiante Suites & Spa, Morocco

How to apply?

Diploma Application Procedure

Admissions Requirements


Age – Normally 18 years old and above. Applicants can be under that age provided they are 18 years old by the time they start their first internship.

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 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:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 525 points for the paper based test and 70 on the Internet Based Test (IBT)
  • Cambridge First Certificate Exam (FCE): Grade C – Please also send the statement of results with your detailed profile
  • IELTS : Academic Module minimum Overall Band Score of 5.5 and min 5.5 for each part (listening, reading, writing, speaking)

All English certificates must have been issued in the last 12 months prior to admission.

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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