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Les Roches Institute of Hotel Management invites applications for Global BBA

Studying hospitality at Les Roches Institute of Hotel Management is not just restricted to the classroom... it extends to ­learning about the culture of Spain and Switzerland

education Updated: Apr 22, 2015 17:09 IST
Gauri Kohli

Small is beautiful — this proverb is befitting of Marbella, a coastal city in the south of Spain. With perfect weather, amazing city life and culture, it can be a treat if you are studying here. Located just 10 minutes from the beach, Les Roches attracts hordes of hospitality enthusiasts every year. Its campus represents 60 nationalities from all continents. Students are encouraged to take time off to enjoy Marbella and the region of Andalusia which offers leisure activities from golf, snow skiing and walks in the mountains, to the cultural life of Malaga, Seville, and Granada. The hospitality programmes help students get hands-on experience and multicultural perspectives through at least two six-month professional internships, academic activities and industry-relevant ­specialisations.

Les Roches International School of Hotel Management is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Students alternate between academic study and experiential learning. Its other campus is located in the Alpine village of Bluche, near Crans-Montana, one of Switzerland’s most renowned ski and summer resorts. Students make the most of life in a place where the “air is lighter than champagne.” Its active alumni network counts 11,000 engaged members in over 129 countries. It also has a campus in Shanghai, China. Besides the course, students can enjoy golfing, hiking and mountain biking in summer, and skiing and snow sports in winter.

Admission alert
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management invites applications for Global BBA
Eligibility: Minimum age of 17.5 years old or above at the entry date. The educational qualifications required vary for different courses.
How to apply: Log on
Last date to apply: May 15, 2015

Programmes on offer by les roches institute of hotel management

Bachelor’s degree in international hotel ­management
BBA in global hospitality management
Diploma in hotel management
Postgraduate diploma in hospitality ­administration
Postgraduate higher diploma in hospitality management

Factfile

# Les Roches International School of Hotel Management is a private hospitality school owned by Laureate Education and located in the Canton of Valais, Switzerland
# It was founded in 1954
# Approximately 1905 students from over 100 countries attend every semester, with an additional 946 students on internship around the world at any given time

Learning through camaraderie

Students from the Les Roches School of Hotel Management’s Marbella and Bluche campuses relive their college memories

Sanaya Soonawalla, bachelor’s degree in marketing

With Indian roots and an upbringing in Oman, Sanaya Soonawalla was all geared up for another cultural experience when she decided to study hotel management in Switzerland. “Before coming to Les Roches, I thought that it would be a Swiss school with a few international students, studying how to wait at tables and make beds. When I arrived here in the summer of 2010, my views instantly changed. Being greeted by the warm faces at the reception made me feel at home,” she says.

Soonawalla credits her institution for shaping her into the “international and confident individual” that she is today. Talking about her campus, she says, “Our home, Bluche, is a tiny village tucked away in the Canton of Valais. Because it is so small, everybody knows each other on campus, which makes college experience all the more enriching. During my spare time I have taken many trips to the neighbouring towns and cities.” During the programme, she found internship offers in Portugal and Italy. “My internships have made me a global professional. I have been exposed to many cultures, foods and languages, which have made me incorporate internationalism in my daily life. I graduated in May 2014 with honours and merit in sales and marketing. I then moved to San Francisco for a management trainee programme at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins. I will be finishing this internship up in June 2015 and then head back to Oman in search of something a little more permanent,” she concludes.

Arpan Mehta, PG diploma in hospitality management

When it came to pursuing postgraduate studies, Delhi boy Arpan Mehta was quite sure about the destination. Inspired by the Bollywood movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Mehta decided to go for a postgraduate diploma in hospitality management in January 2014 at the Les Roches International School of Hospitality Management in Marbella, Spain.

Mehta quit his job and moved to Spain at an institute which is “super high on energy.” Recalling his first day in the kitchen to learn culinary arts, which he calls “memorable,” he says,“When I met my classmates from Spain, Portugal, Russia, US, Italy, Greece, Kazakhstan, China, and Mexico, I was amazed. Never in my life did I think that such a cultural milieu could exist in a single classroom. We were all struggling to learn and pronounce each other’s names. But our smiles melted the barriers of language and culture and after a few days of hard work (in getting to know each other) we all got together to explore the city of Marbella on the weekend. The campus faces a beautiful mountain and is just a five minute walk away from the amazing beach.”

Describing city life, Mehta says, “It was just like we see in the movies. Everywhere we went we found clean roads, shops with the latest amenities. The best part was that everyone there was a stickler for civic rules. The city had the best social life I had ever seen. Language can be an issue as not everyone understands English. But gestures work and you will definitely learn a new language too.”

“You end up gaining more knowledge every single hour you are in the classroom. You realise it when you put all your learnings in the events you organise in campus and when you make projects. But the best realisation is when you are out on your internship and you stand out from the crowd. It is through this education I got my first job with Hilton in the US which was just a dream until a few short months ago,” says Mehta.

A student’s life at Les Roches Marbella is best defined by its diversity. Each semester, we have over 550 students on campus who are from more than 60 countries
Hassan Djeebet, food and beverage practical programme manager, Les Roches Marbella