Student updates

A warm – and safe – welcome awaits you on campus


At Les Roches, we’ve always looked positively toward the future. It’s down to the innovation and entrepreneurship ideals that are woven into our DNA. Nowwith restrictions easing in Switzerland, Spain and Shanghai, we are looking toward resuming the personalized, face-to-face learning our students value so highly. 

If you are a current student, if you’ve already enrolled to join us this Fall, or if you are thinking about studying with us, you’ll find relevant and up-to-date information on this page, as well as full details on how we’ll keep you safe and healthy on campus. 


Information for current students

Information for new and prospective students 

Information for our current and future student communities

Summary of Les Roches Covid-19 safety protocols

Current students


Coming back on campus

Arrival and check-in: Friday 24 July 2020

Seminars and classes commencing: Monday 27 July 2020

The period from July 27 to early October 2020 will include:

  • The conclusion of the leadership Series “Leading in Turbulent times”, with seminars, panel discussions and workshops
  • The completion and final classes of your courses for the semester
  • Tutorials and workshops for your final exams and assessment
  • Exams and assessment weeks
  • And resit weeks

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to send an email to


Campus re-opening and remote learning

“We have managed to get the virus under control.”

-Swiss Confederation President Simonetta Sommaruga


With the Swiss Government announcing a significant relaxation of restrictions, and similarly positive stories in Spain and China, we are now working hard to prepare our Crans-Montana, Marbella and Shanghai campuses to welcome students back at the end of July.

Our remote learning programs concluded at the end of May, except for BBA semester 7 and MBA semester 2 students who have chosen to complete their programs remotely. For everyone else, it’s time to recharge your batteries ready to resume your face-to-face studies from the end of July.


Before you travel to continue your studies

If you’re planning on returning to campus in July, don’t make any travel or accommodation commitments until we’ve confirmed the July return date. Once the date is confirmed, a travel support team will be in place to guide you and answer any questions you might have.

For new and prospective students


Check-in dates for new students

If you’re a new student to Les Roches you can find your check-in dates at the link below.

Check-in and start dates for new students 

We’re offering flexibility on entry criteria

As a world-leading hospitality business school, we remain committed to operating within rigorous academic guidelines when setting our admissions criteria. However, we appreciate that the current situation means you may not have access to the necessary documents for your application. And we understand that capacity for English language testing may be reduced in your country.

We’ll try to be as flexible and accommodating as we can within our guidelines and quality standards. For example, we’ll accept predicted grades where possible, and find solutions for students who have not received their graduation certificates. We’ll also accept home-based English language tests such as IELTS Indicator and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, wherever permissible, according to the visa status and campus location.


Visas and late arrivals

At this uncertain time, you have the full support of our dedicated admissions and enrolment team for help with your application, including advice on visa requirements and processes. We understand visa services around the world are operating at reduced capacity; so, for the Fall 2020 academic semester, we’ve moved the semester start date back to October. This should allow you extra time to plan your arrival.

For added flexibility, we’re accepting late arrivals of up to one month after the program start date, when caused by flight availability or visa delay. If you think you are going to arrive after your program start date, please contact the admissions and enrolment team to make a late arrival request, so we can prepare your additional pre- and post-arrival support.

We’ll also be making extra resources available for visa applications for Switzerland. Keep an eye on this page for updates.

For our current and future student communities


Enhanced on-campus health, safety and welfare policies

Your wellbeing is our absolute priority and we’re doing everything possible to create a safe campus environment for you. We’ve introduced four key principles to support your safety on campus:

  • Reinforced sanitary protocols
  • Clear guidelines for personal hygiene
  • Physical distancing in all situations
  • Regular communication to staff, faculty and students

Detailed COVID-19 protocols have been developed by each Les Roches campus. They cover all activities and areas, and are applicable to staff, faculty, students, and visitors. Our protocols have been evaluated and confirmed by medical and hygiene experts. They follow, and often go beyond, the advice of health authorities and advisors.

We’re more committed than ever to your career success


With restrictions easing in many countries, travel and hotel demand is starting to build. It’s the beginning of what we hope will be a full recovery for a hospitality industry that’s proved its resilience to shocks in the past.

There’s no doubt that the hospitality business of the future will look different. Companies will need to adapt to changing consumer demands, new technologies and new priorities in terms of health, wellbeing and sustainability.

It means that, as a Les Roches student, your innovative, disruptive mindset and skills will be in even higher demand – whether that’s for your professional internships or future leadership roles after graduation. As a global Top 3 hospitality business school, you also have the power of our name to open doors to the roles you desire.

Our specialist Career Services department will be ready and waiting on campus, to ensure you’re connected to the roles and opportunities you want – in your home country or elsewhere in the world if you choose.

Summary of our main COVID-19 safety protocols


These protocols will evolve to follow updated guidelines from the health authorities in our different locations. 

  • The campuses will be completely disinfected prior to the arrival of students
  • The full protocols and other health-related guidelines will be communicated prior to arrival. We require every student to follow these protocols, in order to protect themselves and the other members of our campus communities.
  • All students will be required to provide us with their arrival date and time, including (when applicable) flight number, airport transfer, etc.
  • Upon arrival, you will be given a health and temperature check by the campus medical team
  • You will receive a personal hygiene set (masks, hydroalcoholic gel, detailed health and safety guidelines)
  • A hygiene and safety briefing will be part of the Induction week and ‘Welcome back’ package
  • The main and secondary entrances to campuses will be equipped with automatic thermal cameras that measure body temperature. A warning is issued in case of excessive body temperature, and a specific protocol will be implemented if this is the case (isolation, meeting with medical team, etc.)
  • We will require everyone to wear face masks while on campus – each student will be given three reusable masks when they arrive on campus
  • Increased numbers of hand sanitizers will be made available, and regularly refilled
  • Flow direction/patterns will be marked on the floors, to enable social distancing. These will be supplemented by posters and markings
  • Students will be allocated to a specific classroom and not will change classrooms during a given day
  • Hand sanitizer will be positioned at entrance of every classroom
  • Seating will be organized to ensure two-meter distance between students
  • Some classrooms will be equipped with video streaming technologies for remote learning
  • Air conditioning will be disabled and replaced by regular opening of doors and windows (as appropriate)
  • Classrooms, table-tops, etc, will be cleaned and disinfected as soon as class is finished, at least three times per day
  • Students and staff will be given specific eating time slots to allow for social distancing when eating and when in the queue for self-service
  • Social distancing of two meters will be enforced for seating and in queues
  • Kitchen and service personnel will wear masks and gloves
  • Tables and chairs will be cleaned and disinfected after guests have departed
  • 100% cashless payments

Special attention will be given to restrooms, including very frequent cleaning (above normal hospitality standards)

  • All cleaning procedures will be reinforced
  • Hydroalcoholic gel available upon arrival
  • Housekeeping teams to wear masks and gloves while cleaning rooms
  • Security team to wear masks when visiting student accommodation
  • Additional cleaning supplies, including disinfectants, will be made available
  • A reinforced medical team and nurses will be available on campus during the day, while also being on-call at night
  • We will maintain regular contact with local hospitals and medical doctors, as well as public health authorities
  • All staff, faculty and students will be required to continually monitor their health
  • Immediate self-confinement measures for staff and students if required, according to the campus COVID-19 protocol, including tracing of contacts
  • Follow-up by the campus health team, medical doctor, hospital and health authorities, as specified by the campus protocol