Postgraduate Diploma in International Hospitality Management

  • - Fast-track program – 1 year
  • - Essential hospitality content
  • - Real world professional experience
  • - Unrivalled networking
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A proven pathway into the hospitality industry for career changers and recent graduates.

  • Build a strong foundation of industry knowledge
  • Develop critical and transferable skills in hospitality management
  • Learn to evaluate, and communicate, managerial decisions effectively
  • Expand your professional network

Combining intensive, applied academic study with a six-month professional internship, the Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) from Les Roches is purpose-designed to offer the fastest possible route onto the hospitality management career ladder.

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As well as learning from world class faculty, students also benefit from highly personalized career support, an immersive field trip offering exceptional networking opportunities, as well as the global recognition of the Les Roches name.

This program is perfect for:

– Career switchers

– Recent graduates 

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Academic structure

    • Hospitality Immersion Program*

      2 weeks

    • Semester 1

      6 months + business field trip

    • Internship

      6 months

    • Postgraduate Diploma to MBA track

      (Optional)

*Only for students without a hospitality degree or any professional hospitality experience
  • Hospitality Immersion Program*

    2 weeks

  • Semester 1

    6 months + business field trip

  • Internship

    6 months

  • Postgraduate Diploma to MBA track

    (Optional)

*Only for students without a hospitality degree or any professional hospitality experience

Academic content

Hospitality Immersion Program (HIP)

If you are new to the hospitality sector, you can acquire a solid foundation in the operational essentials with the two-week Hospitality Immersion Program (HIP).

After receiving an overview of the industry and its structure, you will undertake intensive courses on Food & Beverage Operations Management and Rooms Division Operations Management.

“The reason I joined the PGD program was because I wanted to break into this industry and just a Bachelor’s degree in marketing was not cutting it.”

Mihir Bajaj,

Class of 2018 PGD graduate

Academic semester

Forming the core of the Postgraduate Diploma program, the academic semester features courses that combine leadership skills and business/operational knowledge.

They include:

  • Hospitality Leadership and Effectiveness
  • Organizational Behavior and Change Management
  • Hospitality Finance and Performance Management
  • Hospitality Revenue Management
  • Event Management
  • Services Marketing in the Digital Age

This semester also incorporates your business field trip (see next section)

Business field trip

The business field trip allows you to validate – and build on – what you’ve learned in class. It is also a prime opportunity to grow your professional network, by giving you face-time with established and well-connected hospitality executives.

The week-long trip is carefully curated to provide exposure to a variety of hotel operations representing the leading brands in the industry – with a focus on direct interactions with senior managers.

You will be expected to take part proactively, challenging the views put across and offering your own perceptions of the properties you visit.

Overall, the field trip provides outstanding potential to create an early and positive impression in your chosen industry.

 

“The opportunity to meet the heads of each department and ask them the sort of questions that you can’t ask in a normal classroom is invaluable. They treat you as professionals, you’re not just students, you’re entering the industry and they treat you that way.”

Lachlan Bond,

PGD graduate

Professional internship


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Internship offers on average per student


Knowledge counts in the job market. But experience counts more.

That’s why six months of direct work experience comes as standard with the Postgraduate Diploma, thanks to the professional internship which follows your academic semester.

Working closely with your dedicated Les Roches careers advisors, you will be able to create a personal profile that sets out your target sectors, career paths and preferred destinations.

From there, we can leverage our exceptional industry connections to help you secure an internship that matches your ambitions and personality.

You’ll then be given full support throughout your time on internship.

 

“The hospitality industry is eager for fresh talent and people who can bring new ideas with them from different sectors. The students who I see engaging with our careers team will very quickly have two or three internship offers on the table. Then they have the problem of which to choose – but that’s a nice problem!”

Frank Gueuning,

PGD Program Director

Admission information

Next intake dates:

March 2022

September 2022

Minimum age:

21

Education:

A copy of academic credentials (Degree, final official transcript for the full degree program). The school accepts documents in English, or one of the Swiss national languages, i.e. French, German and Italian. If not, an official notarized translation in English will be required.

Postgraduate Diploma applications from non-degree holders with extensive documented work experience will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Non-degree holders may qualify for a Professional Development Diploma, not a Postgraduate Diploma.

Work experience:

Work experience is preferred but not required

English level:

Must be proficient in English for higher education studies. English language exam scores (issued in the last 12 months) are required from candidates who are not native English speakers, or who have not spent the last two years in full-time English education.

For a full breakdown of entry requirements download a course brochure.

Fees

This is an illustration of the basic fee structure you can expect for the program. For a full breakdown of fees download a course brochure.

Switzerland

Academic expenses CHF
Tuition Fees 21,900
Learning Resources 550
Health and accident insurance 1,700
Business Field trip 3,000
Total 27,150
Living expenses CHF
Half board 3,400
Total 3,400

Spain

Academic expenses EUR
Tuition Fees 16,280
Learning Resources 550
Health and accident insurance 925
Business Field trip 2,200
Total 19,955
Living expenses  EUR
Half board 2,490
Total 2,490

China

Main Fees CNY
Tuition, Full Board, Books, Medical Exam 125,000
Healthcare 3,800
Total 128,800

The perfect program to launch a career in hospitality

Everything about this program is dedicated towards landing you successfully within the hospitality industry, with the tools to progress your career quickly once you are there.

200

Brands visit our campuses every year to find talent

94%

Of career-seeking students have one or more job offers on graduation

Everything about this program is dedicated towards landing you successfully within the hospitality industry, with the tools to progress your career quickly once you are there.

Bespoke career support

We understand that every student will have different aims and ambitions for their first job in the hospitality industry. So, we help you create a personalized career plan, taking you through your academic study, your internship and then out into the job market.

Outstanding network access

If you are new to the hospitality industry, you can leverage our solid gold reputation as your secret weapon in the fight for the best roles on offer. We have amassed more than 200 industry partners, including leading brands with world class hotel portfolios. And these partners – along with other employers – know that our graduates have the skills and personal qualities needed to thrive.

Real-world industry exposure

With expert guest lecturers bringing hospitality insights into the classroom, plus business field trip and professional internship, the Postgraduate Diploma is built to provide real-world industry exposure. That’s especially important if you don’t have a hospitality track record because you are switching careers into the sector.

Bespoke career support

We understand that every student will have different aims and ambitions for their first job in the hospitality industry. So, we help you create a personalized career plan, taking you through your academic study, your internship and then out into the job market.

Outstanding network access

If you are new to the hospitality industry, you can leverage our solid gold reputation as your secret weapon in the fight for the best roles on offer. We have amassed more than 200 industry partners, including leading brands with world class hotel portfolios. And these partners – along with other employers – know that our graduates have the skills and personal qualities needed to thrive.

Real-world industry exposure

With expert guest lecturers bringing hospitality insights into the classroom, plus business field trip and professional internship, the Postgraduate Diploma is built to provide real-world industry exposure. That’s especially important if you don’t have a hospitality track record because you are switching careers into the sector.

Our Postgraduate Diploma In International Hospitality Management opens doors to hospitality careers in:

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Events
  • Exhibitions & conferences
  • Theme parks
  • Airlines
  • Cruises
  • Luxury retail
  • Sports
  • Management Consulting
  • Real Estate
  • Marketing
  • Spa Health and wellness
  • Finance and investment

Leading brands hire our students

Alumni

Successful careers launched with the Postgraduate Diploma.

Alexandra Jourdan-AstrucProduct Manager, GuestReady Group

'I wanted my life to be dynamic, challenging and changing. That’s why I chose the hospitality industry. And I wanted excellence. That’s why I chose Les Roches.'

Nikhil RoyReservation Sales Manager, Coorg Cliffs Resort & Spa

'The interactions you can have with alumni are very energizing, they empower you and give your career opportunities that you probably wouldn’t otherwise have access to.'

Sophie HanlonSenior Business Development Manager, STR

'The alumni network is so diverse and has members all over the world! Who wouldn’t want to be part of such a network of like-minded professionals?'

The faculty

Our Postgraduate Diploma faculty team combine experience in frontline hospitality leadership positions with proven academic prowess.

Frank GueuningProgram Director

Crans-Montana

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Jon LoitiGraduate Program Manager

Marbella

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Greg ZhangAssociate Dean

Shanghai

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Dr. Annick Darioly CarrozAssociate Professor

Crans-Montana

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Vera ChampagneClinical professor in Human Resources

Marbella

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Yvonne YangAssistant Dean

Shanghai

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Vincenzo AiosiService Senior Instructor

Crans-Montana

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Rocío MonteroLecturer

Marbella

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Ajaya Man ShakyaSenior Lecturer

Shanghai

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Frank GueuningProgram Director

Crans-Montana

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Jon LoitiGraduate Program Manager

Marbella

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Greg ZhangAssociate Dean

Shanghai

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Dr. Annick Darioly CarrozAssociate Professor

Crans-Montana

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Vera ChampagneClinical professor in Human Resources

Marbella

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Yvonne YangAssistant Dean

Shanghai

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Vincenzo AiosiService Senior Instructor

Crans-Montana

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Rocío MonteroLecturer

Marbella

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Ajaya Man ShakyaSenior Lecturer

Shanghai

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Postgraduate Diploma to Master’s/MBA fast-track

As well as its professional benefits, completing the Postgraduate Diploma can also put you on the fast-track for an MBA or a Master’s degree with Les Roches.

Our MBA in Global Hospitality Management is the only intensive, one-year program of this type offered by a world leading hospitality business school.

The Master’s in International Hotel Management is taught at Les Roches Marbella and is perfect for ambitious hospitality professionals, recent graduates and career changers who want to develop the skills to become a successful hotel manager.

Career changers – hospitality needs you!

As the hospitality industry adapts to new tastes, new technologies and new customer demographics, the search is on for talented individuals who can offer the kind of fresh thinking that will challenge established norms and bring about positive disruption.

If you are looking to switch into hospitality from another sector, what you’ve already learned and experienced has exceptional value, through the ability it gives you to see things from a different angle, and to import fresh thinking and good ideas into your new environment.

Our Postgraduate Diploma adds the one missing ingredient: hospitality business knowledge and experience.

Our Campuses

The Postgraduate Diploma can be studied at all 3 Les Roches Campuses.