BBA in Global Hospitality Management

  • - 4 years
  • - Accredited business degree
  • - 2 Internships
  • - 5 Specializations
  • - Practical arts
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A world leading Bachelor’s degree in hospitality management

  • Internationally accredited business degree focused on the hospitality industry and the experience economy
  • Acquire transferable knowledge and professional experience that opens doors to numerous sectors
  • Opportunities to study and work in up to six countries
  • Choose from a range of career-focused specializations in your last year

Practical, hands-on, crammed full of applied academic content and with a year of real-world work experience guaranteed – our hospitality degree has everything you need to get your career in hospitality management off to a flying start.

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Les Roches is a legendary name within the industry, consistently placing among the leading institutions in the QS World University Rankings and having achieved 5 Stars (Excellent) overall in the QS Stars rating system.

Once you graduate, that stellar reputation will open doors to exciting roles with prestigious brands across hospitality, as well as finance, events, and many other customer-focused sectors.

As a Bachelor student, you can choose to study in the exclusive destinations of Crans-Montana, Switzerland, or Marbella, Spain, with the option to share your time between both (plus London via our sister institution) through international campus transfers.

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Academic Structure
  • Year 1

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    Semester 1 – Practical Arts

    Before you can lead within hospitality, you have to know how this exciting industry works.

    This first semester covers core operational areas including Guest Relations, Food & Beverage, and Hotel Operations.

    You’ll create and operate your own real-life restaurant concept, while also being introduced to entrepreneurial design, as well as polishing your communication and numerical skills.

    Semester 2 -Professional internship

    Companies flock to Les Roches to hire our Bachelor’s in hospitality management students as interns, so you’ll have the world at your disposal when choosing your first internship.

    Being placed within an operational environment gives you a fully grounded, everyday context in which to deploy the skills and competencies you learned in your first semester.

    • Semester 1

      On-campus Hospitality Immersion

    • Internship

      6-Month Practical Hospitality Immersion

  • Year 2

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    Semester 3
    Foundations of Hospitality Excellence

    Your second year of study is devoted to core academic and business content.

    In this semester you’ll explore the principles of sustainability and innovation, managing diversity and marketing.

    Business-focused modules include hospitality financial accounting as well as data analysis.

    Semester 4
    Towards Exceptional Guest Experience

    The art and science of management takes up a large proportion of this academic semester.

    You’ll learn how to lead for success, as well as working through topics such as economics, management accounting and digital marketing.

    • Semester 3

      Foundations of Hospitality Excellence

    • Semester 4

      Towards Exceptional Guest Experience

    S3/S4 study abroad options: Crans-Montana, Marbella, London
  • Year 3

    Learn more

    Semester 5
    Practical Hospitality Management (internship)

    Your second internship is an opportunity to take on a more senior position in the industry sector that you are targeting for your future career. Often, the relationships and network you build during these six months are the gateway to your first role after graduation.

    Semester 6
    Hospitality Analytics for Leaders

    Returning to campus after your internship, you’ll build your leadership toolbox through a series of in-depth modules covering areas such as financial management and modeling, revenue and pricing, customer relationship management and data analytics for business optimization.

    • Internship

      6-Month Practical Hospitality Management

    • Semester 6

      Hospitality Analytics for Leaders

    S6 study abroad options: Crans-Montana, Marbella
  • Year 4

    Learn more

    Semester 7
    Leadership, Strategy and Innovation (Specialization)

    Select a specialization  in your final semester to gain in-depth knowledge of a particular field – or take the General Management track to build your own curriculum of elective courses.

    We offer a variety of specialization topics, including some which are unique to each campus.

    Available at both Crans-Montana and Marbella campuses:

    • Luxury Hospitality Management
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Digital Marketing Strategies

    Available at our Crans-Montana Campus:

    • Financial Performance Management

    Available at our Marbella Campus:

    • Resort Development and Management

    • Semester 7

      Leadership, Strategy and Innovation (Specialization)

    • Semester 8

      Real World Application

    S7/S8 study abroad options: Crans-Montana, Marbella
  • Year 1

    Learn more

    Semester 1 – Practical Arts

    Before you can lead within hospitality, you have to know how this exciting industry works.

    This first semester covers core operational areas including Guest Relations, Food & Beverage, and Hotel Operations.

    You’ll create and operate your own real-life restaurant concept, while also being introduced to entrepreneurial design, as well as polishing your communication and numerical skills.

    Semester 2 -Professional internship

    Companies flock to Les Roches to hire our Bachelor’s in hospitality management students as interns, so you’ll have the world at your disposal when choosing your first internship.

    Being placed within an operational environment gives you a fully grounded, everyday context in which to deploy the skills and competencies you learned in your first semester.

    Semester 1

    On-campus Hospitality Immersion

  • Internship

    6-Month Practical Hospitality Immersion

  • Year 2

    Learn more

    Semester 3
    Foundations of Hospitality Excellence

    Your second year of study is devoted to core academic and business content.

    In this semester you’ll explore the principles of sustainability and innovation, managing diversity and marketing.

    Business-focused modules include hospitality financial accounting as well as data analysis.

    Semester 4
    Towards Exceptional Guest Experience

    The art and science of management takes up a large proportion of this academic semester.

    You’ll learn how to lead for success, as well as working through topics such as economics, management accounting and digital marketing.

    S3/S4 study abroad options: Crans-Montana, Marbella, London

    Semester 3

    Foundations of Hospitality Excellence

  • Semester 4

    Towards Exceptional Guest Experience

  • Year 3

    Learn more

    Semester 5
    Practical Hospitality Management (internship)

    Your second internship is an opportunity to take on a more senior position in the industry sector that you are targeting for your future career. Often, the relationships and network you build during these six months are the gateway to your first role after graduation.

    Semester 6
    Hospitality Analytics for Leaders

    Returning to campus after your internship, you’ll build your leadership toolbox through a series of in-depth modules covering areas such as financial management and modeling, revenue and pricing, customer relationship management and data analytics for business optimization.

    S6 study abroad options: Crans-Montana, Marbella

    Internship

    6-Month Practical Hospitality Management

  • Semester 6

    Hospitality Analytics for Leaders

  • Year 4

    Learn more

    Semester 7
    Leadership, Strategy and Innovation (Specialization)

    Select a specialization  in your final semester to gain in-depth knowledge of a particular field – or take the General Management track to build your own curriculum of elective courses.

    We offer a variety of specialization topics, including some which are unique to each campus.

    Available at both Crans-Montana and Marbella campuses:

    • Luxury Hospitality Management
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Digital Marketing Strategies

    Available at our Crans-Montana Campus:

    • Financial Performance Management

    Available at our Marbella Campus:

    • Resort Development and Management

    S7/S8 study abroad options: Crans-Montana, Marbella

    Semester 7

    Leadership, Strategy and Innovation (Specialization)

  • Semester 8

    Real World Application

Academic content

A world-class hospitality management curriculum

The business and managerial knowledge you’ll acquire with our hospitality management bachelor’s degree is a perfect launchpad towards a leadership role such as hotel manager.

It can also be applied across numerous exciting industries and sectors – in fact, just under half of our graduates go on to work outside the hospitality industry.

Get closer to innovative thinking

Being a Les Roches student gives you exclusive access to our Spark global innovation sphere, including the opportunity to work on academic projects featuring genuine products and services being developed by partner companies.

Learn from the best

Our faculty members are hand-picked for their expertise in their chosen fields, bringing significant industry experience plus academic excellence.

In addition, each semester we welcome leading figures from hospitality and related sectors to share their insights with our students.

Practical immersion

Building the foundation for your career

In an industry where any business is only a few bad reviews away from trouble, flawless service and operational excellence are now more important than ever.

In your first, Practical Arts semester you’ll learn how this is achieved, making use of state-of-the-art practical training facilities at each of our campuses.

Core operational exposure

The Practical Arts semester exposes you to the key hospitality departments and roles.

You will experience the pace of working in service, the pressure of the kitchens, and the attention to detail needed in the rooms division.

Have fun while you learn

Your practical semester is where you begin to develop soft skills such as teamworking, problem solving and communication.

It’s serious work, but it’s also fun and engaging – where else would you get the opportunity to create a unique restaurant concept and try it out on your fellow students?

Professional internships

Supercharge your resume

In a competitive employment market, experience counts.

With our hospitality management bachelor’s degree you’ll get a full year of professional experience to add to your resume.

That’s certain to get you noticed by employers who want their recruits to hit the ground running.

Develop your intercultural fluency

We will support you to secure excellent internship opportunities that match your ambitions and personality.

We always encourage our students to travel – immersing yourself in a new culture is the best way to develop your language skills and broaden your global outlook.

Top industries, top brands

The Les Roches name is known and trusted the world over. As a student, you’ll reap the benefits through privileged access to internationally renowned brands from hospitality and beyond.

Learn more about Hospitality Internships

Career-building specializations

In-depth study to develop in-demand knowledge

The specialization semester in your final year provides a level of subject-matter focus that you won’t find in many other hospitality management Bachelor’s degrees.

It’s both a gateway to your chosen career path as well as a significant asset for your resume.

 

Choose your pathway

We offer a variety of specialization topics, including some which are unique to each campus.

Available at both Crans-Montana and Marbella campuses are Luxury Hospitality Management, Entrepreneurship and also Digital Marketing Strategies.

In addition, Swiss-based students can opt for Financial Performance Management, while those in Spain have Resort Development and Management as a unique option.

Work-Based Research

Boost your employability

You can opt to undertake a Work-Based Research as an alternative to a Bachelor dissertation, giving you the chance to work hand-in-hand with a hospitality establishment on a real-world business scenario.

We coordinate with our partner companies to devise impactful projects enabling you to sharpen skills that will enhance your future employability.

Deploy your talents

This exercise will test your newly-acquired research and analytical skills, while also challenging you to think innovatively in order to devise creative solutions.

At the project’s conclusion you will present your findings and recommendations directly to your ‘client’.

Admission information

Next intake dates:

September 2024

February 2025

Minimum age:

17 years old.

Education:

Please see ENIC-NARIC for more details.

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Swiss Diplomas – Maturité gymnasiale/fédérale/professionnelle/spécialisée: successful completion
  • A-Levels
  • French Baccalauaréat Diplomas
  • Senior American high school diploma or equivalent

Other Credentials – Other higher secondary education credentials are accepted. Please contact the Admissions office for further details admissions@lesroches.edu

 

English level:

If English is not your first language, or if you have not spent the last two years studying in a school where English is the primary language of instruction, please enclose a copy of one of the following: ∙

  • International English Language Test (IELTS): 5.5 overall (min. 5.0 in every subcomponent) Only tests taken/issued in an official IELTS testing center are accepted.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Internet-based 70 or paper-based 525
  • First Cambridge Exam: Grade C
  • Duolingo 110 with no component under 100

Help with your English

Those below the stated official English level can take additional English support classes. We offer intensive programs in Switzerland and Spain.

Learn more here.

Fees

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

Switzerland

Academic Expenses CHF
Tuition fees 30,725
Learning resources and practical arts apparel 2,910
Health and accident insurance 1,785
Total 35,420

 

Living Expenses CHF
Full board 4,955
Lodging 6,070
Total 11,025

 

Spain

Academic Expenses EUR
Tuition fees 22,180
Learning resources and practical arts apparel 1,860
Health and accident insurance 905
Total 24,945
Living Expenses EUR
Full board 3,360
Lodging 5,160
Total 8,520

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A Bachelor of hospitality management has value across numerous industries

The combination of soft skills, business theory and hands-on experience will make you attractive to employers in sectors as diverse as

  • Hospitality
  • Consumer tech
  • Luxury Retail
  • Health and wellness
  • Finance
  • International Events and Entertainment
  • Sports
  • Entrepreneurship

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94%

Career-seeking students have one or more job offers on graduation day

300+

Leading brands visit our campuses each year to find talent.

16,000

Alumni Worldwide.

Leading brands come to our campus to find talent
Companies that recruit our students

Business means business

Our hospitality management Bachelor’s degree is accredited as a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), and we ensure it lives up to this name.

Across four semesters of rigorous experiential learning, we deliver the commercial knowledge and insights typically found with an international business degree, and which will set you up for a leadership career.

Travel the world while you study

As a student of our Bachelor of hospitality management you can learn in up to three different countries (including with our partner institution) and undertake your two internships and real-world application semester wherever you desire.

It gives you the potential to experience life in six countries before you graduate.

Alumni

Successful careers launched with the BBA in Global Hospitality Management

Cami RamirezCEO and Co-Founder of Overland Discover

'I’ve always been a self-starter and Les Roches helped with that through hands-on learning and the experience from the internships'

Mickaël GautierCustomer Experience Manager, Luna Jets

'I have friends from my Bachelor’s working in hotels, restaurants, banking and more, you can work in any environment. '

Minnie AngCo-Founder at Souffle Beauty

'Anyone thinking about Les Roches should just do it. It’s not just about hospitality, its about gaining experience as a whole. Life experience and work experience is all wrapped up as a package.'

Ricarda PietschmannHR Business Partner at SEBA Bank

'You see people with a hospitality background in all industries, because they’re really good at building relationships and adapting to different needs.'

Travis OdegardCo-Founder & Owner of The Pineapple Club NYC

'I would have never been able to pitch to investors if I hadn't gone to Les Roches, it’s given me the confidence and the knowledge to go for it.'

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Hospitality Management

Our campuses

Marbella, Spain

Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Bachelor’s degree in hospitality management FAQs

What is the scope of hospitality management?

Hospitality management is much broader in scope than just hotels and restaurants.

Earning a Bachelor degree in hospitality management can open up career paths in finance, luxury retail, events, and any other customer-facing industry where the soft skills and customer-centric outlook that come as standard with a hospitality business education are prized.

Once you’ve settled on your chosen industry, you will find that your hospitality degree offers similar core modules as a traditional business degree – including finance, marketing, and human resources – all of which will set you up to become a leader.

How long is a hospitality management bachelor degree?

Lengths can vary depending on the program you choose.

The hospitality management bachelor degree at Les Roches is eight semesters, or four years in length.

This incorporates a Practical Arts semester to open the program, plus two six-month professional internships, accompanied by four academic semesters and one real-world application semester.

The last year also incorporates a choice of career-focused specializations.

Which bachelor degree is best for hospitality management?

We may be biased, but we’d say ours is the best!

It’s one of the most international, with the opportunity to study and undertake internships in up to six countries during the four years of our bachelor degree in hospitality.

Statistically, you have a 94% chance of securing at least one employment opportunity on graduation; and as an alumni of Les Roches you’ll join an international community of high achievers which now numbers more than 16,000.

They’ll be only too happy to offer support, advice and job opportunities to fellow alumni.

What kind of bachelor degree is Hospitality Management?

Our bachelor degree in hospitality management is a Bachelor of Business Administration – or BBA.

That’s important, because it places the program firmly into the category of a business degree.

The curriculum is suitably career-focused; you’ll also find that many faculty members have enjoyed lengthy frontline careers in hospitality alongside their academic credentials – so you are learning from experts with real-world experience.

All of this is geared towards enabling you to hit the ground running once you graduate and enter the industry, either as a management trainee or through creating your own business

What is the difference between a BBA in hospitality and hotel management?

The answer is that hotel management is just one of the career paths open to you with a bachelor degree in hospitality management.

In fact, the blend of soft skills and applied business knowledge is an ideal stepping stone to any customer-facing industry or sector, including financial services, events, luxury goods and services, private aviation and much more.

A recent survey we conducted revealed that only a slim majority (54%) of our alumni work within the hospitality industry.