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Official Press Release

Contact person:

Ms. Patricia Rodiles Martinez

Marketing Manager


Urb. Las Lomas de Río Verde

Ctra. de Istán Km.1

E-29600 Marbella - Spain

Contact details:

Tel: +34 952 764 437 - Fax: +34 952 764 438




Les Roches Marbella, International School of Hotel Management is a private Spanish Institution active in co-education in the fields of hospitality and tourism, offering undergraduate, and post graduate programs up to four years. Located in the heart of Spain’s Costa del Sol, just a few minutes drive from the famous harbor of Puerto Banús, Les Roches Marbella offers to its international student body a safe, yet young and dynamic educational environment, perfect for students to flourish academically, culturally, and socially.


1954 Founding of “l’Ecole des Roches” an international school

1979 The international school becomes a Hotel school through specialized programs

1995 Founding of Les Roches Marbella, Swiss Hotel Association School of Hotel Management

2002 Les Roches Marbella becomes part of Laureate International Universities, a public listed company from Baltimore, USA, part of Laureate Laureate Education Inc.

2002 Les Roches Marbella operates under the supervision of the Swiss Hotel Association as a co-educational Management-training institute

2004 Les Roches Marbella is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Collegues, U.S.A

2004 Les Roches joint venture and opening of Les Roches Shanghai – China and Les Roches Hospitality Management Program in partnership with Kendall College, USA.

2007 Les Roches Marbella is awarded the Quality Certification in Management Systems UNE/EN/ISO 9001:2000 by European Quality Assurance (EQA) for complying with international quality standards.

2007 Industry recognition: Hiring managers from international hotel chains ranked Les Roches among the top 3 Hospitality Management schools in the world for an international career. (TNS, UK, Global Research - 2007)

2009 In May, Les Roches Marbella has been awarded Environmental Quality Certification UNE/EN/ISO 14001:2004 by European Quality Assurance (EQA) for complying with international environmental standards.


Dr. Mª Teresa Gozalo General Director, CEO

Ms. Catherine Korsi Director of Students’ Services

Ms. Mª José Aparicio Academic Director

Ms. Liza Humphrey Admissions Director

Les Roches Marbella, International School of Hotel Management in Spain is committed to providing our students with the highest quality education for their personal, intellectual and professional development, empowering them to succeed in management careers in today’s dynamic world of international hospitality and business.


Program 1

  • Title Swiss Hotel Association Hotel Management Diploma

  • Duration 3 years – 6 semesters

  • Internship 3 x 5-6 months practical training in the industry.

  • Language of Instruction English

  • Intakes: January & August of each year

  • Recognition: Swiss Hotel Association

  • Accreditation: New England Association of Schools & Colleges

Program 2

  • Title Bachelor in Business Administration (Hospitality)* / Swiss Hotel Association

Hotel Management Diploma

*Universidad Europea de Madrid’s (UEM) own degree program

  • Duration 4 years – 8 semesters

1 year – 2 semesters (To-up Degree)

  • Internship 3 x 5-6 months practical training in the industry.

  • Intakes Years 1, 2, 3 - January / August

º Year 4 - February / August

  • Language of Instruction English

  • Intakes: January & August of each year

Program 3

  • Title Post Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management

  • Duration 1 year - 2 semesters

  • Language of Instruction English

  • Internship 20-24 weeks minimum internship in the industry.

  • Intakes: January & August of each year

Program 4

  • Title Post Graduate Diploma in Golf Management

  • Duration 1 year - 2 semesters

  • Language of Instruction English

  • Internship 6 months minimum practical training in golf course or golf related establishments.

  • Intakes: January of each year (only 1 intake per year)


Internships are part of all the programs and play an important role in all undergraduate and postgraduate level studies. This valuable experience enables students to face real work situations that are encountered in today’s fast evolving environment. Internships also increase students’ employability as they enter their professional life with an education coupled with extensive professional work experience.
Our career development department provides students a personalized service and is very active in helping them obtain their first professional experience. Each semester, many international hotel chains and independent companies visit our campus to present their companies and then interview our students.

  • Accor

  • Barceló Hotels & Resorts

  • Four Seasons

  • Fuerte Hoteles

  • Hesperia Hotels

  • Hilton Internacional

  • Hyatt International

  • Intercontinental

  • Kempinski

  • Mandarin Oriental

  • Marbella Club Hotels & Resorts

  • Meridien

  • Marriott

  • NH Hotels

  • Orient Express

  • Paradores de España

  • Raffles

  • Radisson SAS

  • Red Carnation Hotels

  • Ritz Carlton

  • Sol-Meliá

  • Starwood / Westin

  • Walt Disney World



Our campus is located in a residential area in the heart of Marbella’s Golden Mile, between the centre of Marbella and the world famous harbor of Puerto Banús. Surrounded by the sun, sea, beaches and mountains of Andalusia, you will experience one of the most dynamic and unique tourist locations in Spain and Europe. Marbella is a cosmopolitan city which offers the perfect environment for you to succeed academically, culturally and socially.

With an enviable mild microclimate and an average year round temperature of 19°C (66.2 Fahrenheit), Marbella is the perfect place to enjoy a multitude of sporting and outdoor recreational activities all year round. All Les Roches Marbella students receive memberships to the Manolo Santana “Raquets Club” where they can enjoy both tennis and paddle tennis, a fully equipped gymnasium, aerobic classes, sauna and outdoor swimming pool. In addition, there are countless opportunities, amenities and sports activities easily accessible to anyone. 
Les Roches Marbella is located in Southern Mediterranean Coast of Spain, in Marbella. You can be almost anywhere in Europe in less than 2 hours flying from Malaga international airport and as well as Morocco, and there is a full range of intercontinental connections via Madrid, Lisbon, Paris, Geneva and London.

Campus facilities

One of Les Roches Marbella’s advantages is the standard of our modern facilities which host a recently built new teaching wing and residence. Our campus has been carefully designed and equipped to provide students with state-of-the-art teaching facilities while maintaining the physical realities of the hotel industry.

Les Roches Marbella Campus facilities include:

  • 1 New Auditorium (capacity for 170 students). It can be divided into 2 auditoriums with capacity for 85 students

  • 23 Classrooms including:

  • 15 classrooms with audiovisual technology (25-35 students)

  • 4 meeting and conference rooms (10-15 students)

  • 1 Computer lab

  • 1 Demonstration kitchen classroom

  • 1 Demonstration bar classroom

  • 1 Demonstration Front Office Area

  • Study area

  • Library and Media Centre

  • Wireless (Wi-Fi) Internet access on Campus and residence

  • 1 Language Laboratory

  • Restaurant “Le Marché” (Main dining buffet restaurant)

  • A la carte Restaurant “El Olivo” (Fine dining)

  • Café-Bistro (fast food)

  • 2 well-equipped kitchens, each built with its own F&B concept and pastry areas

  • 1 9-hole Putting Green

  • Membership to Manolo Santana Racquets Club sports facilities (gymnasium, tennis, paddle, aerobics, sauna, and outdoor swimming pool)

  • Parking and covered garage facilities

  • Printing 24 hrs. and Laundry facilities


International Student Body

Les Roches Marbella prides itself in welcoming students from all around the world. A truly multicultural campus with students from over 49 nationalities represented.

Male / Female ratio

This industry attracts more and more young women who are currently in majority on campus. The ratio is 43:47.


There are 48 full time equivalent international faculty members (over 12 different nationalities), including full and part time lecturers as well as professional who come to enhance the students’ programs as visiting lecturers. Faculty members all have academic credentials and often extensive professional experience relevant to their teaching.

Average class size

Les Roches Marbella emphasizes on having small classes in order to maximize interaction between the students and the faculty. The average class is around 25 to 30.


Recognition - 2002: We were the first school outside Switzerland to be affiliated to the Swiss Hotel Association (SHA), the body that protects the standards and reputation of the Swiss hotel industry. This alliance ensures that our curriculum answers to industry requirements.
Accreditation – 2004: We were the first school in Spain to receive institutional accreditation from the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) in U.S.A. which is one of the six regional accreditation associations for quality assurance recognized by the U.S.A. Department of Eduaction.
Quality Assurance - 2007: Les Roches Marbella was awarded Quality Certification in Management Systems UNE/EN/ISO 9001:200 by the European Quality Assurance (EQA) for complying with international quality standards. EQA is an international certification body accredited by the Entidad Nacional de Acreditación (ENAC) and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

Environmental Assurance - 2009: In May, Les Roches Marbella was awarded Quality Certification in Environmental Management Systems UNE/EN/ISO 14001:2004 by the European Quality Assurance (EQA) for complying with international environmental standards. EQA is an international certification body accredited by the Entidad Nacional de Acreditación (ENAC) and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). 

X FACTS ABOUT LES ROCHES MARBELLA (Based on data July/August 2008)

Total Student Population


Total Students on Campus


Total Students on Internships


Undergraduate Students


Post Graduate Students


Faculty Members (full-time & part-time)


Students / Faculty Ratio


Average Class Size


Percent of International Students


Average Number of Countries Represented on Campus


Student Male/Female Ratio


Average Internship Offers per Student


Percent of Paid Internship Placement



Europe: 84%, Asia: 2%, Americas: 7%, Middle East: 1%, Africa: 5%.
Countries represented: Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Russia, Germany, Morocco, United Kingdom, France, Mexico, USA, Italy, Lithuania, Holland, Belgium, Romania, Estonia, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Jordan, Luxembourg, Syria, Venezuela, Algeria, Austria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel and Jamaica among others.


Hospitality is much more than hotels and restaurants. Travel, tourism and leisure are some of the fastest-growing sectors of the global economy. As the industry expands, hospitality graduates are working in a wider spectrum of positions than ever before.

Through the “Les Roches Marbella” career development department students find assistance to successfully enter a wide range of career opportunities, namely in the fields of:


  • Hotels, Resorts & Clubs

  • Food & Beverage (Restaurants, Bars, Clubs)

  • Catering Industry, Facilities Management

Travel and Tourism

  • Travel and Tourism

  • Cruise lines, Airlines, Rail

  • Conventions and Conferences


  • Entertainment & Leisure

  • Casinos & Amusement, Theme Parks

  • Civic Events, Public Parks & Recreation

Agency and Personnel Management, Event & Venue Management
Health & Wellness

  • Promotion & Sports Management

  • Fitness, Health and Spa Management

  • Golf Management


  • Human Resources

  • Media, Training, Education

  • Management Consulting


When you graduate from Les Roches Marbella you automatically become a member of the Alumni Association. This is a great way to keep in touch with friends, but it also provides news and employment opportunities. In the hospitality industry, it is quite common for people to change jobs every few years, at least in the early stages of their career, and the Alumni Association is a very useful networking resource. There are currently over 1,700 Les Roches Marbella Alumni members around the world.
The Les Roches Marbella Alumni webpage allows Alumni to check on the latest job offers in the Career Center Section, browse the On-line Directory to find old classmates, receive information on the next of many Alumni Reunions organized or even start a discussion on the forum boards.

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Les Roches Marbella – Fact sheet 2009 (21-12 09)

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