The Culinary Institute of America

  • Welcome International Students

    Learn more about the CIA in your native language:

    The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is dedicated to providing the world’s best professional culinary education. Founded in 1946, the CIA is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor’s degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and culinary science, as well as certificate programs. The CIA has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; and San Antonio, TX.

    Excellence, leadership, professionalism, ethics, and respect for diversity are the core values that guide our efforts. We teach students the general knowledge and specific skills necessary to live successful lives and to grow into positions of influence and leadership in their chosen profession. Students experience an unparalleled and advanced way of learning about food at the CIA. They go beyond memorizing ingredients and techniques, and learn how to analyze, adapt, and get creative with them.

    As a student, you’ll develop a special understanding of food that gives you the foundation to grow and be a culinary leader. You’ll learn from expert chef-instructors recognized industry-wide for their knowledge, skills, and experience. You’ll experience more than 1,300 hours of hands-on learning in our professional kitchens and bakeshops, and award-winning on-campus restaurants. You’ll join a vibrant food community that encourages you to develop your talents and share ideas with your peers. And you’ll develop an extraordinary level of knowledge, innovative spirit and skill-set, and have learning and networking opportunities you won’t experience anywhere else. That’s why top foodservice and hospitality companies turn to the CIA when it’s time for them to hire because they know our graduates have what it takes to help their businesses succeed.

    For more valuable information, please view our International Student Guide (PDF) and Viewbook (PDF).

  • Richard Sandoval, CIA culinary arts alumni, is chef and owner of Modern Mexican Restaurant. He also serves on The Culinary Institute of America's Board of Trustees.

    Spotlight On: Richard SandovalAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts

    After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America, Chef Sandoval first gained the attention of New Yorkers with his successful modern French restaurants, Savann and Savann Est. Soon, though, it was time to return to his first love—the Mexican food of his childhood. He channeled that passion first into Maya, his flagship restaurant in New York, which is still going strong after more than 10 years.
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  • Gillian Ritter, CIA's International Admissions Counselor

    Meet Gillian Ritter

    Gillian is the CIA's International Admissions Counselor. 

    She holds a Masters in International Education and is fluent in both Spanish and English. Contact Gillian directly for phone and Skype appointments.

    (845) 451-1606 

    8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. EST

  • Admissions Department

    1946 Campus Drive
    Hyde Park, NY, 12538

    Fax: 845-451-1068

    Meet the Admissions Team

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