The Culinary Institute of America

  • Learning in the Field

  • Externship: Real, Life Experience

    One of the real highlights of your CIA education is your externship. First you choose a site from any of the more than 1,200 leading foodservice establishments around the world that offer a variety of amazing settings—world-famous restaurants, exotic resorts, glamorous magazines or television networks, and more. Then you go sharpen your skills and make valuable industry contacts in a dynamic real-world environment.

    View a sampling of our externship sites >

  • Bachelor's Degree Concentrations

    Within the bachelor’s degree management programs, the CIA offers study concentrations that give you special expertise in important industry trends. Two of the concentrations—Advanced Wine, Beverage, and Hospitality and American Food Studies: Farm-to-Table Cooking—involve a full semester of study at the college’s California campus in the heart of the Napa Valley, where they take advantage of the region’s leadership in American wines and agriculture. The Latin Cuisines concentration features a semester away at the CIA's exciting Texas campus, in close proximity to downtown San Antonio and the various restaurants and shops along the famed River Walk. With any of these concentrations, students can shape their bachelor’s degree studies even more for their career interests.

    Check out the Bachelor's Degree Concentrations:

  • Extraordinary Travel Experiences

    As a bachelor’s degree management student, you can take everything you’ve learned and see how it applies “out there” during an exciting elective course and travel program. In the Food, Wine, and (Agri)culture course, you’ll be immersed in a major culinary region of the world, choosing one of these many great destinations:

    • China, Italy, France, or Spain, where you’ll discover authentic, regional ingredient suppliers and restaurants for these popular cuisines.

    Learn more about these once-in-a-lifetime adventures >