The Culinary Institute of America

  • Concentrations and Field Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree Concentrations

    Within the bachelor’s degree management programs, you can choose from a diverse menu of study concentrations to focus your studies on a key industry topic. The junior-year curriculum for your concentration track closely aligns with the junior year of the management program. Electives and other courses specific to the concentration focus are scheduled during the senior year. Most of the concentrations give you the chance to spend a semester at the CIA's California, Texas, or Singapore campuses.

    Check out the Bachelor's Degree Concentrations >

  • 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 >

  • CIA Restaurants: Learning By Doing

    Get right in the middle of the action with The Culinary Institute of America’s award-winning restaurants! You’ll spend time in both the front and back of the house learning and mastering the full scope of restaurant operations under the guidance of our expert chefs and instructors. Our family of unique restaurants—The CIA Restaurant Group—provides you with an array of culinary experiences, from modern French to farm-to-table and from authentic Italian to new global flavors.

    Discover the amazing things you’ll be doing in our restaurants >

  • Extraordinary Travel Experiences

    As a bachelor’s degree 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 Global Cuisines and Cultures course, you’ll be immersed in a major culinary region of the world, choosing one of these many great destinations:

    • China, France, Italy, Latin America, Spain, or the U.S. Hudson Valley, where you’ll discover authentic, regional ingredient suppliers and restaurants for these popular cuisines.

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

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