The Culinary Institute of America

  • Extraordinary Travel Experiences

    In the CIA's bachelor's degree programs, students can choose to take part in an exciting Global Cuisines and Cultures Trip that immerses them in a major culinary region of the world—China, France, Italy, Peru, Spain, or the U.S. Hudson Valley.

    During amazing travel adventures, students will explore authentic, regional ingredient suppliers and restaurants for these popular cuisines. These unforgettable experiences offer valuable lessons in menu development, food and beverage pairing, sustainable agriculture, produce distribution, and the impact of culture on cuisine.

    To better understand the relationships between food and wine, culture, history, and terroir and to prepare for their trip, students will first take the companion Global Cuisines and Cultures course on campus.

    If you're in the CIA bachelor's degree programs in culinary arts management or baking and pastry arts management, we encourage you to consider the travel opportunities that are included in most of the CIA's Concentrations. Participants in our Advanced Wine, Beverage, and Hospitality; Advanced Concepts in Baking and Pastry; and American Food Studies: Farm-to-Table Cooking concentrations will travel to California. Students studying Latin Cuisine Studies: New World Flavors, Ingredients, and Techniques will head to Texas. Asian Cuisine: An Edible Journey from Traditional to Contemporary will take students to our Singapore campus. (Students with concentrations in Intrapreneurship: Driving Innovation from Within an Organization stay on the New York campus developing and running their own foodservice concept.)

    Watch this video to learn more about the educational components of the CIA's travel experience.