The Culinary Institute of America

  • Extraordinary Travel Experiences

    In the CIA bachelor's degree programs in culinary arts management and baking and pastry arts management, students take part in an exciting Global Cuisines and Cultures Trip that immerses them in a major culinary region of the world—China, France, Italy, or Spain.

    Students will travel overseas to 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 interested in culinary traditions closer to home, we encourage you to consider the CIA's Concentrations. Participants in our Advanced Wine, Beverage, and Hospitality and American Food Studies: Farm-to-Table Cooking will travel to California, while students studying Latin Cuisine Studies: New World Flavors, Ingredients, and Techniques will head to Texas.

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