Reduced Hours and Activities During Late July/August

We love to welcome campus visitors, but before you make your plans, please note that amazing changes are underway at the CIA campuses during the summer and our visiting hours and restaurant hours may be affected.

Please note that classes for degree and certificate program students at all of our U.S. campuses will not be in session from July 28–August 21, 2017. Classes will resume on August 22.


  • The Admissions Office at all three campuses will be open to welcome prospective students and their families.


  • Since many of our restaurants rely on our students for the full CIA dining experience, please refer to for the most up-to-the-minute information.
  • At the New York campus, all restaurants will be closed during this period.
  • At our California campus locations (Copia and Greystone), The Restaurant at CIA Copia and The Bakery Café by illy will be open.
  • At the Texas campus, Nao will be open for lunch and the outdoor taco stand will also be open.

Shopping, Classes, and More for Enthusiasts

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  • The Best College Experience

    Look for world-class teaching kitchens and a high level of in-kitchen instruction hours.

    • At the CIA, you'll learn hands-on culinary and baking skills in our world-class professional kitchens and bakeshops. And in your freshman and sophomore years, you'll have an extraordinary 1,300 kitchen hours to develop your skills and build knowledge.

    Seek schools that have first-class restaurants and cafés on campus for professional learning.

    • At the end of your sophomore year, you'll complete your CIA associate degree in our award-winning, student-staffed restaurants and bakery cafés. Under the guidance of your instructors, you will prepare menu items ("back of the house") and serve customers ("front of the house"). You'll be cooking and serving real patrons, many of whom travel long distances to sample the dining experience the CIA and its students are famous for. It’s the ultimate in CIA hands-on learning.

    Select programs that include externships at leading restaurants, hotels, and resorts for real-world experience and industry connections.

    • All CIA students get an invaluable opportunity to gain real-world experience and industry connections during their 15-week, paid externships. You'll "go on extern" between your first and second years at one of more than 1,200 top foodservice properties around the world, such as Disney resorts, Ritz-Carlton hotels, Chocolatier magazine, The Breakers Resort, Amy's Bread, Jacques Torres Chocolates, Four Seasons hotels, the Food Network, and fine restaurants like Restaurant Daniel in New York City, Rumi in Miami, Marche in Chicago, and One Market in San Francisco.