CIA Welcomes International Students

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    Your Global Destination for a Career in the Food Business

    If you’re an international student, we welcome you to discover how the CIA can connect you with a great career in the food industry! As a globally recognized leader, we’re dedicated to providing you with the world’s best culinary education. Join students from around the world—we welcome diversity of cultures and viewpoints, which only enhances the CIA experience for all students and faculty.

    Be sure to check out our International Student Viewbook, and get started by reviewing our international student admissions requirements.

    At the CIA, you’ll benefit from:

    • Earning a degree from a college with a renowned global reputation. Top employers in the food industry often look to hire CIA graduates first. As a senior talent acquisition manager for Hyatt Hotels Corporation noted: “You know that a CIA graduate is going to stand apart from a candidate from another school.”
    • Full-service support to help you succeed. This includes expert chef-instructors, personalized academic support, more than 2,000 internships, counseling programs, and a lifetime of free career services.
    • A fun and rewarding college experience. Choose from lots of student activities, events, clubs and organizations, and athletics.
    • Safety and security. Our campuses have 24-hour security personnel ready to address any emergency or issue. In addition, Hyde Park, where our New York campus is located, was ranked the fifth safest large town in New York.
    • Proximity to New York City. Home to some of the world’s most famous and acclaimed restaurants, New York City is only a two-hour drive away from our Hyde Park campus.
    • Membership in our more than 50,000 alumni network. Being a CIA graduate gives you exclusive networking resources that offer a wealth of career opportunities and connections. As CIA grad Fatima Ali ’11 of Pakistan, a past winner of Food Network’s Chopped, puts it: “The network of alumni is amazing! They can open doors and offer you opportunities you would otherwise never have.”

    We're Visiting Near You

    The CIA is touring college fairs and schools near your hometown. Meet with CIA admissions counselors in the following countries:

    Mexico     Canada


  • Online Admissions Information Sessions for International Students

    Join us for an online admissions information session specifically designed for international students. During the presentation, you’ll learn about the college, admissions process, and available funding. You’ll receive information about our beautiful residential campus and learn all about being a student at the world’s premier culinary college. Bring your questions and speak to an international admissions representative live via webinar.

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  • Read about CIA international alumni and students

  • Check out CIA's International Students and Alumni's Facebook Group

  • CIA is Coming to Mexico in October 2018

  • International Students - Learn about CIA scholarships, tuition, grant info

  • Contact Us

    Stephen Sobierajsk
    Stephen Sobierajski
    Associate Director—International Admissions
    Office: 845-451-1526

  • Wilo Benet, CIA culinary arts alumni, judge for Top Chef & chef/owner of Pikayo in Puerto Rico.

    Alumni Spotlight

    Wilo Benet '85
    Chef Owner
    After graduating from the CIA, Wilo worked at such New York City destination restaurants as Maurice at the Parker Meridien, Le Bernardin, and the Water Club. But when an opportunity arose to work side-by-side with his future wife at the Governor’s Mansion in his native Puerto Rico, he took it.
    Richard Sandoval, CIA alumni & on CIA's Board of Trustees, chef & owner of Modern Mexican Restaurant

    Alumni Spotlight

    Richard Sandoval '91
    Chef Owner
    After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America, Chef Sandoval first gained the attention of New Yorkers with his successful modern French restaurants, Savann and Savann Est. Soon, though, it was time to return to his first love—the Mexican food of his childhood. He channeled that passion first into Maya, his flagship restaurant in New York, which is still going strong after more than 10 years.
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