• CIA Welcomes International Students

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    Thank you for considering The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the world’s premier culinary college. The CIA is dedicated to providing the world’s best culinary education. Students from around the world enroll at our college to experience and share a common passion for food.

    Read about CIA international students and alumniThe Culinary Institute of America is known and respected throughout the food industry. As a student, you’ll experience a professional and advanced way of learning about food. Our world-renowned bachelor’s and associate degree programs will provide you with:

    • an extraordinary level of knowledge, innovation, and skill-set
    • the chance to learn from professional chef-instructors who are masters in their field
    • more than 1,300 hours of hands-on experience in our professional kitchens, bakeshops, and award-winning on-campus restaurants
    • a vibrant food community where you can develop your talents and share ideas with your peers
    • a safe, enriching environment both on campus and in the surrounding community
    • assistance with career placement


    Turn your passion into an exciting career. Earn a degree that will open doors and help you grow into positions of influence and leadership in your chosen profession. Read about our CIA alumni, clear proof of the power of a CIA degree. They work around the world in every segment of the industry, and have found success doing what they love. You can too.

    Be sure to review our International Student Viewbook for more information.

  • Richard Sandoval, CIA culinary arts alumni, is chef and owner of Modern Mexican Restaurant. He also serves on The Culinary Institute of America's Board of Trustees.

    Spotlight On: Richard Sandoval '91Culinary Arts

    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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