CIA Welcomes International Students

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    Welcome to The Culinary Institute of America (CIA)! The CIA is known and respected throughout the food business, and we’re dedicated to providing you with the world's best culinary education. Join students from around the globe who enrich the CIA campus with diverse cultures and ideas, and share a common passion for food.

    You’ll Enjoy:

    • A college with a premier global reputation—leading employers look to the CIA first when hiring. “You know that a CIA graduate is going to stand apart from a candidate from another school.” Ronisa Goodwin, regional talent acquisition manager, Hyatt.
    • A full-service college—from expert chef-instructors to personalized academic support to counseling programs to lifetime career services, it’s all here to help you succeed at college and beyond.
    • A full, fun college experience—you’ll discover lots of activities, events, clubs and organizations, and even intercollegiate sports. There’s plenty to do at the CIA!
    • A safe and secure campus—our 24-hour campus safety team and various safety programs make the CIA a great place to live and learn. Plus, noted consumer website ValuePenguin.com recently ranked Hyde Park the fifth safest large town in New York.
    • Close proximity to New York City—the culinary and cultural wonders of one of the world’s most exciting cities are just over an hour away.
    • Membership in an exclusive club of 49,000-plus CIA alumni—they’re leading and innovating in every segment of the food world. “The network of alumni is amazing! They can open doors and offer you opportunities you would otherwise never have.” Chef Fatima Ali ’11 of Pakistan, past winner of Food Network’s Chopped.

    Turn your passion into an exciting career. Earn the 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’ve found success doing what they love. You can too!

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

  • Wilo Benet, CIA culinary arts alumni, has been a judge for Top Chef and is chef/owner for Pikayo restaurant in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    Alumni Spotlight

    Wilo Benet '85
    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 culinary arts alumni, is chef and owner of Modern Mexican Restaurant. He also serves on The Culinary Institute of America's Board of Trustees.

    Alumni Spotlight

    Richard Sandoval '91
    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.
  • “Almost every profession has an outstanding training ground. The military has West Point, music has Juilliard, and the culinary arts has the Institute.”
    — Craig Claiborne, Celebrated Author and Food Critic, The New York Times