Fish at a market during a foreign culinary externship.

International Experience & Volunteer Opportunities

Though Los Angeles is a bustling culinary hub, the opportunity to explore its many international influences is invaluable. Through affiliated programs, ICE offers the chance to live, work and experience rich culinary traditions around the world.

From making paella in Valencia, mille feuille in Montpelier, to pad Thai in Phuket, international programs give you the opportunity to learn in first-rate kitchens of the countries that define world cuisine, giving students hands-on expertise in the traditions and influences that shape today's modern cooking worldwide. Our network of global partners will be your guide, facilitating the important details and amenities of your experience, allowing you to focus on your culinary craft and its place in its culture.

Our network of global partners will help you practice the cuisine of your chosen destination while studying the culture and language of each country. Your exploration of new horizons in food, learning, and life will be supported by the structure and care of an international study program.

Countries featured in our current offering include: France, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Thailand, Ireland and Chile.

Programs commonly include:

  • Customized opportunity placement
  • Onsite English-speaking coordinator
  • Language instruction in your chosen country
  • Housing assistance
  • On-site orientation
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa support
  • Intern services and learning support
  • Pre-departure guidance and handbook
  • Cell phone rental
  • 24/7 emergency phone support
  • Reentry support and alumni services

For more information and to register, please contact ICE's Admissions team.