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International Students

Your Passport to an Amazing Culinary or Hospitality Career

Like the cities our campuses are located in, ICE is a hub of multiculturalism. Our students come from more than 44 countries, giving our classrooms a true international character.

New York has a food scene like no other city in the world — name a cuisine and we bet you can find it. Our New York campus provides international students with opportunities for vibrant cultural experiences that include access to a vast array of ethnic restaurants, gourmet markets and culinary resources.

It’s no wonder that so many international culinary students have chosen ICE as their “passport” to a rewarding and successful culinary career.

ice-international-programs-map.jpgInternational students may enroll in the career Culinary ArtsPastry & Baking Arts or Hospitality & Hotel Management programs. 

2019 International Student Promotion: International students are eligible for a discount of $5,000 applied to the Balance Due for Career Culinary Arts and Pastry & Baking Arts Program classes beginning between January 1, 2019 and July 31, 2019.* Copy of valid passport and visa will be required. For more information about tuition discounts, click here

We're proud to welcome students from around the globe. While some of them continue onto successful careers in New York City, others return to their country of origin equipped with a vast array of professional skills to launch or advance in their careers back home. 

Take Pablo Moreno (Pastry Arts ’17), grandson of the founders of Mallorca Pastelería, a household name for bread and pastries in Madrid, Spain, and graduate of ICE's Pastry & Baking Arts program. When asked why he chose ICE's New York campus to advance his pastry career, Pablo said: 

All of my family has studied in Switzerland and France. That school of cooking and pastry didn’t sound so attractive to me because it’s what I’ve seen all my life. Here, you can study French basics, but with different ideas — with the American aesthetic. I also wanted to get to know New York because of the economy. There’s so much business here. Plus, all of the trends begin in New York. When I saw the story of Dominique Ansel, for example, I was inspired to come to New York.

Discover more of our alumni stories. 

While all ICE students may select from a range of housing options at ICE — from dorms to luxury apartments — many of our international culinary students choose the comfort of a homestay. While enrolled, you have the option of living with a sponsoring host family, sometimes from your native country, so you can enjoy the comfort of your culture while experiencing America’s culture. We also have many dorms and apartments available in a variety of prices and locations throughout the region. What’s important is that you find a place that is comfortable, affordable and that fits your personal lifestyle. 

Learn more about ICE student housing options.

All international students must apply for admission and be accepted before any student visa applications can be released. Our admissions team is here to help walk you through the process and ensure the success of your application. Click here to download and read the Reference Guide for International Students, which will help you understand the requirements for the visa process.

Help your students explore a career in the culinary arts or hospitality by partnering with ICE in New York City! We offer you attractive resources and compensation, and most importantly, here's what we offer your students:

  • Award-winning, accredited diploma programs in the Culinary Arts, Pastry & Baking Arts, Hospitality & Hotel Management, Restaurant & Culinary Management, Artisan Bread Baking and Professional Cake Decorating. (International students may enroll in the career Culinary Arts or Pastry & Baking Arts programs.)
  • Your students will gain hands-on experience with trained, attentive chef-instructors in small classes. Then, they will extern in one of ICE’s vast network of renowned restaurants and culinary businesses – ready for an exciting career in the culinary arts.
  • ICE alumni work in the finest restaurant kitchens in the world, as well as in catering, restaurant management, specialty food retailing, hotels and food writing.
  • ICE facilitates the immigration and visa process with special admissions representatives who are sensitive to the needs of your students. See our International Student Reference Guide above for more information. 
  • Comfortable housing options in New York City for every student’s preference and budget — from dorms and homestays, to shared and luxury apartments. We’ll pay attention to all the details — your students can focus on learning and enjoying their time in New York City.
  • ICE offers affordable health insurance coverage to international students and their families. Yes, we’ll get them covered while in New York City attending ICE.

ICE is Their Passport to an Amazing Culinary Career!

Please call (212) 847-0701 to speak with an admissions representative specializing in the needs of international students and recruiters.

Read What International Students Say About ICE

Fadi Jaber is an international graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education

Fadi Jaber, Saudi Arabia

  • Owner, Sugar Daddy's Bakeries
  • ICE grad 2006

"I loved every second of it! New York's the culinary capital of the world, so being here was such an inspiration for my business."

Kitty Travers is an international graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education

Kitty Travers, United Kingdom

  • Founder, La Grotta Ices, London
  • ICE grad 2003

"Excellent. The best career move I ever made."

Frederico Guerreiro is an international graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education

Frederico Guerreiro, Portugal

  • Chef de Partie, Tivoli Victoria, Vilamoura
  • ICE grad 2009

"The versatile and eclectic programs, variety and quality of products and fully equipped and functional facilities helped broaden my culinary horizons."

International ICE student Francesca Kolowrat explains why she decided to enroll overseas at ICE

"I’ve always loved New York, but I wanted to expand my experience beyond traveling here on holidays, and really get a feel for what it’s like to live in America. When I Googled 'best culinary schools,' ICE was the first one to pop up and I said: This is it."

Francesca Kolowrat - Czech Republic
Culinary Arts / Management ’17