You’ve been dreaming about attending Le Cordon Bleu, but how do you turn that dream into a reality? We’re here to help you get started.


WHAT IS YOUR DREAM, ACTUALLY?

The first step is to ask yourself why you want to go to culinary school. Do you want to change careers? Are you looking to sharpen your skills? Are you the world’s next great pâtisserie chef? Is it something you’ve always had on your to-do list? Knowing the “why” can help you navigate the many decisions you’ll make as you develop your plans to attend Le Cordon Bleu.


WHAT PROGRAM IS BEST FOR YOU?

Le Cordon Bleu has been training aspiring chefs, entrepreneurs, writers, and epicureans in the Culinary Arts for more than 120 years. The unparalleled cuisine and pâtisserie programs offered at this legendary school allow you to master essential techniques and develop your creative skills. In addition to the core cuisine and pâtisserie programs, Le Cordon Bleu offers a wide range of opportunities, from two-hour macaron classes and summer sessions to the Grand Diplôme®, the most comprehensive training program available at Le Cordon Bleu.


CAN I GRADUATE FROM LE CORDON BLEU?

You can! The Diplôme de Cuisine, Diplôme de Pâtisserie, and the Grand Diplôme® are multi-month training programs, with many exit points. Students graduate with diplomas in cuisine and/or pâtisserie after earning certificates in Basic, Intermediate, and Superior terms in each subject. You can also add specialty programs that include internships, hospitality management, a boulangerie diploma, wine education, and more.

WHAT CITY SHOULD I CHOOSE?

Le Cordon Bleu has schools in all four corners of the world—from Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Australia, and New Zealand, to cities across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East—so where you go is up to you. At every Le Cordon Bleu school, you’ll find an outstanding place to learn, dedicated Chef Lecturers, modern equipment, and a culture of creativity and excellence. If you can’t decide which city is best for you, consider The Global Passport, a unique program that allows you to work toward your Grand Diplôme®at multiple Le Cordon Bleu locations. There’s simply no better way to learn from a diverse group of Chefs, build a network of international peers, and explore amazing cities and cultures.


WHEN IS SCHOOL IN SESSION?

Le Cordon Bleu programs are offered throughout the year. The Diplôme de Cuisine, Diplôme de Pâtisserie, and the Grand Diplôme® courses of study, however, commence at set times, with four sessions beginning in January, April, July, and October, each and every year.

DO I NEED TO SPEAK FRENCH?

Mais, non! Nearly all Le Cordon Bleu programs, globally, are either taught in, or translated into, English.


WILL I NEED A VISA?

In most cases, U.S. citizens enrolled in programs six months or longer will require a student visa. If you are planning to enroll in a shorter program, you should still consult the host country’s consulate or embassy in the United States for more information, or contact one of the U.S.-based team members at howtoapplyusa@cordonbleu.edu

HOW DO I START THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

You can register online for many of Le Cordon Bleu’s programs. But if you have questions, Le Cordon Bleu has a team in the United States to help you select the best program and the right school for you within the global Le Cordon Bleu network. Visit cordonbleu.edu/usa, call 844.280.1009, or email one of the U.S.-based team members at howtoapplyusa@cordonbleu.edu.