International Students

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Join Our International Community of Culinary Students!

At CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® we welcome students from around the world. In the past ten years, students have come from more than 25 countries to study with us. Small class sizes, hands-on instruction and supportive advisors provide an outstanding learning environment that allows international students to thrive.

We take pride in all the cultures that together make the strength of LENOTRE EDUCATION™. A cultural melting pot always creates amazing results in the culinary field.

Set in one of the most dynamic cities in the US, CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® offers access to Houston’s vibrant scene of international cuisines, award-winning restaurants and trendsetting chefs. Houston is the fourth largest city in the country and has the fastest-growing economy. Opportunities in the hospitality and restaurant industry are wide open.

Anyone new to Houston will be quickly surprised. The cosmopolitan feel, the robust industry, and the diverse dining and entertainment scene make Houston stand out, not just in Texas, but throughout the U.S.

Get the Best of Both Worlds with most Academic Classes Online Combined with In-Person, Hands-On Learning.
As an international student, you would take advantage of our online options: most academic classes in the Associate Degree Program are offered online.
Learn about our online options.

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How do I enroll if I am an international student?

CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students under a M-1 or F-1 visa.

  • International students must demonstrate competence in the English language.
  • Applicants must demonstrate sufficient financial resources necessary to cover the cost of attendance and living expenses in Houston, Texas.
  • The diploma course requires international students to have an M-1 visa. While attending school, M-1 students cannot work or be paid for employment. Students may take advantage of unpaid internships to gain experience.
  • International students enrolling in the associate degree course are required to have an F-1 student visa.
  • Students attending on an F-1 visa may be eligible for paid employment on campus after one year, subject to certain restrictions. F-1 students may also be eligible to apply for off-campus employment after graduation, subject to certain restrictions

CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® can assist international students with lodging and international student scholarships

If you have any questions please contact the Designated School Official (DSO),

Living in Houston

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Extended Stay Hotels

CIL has secured a partnership with both the SpringHill Suites by Marriott and WoodSpring Suites.  Each offering varies in discounted cost and amenities included. This partnership is only to secure a discount plan for our students, staff & faculty guests. All reservations and arrangements are made by your affiliation with CIL (Culinary Institute Lenotre).

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General Information and amenities

  • Guest Laundry Facility
  • Complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel
  • Complimentary Parking
  • Complimentary hot breakfast buffet
  • Business Center with copy and fax
  • Outdooor Pool
  • Nightly Security Monday-Saturday
  • In-Room Safe, Microwave, Mini-Fridge, & Keurig Coffee Makers
  • 48″ Samsung LED TV with 150 channels

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Students/ guests can:

  1. Book online; Instructions below
  2. How to book (see instructions below)
  3. Call the Springs Hill Suites directly

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WoodSpring Suites an Extended stay Hotel

Houston I-45/Airtex

Joey Barret General Manager

  • Students can call the hotel directly
  • 15 – 20-minute drive from the Culinary Institute Lenotre
  • Fully equipped kitchens include full-size refrigerators, two-burner stoves, and microwaves.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary Parking
  • On-site laundry facility (coin-operated)
  • Pet friendly (pet fees apply)
  • Several locations have complimentary fitness centers.
  • Low daily, weekly, and monthly rates (See Below)

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Request Information

Complete the following form, and a LENOTRE EDUCATION representative will contact you with information on how we can help you turn your passion into your profession.

Alicia

Alicia

Admissions advisor